A Journey Back: Week 5

Starting Weight – 233

New Weight – 223

It’s been another interesting week. On February 3rd I ended up in the ER because I felt lightheaded, dizzy, and about fainted while doing dishes. Also, any time I raised my arms they would start to tingle and I could barely do any sort of strenuous activity without my heart acting abnormally.

Once I got to the ER they hooked me up to an IV and ran some tests, which included an x-ray of my heart, EKG, and tested my blood pressure as I sat and stood up. They didn’t find a lot as they said I look to be pretty healthy, but did mention my blood pressure was a little wacky and I appeared to be a little dehydrated.

After they pumped me full of fluids my blood pressure normalized and I felt a lot better, aside from being exhausted from the terrifying stress of being in the ER. But the symptoms unfortunately didn’t stop after that.

I decided I was going to take another week off from working out just to be safe, and each day I felt better and better with the occasional heavy head and dizziness. Then after waiting another week to workout I decided to do a little light cardio for about 20 minutes to see how it would go. Low and behold, I started to get dizzy and the heavy head came back with a vengeance. This was incredibly frustrating as I’ve been aching to work out.

So, I waited a few more days and tried again. This time I went for 30 minutes, but once again I had the symptoms and this time they were worse. At that point I decided I needed to see the doctor again and figure out what the heck is going on.

After seeing the doctor yesterday it’s obvious my blood pressure is doing strange things, which could very well be caused by my heart being off track. When I laid down I was completely normal and didn’t have any symptoms, but when I stood up or even just sat up they’d immediately show up. Also, he tested my blood pressure in these positions and noticed a big difference in both the systolic (first number that refers to the amount of pressure in your arteries) and diastolic (second number which refers to your blood pressure when your heart muscle is between beats).

If you’re healthy your blood pressure should be about 120/80, and mine laying down was 128/83. That’s actually not bad at all, but once I sat up he read it at 128/93. The jump was a little odd. Then he tested me standing up and it read 112/98. It was a difference of 15 on each side, which is definitely abnormal and at that point concerned him.

He determined that it could be my body going through a physical change and my heart and blood pressure are just off track with the change. In order to fix this he prescribed me with a medicine to pump my blood pressure up to try and stabilize it. Usually when someone gets put on blood pressure medication it’s to lower it, but the reason he didn’t put me on a blood pressure lowering medication is because it wasn’t necessarily high, and actually my systolic number was rather low. This could explain the dizziness, lightheadedness, and heavy head feeling I’ve been having.

I started the medication he put me on today and wow, it’s a kick. Since the goal is to ramp up my blood pressure a bit it gave me a jolt of adrenaline. I didn’t expect this so when it first happened I nearly freaked out. But after an hour or so I calmed down a bit and things went back to normal. And when I say normal I don’t mean 100% normal.

Also, one positive thing so far is I’ve noticed my head isn’t super heavy like it’s been lately. But I’m unfortunately still getting the dizziness and odd feeling. He did mention it will take a few days to really notice a difference so we’ll see what happens. I’m not optimistic with my luck lately and if this isn’t the fix my next stop will be to see a cardiologist for a whole other round of tests.

As far as the weight loss, I’m down to 223 which is a total of 10 lbs. That’s not an ideal amount after five weeks as I was hoping to be closer to 15 lbs, but I’ll take it. I think a lot of it is with having a lower systolic my body isn’t processing food normally and as efficiently. Also, I’m not able to work out which will definitely slow that process down.

Either way, I’m looking forward to getting whatever this is figured out so I can get my life back on track and do the two things that keep me sane, drinking and working out. I’ll have to find something else to hold me over in the meantime.

On to week 6…

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