35 m hypertensive currently taking captopril, atenolol, moduretic and norvasc/aspirin/nitrates occasional to ease of left ventricular pain. Two days ago after eating a particularly salty meal, i've been avoiding salty food cos i noticed that salts shoots up my bp to above 150/90, i noticed intense frontal headache bw the eyes, it started a little bit gradually and eventually it was so intense i couldn't concentrate or do anything else, i checked by bp it was 142/93 89aa bit high, normal readings for me is about 130/80 so i remembered that i've not taken my drugs and took them including paracetamol for the headache, after a while the pain went away and i tot that was the end of it. The next day, in the afternoon i noticed that i was a bit hungry but refrained from eating since i am trying to lose weight, the frontal headache started gradually again and within an hour it has peaked, but it wasn;t as bad as the previous day, it didn't respond to paracetamol or captopril and moduretic, again when i check my bp it was about 140/88, i took atenolol and and the migraine subsided about 30 mins-1hr later. This is the third day now and i decided to eat a bit late and the migraine started again, i really don't know if it is related to hunger but it appears to be responding to Although i remember when i was about 10 i had an attack of headache bw the eyes and went to see an eye doctor, don't know what he gave me probably some vitamins if i try to remember the shape of the tablets but after a while i was ok. so what is really wrong, have i burst an artery in my brain, or is my hbp which appears to be under control now damaging my brain, plz tell me whats going on, i intend to c my cardiologist over the weekend but i may go and c him immediately if something sinister is happening to me. no cold or fever or sneezing, just slight weekness and a little respiratory depression b4 the migraine starts. and my forehead and area bw the eyes is sensitive to touch when the migraine is on, what should i do? or is a sign of a stroke
I said the migraine (if that is what it is) seems to respond to 50mg of atenolol, my doc originally prescribed 100mg daily to control my bp, chestpain and arryhthmia but i've stopped taking it regularly and reduced to 50mg when i realised that it was giving me weak erection. Anyway i'll try to c my doc this weekend although i am praying dat the pain shud go away on its own b4 then. I've been taking these drugs 4 yrs so once in a while something crops out and eventually resolves itself
Are u a doc? U are scaring me, I said the migraine (if that is what it is) seems to respond to 50mg of atenolol, my doc originally prescribed 100mg daily to control my bp, chestpain and arryhthmia but i've stopped taking it regularly and reduced to 50mg when i realised that it was giving me weak erection. Anyway i'll try to c my doc this weekend although i am praying dat the pain shud go away on its own b4 then. I've been taking these drugs 4 yrs so once in a while something crops out and eventually resolves itself
Sorry, I didn't mean to scare, just some urgency to get evaluated. No one on this forum and possibly no forum can provide a definitive explanation to your response to medication and/or the interaction of the combinations. I can tell you by experience a nitrate can cause a headache.
Your question is timely because a recent study was just released confirming that Migraines can cause brain damage. As it goes people with a long history and/or frequent Migraine attacks are at an increased risk of what's called "silent" brain damage - brain damage without symptoms. Highly unlikely, but you should have your doctor rule out any harm with your migraines if that is the cause of your headache.
There are references for past discussions regarding the subject of your interest listed as tags. Take care
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