Patient Stories

Diana

Diagnosis:
Bilateral disease

In 1998, at 41 years of age, my blood pressure began to rise. By 2001, I was in the 140/90 range. My primary care physician was concerned, and insisted we try medications. These began with hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ), a regular diuretic. It caused muscle spasms and muscle pain to become worse. To this were added various classes of antihypertensives, in combination with HCTZ or alone. None effectively controlled my blood pressure. A beta blocker was also added, but really made no difference.
Saundra

Diagnosis:
Unilateral disease

The signs and symptoms that I noticed initially in 2005 were weight gain and lethargy. I brushed it off. I was graduating from USC in 2006 and wanted to focus on that landmark. I’d taken a long hiatus from attending college, had finally returned and I wanted to enjoy that landmark. I began to experience body-wide muscle aches, muscle spasms and pain for no apparent reason, I noticed that my blood pressure began to get elevated for no reason. My pulse would race while I was laying down, seated, and at any time.

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