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I just started and the name escapes me for the moment. It is an ARB. Without meds my BP spikes at times. I cannot afford the spike since I have afib and take Multaq and Verapamil. They are not enough to keep my BP down.
But I am most curious regarding the breathing issue. Does it have anything to do with the frenic nerve?
We already tried increasing one calcium channel blocker - the Verapamil. It was not effective for lowering my BP after a brief period. It also caused terrible constipation at the upper limit.
I don't believe the breathing problem is because of my afib. My BP machine has a function wherein I can verify when my heart is beating irregularly. I am very careful to monitor it when I think I have symptoms and I monitor my BP several times a day, mostly to make sure my meds are working (once I'm stable, I would no doubt reduce it). I can have normal BP, normal heart rhythm and still have breathing problems. I usually give the meds a 3 week time period, although I tried for 6 with the benicar.
Yes, I have experienced breathing issues with afib, but this is slightly different. It's more like the same area that one would experience hiccups. However, with the Tekturna, I also had back pain.
The "outside the box" things I have tried are breathing exercises that Chi Gong practitioners use, and some vocal breathing techniques I used when I sang opera. I've also tried accupuncture and Tui Na massage. These things gave me temporary relief, but not enough to sleep through the night. The accupuncture targeted a "meridian" which looked like the frenic nerve on the anatomy chart, thus my question about same. It did help temporarily but you can't keep stimulating it all night.