In Desperate Need Of Some Advice Please!

Ashleigh.B

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Hi guys :)

This is going to be a pretty long post as I feel I need to give as much information as possible. Here goes...

I'm on my 2nd week of duromine (30mg). Progress is slow but I will get into that on another thread.. I'm actually writing this to get some advice and suggestions on behalf of my younger brother. He is 21 years old, 133kg and approximately 170cm tall. Whilst he is quite a big boy, he is also extremely active, social and does quite a lot of sport. His only downfall is that up until about a month ago he would constantly eat and drink quite a lot of rubbish. However since then he has been surprisingly and extremely strict on his diet and has also joined a gym as well as playing sport etc. Unfortunately for him his hard work hasn't paid off and he saw little to no results at all. He has been down in the dumps and I completely feel for him... He said he's not going to give up and will keep trying. He's such an amazing and strong person.

He has previously been to the doctors and had a few tests done to see if there were any other reasons, other than the junk he ate, which could cause constant weight gain since he was a kid. All tests came back all good and found him to be quite healthy apart from his weight. That helped us a lot as we now know there is nothing medically wrong with him.

Just over a week ago I decided to visit the doctors myself, as I'm also having issues with my weight, and I was prescribed duromine. I went home and talked with my brother and we both thought it would be a good idea for him to try this as well. He went to the doctors a few days later but they would not prescribe him duromine as his blood pressure was high, I think it was 140/80 or 90. We both understood their reason for not prescribing this as we both saw what the side effects this medication had on me.

I guess our questions are:

  1. What are some remedies that help lower blood pressure?; and
  2. What was your blood pressure reading when prescribed duromine?
I know that we should get his blood pressure down to 120/80 but what is also acceptable in terms of being able to be take duromine safely?

At the time when we saw the doctor we didn't think to ask these questions so we will definitely also seek medical advice for our questions. But we also want to know if any of you have any advice for my brother as well?

If you have taken time out of your day to read this awfully long post, I just want to say thank you so so so much. I really do appreciate it. I hate seeing him upset and just want to help my brother in any way possible.

-Ash :)
 

Kate

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Hi, Ash:)

It is OK to write long posts here, because this is the right place to do it and we always welome people who need our help.

Iunderstand your concern about your brother. The first question that came to my mind when I read this, was - do you live together or separately? Please don't take offense, but do you actually know he is not eating junk anymore? Because this might be the first and the most frustrating problem (people tend to deny they still eat junk foods even if they say they started a diet), it is a normal thing actually, since quitting old habits becomes a very difficult process...Sometimes we don't even notice and realize how much unhealthy food we eat, until (for example) we see it on video. From what I have read, it is the only possible reason he cannot lose any weight. Because you wrote that all tests were good and he was healthy. You see, even if you are doing a lot of sports and workout hard, you will keep all that body weight if you still consume more calories that you burn throughout a day. Or maybe (if I'm wrong and he eats healthy) he needs just more time and his body weight will start decreasing little by little. As for high blood pressure, unfortunately my doctor told me you cannot combine these medications. So, obviously he should normalize the BP first and maybe afterwards the doctor will prescribe Duromine. I wish you both stay healthy and achieve your weight loss goal, still you should rely on doctor's recommendations, because we can only share our experience but cannot advice what you should do.

Good luck and stay share your experience with us!;););)
 
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I'm surprised his bp is elevated.
I wonder if it was a one of higher reading due to stress, going to the dr automatically makes some people stress. Can you measure his bp at home??
The only other thing reduce salt intake.
Hope I have been a little bit helpful
 
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Ashleigh.B

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Hi, Ash:)

It is OK to write long posts here, because this is the right place to do it and we always welome people who need our help.

Iunderstand your concern about your brother. The first question that came to my mind when I read this, was - do you live together or separately? Please don't take offense, but do you actually know he is not eating junk anymore? Because this might be the first and the most frustrating problem (people tend to deny they still eat junk foods even if they say they started a diet), it is a normal thing actually, since quitting old habits becomes a very difficult process...Sometimes we don't even notice and realize how much unhealthy food we eat, until (for example) we see it on video. From what I have read, it is the only possible reason he cannot lose any weight. Because you wrote that all tests were good and he was healthy. You see, even if you are doing a lot of sports and workout hard, you will keep all that body weight if you still consume more calories that you burn throughout a day. Or maybe (if I'm wrong and he eats healthy) he needs just more time and his body weight will start decreasing little by little. As for high blood pressure, unfortunately my doctor told me you cannot combine these medications. So, obviously he should normalize the BP first and maybe afterwards the doctor will prescribe Duromine. I wish you both stay healthy and achieve your weight loss goal, still you should rely on doctor's recommendations, because we can only share our experience but cannot advice what you should do.

Good luck and stay share your experience with us!;););)
Hi Kate :) Thank you so much for your reply. And no offence taken whatsoever! What you said pretty much ran through my head as well - Is he eating junk when we're not around? And yes, we do live with each other so it does make it a little easier to encourage him and keep an eye on him. It was actually that night that you replied which I decided to start making his lunches for him. I was making my own lunches anyway so I figured I'd make extra for him. Hopefully that will help him not eat junk when no one is around lol. He's enjoying it and seems to be a lot happier this week. I guess for some it takes a little longer but I'm sure he'll get there!

Thanks again Kate. I'll keep posting and updating :)
 

Ashleigh.B

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Hi
I'm surprised his bp is elevated.
I wonder if it was a one of higher reading due to stress, going to the dr automatically makes some people stress. Can you measure his bp at home??
The only other thing reduce salt intake.
Hope I have been a little bit helpful
We were a little surprised as well as he's never had high blood pressure before. You're probably right though with him being nervous and stressed because when we got home we tested it again using our home bp machine and it was much lower but still just that little bit too high to be able to take duromine safely.

Thanks for your advice with reducing salt. Him and I have almost cut salt out of our diet completely. Hopefully this, along with diet, exercise etc. will lower his blood pressure a little more. He's going to wait another month or 2 and see how his blood pressure is going then :)

Thanks again for your advice :)
 

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Oh, it is so great that somebody has such sister as you are! I am sure your care will help heaps and you will enjoy your weight loss journey together. :)