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  • Lisa Nelson
    Health Pro
    October 19, 2009
    Lisa Nelson
    Health Pro
    October 19, 2009

    Hi Jackie,

     

    Breathing difficulties/shortness is considered a serious potential side effect of metoprolol and anxiety is considered a less serious potential side effect of metoprolol.  I recommend discussing with your physician as soon as possible.

     

    All the best,

    Lisa Nelson RD

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    • Jennifer in CA
      May 23, 2010
      Jennifer in CA
      May 23, 2010

      Lisa.  I am very scared and don't trust my doctor.  About 4-5 years ago, I was in awesome physical shape, working out regularly.  But began struggling with "maximums" -- couldn't run at all or walk at high inclines without developing major palpitations and difficulty breathing.  Stress test was normal -- just a "rapid heartrate."  Over the last 4 years, it has increasingly gotten worse.  My blood pressure has risen from years at 90-100/60-70 to a very high state now.  Without metaprolol, I was above 160/120 -- wound up in ER with massive headaches.  Cardiologist prescribed me metaprolol, just 25mg.  Over the last year, I have taken just the 25mg but the strange chest feelings have come and gone.  I have stopped exercising completely, so now I don't know if I am just out of shape.  On 25mg, my bp was still 140/100, so recently cardiologist bumped me to 50mg.  I have felt WORSE at 50mg -- I can't walk from room to room without gasping for breath, shampooing my hair leaves me drained and gasping.  I am only 46 years old, 5'4" and 120 lbs.  I have a very active family and I hate this.  I honestly feel right now like I am going to die from a heart attack at any moment.  But my cardiologist did an EKG and said my heart was fine -- said "maybe you shouldn't hike" and "just slowly walk."  Suggested bumping the toprol to 75mg.

       

      This is the second cardiologist I have been to - the first a couple years ago also prescriped Tropol.  Said "sometimes mothers are especially stressed with can cause the elevated blood pressure."

       

      Am I crazy???  Maybe I need to find a female cardiologist?  Or do I just have to prepare to live like this?  This is nuts.  I want to go hiking with my family; play soccer with my kids.

       

      Jennifer

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    • Lisa Nelson
      May 23, 2010
      Lisa Nelson
      Health Pro
      May 23, 2010

      Hi Jennifer,

       

      I recommend you contact Dr. Cynthia Shelby-Lane for help investigating the cause of your symptoms.  She is located in Detroit, but provides health coaching through the website relayhealth.com. You can do a search under "Find Your Doctor" to locate her and then register.

       

      All the best,

      Lisa Nelson RD

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