I had been training for the last 4 years and doing well, then about 1 month ago, I ended up in the Emergency Room. Turns out I had high blood pressure (Hypertension), my BP numbers were through the roof 230/130. I was bleeding out of my nose, throat, eyes, it was like a horror movie. ER doctor said I was fortunate I didn't have a heart-attack or stroke.
My family doctor put me on a mix of high blood pressure medications and diuretics:
My blood pressure now is normal, around 115/75.
But the side effects are awful. I am always tired, fatigued, and my muscles are weak and ache. I noticed right away there was something wrong with my muscles because I'd have to wash my hair in 2 sets -- my arms would get tired! Even walking, I noticed that the weight of my arms made the muscles in my shoulders and traps ache. Most surprisingly, despite my best efforts and will power, I can only lift or press about 60% of what I was doing just 1 month ago and I can barely get 8 reps of even the lightest "pink" weights done before my muscles are screaming in agony. I mean, it's not even a mental thing, I physically can't lift or press the weight I did 1 month ago.
What's going on here? Only 1 month ago I was lifting to my max and had little fatigue and quick recovery.
The doctor said that my muscles and organs were used to operating at a much high blood pressure, double of what it is normal, so it will take time for them to adjust to the lower pressure. We basically reduced my blood pressure by half!
Other stuff I'm reading is that these meds -- some worse than others -- cause muscle fatigue, weakness, tiredness.
What do you know about this?