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I've had low blood pressure for several months now. It's 95/63. It's because I can't afford my thyroid medicine since I lost my insurance (I have hypothyroidism). To me it's not too much of a big deal. I really don't have symptoms, but my husband does nothing but blame my veggie diet. Everyday I have to put up with him bashing it, and telling me how I'm going to die or pass out while driving. Also, according to him every vegetarian is sick and anorexic. I don't know, I guess I just need some moral support right now. Sorry for the random personal life rant.
 

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I'm very sorry - that you can't get your medicine and that you don't have support at home. Your veggie diet is not the cause of your thyroid issues. I wish your husband knew some healthy and robust vegetarians - there are plenty out there!!!<br><br>
Stay strong and positive, and know that he's probably just very worried about you and needs something to blame. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:">
 

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Oh I am sorry your going through this I am way too big however, I am a newbie Vegeterian tho but my blood pressure is above average then normal . I have good Cholesterol and most of my weight is is in my legs. However, I agree your thyroid is probley making you feel rotten or health issues. I think you should go get looked at and so a doctor can explain to your husband about your issues.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hug:"> I'm sorry to hear all this. Does your husband have health insurance, or are both of you uninsured? Is there a low cost clinic in your area? Perhaps talk to someone there. Also, your local city/county might have a health nutrition person who can answer questions, either in person, on the phone, or e-mail. Good luck.
 

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Sorry to hear about your problems. I hope things get better for you soon.<br><br>
I would encourage you to check how much your thyroid medication costs -- maybe you can get it as a $4 generic from Walmart or Target? If the particular medication you were taking isn't available at a reasonable price, you might be able to call your doctor's office, explain your situation, and see if they would put in a prescription for another similar (hopefully cheaper) medication. It's not safe to just not take your thyroid medication even if you aren't having symptoms, and your husband is probably right that you shouldn't be driving when you know you have low blood pressure.
 

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how do you feel with that blood pressure? Many people function just fine at those numbers, but how is it for you? I'd contact the drug company and see if they have a program that helps people who can't afford their medications. Most are generic for hypothyroidism, so there are probably no samples to be had, so I'd go right to the company themselves! Can't hurt.<br><br>
unfortunately, your husband isn't alone in those sentiments...my cous thinks all vegan's skin looks terrible....apparently she ignores mine though....Try to be strong when he cuts your way of life down,and there's always us!
 

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I had a similar problem a few years ago when I was taking a medication for ADHD. I had very low blood pressure and would pass out fairly often. My dad blamed my diet (even though I never had those problems before taking the medication) and kept harping on me about it.<br><br>
You can tell him how angry it is making you and to lay off. Also, show him my picture. I am clearly not anorexic and I never get sick <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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OK Kelli....you need to go to the Health forum, because I thought I was just answering you again in there, but the original post was by some one else.....Anyway....you really should get back on your meds ASAP, as the hypothyroidism will only get worse......here's a passage I linked in the other hypothyroid thread:<br><br><div style="text-align:left;"><span style="color:#000000;">As hypothyroidism progresses, symptoms become worse and more frequent. As the <a href="http://www.ehow.com/about_5375239_effects-untreated-hypothyroidism.html#" target="_blank"><span>body</span></a> struggles to adjust to the lower levels of thyroid hormones, additional symptoms and conditions begin to develop. <b><i>The thyroid hormone plays a large role in the heart's rate and output, as it helps with blood flow by relaxing blood vessel's smooth muscles which ensures that blood flows easily. The heart rate can slow to below normal levels, as it is not able to pump as efficiently. Blood vessel walls become stiff, and blood pressure rises. Hypertension is a significant risk of untreated hypothyroidism<br><br></i></b>Read more: <a href="http://www.ehow.com/about_5375239_effects-untreated-hypothyroidism.html#ixzz1PVK9p0VV" target="_blank">Effects of Untreated Hypothyroidism | eHow.com</a> <a href="http://www.ehow.com/about_5375239_effects-untreated-hypothyroidism.html#ixzz1PVK9p0VV" target="_blank">http://www.ehow.com/about_5375239_ef...#ixzz1PVK9p0VV</a></span></div>
so do try to get ahold of some meds from the pharm company!
 

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Thank you guys! I certainly feel better knowing I'm not the only one who's diet gets blamed for health problems. I'll try again to find a Dr who won't send me all over the place to get labs done. That's when it gets expensive.
 

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If you want to you can show him a photo of 6ft tall, curvy, not-sickly-at-all me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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it is weird how people make these statement : the other day at my doctor i had my blood pressure taken, now take in mind I didnt eat that morning cause I had bronchitis and also took some medication, my blood pressure was very low<br><br>
her response, oh its probably because you cut out meat from your eating plan.<br><br>
Erm no maybe its because I have bronchitis, didnt eat this morning and are sick as a dog.
 

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Thank you guys! I certainly feel better knowing I'm not the only one who's diet gets blamed for health problems. I'll try again to find a Dr who won't send me all over the place to get labs done. That's when it gets expensive.</div>
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I really hope you find someone and look into getting affordable medication. Your health is something to take very seriously. Other posters have given some gread advice about checking out low cost clinics and health/medication programs to help you out.<br><br>
As for your husband: once you find a good dr, maybe you could have your husband go with you to an appt and have him witness the dr saying it's your thyroid causing your low blood pressure?
 

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All I can say is thank goodness for our National Health Service. Nobody here would have to do without medication if they needed it.<br><br>
Are you sure the low blood pressure and the hypothyroidism are connected? According to the link that Photojess provided, hypothyroidism leads to hypertension (high blood pressure) not hypotension (low blood pressure).
 

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Are you sure the low blood pressure and the hypothyroidism are connected? According to the link that Photojess provided, hypothyroidism leads to hypertension (high blood pressure) not hypotension (low blood pressure).</div>
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Here's a better link: <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hypothyroidism/DS00353/DSECTION=symptoms" target="_blank">Mayo Clinic Hypothyroidism</a> -- low blood pressure can be a sign of advanced hypothyroidism, which can be life threatening.
 

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Here's a better link: <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hypothyroidism/DS00353/DSECTION=symptoms" target="_blank">Mayo Clinic Hypothyroidism</a> -- low blood pressure can be a sign of advanced hypothyroidism, which can be life threatening.</div>
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I am in a similar boat as you, I can't afford my thyroid meds anymore, but here is the twist that might help you with your hubby. I had stopped eating a veggie diet and about a 1 1/2yrs ago and shortly after that is when my doctor put me on thyroid meds. My health took a huge turn for the worse, I started passing out, was at the doctors a few times a month and was missing work almost as much. They ran a bunch of test and said it was because I was on the generic version of the meds and put me on the regular version. Still had problems ran more and more test. Well, in March was the last time I was able to fill my meds I couldn't afford to anymore. I went without for almost 2 weeks and then decided maybe I should use the generic I still had left over. Well during that 2 week time I didn't passout 1 time. With in a week of being on the meds I started passing out so hubby and I decided to stop the meds again and see what happened. It's been over 2 months and not one single time did I have a spell.<br><br>
So I decided to go back to my veggie lifestyle, the more I take the meat out (had to go slow as I had already bought tons of food and had no money to replace it then) the better I am feeling, I have energy back, the weight is falling off and I can honestly say I haven't felt this good in like 2 years.
 
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