I woke up one morning feeling very terrible; my head banged as though there were people dancing masquerade inside my cranium. I tried to take my mind off the pain but just couldn’t: the more I tried to relax the worse the pain became. Several things began to race across my mind. Have I become hypertensive? I asked, talking to no one in particular. I finally decided to see my Klikdokter doctor and after a series of tests I was told what I had was just malaria.
The doctor took time to explain to me what I should ask myself if I thought I was experiencing hypertension. So what are those questions to ask yourself?
1. Am I having a terrible headache? One thing that could be a warning signal that you may be experiencing hypertension is if you have severe occipital headache (at the back of your head) especially in the mornings.
2. Am I losing sleep? Losing your sleep or suffering from a medical condition known as insomnia could be a warning that you may be having hypertension especially if you have no other way of explaining the cause of your sleeplessness.
3. Do I have any difficulty breathing? One other way you could know if you may be experiencing hypertension is if you suddenly begin to suffer shortness of breath. This should serve as a signal that you may be having a mild form of complication already setting in.
4. Am I dizzy? This is a feeling of unsteadiness or haziness and is usually accompanied by anxiety. If you are sure that that describes the symptom you have you need to see the doctor to find out if you are having hypertension.
5. Any palpitation? Do you have any rapid and forceful …