I am a former endurance athlete - cycled 760 miles in 90 hours in 1995, born 1949.
Open cholecystectomy a year ago.
Postural hypotension (low blood pressure causes inadequate blood flow to the head when standing up) since childhood.
I cannot find my resting pulse, but a machine at the chemist made it 41 beats/min.
Blood pressure 112/71.
Rhodiola helps, and has similar effects to ginkgo, I think, causing hyperactivity if taken in excess... I am thinking of increasing Rhodiola from 250mg/day. Rhodiola can cause insomnia, I think, so I take it a breakfast ...it seems to have most effect after about 9 hours. I have no difficulty getting to sleep, but often wake at 05:00. I usually wake feeling groggy due to Bradycardia and cerebral hypoxia. I need enough stimulation to get oxygen to my brain all night, but not so much that I cannot get to sleep.
Last weekend I had 250mg Rhodiola on Saturday, and a very busy day and several cups of coffee. left my pills at home, no medication on Sunday and felt awful... I could hardly walk or keep my eyes open. 500mg Rhodiola on Monday and felt fine and a bit irritable, almost over-energetic.
I read that Co-enzyme Q10 at no more than 30mg/day can help.
I will now reduce Co-enzyme Q10 from 60 mg/day to 30mg/day.
UK National Health Service is free, but mostly not worth the 10 minute walk to the surgery ...but I have now changed to a doctor who has heard of a few complimentary herbal medicines!
Has anyone any additional advice or experiences to share?