Went to a new Dr for my primary to start to unravel and correct my failing back. My high-normal blood pressure is now considered High by new 2017 guidelines. He prescribed me lowest dose losartan. To tell you the truth, there was so much information going back-and-forth between him and I that I just said “oh yeah I’ll go on a blood pressure medicine” without even thinking about it. Two days later I’m talking to a friend of mine who is fairly athletic and I mentioned the prescription to him and he said “oh don’t go on that - you should at least try diet and exercise before hand. Why wasn’t that an option ?” It just rang true . And truthfully, yeah, he’s not a doctor but it was like he unlocked the part of my brain that wasn’t working that said - “wait a minute...” So now when I go back with the x-rays of my back that he requested, I’m wondering how he will react to me saying no, I want to try aggressive diet and exercise changes before I go on some pill with a number of side effects including kidney interaction . Anyone here consciously go against doctors orders, and if so what was their reaction?