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    Blood Pressure

    To preface, blood pressure is serious stuff.

    On a light side, I have to admit, I never know what my blood pressure will translate to when in the doctor's office. For the most part, it is much higher than when I self measure at home. So to try to prove our home device was faulty, I have taken it to the doctor's office, and sure enough, it is the same as what the doctor's equipment says. In other words, I get super anxious in some places. At least I used to.

    Since my doctor retired last year, I have a new one. And today's blood pressure came out quite good, even at the doctor's office. What's going on? Not complaining, but my MO is to do well at home, sometimes lower than I expect, but quite high at the medical appointment. Here's the problem, if you have above average readings in the doctor's office, sooner or later they will prescribe meds. And once on meds, it is hard to change a doctor's opinion on the subject. But if I am average at worst at home, every day, do I need meds?????

    Any of you run into this situation.....lower pressure at home, much higher in a stressful situation? I may have mentioned this here before, but my previous doctor's assistant took my blood pressure every time I visited. It annoyed me, because she once did it even though I had 2 appointments within weeks. But this one time I found out I had a bit of a medical issue, though apparently not serious. I was also running out of parking time on the meter. So when she came in to take a reading, I refused. I said, I just found out something that could be a problem, and I may be getting a parking ticket if I don't get moving, so yeah, my pressure will be high today!!!

    She understood. We had a good laugh about it before my doctor retired.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanDB View Post
    To preface, blood pressure is serious stuff.

    On a light side, I have to admit, I never know what my blood pressure will translate to when in the doctor's office. For the most part, it is much higher than when I self measure at home. So to try to prove our home device was faulty, I have taken it to the doctor's office, and sure enough, it is the same as what the doctor's equipment says. In other words, I get super anxious in some places. At least I used to.

    Since my doctor retired last year, I have a new one. And today's blood pressure came out quite good, even at the doctor's office. What's going on? Not complaining, but my MO is to do well at home, sometimes lower than I expect, but quite high at the medical appointment. Here's the problem, if you have above average readings in the doctor's office, sooner or later they will prescribe meds. And once on meds, it is hard to change a doctor's opinion on the subject. But if I am average at worst at home, every day, do I need meds?????

    Any of you run into this situation.....lower pressure at home, much higher in a stressful situation? I may have mentioned this here before, but my previous doctor's assistant took my blood pressure every time I visited. It annoyed me, because she once did it even though I had 2 appointments within weeks. But this one time I found out I had a bit a medical issue, though apparently not serious. I was also running out of parking time on the meter. So when she came in to take a reading, I refused. I said, I just found out something that could be a problem, and I may be getting a parking ticket if I don't get moving, so yeah, my pressure will be high today!!!

    She understood. We had a good laugh about it before my doctor retired.

    I always hate it when going to the doctor.
    They always quick take you into a room and immediately starts taking your vitals including blood pressure.
    Well.... Every time, my blood pressure goes right up, just because of the temporary stress of the situation!

    So, then she takes my blood pressure and it ends up something like 130 over 85!
    Of course it is! They stressed me out!!

    Eventually, they give me some time to settle in and i do a little breathing and relaxing. They take it again and it is 115 over 70!

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    Quote Originally Posted by johntbronco View Post
    I always hate it when going to the doctor.
    They always quick take you into a room and immediately starts taking your vitals including blood pressure.
    Well.... Every time, my blood pressure goes right up, just because of the temporary stress of the situation!

    So, then she takes my blood pressure and it ends up something like 130 over 85!
    Of course it is! They stressed me out!!

    Eventually, they give me some time to settle in and i do a little breathing and relaxing. They take it again and it is 115 over 70!
    130 over 85 sounds really good compared to my doctor's visit readings....I was hitting the 150 mark and change. But JT, like you, how do you have a good reading when they are have just told you something you do not want to hear??? Or you came in, awaiting test results.

    But even the environment I enter has an effect. Yesterday, with the new doctor, first reading was 120 over 80. For me, in a doctor's office, that's like amazing!! And though I am older, and have some ailments, I can still get a reading at home under 120 over 70. In fact, I have home readings that are lower (under 115) to the point I do not believe them!! But the equipment works. Weird.

    But to repeat, I think it is a bit unwise for a doctor to prescribe blood pressure meds if they lean towards their "bloated' readings, knowing exactly what the customer is going through. I know my doctor had considered things based on that, as well as age and some other factors that compile a heart risk formula, but less meds is better than more.
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    Im not one for doctors....
    Whenever we fight a fire we get checked out and after one house fire the emt said "your pulse is pretty high". I promptly told him that i had just worked the night shift right before the fire...if it was any lower idbe asleep"

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    Quote Originally Posted by armedequation View Post
    Im not one for doctors....
    Whenever we fight a fire we get checked out and after one house fire the emt said "your pulse is pretty high". I promptly told him that i had just worked the night shift right before the fire...if it was any lower idbe asleep"
    And what would they expect it to be, given the intensity of the situation??!! Would they prefer someone high handling the fire??


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    This subject caught my eye...

    I'd noticed the past few months at every Dr appt it seemed to be much higher than usual. The nurse and I always laughed it off as me just being nervous about the upcoming procedure causing a high reading. Finally I made an appt specifically to go over my BP. It was not great so my doc had me get a cuff so I could measure and keep track at home for the next couple weeks. It was always high at home too - always over 140/90. Went back to the doc for a follow up and that day I clocked in at 170/120. I knew I was in trouble when the nurse stopped kidding around with me and quickly left the room. Then I heard my doc and her talking outside the door and my doc says, "was it really 170/120?". She came in and started asking me serious questions...are you dizzy? do you have numbness down your arm? does your chest hurt? I actually felt just fine and less freaked out than usual (I have anxiety disorders and PTSD). She put me on BP meds and ordered some blood work. She took my BP again at the end of the appt...238/170 Only reason she let me walk out of there was I promised to be at the pharmacy taking my first BP pill in 15 minutes.

    Turns out the blood work found a problem. I had thyroid cancer in 2014, my thyroid removed in 2015 and have to take a pill that replaces thyroid hormone. My blood work shows the dose was too high which can cause unusually high BP. We dropped that dose and with the BP meds I'm back under 140/90 nearly every day. My doc says if my BP starts reading too low we'll drop the BP meds and see what happens. I'm just happy not to feel like I'm constantly walking around in the stroke territory red zone. Scary stuff.

    I guess I could have told her I was a Bronco fan and that was likely a contributing factor as well
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis.1960 View Post
    This subject caught my eye...

    I'd noticed the past few months at every Dr appt it seemed to be much higher than usual. The nurse and I always laughed it off as me just being nervous about the upcoming procedure causing a high reading. Finally I made an appt specifically to go over my BP. It was not great so my doc had me get a cuff so I could measure and keep track at home for the next couple weeks. It was always high at home too - always over 140/90. Went back to the doc for a follow up and that day I clocked in at 170/120. I knew I was in trouble when the nurse stopped kidding around with me and quickly left the room. Then I heard my doc and her talking outside the door and my doc says, "was it really 170/120?". She came in and started asking me serious questions...are you dizzy? do you have numbness down your arm? does your chest hurt? I actually felt just fine and less freaked out than usual (I have anxiety disorders and PTSD). She put me on BP meds and ordered some blood work. She took my BP again at the end of the appt...238/170 Only reason she let me walk out of there was I promised to be at the pharmacy taking my first BP pill in 15 minutes.

    Turns out the blood work found a problem. I had thyroid cancer in 2014, my thyroid removed in 2015 and have to take a pill that replaces thyroid hormone. My blood work shows the dose was too high which can cause unusually high BP. We dropped that dose and with the BP meds I'm back under 140/90 nearly every day. My doc says if my BP starts reading too low we'll drop the BP meds and see what happens. I'm just happy not to feel like I'm constantly walking around in the stroke territory red zone. Scary stuff.

    I guess I could have told her I was a Bronco fan and that was likely a contributing factor as well
    Thanks for sharing D!!!

    Glad you have things pretty much under control these days, and hopefully it will just keep getting better!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis.1960 View Post
    This subject caught my eye...

    I'd noticed the past few months at every Dr appt it seemed to be much higher than usual. The nurse and I always laughed it off as me just being nervous about the upcoming procedure causing a high reading. Finally I made an appt specifically to go over my BP. It was not great so my doc had me get a cuff so I could measure and keep track at home for the next couple weeks. It was always high at home too - always over 140/90. Went back to the doc for a follow up and that day I clocked in at 170/120. I knew I was in trouble when the nurse stopped kidding around with me and quickly left the room. Then I heard my doc and her talking outside the door and my doc says, "was it really 170/120?". She came in and started asking me serious questions...are you dizzy? do you have numbness down your arm? does your chest hurt? I actually felt just fine and less freaked out than usual (I have anxiety disorders and PTSD). She put me on BP meds and ordered some blood work. She took my BP again at the end of the appt...238/170 Only reason she let me walk out of there was I promised to be at the pharmacy taking my first BP pill in 15 minutes.

    Turns out the blood work found a problem. I had thyroid cancer in 2014, my thyroid removed in 2015 and have to take a pill that replaces thyroid hormone. My blood work shows the dose was too high which can cause unusually high BP. We dropped that dose and with the BP meds I'm back under 140/90 nearly every day. My doc says if my BP starts reading too low we'll drop the BP meds and see what happens. I'm just happy not to feel like I'm constantly walking around in the stroke territory red zone. Scary stuff.

    I guess I could have told her I was a Bronco fan and that was likely a contributing factor as well
    Good to see you back to normal, Dennis.

    I got the doc to cut my blood pressure meds in half because I was exercising at least four days a week and eventually dropped 15 pounds. He recently said he'll take me off if I continue on my path. Exercise was stressed just as much as diet. And you don't need to go crazy with it. If you find yourself sitting down for an hour doing nothing, the next day, use 30 of those minutes to take a brisk walk. If you don't want to go outside, walk in place in your home. YouTube probably has some good 25-30 minute exercises that you can do. And if you find yourself bored as you exercise, see if you can turn on a 30 minute comedy. I always watch 2 Married With Children episodes when I'm exercising.

    All you need to do is build up a good sweat... and don't sweat the Broncos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DevilSpawn View Post
    Good to see you back to normal, Dennis.

    I got the doc to cut my blood pressure meds in half because I was exercising at least four days a week and eventually dropped 15 pounds. He recently said he'll take me off if I continue on my path. Exercise was stressed just as much as diet. And you don't need to go crazy with it. If you find yourself sitting down for an hour doing nothing, the next day, use 30 of those minutes to take a brisk walk. If you don't want to go outside, walk in place in your home. YouTube probably has some good 25-30 minute exercises that you can do. And if you find yourself bored as you exercise, see if you can turn on a 30 minute comedy. I always watch 2 Married With Children episodes when I'm exercising.

    All you need to do is build up a good sweat... and don't sweat the Broncos.
    Well said DS! Exercise and diet work wonders, and you don't have to go all out in either. Although I go to the gym regularly, way back I got into "at home" exercise as well...which is quite easy, especially if you like watching tv. You can do cardio, lift some weights, work your core, and without feeling exhausted. I like that I can walk up and down stairs where we now live, to go to the car, take the dog for a walk, etc. These are bonus points!

    And not so much now, but I would really work up a sweat when exercising during sports on tv, especially when my fav teams were playing! Trouble was, I'd usually end with a large glass of beer or some other "liquid fav", maybe some potato chips, and so on. My working out these days is not quite so brisk, but the diet has improved.

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