Friday, August 31, 2012
I joined a Yahoo group for hyperaldosteronism. It took a while to be accepted because they said they had some spammers in the past. It was started by a retired doctor who knows a lot about the condition.
The group wants your meds, age, lots of information! They recommended I go to a Hypertension Specialist. All my life while having high blood pressure, no one ever suggested I go to this type of specialist. I did not know they existed. I always thought that an internal medicine doctor could take care of it.
It was a long day of working, finding the highest recommended one in my city and calling their office to be told that he will not see me without a recommendation from my primary care doctor. So I called insurance and they said I could go to any doctor I want to. Then I called my primary care doctor and left a message (usual procedure). It was getting late and no news from primary doc, so I called endocrinologist, who called me right back and said they don't make recommendations! So I call the HS back and said I could go to any doctor I wanted and they told me the reason was he was not taking new patients and only took patients on recommendations. So I thought I would see if my PC doctor would call. He did, at 6:30 pm. He said he thought that I should go to the HS and would send over my records! Today I will call again for an appointment!
Second part of the story is that the yahoo group doctor told me that all my medicines were all wrong for my high aldosterone condition.
I still have a lot of work to do, but I feel like I am now going in the right direction! The endocrinologist has not been too concerned with my blood pressure or even my blood glucose level lately. I might be changing that doctor too. He is very kind and listens to me, but is not helping me control my health. So I have to do what is best for me.
I want to live a long life and not have a stroke like both of my grandmothers did in their 50's and my mother in her 70's.
You have read my previous blogs, some rants and some about going on disability. I want to live well and not be "disabled". I will find a way at age 61 to get out of my job I hate, into health and into a home based business.
Thanks for reading!