Well, I am back. At the doctor's office, my bp was 186/94. I walked home (1.5 miles) allowed myself to rest for about 1hr after getting home, and my BP is back down to 140/90...Dr. is considering putting me on meds but I asked her for another month to keep a real good log of my BP through the the day, each day for 1 month (I use to make one, but lost my monitor and by the time I found it, I had gotten out of the habit of keeping a log so I didn't have one for her today). So for the next month I am going to keep a super detailed log of my BP through the day for the next month so I can show her that I've been able to keep it down on my own and that it just spikes during certain situations, like going to the doctor. I'm glad it at least wasn't as high as it use to be when I would go in. It's helped that my "normal" high at home has gone down so when it spikes, it doesn't get to 180/130! The top number still goes up quite a bit, but the bottom number has stayed fairly consistent.
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Fitness Minutes: (17,050) Posts: 478 2/13/09 7:37 A
It's amazing! My BP has been high all week which has had me a little nervous. I didn't get a full 8 hrs of sleep, but I did at least get 7 hrs of peaceful sleep (no waking up in the middle of the night or anything like that!) I checked my BP and it's come down to 140/90. While I know it won't be that low when I go in, just knowing that it was down to that this morning will help keep me more calm. Plus, then I can tell the Dr about that and she won't freak out when it jumps up at the visit! :) I'm so happy! My Dr. appointment is in just under 2 hrs, I'll report back about my BP when I get home after the appointment.
I saw my dr yesterday bp was high even on meds and the diet. She has me coming back this afternoon for and ECG. I need to monitor my bp twice a day for 6 days. Then they will do the other tests. But not until my BP is down.
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when i went to the doctor i felt bad for the young assistant. she thought she was doing something wrong when she took my BP. she had never seen numbers like that. then the doctor came in she took it herself 214/137. she then said i an not allowed to leave, and if she can't get the numbers down by time her office closes that i would be leaving in an ambulance. so she gave me Med's (i wasn't on any until then)and 1-1/2 hours i was about 160/80. so she let me go home but i go back tomorrow so she can check me after 3 days of Med's. i've got to loose some weight. my boss keeps his numbers in control with no drug company Med's, but his problem is caused by personality.
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Fitness Minutes: (210) Posts: 3,542 2/12/09 4:34 P
Rennagade, I hope your doctor visit went well..those are some pretty high numbers :( And surely your boss wouldnt 'cheat' himself out of good health?? If he isnt keeping his #s in control all the time, good grief..
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Fitness Minutes: (17,050) Posts: 478 2/9/09 10:51 P
Thanks for all the advice and encouragement. My appointment is at 8am so I won't have time to do any cardio earlier enough to be able to rest a bit afterwards....but maybe if I ran or biked to the office (its about 1 mile from my house) then if it's high, I can use that as my excuse, lol. What we humans will do try keep Doctors off our backs!
I just saw mine today. I spent the last week going over in my mind what I wanted to discuss. And felt very relaxed when I got there. But when I first had high BP readings I would get there early say 15 min. and sit in my car. It is boring so I am lower then if I am rushed and had a long hike to the office from the car. good luck
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cardio does help lower your BP. you just have to have a while to rest afterwards so your not all worked up. my boss does that with every doctors visit so it stays low enough to convince his doctor that he can deal with it on his own
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Fitness Minutes: (17,050) Posts: 478 2/9/09 3:51 P
When my BP goes up it takes it quite awhile to go down, which is why it's not as low as it was a couple months ago because the last 2 months I had been off and on with getting sick and when I'm sick my BP goes up so it's slow to go back down now that I haven't been sick for awhile. So I'd be worried if I tried cardio on the same day, that it'd just make my BP higher for the appiontment...but then again, exercise calms my nerves so maybe it would work for the better...hmmmm
my doctor has her assistant take my BP while she is getting ready to take blood, and i always tell her can't you take my BP before you bring that stuff in. i have an appointment tomorrow, my pressure has been around 190/134 so since it's an afternoon appointment, i'm going to do a half hour of cardio a little before the appointment
I laughed, and am glad you are not superstitious. My lucky number is 13. Got engaged on Friday the 13th, and my oldest son was born 50 years ago this Friday the 13th... Good Luck... most everyone gets their B/P up a little when seening the white coat. ;)
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Fitness Minutes: (209,487) Posts: 12,595 2/8/09 11:51 A
Thanks. Lol, I think the Dentist is the only Dr I'm not afraid of. I think it's the "unknown" about going to the Dr. I other than the usualy check BP and temp, I never know what they are going to do or find. With the Dentist, I know they will just clean the teeth and then I'm done. My teeth are in good shape so no worries there for me. Lol Maybe I can have my dr tell the dentist to check my BP from now on, lol...
You're not alone in that white coat syndrome (spiking BP), so don't freak out about it..just accept it...just that will help you because you won't get upset about getting upset. My BP always spikes, but I take my BP often and chart it at home and I even take it when I'm at the market or store, occasionally, too, just to be sure. I always bring in a listing of my meds & vitamins & supplements I take, plus I have a sheet that lists things like: last mammogram & results, pap smear results, blood work results, any shots, quick family history, quick personal history. My doctor knows I get nervous and because I'm so prepared, she's happy with it and I never forget anything because I've written it down and I cross it off as I talk with her. The more prepared I am, the better I feel. I've tried deep breathing in the office (I only get there 15 minutes ahead of time) and bring my handheld Sudoku game to keep my mind busy. So try not to worry about getting worked up...happens often...be prepared...and try to relax a bit. Let us know how it goes.
(You should see how I get before a dentist visit...I almost need Valium)
Ok, so I am really not a superstitious person so I'm not scared of the fact that it's on Friday the 13th. I just think it's fun to say because people are always like "ooooooo" Lol Anyway, I'm going to my doctor this Friday and I always get so nervous going to the doctor! I hate it because I will get myself so worked up that my BP spikes really bad. I really like my Dr. I'll use my HBP as an example to show how she's differed then other Dr I've seen. I hate taking meds (for reasons that would take too long to explain in here, lol). She understand that I am iffy when it comes to taking any medication. Any other Dr I've gone to, the second they see that my BP is high, they are writing out a prescription and sending me to the pharmacy. They are so focused on my BP, that the original reason I went in to the Dr. is lost and not taken care of to the extent that I wanted it to be taken care of. With my current Dr. She works with me. She talks with me about what I'm doing on my own to lower it, how it's helped, maybe some other things I can try. She understands my concerns about meds so she almost always gives me a chance to deal with my issues with out meds before she really encourages me to take them. It is comforting, but even though I have found the only doctor I've ever met that I like, I still freak out! I go to the Dr. office 30 minutes-1hr early just to sit in the lobby and read so I have time to calm my nerves. But, the moment I hear "Rebecca" from a nurse calling me back, my BP spikes because I get nervous again. They've even gotten into a habbit of taking it twice, once at the beginning and once at the end, just to see if I've calmed down enough for it to lower, but it doesn't work. I'm nervous through the whole appointment! How can I get myself to calm down? I know a lot of times when I get nervous, I'll forget all the stuff I wanted to talk to the Dr. about, which then also makes me nervous as I try digging through my brain to figure out what I forgot, so I've tried writing things down before the appointment, but it doesn't help, I am still super nervous! I do keep track of my BP at home. I use to chart it, but for awhile I lost the monitor. I finally found it but I haven't gotten back into the habbit of making a chart. It's been several months since I was last at the Dr so I am super duper nervous! Please help!
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