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7/26/11 4:37 P

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I don't freak out about having my BP readings checked anymore (at the doctor's or at home)--as long as the readings are good ones, of course.

Now I get anxious about having routine bloodwork done, since I know that I've been lazy about getting serious about exercise and diet. I've had 4 months since my last tests (when I was shown to be 'insulin resistant') to get in gear. Of course, I've just exercised 'some' and have lost the same 10 pounds over and over emoticon . I go back tomorrow morning for regular fasting blood work (not a glucose tolerance test, thank goodness!) and then back in 2 weeks for the results. I just hope that my blood sugar is okay for now (I don't have any trouble with cholesterol and such). By the time I go back for results I would have been on a low-carb (and the right carbs), low-sugar (not that I eat much sugar anyway) and low sodium (my main problem area--I've cut out all processed foods and put away the salt shaker) for 2 1/2 weeks (along with at least 20+ minutes on the treadmill each day). If my BS levels are up but I've been able to stick to this regimen, I'm hoping that he'll let me continue with it for a while. I don't want to get on any more meds for anything!

I'm also anxious to see how this healthy diet/exercise impacts my BP (especially cutting out the salt).

'Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming -- WOW -- what a ride!


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7/26/11 4:27 P

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I get anxious putting the cuff on at home!! There is something about that cuff on my arm that speeds up my heart rate. I think I am just going to put on the cuff and walk around getting used to it so it dose not freak me out seeing it (this sounds crazy.. right?)

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7/26/11 1:33 P

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I check mine everyday.. mostly its fun to monitor and see how what I eat effects it. today was 118/90 rhr 89 . but thats less than yesterdays 133/95 rhr 100

I don't worry about it. Its always high. It always has been. My Dr doesn't think its a problem. the last two days have been low usually its 150ish/95ish.

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7/25/11 8:54 P

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I have the Omron 785. I do not check my pressure daily, but have been checking it more frequently now as my meds are needing adjustment. I do not have white coat syndrome, but I know many who do.

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7/25/11 4:07 P

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Hello all,
I also get high readings at the Doc's office. I have just accepted the fact that the readings are going to be higher when I get there. I very seldom do readings at home because if it is high I worry and that makes it higher. Since reading your posts, I will do more checks between Doc's visits and take them with me. I have an appointment soon so I'm hoping for a good reading. Thanks for all your posts.

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7/21/11 9:29 P

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I, too, have higher bp readings at the dr. office. I bring my readings that I take at home to show him. Another thing I do that seems to help is that I bring something to read with me to the dr. office so that I can take my mind off the waiting. My readings have lowered some since I began that.

My daughter says she thinks of going to the dr. as a way to fix something rather than worrying about the readings.

I just found this team and joined. I seem to have a lot in common with all of you!
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7/17/11 1:18 P

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Accepting the fact that my readings at the doctor's office will always be a little higher than they should be have actually made the readings there lower during my last couple of visits! (Still higher than they should be, but lower than they used to be!)

Now, if I could just be as relaxed when I get my IOP (eye pressure) checked at the opthamalogist! (glaucoma for many years, but under pretty good control, so no loss of vision--yay!) However, other than faithfully taking my eye drops and trying to increase exercise and lose weight, I have to realize that I don't have any other control over that health issue and what will be will be! emoticon

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7/15/11 4:03 P

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Me too, IMAREADER. Me too!

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7/10/11 4:45 P

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Excellent, IMAREADER!

I am also tryin to work on visualizing the Doc or whoever, wearing Micky Mouse ears.
Also trying to visualize the BP cuff as a very intricate, beautiful arm bracelet. LOL

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7/10/11 8:47 A

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I used to be very apprehensive when I would go to the doctor's, because I knew that my BP would be higher than it should be (White Coat). Like many others here, I bought a good BP monitor. I don't use it every day (maybe a couple of times a week), but I get much lower readings at home. I was taking a log of my readings to the doctor's office for a while, but now he just trusts me to keep up with my BP readings and knows that I'll let him know if my pressure starts to go up. (I have a great doctor!)

'Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming -- WOW -- what a ride!


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7/9/11 8:40 P

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I bought a bp monitor and I can hook it up via USB to my computer and it gives cool charts and graphs along with the printout of my bp readings. The monitor is really nice and was very close to the doctor's readings when I took it with me to one of my appointments. Highly recommend it.

Omron HEM-790IT Automatic Blood Pressure Monitor with Advanced Omron Health Management Software

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3/25/11 5:48 P

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Thanks for the ideas. At first I used an electronic device but its readings weren't correct. Now I've bought one of the regular type used by doctors but still haven't learned to use it.

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3/24/11 10:21 A

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I have a home monitor, but I use a free blood pressure tracker I got from the web, to record and print for the MD. The monitor can lose all its information due to taking out the battery! etc.
www.soundtells.com/BloodPressure/ So I am including a link where you can get this!

I do not fear having my pressure checked, but it is ALWAYS high at the MD's....this last time, it was very high, I had my read out for him to see I run normal at home....he said I had WHITE COAT SYNDROME! ha.....

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3/23/11 10:51 P

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You can try doing what I did:

Purchase a home BP kit. Not the wrist kind. The kind they use at the Drs.

Play with it. Take it apart. Whatever you want to do. Read the instructions, first tho.

THEN, start recording your readings and PLEASE take the Kit with you to the Docs. They can compare readings. I discovered mine was was about 10 points HIGHER than theirs. Interesting.


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