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Hey there everybody. I just joined and can use some advice. I know this isn't medical advice, but I can just use some advice in general.
So for the past month or so, I just haven't been feeling right. Been dizzy and whatnot. My boyfriend actually thought maybe I should be tested for diabetes because I eat A LOT of sugar. Even he's noticed, and he's told me in all honesty that I need to cut the sugar... I know this isn't good, but I have never been tested for diabests, cholesteral or anything like that. I haven't even had a physical in a good 3 years . After he told me he had some concerns about my sugar, I called my doctors office and made an appt. for a physical but they said they were booking into December and would call me a month or so before hand to make the actual appointment. Well anyway, one day while I was at his house, we were all talking with my boyfriends mom and she has some health issues, one of them being diabetes, so she has a sugar checker. So I asked if she would be able to check my sugar, and she did, and it came up 93, which she said is a good blood sugar. I was fine with everything after that but I was still so dizzy.. And I got to thinking about my blood pressure. The last time I was at my doctor's office for a sinus infection, my blood sugar was on the higher side but nothing too bad. The nurse that knows me fairly well told me that it was higher than normal for me, but still was in the "okay range". She said it could be due to my body fighting off an infection and she didn't think much of it.. I took it one other time at my gym, and it came up kinda high (don't remember the exact numbers) but I know those things have to be calibrated and I was excersisiing so I shrugged it off again (which now I know I probably shouldn't have). So anyway, my boyfriends mom did have a blood pressure cuff and brought it out and took my blood pressure and the first reading came up 158/118. Needless to say I was freaked out.. So she took it in the other arm, and it came up 156/105. Still freaking out at this time. So she tells me to relax a bit and takes everybody elses blood pressure....which all come out fine. Afterwards she checks mine again and it comes up 167/115. By this point, I'm freaking out but trying to stay as calm as I can...
So after a few more tries, they all come up around those numbers and I take myself to urgent care. I know they can't really do anything, but I needed them to check to make sure #1 it was accurate and advise me what I should do next. When I got there and got into the room, the nurse checked my blood pressure and the first reading came up at 177/122. She told me there's no doubt my blood pressure is high but she will check it again in a few minutes, and she did and it came up 174/108, so she confirmed that my blood pressure was high but that the doctor will be in soon.
So anyway, the doctor took a look at me, told me that I needed to make an appointment with my doctor within 2 weeks. When I went to urgent care it was around 7pm and my doctors office was closed so I called first thing the next morning. The receptionist told me that she had to get the reports from urgent care and give them to my doctor to look over and that they'll call me back soon to tell me what the plan was going to be. So she did and told me that he said the last time I was seen, my blood pressure was normal (which was 3 months ago or so), so it hasn't been high for too awful long, and that I needed to be seen within 1-3 weeks. Well the earliest appointment they had was 3 weeks away.. And to be honest, I'm not medical professional, but numbers that high, I feel like I should be seen sooner... I'm REALLY worried with those numbers but I'm trying not to worry too much. I bought a blood pressure cuff for myself and have taken it at least once a day and they are all coming up with 160's over 110's or in that range of some sort. I think the lowest I got was 138/105.
To be completely honest, I don't eat right, I don't excersise, I've put on a good amount of weight in the last few years, and my job is very stressful. My job changed around the time my blood pressure has (maybe) started to go up to where I had to be up for work around 3am to get there by 4am. I'm 35 years old, and the mom of 2 boys, so the earliest I was getting to bed was 10pm (sometimes later), so I was usually going off only a few hours of sleep every night.
So anyway, I'm hoping somebody can give me some advice about what to do . Idk if I should push to get in sooner? or wait the 3 weeks?. Idk, I'm just really scared . Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated.
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