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Having problems with a doctor who desperately wants to prove I have high BP and medicate me!
Never had issues until 2 months ago when a routine checkup gave a reading of 165/94. I have bad anxiety with a real issue around medical stuff. Nurse recommended I get my own monitor which I did, tested for a month then brought the readings in to the doctor. Home results were mostly on the high end of normal. She took it again at her office, refusing to use the necessary large cuff, and giving a reading around 155/85. She told me I would need to go on medication for white coat hypertension...!
Since then I've had tests all coming up normal (kidneys, cholesterol, ecg). They insisted on doing the ECG directly before a blood test - knowing I am extremely scared of needles. My heart rate was around 103 and the nurse & doctor told me I had "severe tachycardia" (what?!) even though it started to come down after a bit. They repeated the ECG 3 more times and eventually got it down to 87. I tried to tell them that my normal resting is ~65 and they basically laughed in my face. They started talking about medication for my heart rate as well as bp.
I had a 24hr BP monitor 2 weeks ago which was awful. As soon as the nurse put it on, it inflated and was so painful I was nearly sick. She told me it's because my arm is big that it has to inflate more, which I understand. For the next 12 hours it was mostly just uncomfy and a bit painful. Every single reading when I was resting was around 125/75, with a few of 130s/80s while walking, cleaning etc. In the night, it woke me up every hour and adrenaline went through my body spiking my heart rate up to 80 or 90, giving "night time" readings of 130-140/80s! By this time every inflation was sickening,crushing agony so I gave up at 3am and took it off!
I'm seeing my doctor tomorrow to discuss but I just found out she went behind my back and referred me to a cardiologist without telling me... I'm already in trouble with work for taking time off for hospital appointments etc and I honestly don't think I have an issue. Why won't she trust me, and why is she continuing to try and test me for things after my normal 24hr results?!
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