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This concerns me...and pisses me off as well!

Friday, November 21, 2008

My blood pressure has always been in the 11x/70 range. Last week at my annual physical it was 120/80, still within acceptable ranges, but high for me.

Today I went to buy BC pills and my BP was 135/85!! And the nurse, who weighed at least 400 pounds, told me I need to eat healthier and exercise more.

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  • LBP1961
    Doctors don't always have IT. My friend is a postman and he walks 6 hours a day. The doctor told him( before knowing that he was a postman) that he should walk at least 30 minutes every day!!!! My friend never went back to that doctor. emoticon

    For your BP could be your pill but if it is genetic there is nothing you can do, medication can help. Side effects far outweight the damage from BP. If not estrogen is proven to raise BP.

    4541 days ago
  • ZORBS13
    I've been on these particular pills for 7-8 years, and during that time, my BP has been 11x/70.

    I think it is genetics catching up to me, my parents both have high BP, and if it gets worse I don't know what to do, since I already eat super healthy and exercise WAY more than the average person...
    4543 days ago
    Higher blood pressure is a common side-effect of birth control pills. The nurse should know that.
    4544 days ago
    OMG, that would have totally irked me! GRR! I had a few cavities at my last dentist visit, probably from adding Gu to my long runs. Anyway, the dentist said in a very condescending voice, "Are we drinking lots of sody pop?!" like I'm 6 years old or something!

    Anyway, keep an eye on the BP and know that it goes up when stressed or mad!
    4546 days ago
  • TRES.B
    I think your fabulous and I laughed when I read that. Thanks! You know BP can be a hereditary thing..my mothers is and also subject to fluctuations. Try not to care too much, you know your doing it all right
    4548 days ago
    Hey there, i would not worry about the nurses comments. The last time i went to the doctor she said that i am overweight and need to lose half a stone (7lbs), she was talking to me like i sit on my butt all day as she was advising me that walking is a good way to lose some weight - i wouldn't have minded but i was working out and running 5 days a week so think the walking would have done nothing for me!!! I also had a healthy bmi and weight for my height, it upset me that a qualified person could be so careless with their words - no wonder people get eating disorders!!!
    4548 days ago
    Yeah! Sometimes med. people can't see beyond their noses! I was checked out many yrs ago for migraines and the doctor, puffing away on his cigarette, told me to stop drinking soda pop!!! You'd think that nurse could tell by how conditioned your body is that YOU are in better shape than she is!
    4549 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3527991
    It could be the cuff was put on you tighter - or the person taking your bp... Well, you know. I wouldn't worry too much - because from now on when you are going to have your blood pressure taken, you risk stressing out - RAISING your blood pressure!

    So krazy!

    4549 days ago
  • ZORBS13
    I use no salt in my cooking, and try to choose products that have 100mg of sodium or less per serving.
    4549 days ago
    Don't panic yet, blood pressure can fluctate throughout the day. I would look at two things that the nurse did not recommend in addition to nutrition and exercise.
    1) Stress: are you feeling more stressed than usual? This can cause your blood pressure to go up.
    2) Sodium intake: if you are consuming too much sodium in your diet, this can also impact your BP.
    Keep up the good work and don't let this little set back knock you down. Keep working hard and use it as motivation!
    4549 days ago
    WHAT?!??!? bah. :P Seriously though, sometimes it's the person doing the test or the equipment or whatnot. I wouldn't worry about one slightly higher reading. I remember reading some other reasons that can make it be higher for one time but I can't remember... oh yeah. The doctor told my DH last time that taking cold medicine can make it higher. ? Cause he was taking dayquil or something.... Anyway.
    4549 days ago
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