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Old 11-04-2004, 07:58 AM   #1
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Is This Appt. Worth It?

I was going to go to the doc. next Wed. for my 5th or 6th appt. this year. I am on 100 MGS of Atenolol & 5/20 of Lotrel. I wanted to be weaned off of the Atenolol, because of the side-effects, but they haven't been so horrible this week. Here are my #'s over the last month or so.

11/04/2004 10:30:00 AM 119 73
11/02/2004 11:22:00 AM 116 67
11/01/2004 11:21:00 AM 116 66
10/29/2004 10:31:00 AM 121 75
10/28/2004 01:21:00 PM 122 71
10/25/2004 10:16:00 AM 118 68
10/23/2004 12:06:00 PM 116 66
10/22/2004 05:37:00 PM 112 68
10/22/2004 12:30:00 PM 114 66
10/21/2004 12:30:00 PM 118 68
10/19/2004 09:30:00 AM 116 68
10/13/2004 05:47:00 PM 120 70
10/11/2004 11:10:00 AM 125 75
10/07/2004 05:30:00 PM 116 69
10/06/2004 10:48:00 AM 123 75
10/05/2004 08:45:00 AM 120 72
10/03/2004 09:30:00 AM 116 72
10/01/2004 08:45:00 AM 116 70

Not worried about my weight anymore. I put on 2 pounds in the last couple. I'm 5' 11" 150. I took my B/P this morning, but had coffee & 4 cigarettes.

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Old 11-05-2004, 04:51 AM   #2
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Re: Is This Appt. Worth It?

If the appointment is cheap, or you are having a torrid affair with the doctor, go for it. But unless you want a drug change, don't overinconvenience yourself too much.

Old 11-05-2004, 06:05 AM   #3
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Re: Is This Appt. Worth It?

The appointment was supposed to be to wean off of the Atenolol (from my perspective). The side-effects have been a lot less this week. My stomach has been fine. I just was wondering with my #'s if he would back it. He wouldn't let me wean at 120/78, even though I have no heart issues & my blood tests are fine. I wasn't supposed to go back until January. It would cost $115. I have $100 deductible with my new job. I'm just trying to find the point. I wanted to go in 2 weeks ago when my stomach would kill in the morning, but they had no appointments available, wanted to schedule me with the Nurse Practicioner+. I'm just curious with my #'s if he would approve the wean. Otherwise, I will have to go to my specialist friend that is 1 hr. away. My current doc. is only a 15 minute drive.

Old 11-05-2004, 09:13 AM   #4
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Re: Is This Appt. Worth It?

Axe, if you really want to get this thing settled, you may have to drive that hour. At least there is a light at the end of your tunnel. Stop fretting and see what the doctor's appointment accomplishes. Best of luck.

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Re: Is This Appt. Worth It?

I tend to agree with have been really having a tough time and feeling lousy for months. Just because your symptoms have abated somewhat for a few days doesn't mean you should cancel this upcoming appt. You have absolutely nothing to lose in going in to talk about an Atenolol wean.

If you get off the drug you'll definitely have some new information. 1) You'll find out if you feel better physically, especially regarding your stomach issues and 2) You'll also find out if your BP holds steady at those great numbers without it!

Keep the appt.

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Old 11-08-2004, 05:53 AM   #6
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Re: Is This Appt. Worth It?

The stomach issues have gotten much much better. My G/F & I bought new pillows. I wonder if it played a role. I will still keep the appt. on Wed.

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