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Flowergirl,

I went out and bought a good monitor (Omoron$$$) several months ago and have experienced fluctuations daily--we won't get into details here. I've done some reading in my bp monitor book, on the boards, and elsewhere) to make sure I was doing everything "right" but despite my consistency, I still had wide fluctuations. Well, a medical professional who is a personal friend checked my pressures with her accurate meter using the steps you've describe, flowergirl, and I had readings that were in the lower than 80/120:blob_fire :blob_fire :blob_fire . This, 24 hours after having my last dose of meds.

Now I'm excited but I'm also realistic. Have a doc's appt this week and will see what the pressures are then...it may be that my monitor was never accurate (but I recently dropped it but caught it by the air cord before it hit the ground :o )...so will check it out. Or it may be that after lowering my dose of norvasc, the pressures have finally settled down.

But I guess the real moral here is, again, get those monitors checked. Just because they are new doesn't mean they are accurate!

Bsheba
Oh Flowergirl,

I was just soooo frustrated. After roughly 3 years, my head and my body are relatively free of the disabling side effects of the previous bp meds (I do experience some flushing, flatulance, and ankle "pain" on Norvasc but at least my head is clear). It is easy now to look back and see the problems (which I can support with documentation, ie physical therapy, trip to emergency room for falls, rxs for eyeglasses, etc) but not so easy at the time. For the sake of others (it was too late for me as I had "lived" through the problems) I pointed out problems I had with the medications over the past three years (brain fog, back and shoulder pain, restless legs, vision changes, sleeping around the clock, etc.) only to be told that his other patients haven't experienced these things--read "It's all in your head!".

My total cholesterol has dropped 10 points since Novemeber. This I attribute to a change in meds in February as I have not consciously exercised nor have I consciously changed my diet. Since my cholesterol was a healthy 160-183 three years ago before going on meds, he is willing to let me forego statins for a few months --and he admitted that a part of his discision was based on my horrible history with bp meds. I am VERY motivated to consciously exercise and watch my diet to do so. Hopefully, I will also drop my 20+ bp med pounds, and the pounds that I gained prior to meds. Your comment about eating like a chipmunk is a reminder to me that it can be done.

[QUOTE]My appt. is coming up tomorrow and I plan to speak my mind for a change! I am so mad! I was told by the cardiologist I'll be very lucky if I don't have to wait at least 4 months for an appointment with a neurologist to test the nerves in my arm. I am fed up because my GP should have made an appointment for me months ago when I brought it to his attention, instead of dragging his feet!! Now what??!!
I also learned he has cost me money needlessly by not referring me to a doc my medical covers (an eye specialist, whom I had specifically asked for by name). Instead, he "referred" me to his buddy. I had to pay out of my pocket when I should not have had to!!!

I'd be MAD, too! And do tell him...too many patients are passive (sometimes because they don't feel well enough to fight) and as a result the problems continue. His "buddy" may have been an excellent referral but you should have the right to make the decision! Afterall, it's your health and you are paying them, whether out of pocket or via health insurance.

If you don't want to wait to see your neurologist, you might call their office and tell them you'd be willing to take a cancellation...and then call their office every day--it may be difficult to do if you're going to be working, though.

Again, I am not familiar with the Canadian system, but I would think that you could challenge the referral to the eyedoc who was not an approved provider. There's got to be a way of keeping these guys in line.

[QUOTE] Is it any wonder I want to get back to work and keep my distance?

Ah yes, and often the people who do are healthier for it! Are you familiar with the term iatropic illness?

Hope you visit goes well, today. I'm wishing you the best and I'll be thinking of you.

Bsheba