Aug. 9th, 2016 08:20 am
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so, the doctor i started seeing a few years ago decided to retire earlier this year; I called up in his last week to ask for a recommendation for a new doctor, and also to get a rec for a cardiologist.

see, over the last decade, my blood pressure keeps creeping up. doesn't matter if i lose weight, get off birth control, get a less stressful job, or exercise more. and so each time I go to a doctor they chide me: your blood pressure is too high, you need to do something about that.

Eventual solution: don't go to doctors. (Actually, this is ingrained- I grew up without insurance until adulthood, and then job/health plan changes meant I'd rarely see the same doctor more than a few times. This is how growing up poor fucks with you, even after one is no longer poor.) But seriously, it's frustrating. I do try, and the result is always the same: your blood pressure is too high. I don't know what the fuck they expect me to do, pull a bunny out of my arteries? Also last they checked, my cholesterol levels were great.

Anyway, it took a few months, but I eventually made an appointment with the cardiologist because I was running out of meds. (Actual conversation with nurse: "um, your blood pressure is high." "yes, that would be WHY I AM HERE.") And maybe this particular doctor has just learned a better bedside manner, but instead of chastising me "why have you let your blood pressure get so high?", he just frowned and and slowly explained some of the reasons for high blood pressure, and then concluded "a 40 year old woman who walks five miles a day should not have high blood pressure, especially blood pressure that doesn't respond well to medicine." So now I get to go have pictures taken of my insides, to see if there is anything physically impinging on a couple of arteries. But it's disorienting to go to a doctor and get a game plan rather than another a lecture.

Edit: maybe it's time to figure out what's been bugging me in my low back for the last 20 years or so.
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