BP issues

A few weeks ago when I went to visit the high risk pregnancy specialist, Dr. M, the appointment started off with the standard height, weight, blood pressure check by the nurse.

When she checked my blood pressure it was elevated. 140/90 (or there about). She asked if I had a history of high blood pressure and I said I didn’t. She checked again at another machine. Still elevated. I told her I did just get mad at the front desk staff for not directing me to the correct department when I checked in, so maybe that was why.

(Side track: This being my first time in this part of the hospital, I walked up to reception and said “I have an appointment with Dr. M”. The lady at the front took my health card and hospital card, typed something onto her computer, printed something out of the printer and then handed them back to me and started dealing with the next patient.

I of course assumed that this meant ‘go have a seat we will call you up when it’s your turn’. Silly me. After about 10 minutes I decided to get up and ask someone else how long it would be, and they promptly told me that Dr. M was actually two desks down the hall and I had to check in over there. Wait what? So what was I doing waiting here? I was furious! Why didn’t the reception desk attendant tell me this? What was the point of me checking in with her? Now, 10 minutes late for my appointment, I checked in at the correct desk, apologized and complained about reception. They didn’t seem to mind that I was late. Phew. I waited again. But my anger just festered. So I walked back up to the receptionist. 

“Why didn’t you tell me I had to check in for Dr. M over there? I was sitting and waiting for 10 minutes right here and you didn’t say a thing.” She responded, “Didn’t I tell you?” I gave her the death glare. “No. You did not.”  I walked back to my seat. Still mad. That didn’t help. So when the nurse called me in to check my vitals about 5 minutes later, I was understandably still getting over it. When she remarked about my BP I complained again. She said she would talk to the front desk as they seem to have issues all the time.)

So I just brushed off that high BP episode. But I did have elevated BP for a while when I was on the BCP back in 2011, that was the reason I switched over to HRT instead. It had been normal for the past couple of years but I haven’t really been checking regularly. For some reason yesterday, on my way back to the office from my acupuncture appointment, I decided to check to see if the BP episode at Dr. M’s was a fluke.

144/90. Shit. That’s not good. Normal is in the range of 120/80.

I went back to the drug store today. 139/87. Better. On the upper end of ‘normal’ but still not amazing.

What gives? I’ve been really good for the past few months. I’m eating well, training to run my first 10k, lifting weights. Seriously, what gives?

Maybe the high levels of estrogen? It is listed as a side effect of estrace.  Can prenatal vitamins cause high BP? No idea. I’m stressed. But no more than usual. I consider myself having a pretty high tolerance for stress in general. But maybe this mock cycle is more stressful than I thought?

Anyways. I will keep checking for the next few weeks. If I keep trending on the high side I guess I will have to add one more doc to the specialist train.

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