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A Very close friend of mine has lived with high blood pressure for several years now. For the past several months her medicine has not been working and her GP was not helping, and often times she would end up in the ER. For someone who is self employeed, this is not a good option. Finally, she decided to see an internal med. doctor who placed her on a new medication and told her it would take a couple of weeks before it started working. The following week after taking it for 7 days she had to have some blood work done and decided to drop in at the docotor's office because her BP readings not just once a day but several times were at the 200 range or above. They were not eager to help because it had only been a week and she felt that they were annoyed that she came in. He did however double her medication that he gave her to take and told her to come back in 4 weeks. Well, it has been well over 4 weeks and her blood pressure continues to be over the 200 sometimes as high as 234 on a regular basis, at times she has spells where she says her heart is rapidly beating and then stopping. She has been afraid to call the Doctor because of how they made her feel on her last visit. She does have an appointment scheduled for later this week and we will see what this doctor says this time. My concern is that maybe she should be seeing another specialist??? I just cant believe that a doctor would want a patient to continue to wait when her BP readings are daily over 200. Isnt that a gamble?? Someone has to be able to atleast tell her what is causing this, or be more aggressive in getting this under control. I plan on having her register and read this post and add to it any other symptoms that could be helpful.
Thank You, Chinsch
[QUOTE=chinsch5hers;3889143] ... The following week after taking it for 7 days she had to have some blood work done and decided to drop in at the docotor's office because her BP readings not just once a day but several times were at the 200 range or above. They were not eager to help because it had only been a week and she felt that [B]they were annoyed that she came in[/B].[/QUOTE]

Our broken medical system thinks that the patients are there to serve them, not that they should serve their sick, worried patients. Sad and frustrating, isn't it?

Doctors and nurses don't know how to bring down resistant high blood pressure. They don't know how long it takes for medication to start working, if it ever does work. They want to collect their money and see as little of their "problem" patients as possible.

[QUOTE]He did however double her medication that he gave her to take and told her to come back in 4 weeks.[/QUOTE]

4 weeks!? And what if she strokes out from the very high blood pressure, in the meantime? That is absurd. He should be following up daily. He should have her call in and tell his staff whether or not the meds are working. But, more than that, he should get at the root cause of her health problems. After all, he is a doctor, right? Doctors are supposed to know something about health, especially the very common problem of High Blood Pressure, right?

[QUOTE]Well, it has been well over 4 weeks and her blood pressure continues to be over the 200 sometimes as high as 234 on a regular basis, at times she has spells where she says her heart is rapidly beating and then stopping.[/QUOTE]

Wow! Her blood pressure needs to come down yesterday! :eek:

[QUOTE]She has been afraid to call the Doctor because of how they made her feel on her last visit.[/QUOTE]

That is a shame. She has a real and serious health problem and they minimize her problems and make her feel like she is not worth their time, that she is over-reacting. They just don't want to be bothered by difficult health problems. They don't want to expand the extra effort to help her.

The sad part is that the medical profession's Hippocratic Oath is to do no harm to their patients, but the treatment of your friend is doing harm to her. When she is treated badly, it could worsen her already chronically high blood pressure through increased stress and anxiety. Thanks a lot, for nothing, to her doctor and his staff! :mad:

[QUOTE]She does have an appointment scheduled for later this week and we will see what this doctor says this time. My concern is that maybe she should be seeing another specialist???[/QUOTE]

ASAP, imho! He isn't helping her, or taking her serious enough.

[QUOTE]I just cant believe that a doctor would want a patient to continue to wait when her BP readings are daily over 200. Isnt that a gamble?? [/QUOTE]

Yeh. If he loses her as a patient, it reduces his source of revenue.

[QUOTE]Someone has to be able to atleast tell her what is causing this, or be more aggressive in getting this under control.[/QUOTE]

The medical world has yet to figure out what causes chronically high blood pressure. The better, more qualified the doctor, the better they can treat high blood pressure.

[QUOTE]I plan on having her register and read this post and add to it any other symptoms that could be helpful.
Thank You, Chinsch [/QUOTE]

I've had to deal with serious, life threatening, health problems for over 20 years. If I hadn't been more pro-active in my own care, and relied less on the medical system, my health problems, which were supposed to get progressively worse, were supposed to result in my being dead or worse by now. Instead, my health has continued to improve. I am averaging 150 pushups, 400 steppers, 250 weight lifts, and an hour power-walk per day, whereas when I was much worse, I had barely the strength or energy to get out of bed.

I've had to deal with chronically high blood pressure, heart failure, persistent Atrial Fibrillation (heart doesn't want to beat correctly), Tachycardia (heart wants to beat too fast), Insulin Resistance (from a bad diet too high in carbs), Immune Dysfunction, Asthma, Sinusitis and bad allergies. I am also close to 70.

I have found that the most important goal for surviving my most serious health problems, with a good quality of life, was to reduce my chronically high blood pressure. I found out that going on a healthy diet had a profound effect on lowering my blood pressure.

It's taken over 26,000 blood pressure readings and countless hours of research, analysis, and trial and error, to get my chronically high blood pressure down to very healthy levels, resulting in significantly improved health! :bouncing:

I have documented how I was able to greatly improve my health, on HealthBoards, under the [U]Heart Issue[/U] subject:

[B]The four essential steps, that I've taken, that help me live with Heart Failure[/B]

Following is the link, which you would have to copy and then paste into your browser window:

[url]http://www.healthboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=641933[/url]

Best of luck to your friend. I hope that she can get proper care for her very serious problems with chronically high blood pressure.





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