I have what one would call, ‘white coat syndrome’….Every time I go to the doctor my blood pressure goes up. When I was thin I never had high blood pressure. Right now, I am eating less, and I do not recommend the “diverticulitis way of losing weight” for anyone. I am scared of food. Therefore, have cut down on my intake drastically. As I recover, I am sure I will be back to my old diet, but plan to limit my intake anyway, because losing weight is always a good idea if one if overweight!
Visiting the colon surgeon was very stressful. I scared myself more than he scared me. But the details he gave me scared me and my blood pressure was pretty high. I didn’t think much of it because I was at the Doctor.
However, yesterday my blood pressure was still up. 150/101 which is very high, especially for one who takes medicines for it. I scared myself all day yesterday, feeling anxious, worrying….the usual.
The weird thing is, when my son came home, I helped him wash his work shirts, (he doesn’t know how to use a ‘bottom of the barrel’ washing machine that we purchased–very basic)…and decided I may as well do other laundry for the others living in the house. I also did some housework….After he went to work, I checked my pressure, and it was completely normal…
I am still keeping my appointment today. This is what anxiety does. It manifests itself in my physical body. I am a little afraid to go on a higher dose of blood pressure medicine. I did that once and felt like a wet noodle. I would rather be able to get my anxiety under control. That’s hilarious because I have had it since the age of 27 and I still can’t control it. Therapy and medicine I have also tried for years……
I can’t imagine a pill that is going to control it, nor would I try it. The ‘anxiety’ medicine I was on for years was good for a short time. It was Not good for as long as I was on it. I walked around for years like a zombie and had No Feelings at all. I don’t want to be like that. It also causes some people to gain weight. Not the pill exactly, one just seems to crave carbs high in fat (hello that was me) I packed on forty pounds. Not Good.
Sometimes I am “in a State of Anxiety” which lasts for days. During those times, my blood pressure is elevated. Some people don’t know when their blood pressure is up, I can feel it which my doctor says is weird. Whatever. I know when it’s up. I will see what she says and go with her recommendation today…..
So tired of going to the doctor….