Post # 1
I had an OB appointment earlier this week, and for the third time in a row my blood pressure was a little elevated. I explained to my OB and nurse that I have a long history of “white coat syndrome” (ie I hate going to the Dr and tend to get nervous, thus raising my blood pressure). I also told them that my previous Dr was well aware of this and whenever my bp was a little elevated in the beginning of the appointment she would take it again at the end. It was ALWAYS better at the end after relaxing some, and despite the white coat syndrome I have always had excellent pressure.
Okay so my OB seemed to kinda disregard me at this point. He said something along the lines of “I’m going to prescribe you something anyway because the majority of my patients with white coat syndrome end up developing full blown hypertension down the line.” I was like uhh…okay, maybe this is true based off of his past patients, who knows? But here’s where it starts to sound like BS…he then said “Your blood pressure going up is not a normal response to anxiety.” I looked at my husband and his face was like “yeah, okay.” Lol that is the strangest thing I have heard all week. I always thought blood pressure is VERY closely related to anxiety, and anyone who has ever dealt with it knows this firsthand. Who hasn’t gotten nervous about something and felt their heart rate increasing?! Heck, the nurse said even laughing can cause your bp to go up, so why wouldn’t anxiety? It just sounds like a load of crap. Not to mention, the nurse took it again at the end of the appointment and it was much better! Clearly I know my body and my health history, but it’s kinda disheartening when a Dr says something that sounds so false. Or sounds like just another excuse to prescribe you something. Have you ever had a Dr or healthcare professional say something that made you go wtf?
Post # 3
I was misdiagnosed with PID for a long time when really I just had a cyst on my ovary. Fortunately I no longer see that doctor. I trust the doctor I see now 100%. She is a GP so I get to see her for everything and so will my baby 🙂
Post # 4
@Lemon-Squeezy: of course! dr.s are just humans too and can easily misdiagnose symptoms. That’s why if it’s ever serious, a second and third opinion are important to get.
Post # 5
Do you have a BPM at home? Seriously you can get one for like $30. I would track it at home for a while and see what it averages. I have one to keep an eye on my BP becuase one of my medications can raise it.
Post # 6
My old OB once, upon finishing the exam, lightly ran her finger over my pubic bone area and said “you should always shave in the direction of hair growth. Blond girls like us can get away with it” Um, I’m sure she meant well, but the touching was too much for me.
On another occasion, I called requesting a lab requesition because I had two positive home pregnancy tests. The nurse asked when my last period was. I told her about a week ago, but it was just very light spotting, barely any flow, which is atypical for me. She then told me it was impossible for me to be pregnant because I had a period. Wait another cycle and see if there is bleeding, if not then take another test. In the meantime I am absolutely not pregnant. Now, I’m no doctor, but I’m pretty sure she was 100% incorrect.
And, one last story: I had a yeast infection. Rather than going in for an office visit and paying $175 (I hadn’t met my deductible yet), I decided to give Monistat a try. Well, immediately upon insertion, I had horrific burning, pain, swelling, bleeding, and neon colored discharge. After 3 hours there was no improvement. I called the office and asked for an appointment. it was a Friday. The office happened to close early so I spoke with the on call Dr. He advised me to “take a bath and swish the water around, call back Monday for an appointment” Meanwhile, I’m in agony with burning pain and bloody discharge. Awesome Patient care.
Post # 7
When I lived in Dallas, I went to the eye doctor because my new contacts were really bothering me. I’d just gotten the prescription a few months prior from a new guy (switched insurance, old doctor didn’t take it). They check me out, and he says, “Of course they’re uncomfortable, you have astigmatism in both eyes. Your prescription isn’t for that. Also, you may need to start taking precautions regarding glaucoma.” I got glasses with the new prescription, worked great.
Then when I moved back South, I had to go back to the original eye doctor. I knew my prescription had gotten worse, but when I saw him he said all was well, no astigmatism, no glaucoma worries. I was immediately skeptical. So I paid out of pocket to get a second opinion elsewhere. She looks at my Dallas prescription, the latest prescription and checks my eyes. “You have a slight astigmatism in this eye, so you can get them with or without the correction on that side, but you definitely have it on the other eye. I don’t now how he missed it.”
Never going back to that doctor again.
Post # 8
If a Dermatologist tells me that diet has little to nothing to do with acne or skin tone…..I know I need to find a new Derm. Most of them just want to drown you in creams/pills for any and all problems you might have.
Sure – this pill can change up your hormones but so can a personalized, made-to-fit diet. Not everything can be cured by diet alone but I’ve seen many a derm just waive off the “What about my diet?” question and say “there are no studies.”
I did a study of my own – for me? cut out pretty much all dairy and my skin is nearly flawless.
Post # 9
@MissTatas: Wow that sucks! Thankfully you’re seeing someone much better now.
@tampalove35: This is too true! I’ve been misdiagnosed before, but his statement seemed more like just a flat out lie. Lol that’s why I was like uhhh is he serious!?
@HappySky7: I don’t have one but that’s a really good idea. Where did you get your from? I had been planning on just checking it at Walgreen’s or CVS soon, but it may be worth it to just purchase one.
@krex: Sheesh that last story sounds so uncomfortable! I would have been so pissed
Post # 10
@HonoraryNerd: Wowww that is a mess!
@FleeSircus: “There are no studies” sounds like a blatant lie, and I’m not even well versed on skin care! That’s ridiculous
Post # 11
I would buy an automated cuff and just keep track of your BP for a few days at home. How high was it at the office? It definitely can be slightly elevated from being anxious, but it shouldn’t be super high. An increased heart rate is also not necessarily indicative of high blood pressure.
Post # 12
@Lemon-Squeezy: Yes. Long story short, if you’re not comfortable with what a Dr says, get a second, third or even fourth opinion. If they all say the same then you can probably go with it but you may be surprised. Dr’s can be swayed by certain things and health is not necessarily a ‘one size fits all’ thing.
I had an appointment once where my usual Dr was away so they put me with someone else and she refused to prescribe me the pill I’d been on for YEARS (which literally 5 other drs had recommended and happily prescribed me) because she thought I should get an IUD or this other thing implanted.. ahhh no thanks lady! It was so frustrating and a total waste of my time and money.
Post # 13
@Westwood: I honestly can’t remember the exact numbers. I just know the nurse said “it’s a little elevated, but it doesn’t look alarming” or something like that. And then when she took it again she said “oh this is better.”
Post # 14
@Lemon-Squeezy: I got mine at Superstore.. so like a Wal Mart. My BP is much lower at home than out.
Post # 15
Yes! My last obgyn was awful. She kept telling me that I wasn’t ovulating cause my cycles were 40 something days. I’m like.. I’m pretty sure I am, cause I’m temping and charting. And she tells me that its not accurate, and that she tells people not to do it cause a lot of ppl do it wrong. Thanks, but I’m pretty sure I can wake up the same day for work and stick a thermometer in my mouth. And I dont think that it’s coincidence that exactly 14 days after my charts says that I did ovulate, that I had my period. She still insisted on perscribing me Clomid to *make me ovulate*, which I took anyways since I wanted to shorten my cycles. I even took a 7dpo blood test to show that I did and prove her wrong. Luckily I didnt waste too much time with her and that since my new RE that I’m seeing now would do the same, except she would monitor.
Post # 16
This is the cuff I have, I got it at Shopko but you can probably find similar ones anywhere with a pharmacy. I’ve had several cuffs (I have hypertension) and I find this one to be the most reliable and accurate.
Your BP will probably be elevated if you go somewhere to have it tested versus testing at home.