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Why is it anytime something is wrong it's magically better when you go to the hospital only to return when you leave? I've been trying to take it easy since I started having bp issues and laid around on the couch all morning yesterday. Trying not to do too much till we figure out what's going on. I didn't move until time to take DSD to softball practice. We were there about 2.5 hours, which is an hour longer than normal so we stopped to eat on the way home. All u did at oractice was sit on the bleachers and watch. Got home and checked my bp and it was 140/109. Waiting a few minutes and rechecked and it was still 141/110 so I called the on call doc and they had me go in to be monitored and repeat the labs I just had Thursday. It took me about 45 minutes to get there and by the time I arrived and they hooked me up to everything my bp was more beyond normal. All of 127/79. Are you kidding me??? That was with me laying on my left side where they kept me about 30 minutes. Then they say me up in the bed, and it did go up some as soon as they say me up but still not as high as it had been. So naturally they said everything was fine and sent me home. I checked my machine as soon as I got home to make sure it was reading right and it was the same as what I was getting at the hospital so I know the original high reading was correct. By the time bedtime came it was back up to 130's/90's and is still that this morning. I refuse to call the doc again if it gets elevated, I'll just wait for him to call me tomorrow after I get this urine turned in. I certainly don't want anything to be wrong, but something is obviously going on and I just wish it would have happened while they were watching so they'd know I wasn't just overreacting.
Ive had blood pressure problems since I was 18 years old. Ive seen a handful of drs. and specialists and had tons of tests done. I have learned ALOT about blood pressure in that time. I can tell you, dont trust your machine at home. I have taken my blood pressure right before seeing a specialist and it be high, walk into his office and it was normal..ALL THE TIME. Other days I think its normal and feel fine, walk in to see a dr. and its extremely high! I gave up taking my own blood pressure at home. I have been on about 6 different blood pressure meds. and FINALLY have found one that works for me and has worked wonders for me during this pregnancy. I dont know if you are on any meds. at this point but the med. Im taking is called Labatylol. It has been a life saver for me this pregnancy. Every time I get checked now its about 120/80 sometimes 90. But that is REALLY good for me.
Another thing I learned from this really good dr. I see now is the size of the cuff on the blood pressure monitor. The smaller the cuff the higher the BP. He told me to tell my other dr.s to use a bigger cuff on me to get a better reading. I told this to my OB when she was conserned it was too high, she switched to the bigger cuff and it dropped by 10 points!
BP is a tricky thing. Its takes trial and error and lots of different meds. to finally fix the problem. I wouldnt use your machine too much. I dont use mine at all. The specialist even told me not to trust the at home machines and that they are rarely correct. Hopefully this is just pregnancy related for you and soon enough this problem with your blood pressure will end once baby is here.
Well it was 140/100 at my doctors office on Thursday as well so I dont know. DH just called and he is borrowing a manual cuff from work so we can get an exact reading each time and know it's right and compare to the machine. So gonna see what that shows and go from there. I know it's going up because as soon as it does I start getting a headache, that's how I know to check it to begin with. I had borderline bp issues before pregnancy but it was a few years ago. Doc said if I lost weight and got it down on my own he wouldn't diagnose me with it, so I lost weight and haven't had any problems since then. I'm now about 20 lbs under what I was back then so I'm also wondering if the pregnancy weight gain is stirring up the problem I had before. And thank you, I hope it goes away after pregnancy too. I'm fairly sure it will.
Oh NO!! Did you feel it coming on? I seem to feel it, I know it's sky high when I get the silver dots in my vision. I swear, I can be screaming during a hockey game and its normal or laying in bed watching a movie and it goes all the way up. My doc has kept me off the meds so far and I hope it's able to stay that way. They keep telling me the problem will go away after I deliver but with the history I worry that it's just the beginning.
I knew it was high sitting at the softball fields just because of how I felt. My headaches are a good indicator of when it's up, and sometimes I get a general body yuckness with it. I can't really describe it. I just start getting a general ick feeling and know I need to check. DH got home and accidentally brought home the wrong size cuff so we're going to go in a little while to just buy a manual.
My dad started taking his blood pressure a bunch in the last 6 months and it's amazing how much it will vary-- not only over the course of the day, but in the course of taking it in several minutes. He uses a machine and a manual one. I agree that once the baby comes and you're able to lose weight, it will probably drop on its own. Are you taking other measures to lower it now? Do you notice patterns? My dad finds it's lower in the morning, after he runs, and after he showers (sometimes those all happen at the same time-- sometimes he runs later in the day). He's drastically reduced salt intake and started drinking green tea and more water, but those things haven't had any impact whatsoever. He already runs 6 miles practically daily and goes on walks in addition to that, so adding exercise to his routine wasn't really a thing he could change.
So my point is, blood pressure is weird. Good luck.
I know what you mean with the BP issues. I'm actually on BP meds for pregnancy hypertension. It's holding steady right now, but JCPerez is right about the cuff size. My doc took my bp last Monday with the wrong, smaller cuff and it was like 180/90 which is obviously way high. She realized she had on the wrong cuff, used the adult large cuff and it was 130/65 which is much better