I posted here awhile ago that I was going to see a new Gyno because I've been having weird menopause-like symptoms and wanted to know what's going on. I wasn't sure if it was actually perimenopause, my thyroid, because I had my tubes tied, or "just fibro". (I haven't thought it was "just fibro" though because the symptoms are..different. You all know what I mean, I'm sure!) Well, my appointment was today and oh my gosh was it insane!
First of all, I HATE going to the Dr. Especially the Gyno for yearly exams (which I had done today), so I get very anxious beforehand. Well, I go in and they take my blood pressure and it was 170/98 (!!!) which was shocking because it has NEVER been that high. I told the nurse that I have never had blood pressure issues, except a few visits at my old Dr. where it was 130-140/70/80. A little high, yes, but not THAT high. Normally, though, it runs around 120-125/70-80. Well, the Gyno comes in and starts lecturing me about how I am way too fat (duh!) and my blood pressure is so high I need to get on medication ASAP so I don't drop dead at any moment. So she calls up to the regular Dr.'s office upstairs (this is a large clinic type place with multiple types of health care offices in one) because she's convinced I need meds TODAY. I of course am freaking out at this point, which I am sure isn't helping matters. I tried to tell the Gyno that my BP is NEVER that high, and she just rolled her eyes at me! She basically was acting like I was some sort of cow slowly killing myself and so she was really short with me.
Then she says, well, we might as well do your health history and your pap while we wait to hear back from the Dr. upstairs. So we get to talking about my health complaints and I tell her all about my symptoms-dry skin, dry personal area, hot flashes, mood swings, palpitations, inability to lose much weight no matter how hard I try (I will lose like 5-10 lbs and then just stop). These symptoms have been going on since I had my last child, and have gotten slowly worse over the years. Then she asks me if I've gained any weight this past year, and I explained to her that I have put on an average of 10 lbs a year for the past 7 years and I told her I don't pig out really, and I do get SOME exercise (I'm not completely sedentary) and I just don't understand why I'm gaining weight instead of losing it, especially since my appetite has gone DOWN over the past several years. She gets this look on her face and says "Are you losing hair at all?" and I told her that my hair has slowly gotten super dry over the years too. Then she gets super nice and says "I bet your thyroid is causing you problems!" Right then, once she realizes I am NOT just a lazy fat person slowly killing herself-that maybe there's something actually WRONG with me-her whole attitude changes. Then when she finds out that both my father, mother, 2 of my aunts, and grandmother all had thyroid issues, she was like "oh, I bet this is exactly what's going on. Your thyroid has been making you gain weight, and has also caused your blood pressure to rise" and I'm like-DUH!! See! lol So she says, well we will draw blood today and check your thyroid, and I'm pretty sure this is what's going on, but you still need to see the Dr. upstairs and get your blood pressure under control
Well, then the nurse from the Dr. upstairs comes in, she's like-yes, you need medication today. And I'm thinking..um-what? Meds? for ONE high reading? But I thought..let's just see what they say. Then the nurse says-how many times did they check it? And I told her just the once, so she's like-Oh! Well, they need to check it again. So yet another nurse comes in to take my blood pressure again, and in 45 minutes (under a TON of stress, mind you, because I think I'm about to die any minute) my BP dropped down to 145/70. Still on the high end, but not like life threatening immediately. So then everyone (by this point there's like two nurses plus the Gyno in there) is like-oh, well. You don't need meds right now, we just need to watch it. So, in the end it turned out my BP isn't dangerously high-I just probably have "white coat" syndrome (where your BP shoots up at the Dr.) So I have to monitor it myself over the next few days and keep track, then just call and make an appointment with the regular Dr. on Monday and take it from there. I am super relived at this point, but I am also thinking-why on earth didn't you go through my symptoms and health and family history BEFORE you act rude to me and scare me half to death???!!?? Jeez!
Anyway, after all that terrifying trauma it ended up that the Gyno is pretty much 100% sure my thyroid is out of whack, which is what is causing the weight gain and menopause type symptoms (AND the higher blood pressure!). She said that the tubal is probably what's caused my heavy periods, but that my symptoms sound exactly like thyroid and not just the fibro. Also, after they get me on thyroid meds, I can start seeing their dietician (sp?) to help get the weight I've gained off.
So thankfully I AM ok and NOT about to have a stroke! So that's really good news! It's also good news that these weird symptoms are caused by something-it's not just all in my head! The other good news that came out of today is that this particular health complex has a special program for the uninsured and low income, and I was approved for the program!!! My $250 appointment only cost me $10!! I was also able to get my blood work done there, and that will cost about $20, plus they have dental services and I should be able to get my teeth all fixed for about $40! Oh, and they also have a pharmacy, so any meds I need to take will cost me between $10-$30! After not having insurance for ages and being turned down for medicaid over and over, this made me VERY happy!!! Oh, and if I need to see a specialist, I can go to the hospital they are connected to and pay the same kind of prices! Hooray!!!
Well-that's my crazy story! Good news in the end, thank God. I will keep you posted on my lab results and stuff, too.
love and hugs
fibromyalgia, ibs, gerd, anxiety
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