What does it mean?

@911Ricki (13602)
Canada
October 15, 2012 9:20pm CST
I went for my physical today, the nurse weighted me, and measured me then took my blood preassure. She didnt say anything to me about the results, she just said is your blood preassure normally normal range. I went in for the exam, and my doctor checked in my mouth, and then quickly checked me over. He says the itchiness on my back is normal (huh), and stop scratching they will go away (but they are itchy). He checked my hands because with work they get banged up, and I will admit I have 2 warts. I've tried over the counter items but they dont work and its $50 per wart to burn them off. My mole I was concerned about is normal but to keep an eye on it (growth etc). He got to my legs, after pushing my stomach, and goes do you exercise. I dont have a routine, and I dont exercise like a workout. I got for hikes here or there, but after working long hours on my feet I dont feel like running miles. He just looked at me, and go you should start. He didnt say anything else, so I assume it's normal. The other tests will take about a week as they have to ship the tests to the city. So I was telling a friend what does he mean by that is he saying nicely I;m fat, or that I need to exercise just because he's a doctor and it's recommended.
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8 responses
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
18 Oct 12
Unless he said to you that your weight is outside of the acceptable range, then that shouldn't be a problem. However, doctors do need to tell people that they should exercise on a more regular basis because there are a lot of people that don't get any kind of physical exertion in their lives. Obesity and being overweight is an epidemic these days, and there are few people that really get the exercise that they need to have in their lives.
@allknowing (61550)
• India
16 Oct 12
Most doctors are in the habit of keeping the readings to themselves unless you specifically ask for them, which I do. If your readings were abnormal your doctor would have prescribed some medicines. Asking you to exercise after looking at your stomach is something any doctor would recommend. However, you need to wait for your other tests but since you have not reported any symptoms even those tests may show normal parameters.
@GardenGerty (96643)
• Marion, Kansas
16 Oct 12
You would know more what they meant if you had been given the numbers for your blood pressure and pulse. I do not know if they measure it differently in Canada, but in the US, your BP is normal if it is under 140 over 80, actually, that is borderline High. American Heart Association says to try to get it to 120 over 70, or less. Your pulse should be between 60-70. As hard as you work, you probably have pretty good muscles, but if the blood flow is bad, regular exercise will help.
@much2say (38683)
• United States
16 Oct 12
I just hate general statements by doctors. They tell us the obvious but cannot necessarily diagnose us (which tells me the medical world does not have all the answers). I remember my family doctor told me I had a high cholesterol level and she wanted to put me on meds asap. I told her I did not want meds - so what can I do to not have to take meds. All she said was she'd give me another chance with the cholesterol test - let's see what happens if I ate healthier and exercised more for the next six weeks. Well, she didn't give me the details on how or what I should eat - or what type of exercise regiment I should be on - and me being young, I didn't think to ask or pry for specifics. I just did what I thought was right - and although the second test came out better, she still felt I needed to be on meds. Geez, so what kind of help was that?!! If we have any questions or thoughts lingering in our minds, we can't hesitate to ask the doctors because they can't read our minds and we can't read theirs. I have literally had to drill them and by their answers/reactions, I can tell if they know their stuff or if they're just saying things just to say it. As far as exercise goes, everyone needs to get their heart going regularly - regardless if they are overweight or not. An exercise regiment is ideal, but not everyone has the time or have an interest in it. I never liked hitting the gym or going to aerobics and such . . . but I happened to love dance - and I got hooked on figure skating - so I dove into dance/skating in my 20's. It was exercise without feeling it was exercise. ANYWAY - the doctor may have said it on a side note - because it is generally recommended. I would hope that if you were indeed overweight or needed to exercise for a specific reason that he would tell you that (at least be more specific!).
@jenny1015 (13390)
• Philippines
16 Oct 12
Doctors will really convince you to stay in shape and have a healthy lifestyle. In asking you questions as those, it may help him in achieving a diagnosis if ever he finds something unusual from the other tests you had.
@STOUTjodee (3381)
• United States
16 Oct 12
Well, that was just rude, making a comment like that and not giving you a reason for saying it! Well, there are people that are overweight, but to lose weight not just exercising isn't the only way to lose weight. So I don't think he was saying you are fat or otherwise he would have mentioned how much you weigh. Most physicals you get weighed.
@riyauro (6430)
• India
16 Oct 12
oh he is saying you should lose some weight.. .. get started and do some exercise. Health is the biggest wealth. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day ahead.
@mydanods (6782)
• Nigeria
16 Oct 12
i think you should not assume anything about your tests. ask your doctor; he knows better. do not be afraid of asking, after all you are paying for the exam. even if you're not paying, he'll be paid somehow. the doctor is better than any friend.