What would you do?

@tsgirl01 (900)
United States
March 3, 2007 11:10pm CST
If you were having bad headaches and nose bleeds for a while and had been going to see your doctor frequently, what would you do if you saw another doctor and he diagnosed you with high blood pressure? What would you do if you found out that your other doctor had been seeing higher than normal blood pressures during your past few visits and never said anything to you? The doctor was saying you had migraines but in reality it was the onset of hypertension. What would you do about this?
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@fpd1955 (2075)
• United States
4 Mar 07
Make sure you ask the doctor what your blood pressure read. Research and find out what is high or low. I use a wrist high blood machine to check my pressure. Unfortunately, doctors do make mistakes. My niece was ill every two weeks when she was 8. The doctor told my sister each time she took her daughter to see him that she had the flu. Well, 3 years later , in a school physical, she was diagnosed with diabetes. Since my sister trusted this doctor, she believed him and his diagnosis. Always get 2 or 3 opinions and research info about your health on the net. Don't take any doctor's word . Get his diagnosis backed up and ask questions when you go for a visit.
@tsgirl01 (900)
• United States
4 Mar 07
Hi there, I know the readings on my blood pressure. I researched blood pressure extensively and now know that it was too high for too long. I now have a blood pressure monitor and my pressure is good with the medicine I take. I have cut down on the salt although I never was one to put salt on food already cooked. I've made a lot of changes. As for the doctor that misdiagnosed your niece, what a shame that is. I think that it is even more important to take care of children properly. And how could a doctor say it was the flu for such a long period of time? We depend on the medical profession so much, they need to be more careful, don't you think?
@fpd1955 (2075)
• United States
6 Mar 07
Yes I do think the medical profession should always be careful with a diagnosis. Thank goodness for the internet, as it give us the power to research most ailments online and gives us knowledge so we can ask our doctors the right questions to coax a proper diagnosis out of them.
@tsgirl01 (900)
• United States
8 Mar 07
You are so right about the internet letting us research and know what to ask when we reach the office. We are better informed and I think it will go a long way when a doctor knows that we know what we are asking about. It feels good to be more knowledgeable, instead of totally depending on the doctor to tell us what is wrong when we know what we feel. Thank you for responding again...
• United States
4 Mar 07
I don't have high blood pressure at this time. I also suffer horrible headaches. It sometimes makes me want to die. I was told somewhere to drink gatoraid. Well it works for my headaches,and I hate the stuff. I would try it for a while if I were you. Now I just keep buying the stuff and drink a sip here and there. My daughter suffered terrible headaches for years. She is 12. I always buy the Gatorade for her. I had not ever noticed it before. After going to the doctor so often for it. They just stopped. Now I know it was due to all that gatoraide she drinks.
@caribe (2465)
• United States
5 Mar 07
If she has high blood pressure, Gatorade would not be good for her because it has a high salt content.
@tsgirl01 (900)
• United States
3 May 07
Thanks for the response. Yes, I have heard of Gatorade too, but my doc says, it is too high in salt content. caribe said the same thing below. May I say that being that you have bad headaches, you should see your doctor for it. I am glad to hear that your daughter's headaches are gone now. Take care...
@MsTickle (24993)
• Australia
4 Mar 07
Obviously, I would not go back to the first doctor. Are you thinking you should berate him? Bring him up to speed on your correct condition? Report him to the medical authority in your country? Methinks it would all be a waste of time. He obviously doesn't care. Be so very grateful you can now manage your condition properly. All the best to you.
@tsgirl01 (900)
• United States
3 May 07
Thanks for your response. Sorry I took so long to answer. I am doing well now, I have a new doctor and medicine. I am grateful that it was caught in time. Thanks for your concern. The doctor I have now is great! Take care...
@MsTickle (24993)
• Australia
9 May 07
I'm so pleased to hear this. I've been away from my computer so have lots of catch up to do. Take care.
@Augustta (1860)
• Poland
9 May 07
See,that i said all time not all fly make honey... Not all doctors have talent and is born for take care of people. First of all i will go back just to say to him/her"thanks" with sarcasm at let it him know that i will not come back never because in some cases those things make you to be in truble...with your sanity... My advice never go back.Thanks god i have a great doctor which come at me no matter when (day or night)if i need and is spectacular passionat about his job... augusta
@tsgirl01 (900)
• United States
10 May 07
Thanks for responding Augustta, I am glad that you have a wonderful doctor. My new doctor is great and I really feel confident with him. I will never go back to the other doctor and I would not even bother to say anything to her. I have to say that I hope that she can see her mistakes and not make them with others. She is in the same office as my new doctor and she knows that I have changed. Hope she gets the message...Take care and thanks again for responding.
@lornalhai (148)
• China
2 Apr 07
I am sad to hear it, but i know you have taken some measure to deal with it, many friends also have been given you some advices.Wish you healthy and happy.
@tsgirl01 (900)
• United States
3 May 07
Thank you for your response, I am sorry I took so long to answer. Yes, I have lots of wonderful friends on myLot. I thank you all for your kindnesses...take care...
@WyldPnut (74)
• United States
18 Mar 07
Your first doctor was a quack. Hypertension is common in your age group and ethnic background. It should have been the first thing he noticed on your chart if your blood pressure was taken when you went to see him. Please follow all the hypertension guidelines and advice given by your doctor. High blood pressure is know as the SILENT KILLER because it can quickly reach stroke levels without the person being aware. Monitor your b/p regularly and make permanent changes in diet and exercise. Best of luck to you. Stay healthy.
@tsgirl01 (900)
• United States
10 May 07
Thank you so much for your intellectual response. You seem to know a lot about high blood pressure and I appreciate your advice. I am doing fine now, checking my pressure regularly, eating better and trying my best to exercise more. You are right, hypertension is common in my age group and ethnic background and to make it worse, I don't know my family history, being a foster child. But all is well and I am so grateful for people like yourself who are so aware and so willing to pass on the good information. Thanks again and take care...
@meljessxena (2317)
• Australia
5 Mar 07
no way if i was you i would go back to that doctor thats for sure. glad this other doctor was good to tell you and not keep from you. sorry to hear you have these problems if it was me, i would consider getting the first doctor into trouble but it would mean a lot of hassle for you. good luck
@tsgirl01 (900)
• United States
3 May 07
Thanks for responding. Yes, going after a doctor is very hard to do. I am with a new doctor now and doing fine. Take care now...
• Philippines
4 Mar 07
Well, I guess I would ask the other doctor why he gave me a false diagnosis that should I have known earlier I could have did my best to care for myself...I guess I would transfer to the other doctor.
@tsgirl01 (900)
• United States
15 Mar 07
Hi there, thank you for responding. I have not asked the other doctor about anything. I decided to seek a new doctor and I am very pleased with the results. I am feeling much better, thank you...take care...
• United States
4 Mar 07
i have been having headaches ever since after i was dignoised with pre-eclampsia at 39.5 weeks pregnant. the state took my insurance away so i cant see a doctor anymore. sucks! i was at the hospital for them and i had high blood pressure then to. so i dont know what to think. i think i would go off on those doctors, if i saw them again.
@tsgirl01 (900)
• United States
12 Mar 07
I hope that you are doing much better now. I have heard of pre-eclampsia and it can be dangerous. I don't know where you live but I hope that there is free health care for you. Please look into it. Take care of yourself...Thank you for responding to my discussion.
@sunita64 (6473)
• India
4 Mar 07
If this earlier doctor happens to be your family friend then this is possible for him to do so that by worrying you might not increase your bloodpressure more. But if he is ignorant of the fact and treating you for migraine then it is time to change your doctor.
@tsgirl01 (900)
• United States
12 Mar 07
Thanks for your response. Yes, this was my family doctor and I have moved on to a good doctor.
@liranlgo (5748)
• Israel
4 Mar 07
i would (and this is ofcourse my opinion) would leave all of the doctors go back home and tell myself that from this moment on i am going to approve my life and enjoy them no matter what and that means i will eat right leave the salty food out food program, leave the white sugar and white bread, eat all grains and everyday i will go out at a specific hour for a walk along. maybe i will do meditation two times a week and i will take one day to myself and decide to scduale one hour to write all of the things that bother me , and then i will take another hour and right all of the ways i can solve those problems. and then i will take a comedy on the dvd and laugh for at least an hour and a half:)
@tsgirl01 (900)
• United States
15 Mar 07
I love your prescription! Thank you! You are talking about taking my health into my own hands. And, it can be done. I am on medication but perhaps will be able to leave it alone one day as I am changing my lifestyle. I think that stress is the biggest thing for me. I don't use white sugar, I use raw sugar. I drink lots of herbal teas, I do not use excessive salt and I walk daily. I need to try the meditation and throw in some yoga. And I know that when I laugh a lot, I feel better. Thank you for such a great response! +
@rosie_123 (6118)
4 Mar 07
Well I don't know where you live, or what the situstion is like for you there, but I would definately want to leave your present Doctor, ans register with a new one. It is god that you are on the right medication now, and being treated successfully, but if I were you, I could never trust my Doctor again for making a mistake, and I would feel more comfortable going to someone else.
@tsgirl01 (900)
• United States
12 Mar 07
Thanks for responding. I have gone to a new doctor and I am feeling much better. I am on medication and it is working well. I could never trust that doctor again, and I feel bad for her other patients. I am going to file a complaint. Take care...
@venshida (4837)
• United States
4 Mar 07
The doctor should of caught it. I can understand one time being an error, but five times that's ridiculous. I would not go near that doctor again. I am borderline hypertension, and my family doctor found it out. I was advise the first time I was diagnose what steps to take to avoid it becoming full blown high blood pressure. The doctor you saw is either incompetent. You might want to contact the medical board in your area and file a complaint. I would hate to think he has other patients who are not being diagnose properly.
@tsgirl01 (900)
• United States
12 Mar 07
You are right, the doctor should have caught the elevated levels. I have a new doctor and am feeling well. I was borderline hypertensive but without the proper care, I now have high blood pressure. I am managing it with medication and I am working on reporting this doctor. I too feel badly about others being in this doctor's care. Thanks for responding...Take care of yourself...Keep your pressure in check!
@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
4 Mar 07
This type of thing happens all the time. Thank goodness you sought a second opinion. (and third) I am getting ready to do the same. I have a rotator cuff problem, have limited movement in my left arm without bad pain and my current doctor only wants to keep injecting it with cortisone. I am calling Monday for a second opinion. The pain is now up in my neck and creeping across my face!! I know enough to know that something needs to be done! I really don't know what I would do in your situation. If you are otherwise happy with the first physician, and wish to keep seeing him/her, I would ask for an appointment and sit down and calmly tell him/her your concerns. If that isn't possible or you aren't comfortable with doing that, then continue to see physician number two!
@tsgirl01 (900)
• United States
12 Mar 07
Thank you for responding. I hope that you have gone for your second opinion and have gotten better care. I am not with the first doctor any longer, and I really feel well taken care of with my new doctor. Take care, I hope everything works out for you.
• United States
4 Mar 07
If I were in your position, I would file a grievanve with my health insurance company. I work in the insurance industry and this doctor is etting himslef up to be sued for malpractice. The grievance process does work and in a case like this, he may just need to be educated on what his responsibilities are to you as a patient. Most people do not know this, but if a provider is not educatinghis patients, the insurance company can step in and remove him/her from their network and can/will prevent from sending patients to them in the future. If your provider of care has done this to you, then you can guarantee that they have done this to others as well.
@tsgirl01 (900)
• United States
8 Mar 07
Thank you for responding. I am thinking of filing a grievance with my health insurance company. First I have to gather all of the evidence, I need to get copies of my records. Thank you for the information you have provided, your experience will help me. I will try my best to keep everyone informed...Take care...
@quispy (572)
• United States
4 Mar 07
I think that you need to report that doctor to the medical board. There was absolutely no reason that he should have kept silent about that. He might be incompetant and had no idea what your numbers meant, but in my opinion, he needs to be reported.
@tsgirl01 (900)
• United States
6 Mar 07
Thank you for your response. You are so right, the doctor should never have kept that information from me. The doctor should have asked questions, had me come back during different times, like not only when I complained of the headaches which was a sympthom that my blood pressure was elevated. I am thinking of reporting the doctor, I am still very upset about it. I am doing much better now, thanks for your concern also...Take care...
@crickethear (1420)
• United States
4 Mar 07
The first thing you should do, is go to a doctor in another city if you can, and have the doctor look into your situation. The reason I say another city, is because often times doctors in the same community look after one another, called the "white code". By going out of the area, you would get more of an objective opinion. Once you do that, you will have a better idea if your doctor was really wrong or not. If this doctor has been giving the wrong diagnosis then he jeopardized your health by giving you the wrong diagnosis, and potentially put you in harms way. High blood pressure isn't something to full around with. Untreated, could lead to strokes and heart attackes. You may have a potential lawsuit here. But besides that, more importantyly, you need a new doctor period. Keep us posted.
@tsgirl01 (900)
• United States
6 Mar 07
I like your idea crickethear, you are right, doctor's network and watch out for their own. You said "white code" I always thought of it as the "white wall of silence" just like the police have the "blue wall of silence" I will definately find out if I can go to another doctor in another state with my insurance. Doctor's that do things like this put so many people at risk. I was lucky. I have a new doctor, in fact he shares the same office as my old doctor. But he has a different work ethic and he has shown me his experience since he has put me on the right meds and even suggests that exercise, losing a few pounds and small lifestyle changes can drastically lower my pressure. Thank you so much for responding and caring enough to offer your advice.
@Munira (484)
• United States
4 Mar 07
I would change doctors. Headaches and nose bleeds are common symptoms of high blood pressure. It should have been diagnosed by the first doctor.
@tsgirl01 (900)
• United States
4 Mar 07
Thank you for responding Munira, and yes, I did change doctors. I did not know much about symptoms of high blood pressure and therefore I listened to the doctor telling me I was having migrain headaches. And you are right, it should have been diagnosed by the first doctor. Thank you for your concern. Take care...
@howard96h (11658)
• New York, New York
4 Mar 07
Good your on medicine now for it.
@tsgirl01 (900)
• United States
15 Mar 07
Yes, I am on medicine now and it is working. I feel much better. Thank you. Take care...
@howard96h (11658)
• New York, New York
4 Mar 07
First of all I wound not see the first doctor again. People need to realize that doctors make mistakes too. It is possible that who ever was taking your blood pressure at the first place did not know what they were doing. Who used to take it, the doctor or someone else?
@tsgirl01 (900)
• United States
4 Mar 07
I know that doctors are only human, we all make mistakes. My doctor takes my pressure everytime that I have a visit. I am just very disturbed about my doctor seeing the elevating levels of blood pressure and not questioning me about it. I am doing fine, all is well, I have moved on to another doctor. Thanks for responding.
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