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So, I went to the doctor yesterday for my annual physical.

One of the things that came up was my unusually-low blood pressure. The first time she took it, the number came up as 90/50. As [livejournal.com profile] crystal_diva noted, that's the point at which, on ER, they start yelling "We're losing her!". So, the doctor then asked me if I'm dizzy or light-headed often, I said no, she re-did the test, and got 90/70. A little better, but still pretty low.

The thing is, it occurred to me later that I damn near passed out in the middle of the liquor store on Sunday. I put it down to the cold I'm getting over at the time, but I was certainly dizzy. Hell, every time I stand up, I grab for a table or chair to balance myself to make sure I won't fall down again. But, everyone gets a little bit of a head rush, right?

If I don't have a symptom in mind when I go in to the doctor (i.e., if I'm not visiting about that specific thing), if I'm asked if I have it, I say "No." Always. Am I the only one who does this? It's a bad thing to do, I think, since my doctor never gets a complete picture of what's going on.

I'm wondering if it boils down to, for me, ignoring any symptoms so that they're not "real", or just the stoic-don't-make-a-fuss-thing that's standard in my family. Or maybe, if I think something's normal, it just doesn't occur to me that it might not be.

Hmm.

Date: 2009-10-21 07:48 pm (UTC)
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You may want to consider checking your BP on the machines whenever you're at a store with one - that should give you some decent data to work with, and let you know if your BP is consistantly low.

Or, you could take it as license to put lots of salt on everything!

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