Dear all, I am really upset, the surgery on Monday for my chronic painful shoulder has had to be cancelled due to having dangerously high blood pressure. Let me explain:
I went for my pre-op appointment a couple of weeks ago on 8th April at the hospital and the nurse practitioner found blood in my urine and was alarmed as my blood pressure was dangerously high. She got on the phone to request an urgent appointment there and then and promptly sent me sent me off to my GP surgery. That evening the practice nurse also found blood in my urine and confirmed my blood pressure was seriously too high; I was given antibiotics though it appeared that there was no bacteria present.
I returned a week later on 17th April and my blood pressure was still high with small traces of blood in urine. This was sent off to the lab
I returned yet again on 29th April and this time my urine was clear and my blood pressure though elevated, was nearer normal than abnormal, so I went on my merry way feeling relieved.
2 days ago the anaesthetist requested to see me prior to my operation this Monday. He nearly hit the roof and said that the operation will be cancelled if I present on the day of admission with blood pressure this high: it was 192/96...this is not a mis-reading as it has been done a number of times this month and they have all been high. Before I ended the consultation (my ECG was fine) he re-tested my blood pressure which had gone down to 174/86...a lot better though still high. He urged me to see my GP.
I saw my GP after work last night and was devastated to learn that my BP was again 190/96 and while she sympathises with my shoulder pain, this is a far more urgent situation, hence the cancellation of my operation.
Do you think that the disease process is manifesting itself more with these presenting symptoms or is this totally unconnected to lupus / sjogren's?
I am really concerned and my GP is closely monitoring me now... got to go along in half an hour to have blood pressure readings taken and blood panel. Will check kidney function and do a heart monitor in the week. Help, any advice? I am falling apart.