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Hi all, I was at a health assessment yesterday and for the second time I got a referel to my doctors for high BP. I contacted my doctor and I was told 175/105 is not cause for concern but they have managed to get me in with the nurse on Wednesday if need be which I have taken.. Other readings I have taken are 163/92 134/81 and 142/86 which all indicate Hypertention if I am correct, can someone please advise me,many thanks...

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May be due to being under medicated

If you add your most recent results and ranges for thyroid - TSH, FT4, FT3 and thyroid antibodies

Plus vitamin D, folate, ferritin and B12 results and ranges too

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Well my doctors arnt listening, should I get to a hospital I am so worried?

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Henry, what do you mean by saying your doctors aren't listening? When you consulted them what did you ask for and what advice did they give and what are your blood test results? You need your results along with the laboratory ranges to know whether you are undermedicated or not.

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I was referred to them with high BP, my Thyroid levels are meant to be optimised but my BP is high and it has been now for over a year. My doctor is saying my BP isn't high yet my reading go say it is... Readings are 175/105...163/92...134/81...142/86.Now because my doctor doesn't think these are high am I being forced to live with high BP when it's dangerous to? I am worried and don't know where to turn.

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Have you got a copy of your thyroid blood test results? If so, please post them so we can help.

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Not my recent ones, I am not due a test yet so my go won't test me yet.

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Well post your last ones and give us the date, the amount of levothyroxine you were on and a list of your symptoms and we'll start there.

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I am not asking for a diagnosis from any of you. Because my Blood pressure is so high and my doctor won't do anything, should I go to a hospital? I am worried sitting here with high blood pressure.

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Do you have a home BP monitor (cuff on the arm type)? If so do as I was advised recently. Take readings twice a day - 3 readings each time, make a note of them. I had to do mine over a week and hand them in to the surgery and they worked out an average (which of course you can do that yourself). Don't take one in isolation, and make sure you are relaxed when you do it (I sat quietly for about 10 minutes before doing it).

I have been told that the older you are, it's normal to be higher than the normal scale we see like this bloodpressureuk.org/BloodPr... . Mine was in the higher 130s/140s systolic (can't remember the diastolic) and I am nearly 70 and was told it was fine by both my GP and a paramedic on a recent trip to A & E (when it was actually a lot higher as I was taken in with a heart problem and my blood pressure was at an all time high of 197/109, a one-off due to circumstances I assume).

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Hi Henry. Sitting worrying will without doubt raise the bp, so although it sounds blasé do relax it will help. Secondly as seaside has already said, bp should be taken as stated over a time period and then the average readings taken as the pressure. But the figures you quote are high readings and it's strange your gp is dismissing it, although of course if just occasional and in gp surgery or any highly stressful situation they would not be considered a problem necessarily. You would be well advised to buy a home monitor and take your readings yourself after sitting quietly not stressing for 10 minutes beforehand.

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I do have my own monitor, on the arm type and that's how I got these readings. Yes they are high but surely if I were to any excersise or become angry it will be a lot higher so I would say this needs sorting out.

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If you go for 15-20 minute walk and take it on your return, it may well be much lower

It would still be very helpful to have your last thyroid & vitamin test results

A symptom of being under medicated for hypothyroidism is high blood pressure

So is worrying and anxiety

For full evaluation you ideally need TSH, FT4, FT3, TT4, TPO and TG antibodies, plus vitamin D, folate, ferritin and B12 tested

Private tests are available

thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/testin...

Medichecks Thyroid plus ultra vitamin or Blue Horizon Thyroid plus eleven are the most popular choice. DIY finger prick test or option to pay extra for private blood draw. Both companies often have money off offers.

All thyroid tests should be done as early as possible in morning and fasting and don't take Levo in the 24 hours prior to test, delay and take straight after. This gives highest TSH, lowest FT4 and most consistent results

Link about antibodies

thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/about_...

Link about thyroid blood tests

thyroiduk.org/tuk/testing/t...

list of symptoms

thyroiduk.org/tuk/about_the...

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