Being new to TRT, one of my main concerns has been my blood pressure. It was up when I began and has only gotten higher since then. However, an odd thing happened to me the other day, and I just wanted to mention it here, in case others might encounter something similar.
So my BP was running as high as 180/103 and was refusing to come down, even with increased cardio exercise and weight loss. Eventually, I was started on 5mg of lisinopril, which seemed to make me feel better. However, I kept monitoring my BP at home (Omron machine), and my bloop pressure seemed to stay almost exactly the same. Then, on Friday something odd occurred. First, I was in a Sam’s Club and used one of their BP machines by the pharmacy for a check, reading was something in the 180’s/mid-90’s. About an hour later, I went by a different clinic (I was not in my hometown) just to have a thyroid panel done to satisfy my own curiosity. The nurse doing my vitals came in with a manual cuff, no machine. She checked my BP, and I asked her what it was. This time my reading was 150/85, not great but way better than anything I had seen in a while. While I was waiting to do the blood sample, I recalled a visit I had at my regular provider a couple of years ago when I also had a high blood pressure reading on the machine in the initial vital sign triage or whatever area. The doctor came in herself with a manual cuff and used it to check. I can’t remember the number, but she said it was fine, and she always confirmed with a manual check, if the machine read it as high. I had totally put the experience out of my mind, as before this TRT thing, I didn’t really frequent the doctor and once she said the word “fine,” I devoted no more mental attention to it. I want to say at the time, the doc (being not petite herself) mentioned something about the machine and folks with bigger arms (translation: fat guys like you). However, since that time I had been using a different provider in the clinic and all she has used was the machine reading.
I call my wife on the way home and told her I had stopped by a clinic on the spur of the moment to get the thyroid stuff. Knowing I’ve been watching the BP, she asked about it, and I told her the experience. In high school she was “checked off” on using the cuff, when she was taking a class for a possible career in healthcare. I decided to buy my own manual cuff and would get her to check it. Both Friday night and Saturday, my BP has consistently been in the 135-155/80-85 range, each time she has taken it manually.
Anyway, I just thought someone in this group might encounter a similar issue or possibly had already encountered it. I am suspecting it might have something to do with the size of my overweight arm. However, while my BP is still nothing to brag about, I am optimistic that it is better than I thought and possibly has been improving. On my next visit, I plan to ask for a manual check, then ask to use the machine immediately afterward. I think this should tell me if my suspicion about the machine reading different is right.