Gutted!

#1
Got binned from RTMC today for high blood pressure - arrse.

Kind of in a daze right now but got GP's appointment tomorrow so hopefully get it sorted and still able to deploy in November.

Moral support needed now i think!
 
#2
Less salt, more like ;)
 
#3
Got binned from RTMC today for high blood pressure - arrse.

Kind of in a daze right now but got GP's appointment tomorrow so hopefully get it sorted and still able to deploy in November.

Moral support needed now i think!
I know somone who had exactly the same experience - he followed doctor's orders and was out in Afganistan on the next tour, so certainly don't dispair.
 
#4
Got binned from RTMC today for high blood pressure - arrse.
Goodness, that takes me back. 4 of us went through, some years back, and they were going to bin us all for blood pressure. After some wrangling, they let us in, with a stern warning to go and see our GPs asap. I've been through many times since - it isn't too much of a problem ("well controlled hypertension") unless I forget to take my pill in the morning :( But I'm P3LE for duff knees anyway ...

At least msr didn't suggest you stay off the booze.
 
#5
Cheers guys, hopefully my GP will be able to sort it fairly quickly. Its good to know that there are others who have the same issue and have managed to control it.
 
#7
If you're on pills for blood pressure is that a fail? I'm not but it might be favourable for my long term health if I was. I'm usually just bubbling under 140/90 but am higher sometimes.
 
#10
The Doc in the Med centre said it wasn't an issue if i was on tablets to control it. The only problem is i guess i would have to take six months worth out to Bastion with me.

Thanks CC_TA! :)
 
#11
The Doc in the Med centre said it wasn't an issue if i was on tablets to control it. The only problem is i guess i would have to take six months worth out to Bastion with me.

Thanks CC_TA! :)
From what I understand of high blood pressure it's not exactly the case that if you don't have the tablets you will keel over and die. It's more that taking the tablets reduces the likelihood of trouble later in life.
 
#13
From what I understand of high blood pressure it's not exactly the case that if you don't have the tablets you will keel over and die. It's more that taking the tablets reduces the likelihood of trouble later in life.
I'm no medic but I have been told that stopping taking the pills (the level I'm on, at least) is a reasonably immediate and quite serious risk factor. I don't plan to (but I don't take a tour's worth with me - I take a couple of months and rely on Mrs I posting them out.)
 
#14
Did they try again later in the day?? Just thinking of white coat hypertension cased by the anxiety of having your blood pressure taken you were aware yo had a problem and were probably anxious about the test
 
#15
That happened to me once. Had an argument with someone I couldn't stand whilst in the waiting room and then off I went to see the medics who did their thing, noted the results on a bit of paper then went and stood in line to see the doc. Doc took one look at the paper, retook my plood pressure and asked if I had been stressed earlier?
 
#16
Could just be 'white coat syndrome' 24hr monitor should giva a good indication.

Re. Bastion - Well stocked sick bay there, you'd be amazed what they've got pills for :)
 

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#17
Re. Bastion - Well stocked sick bay there, you'd be amazed what they've got pills for :)
What happens when he gets deployed to a FOB and then his platoon starts rotating out to the PBs? Play safe mate, if you know you're going to need them then take your own supply.

I'm no medic but I have been told that stopping taking the pills (the level I'm on, at least) is a reasonably immediate and quite serious risk factor. I don't plan to (but I don't take a tour's worth with me - I take a couple of months and rely on Mrs I posting them out.)
Mate, if it's that serious I'm surprised they're letting you deploy! You sure you want to risk it?
 
#18
Mate, if it's that serious I'm surprised they're letting you deploy! You sure you want to risk it?
Hey, apparently I'm on a basic dose of the standard pills. Seems somewhat less risky than, well, ATO ...

I don't suppose I'm going to keel over and die if I fail to take 1. I'd assume that as your body recovers from the meds your blood pressure goes through the roof. But that's my ancient biochemistry training talking, not real knowledge.
 
#19
Not a fail - just been upgraded and on daily pills.
Ditto. No issues with deployment at all - bar a P3 classification, which is fine as I'm an old fart and long past anything toothy. Still a pile of jobs in theatre that we can do......

As for the effect of the Meds, my understanding is that "moderate hypertension" is usually expressed as something like " you have a 10% chance of a heart attack within the next 20 years.....or similar". Being on the meds reduces that risk considerably, but coming off them simply puts you back in the original risk category. I suppose that continually chopping and changing your BP by forgetting your meds will stress your body that bit more ?

I've had no problem with getting an advance of several months worth of pills from my GP when deploying, top up by post or on R&R but keep a decent "reserve" in case of logistic issues would be my advice. Stripped down to the foil strips they don't take much space.
 
#20
I've had no problem with getting an advance of several months worth of piles from my GP
I thought he was supposed to cure them, not cause them...
 
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