High Blood Pressure/ Angiograpy
So, I have high blood pressure, (like rediculously high), I am only 20 years old, and I have had it since I was 16 (that I know of, I never really had it checked before then). I have been messed arrounf by the NHS alot and it has been under investigation for those four years, and they still havent got to the bottom of the cause after a million tests. They think at the moment that I have renal artery disease, and and that is causing my arteries to get scarred and damaged and narrow, so thats causing my blood pressure. I havetried to make lifestyle changes, but there isn't really that much I can do to change, I excercise gently every day, (walking my Feodore, and I walk everwhere as I don't drive), I watch my diet, and I only weigh eight and a half stone so weight isn't an issue. I take Calcium Channel Inhibitors (Amlodipine) to manage it which I will likely be on for the rest of my life. They make me feel reallt dizzy and out of it though, and I have to admit, I stopped taking them for three weeks last time I had uni exams, cos they make me feel out of it and unable to focus and I was scared I was gonna fail my exams.
I have had more blood tests than I can shake a stick at, I have had two ultrasounds of my kidneys but they arent detailed enough, all I know is that one of my kidneys is tiny and doesn't function well, I had an MRI scan but I had a bad alergic reaction to the metal contrast tracer and had to be taken out and have oxygen.
So now I have to have angiography. They have to inject a contrast directly into my kidney vessels, via my ....groin. I't might sound weird but I don't really like being touched on my groin, my stomach, my neck, I dunno why it just makes me feel vulnerable. I am not scared of needles or anything, I used to be a regular blood doner before they stopped letting me cos of my health. last time I was in hospital in July though I just freaked out and was crying, its a horrible hospital that I am in now, it is a disgusting humiliating kind of place. I cried to the doctor like a baby and irrationaly said I was just not having it done, cos I seriously didn't want to go back there ever again, certainly not to have an old male doctor toughing my groin. So they gave me some crazy people meds lol to calm me down on the day I get it done, (some temazepam). If this confirms that the problem is what they think it is then they will do ballon angiplasty to enlarge my blood vessel, and put a stent in. (Thankfully because of the godawful NHS this will probably end up being in like 2012 so I'm putting it to the back of my mind).
My appointment just came through the post today to get it done, and its on 22nd of september. This is during freshsers week of my final year of uni which im really gutted about too, I had to have an operation on my gum bone in my first freshers week and I really wanted to make the most of my last one. I am in for an overnight stay this time aswell, I don't really know why cos it should be quite a small prcedure, Im assuing they just want to monitor me or something. I am really dreading it soooo much. I know I'm being a bit of a baby here and people have to deal with things a hell of a lot worse than this (even some some of you on here will be sitting there thinking this is nothing compared to your problems). But I am completly bricking it and I don't want it done, it's really stressing me out and I feel another embarrasing childlike crying fit coming on when I have to go in for it.
Has anyone else had this done that can reassure me? I am cracking up here like the numpty I am.
p.s sorry for the massive rant, I don't really talk to any of my friends about it and I just need to rant :.(