I visited an urgent care clinic this week because I hurt my foot. I thought it was broken, but I was diagnosed with cellulitis (which Dr. Kara and I have decided is due to my eczema). However, I’m worried that it could be CRPS because of the level of pain I’m experiencing.
I hate having my blood pressure taken. It hurts. While the cuff strangled the blood flow in my arm, I tried to stay calm. But I seriously thought I was going to rip the thing off before it was done.
I told the nurse that my blood pressure would be high because of my pain levels. (My foot really hurts.) And I was right. The nurse talked to me about monitoring my blood pressure, which is something I used to do — until I figured out that my blood pressure fluctuates depending on my pain levels.
Being unable to adequately manage my daily pain means that I am also unable to manage my high blood pressure. I suppose I could take medication for the high blood pressure, but since the cause is mostly uncontrollable and debilitating pain, it seems like a futile effort. And I don’t want to be dependent on doctors. Because, as you know, doctors suck.