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My left Subclavian vein is clogged and the blood pressure on my right arm,the 165 over 80 to 199 over 80 is my actual blood pressure. They can't give me blood pressure medicine because that'll make my left arm drop too much. I have to make an appointment with a vascular surgeon.
 

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You had a scan? Was this part of all the other scans you had?

This is kind of a big deal. Is it the artery or vein?

All of this from a shadow in your eye. It's turning out to be a good thing because it just might have saved your life.
 

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The eye specialist wanted me to check my blood pressure 2 or 3 times a day because he thought I might have high blood pressure. I got a tester and after few days I decided to check my other arm. Everybody checks my blood pressure on the left arm,it says it is good. When I checked it on the right arm it was 165 over 70. I about freaked,thought maybe it was a fluke. After a few times doing it over a couple of days I knew I had to have a clogged artery somewhere. I didn't really want to wait until Tuesday when my next appointment was and yesterday I had some strange feelings in my chest,left arm and got light headed awhile so I had my wife take my to an ER and they did CT scans on my head,chest and pelvic areas with and without contrast. It is the artery not the vein. I posted that going by my memory but it was real late at night. I read the report this morning and it said artery,not vein. I've already got the appointment made with the surgeon but it's 2 weeks from today. I've also got a follow appointment made with my family doctor for Thursday of this week. I would say this is what caused the eye problems,I see the specialist tomorrow morning. But if I hadn't decided to check the other arm it might not have been found. Even at the ER they checked my left arm. I asked to have my right armed checked and the nurse said "you want me to check your right arm too?" I said "yeah,that's why I'm here,it's reading a lot higher". After she checked it and it was 199 over 80 she said "that's not normal". I asked her what my left arm was and she said 115 over 70. They were all shocked at the difference,even the doctor. I'm very glad I went. I bet this is what's causing the tingling on the right side of my face,neck and shoulder too,but not sure,I'm going to mention it to my Neurologist.
 

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You dodged a bullet. The worst part is that they can't do anything about any of it until you've got that artery open again.

I know this is impossible but try to stay chill for the next couple of weeks.

Yep, trying to get them out of their routine sometimes is difficult. Chances are the patients they see with your problem are not common.
 

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I've dodged a bullet so far but a lot can happen in 2 weeks. Worrying about this probably won't help matters any.

I'm not sure you're talking about with the routine and patients.
 

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You asking them to check your right arm. That's not routine. They all get into a routine and have a hard time breaking out of it when they should. If the ER doc was worth his certification he suspected that what was going on with you and the blocked artery. It's why the two scans.

I know. I'm even anxious about your diagnosis. I can't imagine what it's like for you and your wife.
 

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I've dodged a bullet so far but a lot can happen in 2 weeks. Worrying about this probably won't help matters any.

I'm not sure you're talking about with the routine and patients.
Oh my! I’m sorry it looks like at least one surgery in the near future, but I’m glad they/ you got the problem narrowed down so far! I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers the next few weeks, if that’s ok w you.

As hard as it is not to worry, try to remember that drs and surgeons have been making similar types of repairs for a long time now. I won’t say it’s routine, I’m not sure your particular case would be, but it isn’t uncommon to repair veins and arteries in general. Odds are you’ll pull through this and once you’re healed you’ll be amazed how much better you feel. I really do think, and hope, that it will fix your other issues too. Good luck, hang in there! It’ll all be over before you know it.
 

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You asking them to check your right arm. That's not routine. They all get into a routine and have a hard time breaking out of it when they should. If the ER doc was worth his certification he suspected that what was going on with you and the blocked artery. It's why the two scans.

I know. I'm even anxious about your diagnosis. I can't imagine what it's like for you and your wife.
I get it now.
 

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The eye doctor gave me an injection in the eye today to start trying to get rid of the cloud but for it to work properly I need to quit smoking so hopefully that's all the drive I'll need to go through with it. The dye tests show my other eye is heading towards the same thing if I don't get the blood pressure down soon and the damage that's already done can't be reversed. I hope it doesn't have a stroke too before I get the surgery done. It's going to be a long 2-3 weeks
 

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Yes it is. I'm glad you brought the subject up about your sight. You might have still been in the dark about what medicare would cover for your vision.
 

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Yes I'm very glad I did too and thankful to those who brought Medicare info to me.
 

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I only knew that for years because of cataracts. It became a medical exam when they developed and even the insurance through hub's company paid for the exams. I can't quite figure out how it's not medical when you can't see without vision correction.
 

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I just figured anything related to the eyes would be under optical insurance unless it was something like I have that's caused by a clogged artery,I had no idea what caused cataracts.
 

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Cataracts left in place will eventually cause blindness as they become opaque enough adequate light can't get through.

Your eye strokes are a medical threat to you being able to see so it's almost considered a medical charge.

Cut an eye, it becomes medical. I guess just about anything that doesn't involve an exam for glasses is medical.
 
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