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Re: my update Hypertensive Reaction!

Posted by jsarirose on September 22, 2002, at 2:15:54

In reply to Re: my update Hypertensive Reaction!, posted by ayrity on September 22, 2002, at 2:05:39

> Given the problems I've had, I'd strongly recommend that anyone on an MAOI get a blood pressure machine for home. There are alot of inaccurate junk machines out there, so you have to look for a good one (check with you primary MD)and double check it with a manual cuff BP in your doc's office. Well worth the investment and piece of mind.

I have a home machine, of course I didn't have it with me when I needed it! That's the first time I've experienced the sweating and redness though. I don't think my bp spiked with the other reactions I had. I'm feeling better now - just a little dizzy and slightly headachy.

> As you also said, finding a good doc is half the battle. He's a good guy and know's his stuff. More like seeing a friend than a therapist (transference, maybe? :-) ) Still, I'm paying a fortune, even with insurance covering about 50%. We have almost weekly sessions- does that sound excessive? Probably not necessary, but I (mostly) enjoy them, and I don't have anyone else to talk to anyway except my ex-wife, who's great but I can't confide everything (or much at all) in her anymore.

I see my psych for meds only (it's cheaper) and I'm currently looking for a therapist. My last therapist is moving out of state (the second one I've lost that way, maybe it's me?). I prefer to see a psychotherapist at this stage in the game, no cognitive/behavioralists. My psycho is cognitive oriented so I don't really want to see her for therapy but I like her for meds. How frequently I see her depends on if I'm ramping up a med, changing meds, etc. It's good if you like talking to your doc. I think a good therapist is even harder to find than a good med doc.

> Sorry for the rambling! :-)
> Thanks again for your support.
No problem! I often ramble! And the people here are great for support! Take care.





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