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Un-Sick - Qualified Perceptions
firstfrost
firstfrost
Un-Sick
I woke up this morning with the faintest of sore throats. Normally, I wouldn't pay much attention to this, but tirinian turns out to have strep as of yesterday, so I was suspicious, and made a doctor's appointment. The magic instant culture says I'm fine, and the sore throat seems to have gone away entirely, so I am not sick, just suggestible.

However, at the mini-checkup, I got my blood pressure taken by the nurse, and it was way in the Good range, no longer in the pre-hypertension range! So apparently the bicycle thing is working. Yay!

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ringrose From: ringrose Date: September 3rd, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Way to go!
desireearmfeldt From: desireearmfeldt Date: September 3rd, 2010 06:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hooray for good health!
mathhobbit From: mathhobbit Date: September 3rd, 2010 06:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay!
desireearmfeldt From: desireearmfeldt Date: September 3rd, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think today was also really smoggy or alergen-full or something -- my breathing apparatus has been burning, but not in a getting-sick sort of way.
mjperson From: mjperson Date: September 3rd, 2010 08:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe you are allergic to hurricanes!
desireearmfeldt From: desireearmfeldt Date: September 3rd, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
That ought to be a superhero flaw. :)
chenoameg From: chenoameg Date: September 3rd, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay!
merastra From: merastra Date: September 3rd, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay for no strep. Double YAY for good blood presure!! :-) I have to ask though, are you still doubling your biking stats each month? :-)
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: September 3rd, 2010 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sadly, no. Once it hit extra bonus hot in the summer, the third floor AC can't quite keep up, and I splat much faster. I'm hopeful for autumn, though.
kirisutogomen From: kirisutogomen Date: September 3rd, 2010 11:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
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kirisutogomen From: kirisutogomen Date: September 3rd, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
OK, that was probably overly non sequitur. I'll try to be more relevant.

Um, I've had a sore throat for a few days. Until now I was assuming it was caused by miasmata.

Hmm, that wasn't very good. OK, how about this: I'm kind of confused about the prescription of exercise for high blood pressure. On one hand, there's a set of lifestyle changes that are always recommended both for prevention and treatment. These include the usual stuff: exercise, weight loss, less sugar, less salt, not smoking, etc. On the other hand, all the discussion of the etiology of primary hypertension seems to be dominated by the theme, "we have no idea what's going on."

This makes me wonder if maybe the standard set of recommendations is just the default treatment for mysterious chronic physiological conditions, for no better reason than the knowledge that they're valid for arteriosclerosis and some cancers, and they're at worst harmless. So maybe your reduced blood pressure is due to some totally other thing and we're all attributing it to the exercise in some sort of mass confirmation bias phenomenon.
merastra From: merastra Date: September 3rd, 2010 11:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Octopus, heh. :-)

Actually, we've found that for a couple of hours after exercise, our blood pressure is lower than normal. I guess that's why you're not supposed to use that as your baseline. But it stands to reason that if you can lower your BP at least once a day for several hours, then that's good for you in the long term.
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: September 3rd, 2010 11:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oddly, my really poor understanding makes it seem sensical.

My circulatory system, like much of the rest of me, is wussy and flabby, and thus not able to do... whatever the right thing is. When I exercise, it is clearly working harder, getting more in shape at, you know, blood-pumping stuff. So then it gets better at doing the right thing.

Of course, this makes almost no sense when I think harder, given that higher pressure in most circumstances is due to pushing things around faster and with more force, rather than being lazy about it. We certainly don't get better water pressure out of puddles.

(Hmm. It could also all be due to more time having passed since the one time I smoked! That must be it!
ricedog From: ricedog Date: September 5th, 2010 03:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I think that might be right. The missing step being that your heart can pump slower and deliver the same blood flow because it's in better shape, so each beat is more efficient.
fredrickegerman From: fredrickegerman Date: September 4th, 2010 10:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
"This makes me wonder if maybe the standard set of recommendations is just the default treatment for mysterious chronic physiological conditions, for no better reason than the knowledge that they're valid for arteriosclerosis and some cancers, and they're at worst harmless."

Possibly true, but (talking out of my hat here), surely there's some correlation between higher baseline blood pressure and problems resulting from arteriosclerosis and/or clotting (more chance of dislodging something and having it end up somewhere bad)? I'm predicating this assumption on the idea that everyone has some baseline level of sclerosis and clotting to begin with, but that there's an "actionable level" where it becomes worth worrying about. Which I vaguely hope is actually wrong, but suspect is probably true.
treptoplax From: treptoplax Date: September 4th, 2010 01:06 am (UTC) (Link)

She's ready!

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