I went to the doctor this afternoon for a general checkup, something I haven’t done in around ten years. The reason I went in is because I have been absolutely exhausted lately. I already know from my wife’s observations that I have sleep apnea, but it’s been getting a lot worse lately. I’m fairly sure that I’m going to end up with a CPAP machine after they jump through all the hoops for the insurance company.
Right off the bat with the nurse, I learned that my blood pressure was a little high at 136 over 90.
The doctor told me that my thyroid is larger than he would expect. Apparently what happens with the thyroid is that the hormone levels start dropping, which prompts the body to make the thyroid larger to increase the levels. He also said that he thought he felt a small bump on the thyroid. If the blood test for thyroid shows any problem, he’ll get an x-ray and ultrasound.
He’s referred me to a dermatologist. He doesn’t think any of my moles are problematic, but there are a lot of them and he wants an expert to look at them. I also have a bunch of skin tags in various places. They aren’t likely to be cancerous, so removing them is optional. He’s recommending that I get my first colonoscopy at 45 instead of 50, because apparently people who get skin tags are more prone to polyps.
At the end, I had a bunch of blood drawn for various blood tests like thyroid, anemia, and cholesterol. They have put me on their list to take a pulsoximeter home so they can track my oxygen for a night. If that shows low oxygen levels, they’ll get me in for an actual sleep study, which will likely show that I need a CPAP machine.
It seems that both thyroid problems and sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure, so the doctor isn’t worried about that part yet.