t1m80 wrote:All gone a bit pear-shaped for me as I've just failed my class 2 medical on high blood pressure. I think it's white coat syndrome as I've been keeping an eye on it in the week leading up to the medical and its been within limits. Even when i got home today after the medical it was OK. Just to be sure, I went out and bought a new Omron monitor just in case there was a problem with my old one. That was fine too.
Sorry to hear that. I failed my class 2 renewal just under three years ago because of high BP caused partly by bad genes and partly by lifestyle. I was 51 at the time. After starting medication, and waiting a few weeks, I took and passed the medical. Now I get a regular checkup by a GP once a year, in addition to the yearly class 2 medical. As I see it, failing the class 2 medical back then was a good thing: it uncovered a health problem I didn't know I had. (For those of you who don't have high BP, it's not something that you can feel that you could feel irregular heartbeat. There can be the occasional headache that could have any number of causes.) The only drawback is that I can't eat grapefruit: there's a substance in it that works against one of the pills. But a very small price to pay.
Surely medication could work for you, too? By bringing down the general level, even the peaks you get when seeing a lab coat could be lowered to within the limits? AIUI, the limit for the class 2 is also the in the region for when a GP thinks you should do whatever it takes to lower the BP: exercise, weight loss, medication,.... There are several doctors on this forum; someone may comment on that.
(The above is not an expert opinion; I am not a doctor. Speaking to your GP and your flight doctor about how to cope is the only way forward.)
Autocorrect is so frustrating. It's always making me say things I didn't Nintendo.