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Patriciathestripper1 Wed 25-Jan-17 21:49:56

Did post this in health but had no replies
Had blood pressure monitor fitted this morning, supposed to be on overnight.
On way home from Gp it was so tight when it first started to monitor that my hand went numb until it stopped. Wasn't sure if this was normal as not had one on before.
Anyway became more uncomfortable as day went on to point where I thought I can't keep this on all night.
Our Vet called to see one of the horses late In afternoon and whilst he was there the cuff started to tighten and just didn't stop. My hand went purple and the vet had to help me out of my top so I could get the flipping cuff off blush
It has left my hand tingly and discoloured.
I took the cuff back to the gp surgery and told another nurse there what had happened. She was very dismissive and wouldn't even look at my hand saying that my gp will be in touch later next week when he is on for my results.
My hand is still discoloured with red blood spots and the feeling not back properly and its sore.
Would I be unreasonable to complain? Or does this usually happen? I haven't had one on before. I'm not a mardy pants but It hurts and I feel really self conscious about it now.

harderandharder2breathe Wed 25-Jan-17 21:56:09

Yanbu, if nothing else, their dismissive attitude is not ok.

I've never had a blood pressure monitor constantly myself, but it doesn't sound right to me in my non medical judgement

PCDC Wed 25-Jan-17 21:56:54

Definitely complain, that's not right! shock

SummitLove Wed 25-Jan-17 21:59:24

I think you need to call 111 now and get it checked out - I know from climbing that restricted circulation can cause issues when the restriction has been removed - same reasons why tourniquets need to have the time they were put on marked.

Don't fully understand how a blood pressure cuff could have caused so much swelling, but, yes, I'd call 111 and speak to someone just in case you've had restricted blood flow over a period of time.

Not sure I would complain about a dismissive attitude unless it did turn out to be something serious.

PacificDogwod Wed 25-Jan-17 22:00:10

Do you have VERY high blood pressure?

The cuff has to inflate to above your blood pressure, so when your blood pressure is high, the inflation pressure can be very high (and sore).
The red spots are called 'petechiae' and are a sign of significant pressure allowing the microscopic blood vessels in your hand to burst. Quite harmless, but will take a little time to go away by themselves.

Or, you could have suffered from a blood pressure monitor malfunction, I suppose.

Dismissive attitude is never a good thing.

On balance, I think I'd make an appointment with your GP as I think this is more of a clinical problem rather than an administrative one.

ThePinkOcelot Wed 25-Jan-17 22:01:43

Yes, definitely complain. Your hand looks like a pink rubber glove blown up. Their dismissive attitude is bad too.

sotiredbutworthit Wed 25-Jan-17 22:02:27

That is bruising. The capillaries in your hand have burst due to the BP cuff. It does happen, I wouldn't complain - but if you are in any doubt obviously seek medical help.

TroysMammy Wed 25-Jan-17 22:05:15

The Practice Nurse was trying the 24 hour BP machine on staff. My arms are not massive and it bloody hurt and squeezes tighter than an ordinary BP cuff. A colleague refused as she had been a guinea pig before but dullard here agreed. IIRC it was sent off for repair.

scaryteacher Wed 25-Jan-17 22:08:41

I had to do a 24 hour monitoring and this happened to my hand as well. The petechiae went after a couple of days. I have petechiae on my legs due to ITP, as opposed to high blood pressure, so I knew what the spots were.

My blood pressure was 120/70 the day before the cuff was on, according to the cardiologist; one of the readings on the monitoring was 209/95, so someone's equipment was wrong!

Patriciathestripper1 Wed 25-Jan-17 22:10:15

pacific that's made me feel a bit better,
My blood pressure had always been ok but at my last visit gp took it and it was a bit high so he suggested the blood pressure monitor. Apart from this today I feel fine.

Patriciathestripper1 Wed 25-Jan-17 22:15:01

summit I've been putting arnica and a cold compress on my hand. Swelling gone down but blood spits still very visible and still tingly like pins and needles.
Just noticed it has also bruised my arm where cuff was fastened at top sad

Patriciathestripper1 Fri 27-Jan-17 17:35:30

Just an update really and thanks to all who posted and made me feel better...
I decided not to complain, nurse thinks machine was faulty and have sent it off to be looked at. Thanks oh wise munsnetters!

Itisnoteasybeingdifferent Fri 27-Jan-17 17:42:46

Clearly the machine was faulty,..

But the dismissive attitude was not acceptable. Notwithstanding anything else it is likely to have produced unreliable results.

harderandharder2breathe Fri 27-Jan-17 18:17:20

At least the nurse took you seriously. I hope the swelling has gone down now

Blossomdeary Fri 27-Jan-17 18:25:04

A district midwife diagnosed BP monitor malfunction when my DD was pregnant and nearly at term. Midwife did not believe it could be so high. A few days later DD was admitted with severe pre-eclampsia and had an emergency section. I saw her before the delivery and she was so bloated she had no visible knees and she was covered in a rash from head to toe. Boy, was I cross with that midwife! - DD could have died. Eyes are filling up as I type this - it was dreadful, quite dreadful.

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