Originally Posted by Uff-Da!
... Since I quit the meds, and up until about 24 hours ago, I had taken 190 readings, only 24 of which would be considered in the hypertensive range. And most of those were in the low 140s, and my pressure came back down promptly after a short-term stressful event.
Good to see that you are being proactive in dealing with your blood pressure. Have you found your readings higher during particular hours of the day. In other words, do your readings tend to be higher in the daytime and lower at night?
Well, I'm scheduled to see my doctor for my annual physical next Wednesday, so guess what happens? About 24 hours ago, I woke up in the night overheated and just feeling a bit strange. I got up, rested at the kitchen table several minutes, and took my BP four times within half an hour: 144/65, 139/69, 150/69, 152/75. Since then I've taken several more readings, all but one of which fall in the hypertensive range. I feel my heartbeat in my ears and have ringing in my ears, so I suspect it may be allergy-related.
Sounds like you had a "one time" reaction to something that has raised your Systolic a bit. Your diastolic readings are GREAT! If you ate something, or came into contact with something for which you are allergic or sensitive, it could have a temporary raising effect on your blood pressure.
Even so, your BP readings are not all that bad, IMHO.
But if my BP is up like this when I go for my physical, my doctor is going to want me back on meds. Then she'll want me to come back for a re-check, which would cost me another $100. So I'm thinking of just going back on meds in the next couple of days to get my pressure down before I go in and save the hundred bucks and extra trip.
It usually takes a couple of days for the blood pressure to get back to normal, after coming into contact with something that raises the blood pressure. By Wednesday, your blood pressure will probably be back to normal, unless you come into contact, or eat, whatever caused your blood pressure to go higher.
Do you have any idea what might have caused you to have the unusual reaction?