Re: Here we go again:(
You probably have what is called "white coat syndrome", meaning you experience anxiety in the doctor's office at the prospect of having your blood pressure checked, and so your blood presssure is higher than normal. 140/90 is not "very high", that puts you barely in the Stage 1 hypertension category - this category STARTS at 140/90! There is a new category called "Prehypertension" which is bp in the range 120-139/80-89. If your blood pressure were to consistantly fall in this category, then lifestyle changes would be suggested, like losing weight if you are overweight, exercise, reducing salt intake, but medication is not the first line of action in this category. Doctors would like your resting bp to average below 120/80, and it sounds like yours probably does.
BP monitors vary in quality, I'd ask a pharmacist or doctor for a reccomendation. Most people will tell you the cuff type are more reliable, but I have a wrist monitor I bought at a CVS for about $70, which is very reliable - I have calibrated it against my doctor's readings. You might do the same with the model you bought.
Measure your resting, relaxed bp once or twice a day for several weeks and keep a log of your readings to determine what your average is. Some people even get anxious taking their bp at home, so they take 3 readings fairly close in a row, and either average, or throw out the first one, which tends to be higher.
Take your log to your doctor on your next visit. If your home readings are consistantly like the ones you have listed, you don't need drugs.
Edited to add, some types of pain relievers can raise blood pressure slightly, which is why your doctor asked about them. You don't say why you take that much Advil, but if you can avoid it, you might stop taking those pain relievers for several days and see what that does to your resting bp.
Last edited by mgraylorn; 02-23-2005 at 08:14 AM.