Lenin -- that's a good one - I'll have to remember that!!
Yes, Pal - that was a BIG, FAT typo!! lol. I meant to say Pulse pressure!! I blame it all on my thyroid!!
magz - I saw a HUGH drop in my blood pressure after I quit smoking. My doctor told me not to expect this, but sometimes BP does go down when people quit smoking. I definately suffer from a bit of white coat, but my new doctor is sooooo great to me!! This is my first time quitting smoking and I quit cold turkey. It's like I just made up my mind and I'm done. I cried and cried when my first PCP gave me a script for BP meds (I'm 28 and I'm already taking two thyroid pills a day for the rest of my life). when I found my new doctor and she was willing to let me see what I could do to get better numbers, I really did EVERYTHING I could. It's like my old PCP took control away from me and my new doctor gave it back to me. Even if my BP numbers had not come down, at least I would have felt like I had done EVERY thing I could to affect a change. It's tough not smoking, but it's very worth it. I miss it sometimes, but something about not smoking makes me feel so strong. I've also became addicted to burning candles!! I love to smell stuff now
As far as my appointment, I got there today and my dr's nurse took my BP two times. The first time it was 136/86. Obviously still kind of high, but we waited a couple of minutes and I took my BP with my cuff from home and it was 128/84. We waited a few more minutes and talked a bit and she took my BP with her cuff again and it was 132/84 (so it was pretty close to my BP cuff). At any rate, I felt better about these numbers. When my doctor finally came it, my BP was 122/82 in my left arm and 124/84 in my right arm. I was on CLOUD 9 and I told her how much I appreciate her and her nurse working with me on this. At this time, NO medication. My doctor said she felt good about my BP cuff and that exercise and quitting smoking really do seem to have helped.