Re: Feeling your b/p rise?
My blood pressure problem is highly stress-related. When I was under a great deal of stress, I had to take 30 mg. Lisinopril daily to keep my pressure under reasonable control, and even then my systolic would get into the 150-170 range when a new stress would hit. (I was caring for my husband, a stroke survivor, 24/7, so I was basically under perpetual stress for four years.) Within six months after I lost him, I was able to reduce the dosage, and finally 1½ years later to eliminate meds completely. So I know that stress was the principal cause. I still feel the difference, though my spikes don't get as high nor do they occur as frequently. And now it is without meds instead of with them. If I feel super calm, my systolic will be under 120, reasonably calm it will be 120-130, and if I'm feeling stressed, it will be in the 130s, 140s, or rarely 150s. I can best tell by how relaxed my shoulder muscles are.
I suspect that people whose blood pressure is less related to stress might not be able to detect it as readily.
Last edited by Uff-Da!; 03-15-2005 at 08:22 PM.