I have a question regarding muscle tension when taking bp readings. I suffer from fybromyalgia and notice that my muscles seem very tense & tight especially in the am. When I take my first bp reading, it always is around 130 - 140/80 or 83. Then, I conciously relax all those tight muscles (especially in my legs), and redo the bp reading. ALWAYS I get a much lower reading the second time around, usually about 118 - 125/70 or73. I know I must be tense during the day, and if the muscle tension is any indicator, then I probably have higher bp while my muscles are in this tense state. I'm wondering if a muscle relaxant would do the same thing for me as a blood pressure pill. (I am now taking lisinopril - dr wants me to take 10mg, but got stomach problems, so put myself at 5mg).
Also I'm wondering why my doctor didn't try the muscle relaxant first, where she knows I have fybromyalgia!! I am going to see her again at the end of this month to have blood tests & have a bp reading at her office (will probably be off the charts as she makes me wicked nervous ) I think the relaxants would help my muscle tension & my bp too!!
Has anyone any ideas about muscle tension & whether it could affect the bp this way??? I would appreciate hearing from you. Thanks!
I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia about 10 years ago by a rheumatologist.
About measuring my bp - I have an automatic bp monitor - an Omron. I think that throwing out the first reading is a good idea, and I wish my doctor would do the same thing!! Her nurse once did that - she threw out the first reading, and the second reading was 10 pts lower for systolic. I never have high in the diastolic readings, and when I take the bp meds, it lowers the bottom number alot more than the top one. The top number seems to fluctuate alot more.
Hopefully, I will talk to my doctor about the fibro & muscle tension, and maybe she will give other meds, as the lisinopril really bothers my stomach. I know there are other meds out there, but I really don't have the patience to try alot of them, and my stomach reacts to just about everything!! That's part of the fibro too.
Thanks for your input - just wondered if anyone else noticed muscle tension could affect the numbers of bp, but I guess not many of you have noticed that sort of thing.