Re: Why am I spiking?
It is amazing what anxiety will do to BP, and how little that fact is recognized by physicians. I am now 63 and have never had high blood pressure; a few years ago my FORMER doctor (at my first appointment) took a reading that was 140ish over 90 something. He went bonkers; put me on a a strict low fat diet to lose weight, and generally terrorized me mentally.
Luckily, I bought my own monitor and after high readings myself for awhile, I started realizing that my real numbers were in the 110 over 75 range. If I don't take my reading for awhile, my initial readings on my own will be about 140 over 90; I keep retaking every 30 minutes or so until I get a normal reading; from there on it will be fine until I reach the doctor's office where it will spike again. I always take my personal record to calm her down; however, I still think she believes her reading more than mine.
Like clockwork, if I think it might read high - it will be 140 over 90. If I think it will read low, it will be 110 over 75.