I see my doctor periodically because she has been driving me a little nuts trying to control my cholesterol. I have done really well in getting that down with diet.
My blood pressure readings have always been great. Around the 115/75 range.
Now the last few times I went to see her they have gone way up. In April it was 132/84, May it was 140/90 (my heart was racing during the measurement), today after 2 measurements it was 140/90 and another one was 125/94
When she is taking it I can feel my stomach muscles start to tighten and my heart races. This is worse than the anxiety I use to get when I was taking my SAT's to get into college!!
Anyway, yesterday I took my own machine to work. Now I thought I would be really stressed at work and I would break the machine. Well, to my surprise I took 23 readings over the course of the day, most of which were below the 120/80 mark. On some the lower number was 64,68 and 69. I got one bad reading which I got right after talking to my mother (always a very stressful conversation) over the phone which was 147/97!!
I need to remember never to measure my blood pressure after talking to my mother!!
An hour later, it dropped to 118/79.
I really thought I would go into my doctor's office and ace her reading. I took several readings before the visit and I was averaging 125/84.
When I got home from the doctor I measured it myself and it was 123/76
I just measured it again tonight and it was 117/75. And I had a diet coke and coffee tonight!
How do I know if this is anxiety or I am really developing high blood pressure? There is a history of high blood pressure on my mother's side of the family. Is this how high blood pressure starts???? If I do have a phobia here, any advice on how to get over it???
If I were to go on medication, wouldn't it make my bp too low at times???