Re: Need advice...Driving myself up a wall
Okay, I take a bit of a different stance. I think taking your BP at home is great! At first you might be obsessed with taking it, but after a while it will become old hat, you'll relax, and even your home numbers will go down. (At least I believe that's the case for most people. It may take a few weeks before you relax. There may be a few especially anxiety-prone people who never get over it.)
But your home numbers will provide you with AMMUNITION to use at the doctor's office if the doc should again suggest that you go on meds when you don't believe you should. Keep a written record. Take it with you to the doctor's office.
Sounds like your home readings are in what is currently called the pre-hypertensive range. Optimal, though, is considered 115/75. As I recall, every 20-point systolic increase over that doubles your risk, so even though it isn't considered hypertension until 140/90, you and your doctor may want to consider if you have severe enough other risk factors which warrant medicating you at a pressure lower than 140/90.
In addition to exercise, obtaining near-ideal weight, and a low-salt diet, a diet which includes eight servings fruits and vegetables (mostly low-starch ones) and three servings of non-fat dairy a day has shown reduced BP.