Question about being sick and my Blood pressure
I have been treated for high blood pressure for about a year now although I've run high since I was a kid. My cardiologist has me on Diovan and Metropolol. I am also being treated for General Anxiety Disorder which I have had for about 2 months now. I've had the ECG's, the 24 hr monitor, a stress test and a sonogram. All came back good, although I have an enlarged heart which I knew about already. I even had blood work done and came out good (had liver, kidneys, thyroid and such checked). I am not diabetic or hypoglycemic either. Since my Anxiety, I've gone to the doctors thinking I have everything under the sun-I turned into a hypochondriac.
I tend to run in the 130's/80, sometimes it'll go up higher when I am nervous. About two weeks ago I had a panic attack and ran to the docs and they took my BP and it spiked VERY high (Higher then I ever saw) and they told me it was prob due to the anxiety attack I had earlier as they have seen it higher with panic attacks. After an hour they took it again and it was 126/80, the lowest and best I have ever seen.
Anyway, last week I came down with a really bad cold, I'm talking severe congestion and coughing all the time. I caught this coming right off of my panic attacks so my body never got a chance to relax. The doctor gave me antibiotics, but my blood pressure was running higher then normal. Since then I have been checking it at home and I seem to be running about 140/90 to 145/88, even got a reading of 129/90 (at one point it said 162/113-but I dunno if I was worried when I took it or the machine gave a bad reading-This machine give me nothing but trouble. My mom is getting me a new one, the kind she uses) . 140/90 is a little high for me, at least I think it is. Now I'm still sick, I'm still a little congested but it's much better then what it was.
My question is, coming down with such a bad cold-can that raise your blood pressure up? I would think being sick is escalating my anxiety a little without me knowing it, in turn bringing up my BP. That and lately I have been worried about it. In fact last night I had a few dreams about taking my BP and it being high.