... pressure during a spike. My latest BP regimen is .3mg Clonidine at night she took me off the 50 mg Metropolol I was taking in the morning but then my heart rate started staying high so starting this week I put it back and my heart rate is much better but I had a spike today 170 the high for systolic and 116 the high for diastolic this always freaks me out and I find myself checking my BP like every 10 minutes just wondering if anyone else got freaked out like that
i think thats totally normal if uve freaked out a bit!! once u have a run of lower bps u might find u stop checking soo much i have the oppisite prob i was put on beta blockers for anx but it lowered my bp to the floor an for abt a wk i checked an re checked mine but after a while i stopped!!! its an easy habbit to get into!!
You are doing something that only makes it worse. Your pressure will keep going higher if you keep taking it, and worrying will also raise it. Your blood pressure isn't going to change dramatically in 10 min. 2 or 3 times a day is quite enough. If you relax and stop worrying it will probably go down.
I've done the same thing as you and freaked myself out so much I had to go to ER. How are you checking it? Upper arm pressure pump or wrist pump? If it's upper arm, I was told that if you check it faster than every 30 mins, your muscles and veins don't have enough time to return to normal size and pressure after being squeezed that tight so the readings aren't very accurate. It's a little different if you have a wrist pump. Also, yes - getting anxious and OCD about it will raise it way above normal. I take 2 types of BP meds: Norvasc in the a.m. and Atenolol at night. I also have Clonidine for when it gets over 180/105. I've only had to take that 3 times in the past few months. I'm on Lexapro and Ativan now which have helped my anxiety a lot so my BP's are doing much better.
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