... pressure until I started having anxiety and panic attacks
Yes my bp goes up anytime I know I have to go somewhere or do something. They have me on Valium for 10 months added Zoloft then had to take me off Zoloft. I've tried several antidepressants and my body is too sensitive for them so now I am at 20 mg throughout the day and it's still not helping. I'm one of those odd people that Valium doesn't affect. I also get headaches/migraines from getting so anxious and I can get those just sitting at home thinking about what I have to do or do the next day. I know how you feel with the bp. Mine got up to 171/116 the other day and I was just sitting at home watching tv.
Anxiety definitely drives up your BP. I'm physically active and my BP is normally 90-110 over 68 to 80. My diet makes it lower too.
However I was at the Dr during an attack and it was 160/100. I've checked it here and there during stressful times and it was up for sure.
In my view this is why getting meds for your anxiety is key. High BP damages your body!
Anxiety definitely plays a part in my hypertension. I was diagnosed with panic disorder before hypertension, but now the anxiety makes the hbp harder to treat. So, now I take Amitriptilyne 25mg. at night for the anxiety. I also take Toprol XL 50 mg.and Norvasc 10 mg for hypertension. The only time I have trouble with spikes are when I go to the Dr. due to "white coat syndrome" I never get a good reading at the docs, but normal all the time at home.
Hi All! I'm new to this forum. I'm a 32-Y/O who suffers with GAD. I've been dealing with this for three years. I'm seeing a counselor and a part of a support group. I am not on any medication but working out, doing yoga and running along with a balanced diet has helped tremendously. However, in the last three months, I've been having higher than normal readings at the doctor's office. From October-November 2014, I would suffer with palpitations; not everyday but enough for me to make an appointment. Luckily for me, my PCP is also a Cardiologist. In December, my initial BP reading was 140/100 (which I've never had before). It's always 120-something over 70-85 max. This was alarming, as I've just begun a vegan lifestyle so I was totally shocked. Before I left, she took my pressure again and it went down to 128/90. My follow-up & physical appt was two weeks ago and again, my reading was 140/100.
She took it several times throughout the visit. The last two readings were 138/93 & 135/84 - in which cases she said was normal for someone who has an anxiety disorder. Now she wants to follow-up with me every six-months. I'm afraid of going to the doctor now, as I don't want to end up on HBP meds. I'm too young for this and it's frustration b/c I've tried to do everything I possibly can to remain as healthy as possible. I now HBP can be controlled but it's one step in the wrong direction and it scares me.
How have all of you been able to deal with this?
Blood pressure is not something you should try to control on your own. I'm 68 year old female, who had an aortic dissection last year due to HBP. Not many survive this. My neurologist AND my cardiologist told me they had never seen anyone who survived it. I knew I had semi high BP, but didn't realize how damaging it could be. Now I am a semi invalid who has to keep my BP so low that it's hard to function. I take nine, NINE different BP medications twice a day to control it. My life has changed drastically. I sometimes faint when I stand up due to the level of my BP. I can most definitely say that if I'm upset about something, my BP will rise. If I take a Klonopin, it will go down within a half hour.
Please see your doctor and tell him everything you're worried about. Don't end up like me. I sailed along thinking I was able to treat myself. Look up aortic dissection on the internet, worst case scenario. You don't want this believe me.
Everybody is diffrent and stress and anxiety affects all of us in many diffrent ways. I am a walking talking proof of this. I have had anxiety attacks all my life and they have terrorized me in this regard sense i was about 20. When I first learned about blood pressure and what it is and how it affects your body I have obsesivly have taken mine. Let me tell you I am pretty healthy and mine when RELAXED is 120/80 or lower. The minute that I think about it or stress that number will jump higher and higher. And when i have an anxiety attack over it i can mentally make mine go up to 200-210/100-130 easy. But then as soon as I relaize that I am stressing and calm down it goes back to normal. When your bp goes this high it can take several days for it to stabilize again. I dont think this is dangerous if it happens here and ther. Lets put it this way.
When someone with HP takes there BP its never normal unless there on medication if you take your p and its low ever more than once and then you stress and it jumps up this is anxiety. You will be fine you jsut need to get your emotions and mind under control. This can be hard. but dont dwell on bp because it will destroy you it did me for a long time. My dr told me there are people out there that are walking around every day with 180/140 just thinking there fine. and this can go on for a long long time. Think of it this way when you have sex or excersise or anything like that take yur bp and tell me what it is. I bet its high high. But then it goes to normal so if your having BP issues from stress its just stress. and thats normal. Take a valium and take your BP if its stress it will be lower if your BP is just high benzos wont touch it.
How do you know what your blood pressure is when you are having a panick attack? Are you going off of numbers that a professional has taken when you have one and go to the hospital? Or are you going off of some machine you bought at wal mart when you are at home havin one? Just because you went to the hospital and had a panick attack and they sall these numbers and for some reason told you and now you are freaked out and constantly no untiring your Bp doesn't mean that it's always that high. If you really are having that high Bo every time you are having an attack and they are hoping more than 1-2 a month then you need to talk to your dr about not only being prescribed Ativan Xanax clo speak Valium one of these. But also a beta blocker like Metatoperol. You should ask your dr about beta blockers and if they are right for you. You shouldn't be taking your blood pressure when you are having a panick attack. This can do several things.
A give you a false reading because the machine you are undoubtably using is a home one. And if you are taking it yourself in your time of stress its going to be higher run it actually is. But back to the beta blocker. If it is that high. The beta blocker will block the adrenaline from your heart and also help regulate your Bloodpressure. Sounds to me like your pulse isn't really high so this is where it can get tricky. Because the beta blocker will lower your pulse as well as your blood pressure. Are you having normal Bo when you are not having a panick attack? If so then before getting on all these drugs figure out how to cope. No one in the world has normal blood pressure all the time. It's immoossiable. Even a pro athlete has hbp sometimes. Stress salt Intake transfers alcohol drugs medications pms birth control etc etc can all give you a little harder heart beat from time to time. My blood pressure could be 180-120 when I'm just sitting here worrying about bills. And then I could pop in a movie and by the end of it be at 110-65. The heart wants what the heart wants. If you aren't having hbp all the time and you exercise and eat better. I guarantee if you quit taking it when you hve a panick attack that it will actually be lower you just won't know it. Good luck. Sorry to hear about your job. Jobs come and go and your life you still will have maybe stop and take this time to appreciate just that?
I am so happy to have found this thread. My BP has been high every time I visit a doctor lately and I don't know if it's white coat syndrome or not. I've had panic attacks since junior high and have been on Paxil for 15 years, with Xanax as needed. Today my dentist refused to give me my filling because my BP was 154/96. I told him that I've been concerned as well, and that I even have an appointment next Tuesday with a doctor to see what's going on, but he still wouldn't touch me. I walked out, embarrassed and I came home and cried because it was humiliating and he scared me a lot. I'm 35, have always been in excellent health and only recently noticed my HBP. when I take it at home (and I just started that because of the HBP at the dentist and my gynecologist appointments), it's usually 140/80something. I feel terrible about myself.
Garcia2015. My BP is normal at 90/60 that is low for alot of people. I have anxiety attacks every day. Even when my BP is normal. Funny thing about me is when I have an attack my BP goes up to normal peoples normal. Does that make sense? But yes you can still have an attack if yourbp is normal.
im a 47 hr old female i take lisinopil 40mg plus hctz 25mgs.I have really bad panic attacks just thinking about taking my blood pressure.And when they force me to let them take it at the dr, it just goes higher and higher!But as soon as they re done it just drops... it can go up to 240/120 i can feel my pulse go from the normal to 120-130..then when that blood pressure is taken and that fight or flight feeling is gone... im great..bu i they say we need to take it one more time before you go... same exact reaction... nothing works trying to takes deep breathes laying down ... nothing..it all started when i was pregnant with my oldest 24 years ago... had PIH and pre eclampsia.they would say. omg you are gonna have a seizure, and die... never did.. and had two other prgnancies..but i statred getting panic attacks at that time..they have never gone away..i went to therapy, desencitization therapy... nothing works the panic always comes back...
i mean ONLY WHEN MY BLOOD PRESSURE IS GOING TO BE TAKEN..thats it..and whats worse is.. if someone takes your bp who knows nothing about panic attacks... they freak out which makes it sky rocket!!! my dr knows me... so its much better at his office.. ..just wanna know if this particular thing happenes to anyone else?
Hello. I'm new here. I bear striking similarities to many of you and I'd like to share my bp/anxiety experience. I had a fainting spell taking an overly hot bath for hemorrhoids on the 3rd and struck my head on something (dunno what - I was out.) I'm older than you guys generally but very very fit and my work involves a lot of aerobic labor (eg walking carrying a bag.) I'm not sure when the high bp started--on the 7th I was seeing a Dr for something unrelated and their bp measurement was normal. But my ability to handle stress was getting shakier and just last Mon. early in my work, which includes a 1 mile jog, I felt like I was in the grips of an anxiety attack and started to feel weaker than normal and diving a dumpster made me feel worse than normal etc. It turned out--I got it measured at two seperate places--my bp was in the 170s/100s WITHOUT any noticeable increase in pulse--crazy. I had no history of hypertension before this.
Could my concussion (tbi) be causing some kind of anxiety disorder?? Two days hence, with my home bp kit I find that my new bp when I'm not anxious is around 140 (systolic only--diastolic is generally good), about 20 points higher than I think it used to be. It seems to both come and go but also triggered by even little stressful things. . .like some of you pointed out you can go up thinking about things you have to do, anticipating a measurement in the Dr's office, white coats, etc. That is very similar to my problem. I think my brain has been injured.
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