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I'm 24 years old and about 133 lbs. I don't work out but i'm active in such that I dont sit home/at work all day, I make a point to move around and eat right, and do take the dog for a walk almost everyday.
My question is, one day at the OB/GYN I felt anxious for no reason at all, kind of like a panic attack randomly, and my blood pressure was 144/110....with this my hands were clammy and I felt anxious, thats about it.
That prompted me to go to my internst who took my blood pressure and found it a little on the high side, i can't remember the amount but it was about 130s/90s. At this point I noticed a pattern of anxiousness expecting a high blood pressure reading ever since I went to the gyno. I work myself up in expecting it to be high and being scared...
Before this time, which was in October of last year, my doctor had noted my blood pressure being perfect all the time. But said I should monitor my blood pressure to see how it fluctuates. I did so and I found that my BP in the morning is in the 100s (102-113) over mid to high 70s.
Though, when I come home from work and am more aware and awake it can go from 125/80 on a normal day to 125/82 through 97, It's never really on the high side like that often, but when it is i notice i'm anxious or stressed.
Today I happen to be on my cycle, and this morning it was 113/75...when i came home it was 125/85 and it freaked me out, especially after a long crampy stressful day.... I decided to try to calm down and try again in 5 minutes, and it was 125/88....then 130/92.....and peaked at 144/96..
my question is, can severe anxiety especially health related anxiety, cause such an increase? I'm fine during work and in the morning and I sleep well! I never had a problem or didn't notice any of this until October 10'!
I would NOT recommend taking so many bp readings so close together. More than 3x/in a row is NOT ideal, plus you are only waiting 5 mins between. Try taking your bp for about a week; once in the morning and once in the evening and write down the results. Then, you can give this to your physician. I would have your physician or his/her nurse instruct you on the proper way of measuring your bp.
Are you taking any medications at this time, i.e. bc pills? Any history of high blood pressure in your family? Drink alcohol or smoke?
October 2010 i meant to say, and no I am not taking any meds, no history of high BP and I quit coffee about 5 days ago. I barely drink a glass or two of wine a week, and no smoking at all. I drink plenty of water, about 3 bottles a day plus a few glasses for dinner.
I use an automatic bp monitor. I think I really work myself up.... I gave my doctor the results and she thinks it was white coat syndrome...and said I should still continue to monitor just incase.
I heard theres no real way to treat flucuating BP, because if I were to take anything to lower it, what about the days when i'm 108/75? Wouldn't it bring me dangerously low?
My anxiety seems solely based on my health and the fear of dying.
Sometimes i'm not even sure if I have anxiety and that it might be a health issue...
If I dont do my BP monitor for a few weeks, and I go back to doing it, it seems perfectly normal until I get one "higher" reading and then I get anxious again and they stay high for a few days...I feel the sensation of panic when the cuff is deflating, even though i'm trying to stay calm and breathe easy..
I had such a bad day today! I was fine all day at work, and then just before I left I felt a fullness/high frequency feeling in my ear. I started to then have anxiety and at one point it was so bad I was dizzy, I couldn't stand up or talk without a rush feeling in my body, and my head felt heavy and pulsating and then went away I also went to blow my nose and my head felt heavy and my heart felt like it dropped.
I then had noticed my tissue had tiny blood specks mixed in with what i blew out....
I went to my fiancees house and still felt funny, I didn't even want to eat.
I set up an appointment to view an apartment tonight and was totally fine, talking, walking, everything.
I was too scared to take a BP reading, for fear of freaking myself out even more...
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