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Blood Pressure...again
« on: May 20, 2014, 08:34:23 PM »
I have posted about this before...many time unfortunately.  I suffer from white coat syndrome and obsess over my bp.  I used to take it several days a week several times at a sitting until I get the "right" number which for me is anything under 115/75.  Well, I have been doing much better over the last few years but today I had a follow up at the docs for a surgery I had and my bp was 149/81.  I didn't like this of course even though I knew it was anxiety so I decided to check at my pharmacy after the appt.  There I got two 121/81s so still didn't like that so I bought a home machine and checked it probably thirty times (all readings in the low 120s/80s for the most part and nothing above 126/88).  I finally got a 108/79 and stopped.  I am still feeling anxious though like something is wrong with my bp and I need to worry and check again.  It is even crazier because right after my surgery in the recover my bp was around 115/59.  I know I don't have high bp but I just want that perfect number all the time which I know is unrealistic...I am 40 years old by the way.  My average bp runs 115/75 so I don't know why this is even on my radar.

What do you guys think?
Ivy
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Re: Blood Pressure...again
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2014, 08:39:46 PM »
I think your blood pressure readings are perfect!   I usually have 134 or 140 over something in the 80's when I am at the dentist.  Yet, today I went to my first cardiologist appt and my reading was 110/73.  I was shocked and relieved because I certainly felt like it should have been higher.

I think anything you get near 120/80 is just fine.   Is there any reason you want it much lower than that?
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Re: Blood Pressure...again
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2014, 07:36:44 AM »
I am realizing more and more that it is just a reassurance thing.  If it is low I feel like I am ok and don't have to worry about anything but my expectations are too high I know I expect it to be perfect, all the time.  Like right now I want to go check today to be a lower number but I keep telling myself that it will just make the problem worse, that my bp is fine and that I need to tough this out to get past this obsession with keeping it perfect.  Also to answer your question the 115/75 comes from Dr. Oz saying that was optimum....

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Re: Blood Pressure...again
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2014, 09:23:23 AM »
My dad's kidney specialist feels that 130's over 80's is good.  Same with my doctor.  I stopped taking my BP medication in August because I was getting readings of the teens over 70's.   I don't like it that low for ME (each of our bodies are different). When my top number got to 106 once years ago I felt horrible (spacey, dizzy, etc)  If you keep a record and bring it to your doctor he's not going to care that your top number was a tiny bit elevated at the office.  I get 160's over 100's at the doctor and he just blows that off saying, "Your home readings are good, I'm not concerned about that".  I took my home readings in to him when I went last week (which were mid 130's over low 80's and some low 140's over low 80's) without the medication and he told me that I don't even need the medication anymore, just keep monitoring it like I've been.
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Re: Blood Pressure...again
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2014, 03:37:23 PM »
Thanks Sunlover,
That is really helpful and puts things in perspective.  This is just one of my trigger issues and for some reason I have trouble thinking logically about my BP.  I know I don't have BP, I just obsess over it for some reason and always want to make sure.  It doesn't help that there is a machine in every store you go to...It is helping to hear the experiences of others that is for sure.

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