I am having a problem that I wonder if anyone else is experiencing. I am a 62 yr. old woman, in fairly good health, and I eat extremely well....no fried foods, low sugar intake, antioxidants by the pounds, etc.
Up until about two months ago, my blood pressure has been perfect, somewhere around 117/74. Here lately, my bp has been creeping up on me. My doctor wants me to take a bp reading each morning and each evening for two weeks.
Last night I had a terrible scare. I took my blood pressure, and it was 139/84. That scared me, so I waited a while and kept taking it about every 30 min. Each time I read it the bp number went up and up until it reached 160/98..This is highly unusual for me, although I do suffer from panic disorder, and have since I was a child.
This morning I took my bp again, and it went down some, but not much. Just then, and I know this sounds supid, but I had a rather large bowel movement, went back in and had it taken again and it was 120/80. I just can't figure out what would make it go dangerously high and than back down.
About three years ago I had a complete heart workout and they chalked everything up to panic disorder or a slight electrical problem in my heart.
Please let me know if there is ANYONE out there who has had this experience, and what should I do about it, other than letting my doctor know. My doctor is so busy, it would probably take a week to even get the message to her.
Thank you for any help you can give me