A little background...I'm a 30 year old femal, 5'10" and 130lb, I am an avid runner, triathlete, and fitness junkie. I eat healthy most of the time (w/ a little splurge here and there) and exercise often. The only thing I can think of that could give me a high BP is stress...
I'm trying to figure out if my ADD-related anxiety (and response to stress) is contributing to this new BP problem! I recently went to the doc for pain in my chest when breathing deeply (and it radiated out to my shoulders, up the back of my neck into my head). It was miserable the first day, bearable the 2nd day when I saw the doc. My blood pressure was fairly high...I think he said something like 153/86. The doc didn't really address that much, just sent me for a chest xray. I found it odd that he glazed over the BP when the nurse who took my BP made a point of telling me it was high.
My stress at work has been a bit abnormal and more consistent lately than in a while. Can stress alone make that much of a difference in BP levels? Has anybody else had issues like this? Other than continuing to eat healthy and exercise, what can be done?
I am not to the point of needing medication, I just wonder if this is something I should worry about...
Update: 2 days later I measured my BP (granted, this time was at a pharmacy, so probably less accurate), and it was a shockingly high 155/105.
I realize that I'm stressed at work, and there's very little I can do about that at the moment. I am a runner, but I haven't run much in the past couple of weeks (recovery weeks from a race). I am now watching my sodium intake b/c when not running as much, I sweat less, thus requiring less sodium to replenish what I've lost. I am also gonna get back into distance running this weekend.
Other that running more, making myself relax, and watching sodium, I'm not sure what I can do... don't want to take any meds b/c I am already on anxiety stuff. I figure, worst case scenario, I up the dosage of the anxiety meds before going to BP meds.View Thread