My mom has been on blood pressure meds for 20 years and has really had it under control. She eats very little sodium, saturated fat or sugar. Recently she has had problems with her blood pressure spiking unnervingly to 204/120, which for her is VERY high. She doesn't take any ibuprofen, antihistamines, decongestants, or any other drug that could spike her blood pressure. She also drinks decaffeinated coffee. She has asthma, but only uses her inhaler when the asthma is really bad. She doesn;t have sleep apnea, as she doesn't sleep much at all because of arthritis pain (but she won't take any pain killers). She's 84 years old and other than that, her health is as good as can be expected. These spikes come at random times of the day, with no warning except a headache. Then, she feels really weak and lethargic. She is not a worrier so stress isn't a factor. I could really use some suggestions about what may be causing this. I have had her keeping track of what she eats and when, and that doesn't matter. Anyone out there have any insight or wisdom that I can pass along to her? Thank you.View Thread
The opinions expressed in WebMD User-generated content areas like communities, reviews, ratings, or blogs are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. These opinions do not represent the opinions of WebMD. User-generated content areas are not reviewed by a WebMD physician or any member of the WebMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions. Some of these opinions may contain information about treatments or uses of drug products that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. WebMD does not endorse any specific product, service, or treatment.
Do not consider WebMD User-generated content as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on WebMD. You should always speak with your doctor before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your care plan or treatment. WebMD understands that reading individual, real-life experiences can be a helpful resource, but it is never a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from a qualified health care provider. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or dial 911 immediately.