jko, I only run a high BP when I have a kidney stone or have a migraine. When I end up in the ER with a migraine, my pressure is usually somewhere around 200/100 (give or take a few points). Once my pain is under control, my BP returns to normal. I do take Verapamil (beta blocker) which I suspect helps my BP overall. When I have a kidney stone, my BP tends to be high (not as high as with a migraine unless my pain is severe) but the difference is, my BP will stay high for a couple of months after I am rid of my stone. I am completely convinced that the stone affects my kidneys which in turn, affects my BP. The urologist looks at me like I am crazy when I ask about this but it makes sense to me. Your kidneys have a lot to do with BP so when they are disturbed (i.e. a stone) why wouldn't that affect your BP?
Anyway, if your BP is consistantly 140/90 or higher, you should be treated for high BP (migraines or no migraines). The new standards say that instead of this number being borderline (which historically, it was treated as borderline), it is now treated as hypertension. Please ask your doctor to find a hypertensive med that you can take. The research now shows that living with a elevated BP increases your risk significantly for all sorts of bad things.
DX: Migraines since June, 2006, kidney stones
RX: Daily - Verapamil, Trileptal
PRN: Relpax, Prednisone, Dilaudid, Lortab, Lidocaine Nasal Spray