High Spike (180/90) Seasonal

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Date Joined Oct 2013
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   Posted 10/27/2015 6:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Last fall my bp spiked to over 220/100 one evening. I went to ER and after sitting in waiting room for 3 hours, they checked me out, gave me some meds, and sent me home. I was already on bp meds (clonidine) and my bp had been under control for over a year. I have no idea why the spike occurred and neither did the docs in ER. This was a 1 night event.

Fast forward 3 months and it happened again. Saw my doc and docs at 2 urgent care centers. Also saw cardiac specialist and had echo, ekg, 24 hour urine test, etc. Nothing found other than a heart murmur that the cardiologist said to have rechecked in 2 years. Now I was on 3 BP meds.

I started taking several supplements for bp and monitored bp several times a day (charted). I would have a few nights where BP might only go as high as 180/90 and then I would have a night where it would go to 220/110.

Over about 3 months it slowly came down. Still high, but not scary high. During this time I was walking daily, meditating, "grounding", and getting as much winter sun as possible. By summer I was off 2 of the 3 meds and BP was relatively stable, rarely going over 150/85.

Last night the spike happened again, almost exactly 1 year from the 1st time it happened. Both times in late October. I'm thinking the time of year might have something to do with it. I can tell when I will have a spike because my BP does not respond much to meds during the day. BP will be relatively high all day (150/90) and then starting in early evening it will start a steady climb toward 2xx/1xx.

Last night I stopped checking BP when it reached 180/90. I knew if I kept testing and it kept going higher, I would get anxious and probably cause it to go even higher. I restarted the 2 meds I hadn't taken for about 7 months and went to bed. BP was about 145/80 this morning, which is what usually happens after a spike. The thing I am watching now is does it respond to the meds or not.

All the doctors I have seen treat it like it has been a slow progression to higher BP, but it is not. It is a sudden spike where my high one day is about 60 systolic and 20 diastolic points higher than the previous day's high.

For example: day 1 - 150/85 high, days 2: 210/105 high.

Any ideas on what can be causing these spikes? Any idea on how to find a doc that might have a clue?

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Date Joined Nov 2015
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   Posted 11/2/2015 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
No, I'm going thru the same kind of thing. Sudden BP spikes 158/101. Bystolic made me dizzy and put me in a walking fog so was stopped today. Am now on Norvasc but it's not a beta blocker so my heart rate and BP skyrocket. Nobody call find out "why." Terrified I'm going to die at 60 and just got out of 24 hrs in hospital. Angiogram normal, EKG normal, CT brain normal.

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   Posted 11/2/2015 8:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Meditation helps. So does exercise like walking. You can try reducing salt and see if that makes any difference. You might find Dr Sinatra's book on hypertension helpful. I also find that getting plenty of sunlight helps me.

Do you take bp readings several times a day? When does it go up? Does it come back down over night?

It will take several days before the Norvasc builds up in your body, so give it some time to see how well it works.
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