Posted 10/27/2015 5:36 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?