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I know this has been covered in some way or another but my bp fluctuates big time. It could be 165/103 one day than be 140/70 the next. At dr. Office it could be worse. I am starting a keto diet and now i am worried after taking the bp today. I think it probably not a good diet with high blood pressure. Why were would it fluctuate so much. So wierd.
 

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blood pressure changes by the second and there are many things that can cause it to increase or decrease. i highly suggest your refrain from taking your blood pressure unless you've been instructed to do so by a doctor. this is exactly why. without instruction from your doctor, you don't know the parameters for taking it, you don't know what the results mean and you end up just having increased anxiety about it.

i have high blood pressure and am on not one but two meds for it and even i haven't been specifically instructed to take my blood pressure in several years.
 

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I know this has been covered in some way or another but my bp fluctuates big time. It could be 165/103 one day than be 140/70 the next. At dr. Office it could be worse. I am starting a keto diet and now i am worried after taking the bp today. I think it probably not a good diet with high blood pressure. Why were would it fluctuate so much. So wierd.
I would call your dr.s office and check if that diet is ok to go on if you might already have high bp. I'm guessing that's not the best diet but idk...
 

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I second the advice to avoid checking it at all unless you've been instructed by your doctor to do so. It does indeed cause increased anxiety for people like you and me when we check it without reason. Are you sure you're even checking it correctly? It's actually quite simple to do it wrong and thus you get a false reading.
 

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Did you get any medications for your blood pressure?
 

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I second the advice to avoid checking it at all unless you've been instructed by your doctor to do so. It does indeed cause increased anxiety for people like you and me when we check it without reason. Are you sure you're even checking it correctly? It's actually quite simple to do it wrong and thus you get a false reading.
^This!!! I have high blood pressure and I am on meds for it. Last time at was at the doctor it was quite high but I was super stressed that day. He did recommend I take it from time to time. I don’t do it...would cause me more anxiety I am sure.
 

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^This!!! I have high blood pressure and I am on meds for it. Last time at was at the doctor it was quite high but I was super stressed that day. He did recommend I take it from time to time. I don’t do it...would cause me more anxiety I am sure.
I can definitely understand that. Having mildly elevated BP and taking a low dose beta blocker for it, my doc had suggested checking at home for a bit because it started running high in the office again. I did, and it was always perfectly fine. However, it did lead to self checking far more often than my doc had recommended, which lead to more anxiety. I had to make myself stop, and now I don't think I've checked it in a few months.
 

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No i am not on meds because i am pretty sure its stress from having it checked. At home is runs 135/70 for the must part. I am pretty sure i am doing it ok. But honestly being on the diet probably isnt anyworse than my normal diet just no carbs or sugar.
 

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This happens to me too. One time a doctor put me on blood pressure medicine (I didn’t actually have high blood pressure) and then my blood pressure was 80/55! I always tell people now that no matter what that says I don’t have high blood pressure.... I’m just a spaz :)
 

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I can definitely understand that. Having mildly elevated BP and taking a low dose beta blocker for it, my doc had suggested checking at home for a bit because it started running high in the office again. I did, and it was always perfectly fine. However, it did lead to self checking far more often than my doc had recommended, which lead to more anxiety. I had to make myself stop, and now I don't think I've checked it in a few months.
I feel you. I dd the same after I got my BP little bit higher. I bought the Omron machine to temporary check my BP to see if its under control but it turned out to be obsession. I was checking my BP 6 times daily for a month, my anxiety was going nuts.
 

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I feel you. I dd the same after I got my BP little bit higher. I bought the Omron machine to temporary check my BP to see if its under control but it turned out to be obsession. I was checking my BP 6 times daily for a month, my anxiety was going nuts.
Yep! I think Omron is the brand of mine as well. Fortunately I was able to stop checking my BP regularly though. Now I only check before a doc appt (so once or twice a year) just because it'll be high in the office, and that way I can tell my doc it was normal and hour earlier at home.
 

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Yep! I think Omron is the brand of mine as well. Fortunately I was able to stop checking my BP regularly though. Now I only check before a doc appt (so once or twice a year) just because it'll be high in the office, and that way I can tell my doc it was normal and hour earlier at home.
I do exactly the same.
 

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I do exactly the same.
Do you ever still get the urge to check it outside of those times? I do occasionally, but I don't give in, though it's difficult at times. When I feel anxious I may think "oh I'll just check my BP to make sure..." Nah, not a good idea. Haha.
 

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Do you ever still get the urge to check it outside of those times? I do occasionally, but I don't give in, though it's difficult at times. When I feel anxious I may think "oh I'll just check my BP to make sure..." Nah, not a good idea. Haha.
Oh I do, I soooo do. The moment I feel weird, I am like "let me check my BP" and believe it or not, the moment I get good reading my anxiety is out (for a time being). I cut those "check ins" a lot, but I was doing it very frequently
 

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Oh I do, I soooo do. The moment I feel weird, I am like "let me check my BP" and believe it or not, the moment I get good reading my anxiety is out (for a time being). I cut those "check ins" a lot, but I was doing it very frequently
Ah, yep! That sums it up for me as well! It would indeed quell the anxiety for the time being, but I know it's ultimately not good, so I had to stop.
 
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