Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Announcements

Pressures not falling in the less than 120/80 range? See our High Blood Pressure Health Center for information about symptoms and treatment.

To learn more about how lifestyle changes can help manage and prevent symptoms:

Exercise and High Blood Pressure
Healthy Diet - Salt Shockers and Dash Diet



Spikes in blood pressure
avatar
tmmusiclady posted:
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.
Reply
 
avatar
billh99 responded:

The lack of sleep is a problem and it cause high BP problems, but I don't know it would be cause spiking.

Two thing that people have reported in this forum that caused them spiking BP. One is adrenal gland tumor. The other is blocked kidney arteries.
[a style="cursor: pointer; color: rgb(0, 102, 153);" onclick="LoginCreatePost(this,'hypertension-and-high-blood-pressure-exchange','3'); return false;" class="template-reply-post" id="exchange-post-enabled_A8">


Helpful Tips

High Blood Pressure/Weight Loss
Lossing a significant amount of weight will help your blood pressure go down and possibly get you off of your medication. I know people who ... More
Was this Helpful?
11 of 12 found this helpful

Helpful Resources

Be the first to post a Resource!

Related Drug Reviews

  • Drug Name User Reviews

Report Problems to the
Food and Drug Administration

FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

For more information, visit the Duke Health General and Consultative Heart Care Center