My wife and I went out the other night and on the way stopped for a quick burger at five guys. I ordered a single patty cheese burger, fries, and coke. Well the singe burger actually got served as a double patty burger, and after killing the cow, heck if I was not going to waste that extra patty. After finishing, got a refill on the coke as a take out. That was about 7 p.m. I probably drank half of the second medium coke. Then after returning home had one cup of black tea, perhaps 1/3 cup of the brew and 2/3 diluted with water. I had forgotten that for some reason my wife brewed this batch extra strong. Anyway, went to bed and was drousing off into that twilight zone, when my wife says, "Alex, are you shaking your foot?", which is a habit of mine. I woke up and told her no. She said that something was vibrating the bed, felt like a motor vibrating. Well, I proceeded to go back to sleep, but noticed that these motor like vibrations were coming out of my chest/body, so much so, that it was shaking the bed and bothering the wife. I got up and checked my blood pressure as a precaution, which normally runs about 115/75. My b.p. was 145/95 on that first reading. I went downstairs and drank about a glass and a half of water, figuring to help pass that tea off. The next b.p. check clocked in at about 160/100, which starts to get a bit risky. Did a quick google of relation between caffeine and b.p., all articles said the the equivalent of three cups of coffee could raise b.p. about 5-14 points for as long as three hours. Well, my b.p. was spiking around 50 points on the top and about 25 points on the bottom number. Also ran across an article that mentioned elevated triglicerides as having the ability to dramatically increase b.p. I stayed up and monitored the b.p. until 2 a.m. when that reading dropped back down to around 145/92, then a few minutes later 138/84, then 125/80, and then back down to about 115/75 before 3 a.m. From that point through the next morning the b.p. stayed in the normal zone of under 120/80. I'm just wondering if this was a strange one time event triggered by the perfect combination of bad foods. One thing for sure, in the future will stick to mild teas in the p.m. Will never eat a double burger again, or large portion of any kind of beef, which is generally only eaten a couple of times per month and in small portions anyway. B.P. continues to run at 118/76 as of the typing of this post. Hope I've got a handle on the trigger for that spike. Certainly was not very comfortable, lower back/kidney area has actually been tender for the two days after the b.p. spike. I think that this has happened before, but did not identify the problem at the time. Think that previously was food and beverage induced as well. Certainly is a wake up call for me. IMO most anyone should have a b.p. monitor as a routine screen, especially if having what feels like an episode. High quality digital monitors are well under $100 and good to have, as in my opinion single or isolated readings don't tell much of a story. A string of several readings done throughout a day and occassional readings done several times during the month, can start to paint a good picture of where your blood pressure generally runs. Anything over 120/80 as an average reading, and diet or medication options should be explored with the doctor. Any more of these spikes for me, and it will be off to the doctor for assessment/counsel.
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on Fri May 01, 2009 7:45 am, edited 1 time in total.
Eclectic gardening style, drawing from 45 years of interest and experience. Mostly plant in raised beds and containers primarily using intensive gardening techniques.