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Anxiety and Blood Pressure/Pulse HELP

So, about 4 months ago I went in for a checkup and was told I have high blood pressure... anyways they prescribed me medication for it and sent me away. (I am 24 by the way) Ever since then I have had panic attacks and horrible anxiety out of fear of dying? I check my blood pressure constantly and my pulse. They tried to put me on Prozac and Paxil as well as a few SRNIS but every time I would take one my blood pressure and pulse would sky rocket like to 190/120 and pulse of 140. Even sent me to ER twice. I have seen a cardiologist who said I have inappropriate sinus trachyrdia (cant spell sorry) and they did an ultra sound of my heart and said everything was fine. I still worry constantly. Now I am worried because OUT OF NOWHERE my blood pressure is lower 104/65-70 constantly and my pulse is in the 70's. I am worried there is something wrong :( any advice is appreciated
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Hi, is it out of nowhere when you are on medication for it?  Could be the medication just working, right?  Probably is.  And that's a good bp and should give you reassurance.  So, anxiety feels really crummy.  And our heart and chest can feel heavy or full or racing.  But often our BP is fine when that is happening.  I would try not to check your bp so often.  Only if they tell you to.  You take one tablet of an antidepressant and have panic?  Because ultimately, treating your anxiety can be very beneficial if you can just get going.  What about a therapist?  Do you see one of those? That also could be excellent for helping you over the hump.  Moderate exercise may help you as well and is cardio positive.  I know it is hard.  But hopefully this can get worked out!
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Update they took me off bp meds a month ago
973741 tn?1342342773
Oh, hm.  Okay.  So, how long did you take them?  And why did they then take you off?  I mean, your bp is now in an excellent range where you want it to be!  That's great.  
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You made me feel a lot better! Only 3 months I went through hell found out I’m allergic to beta blockers I’ve been going to the gym to walk on incline (Er dr order) and then it shoots up but i know it’s anxiety I’m pretty sure
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The thing here is, as I read this, you say you only started suffering from anxiety after you found out you had high BP, so is that correct?  Because that means your anxiety is a reaction to some scary news for you, not something that would have caused the BP problem in the first place, assuming you even had a BP problem.  The BP question is a very controversial one right now, along with the cholesterol question.  Although the drug recommenders seem to be in consensus, those who do research on these things are not.  A question right now is, who is doing the leading, the scientific community or the drug sales force.  Given your age, it's unlikely, though certainly not impossible, that you have a chronic BP problem.  It's possible you're one of the many people who spike when they're tested.  This is a very common situation.  It's also possible it's a dietary problem, as it quite often is.  As for anxiety medication, look, I'm not the decider here but if it were me and I only got anxiety because I learned scary news, I wouldn't be taking any anti-anxiety medication in the first place.  At the most I'd be seeking therapy to find out why I got such a strong reaction to that news.  Now, this is based on what you've said, which is that you don't suffer anxiety on a regular basis, that this happened because you got really scared when the docs told you medication was needed for a BP problem.  If this is wrong and you're a chronically anxious person about all sorts of things and your life has become strongly disrupted because of this and therapy hasn't helped, then it might be that medication is something to try.  But that's not what you've said here.  Through meditation, relaxation techniques, and some nutritional education, plus some therapy to find out again why you got this kind of reaction instead of a more relaxed one, if what you've said is how I read it, you should be fine -- and perhaps stronger and healthier in the end.  The only caveat I see is your very strong anxious reaction to starting medication.  It's a very healthy thing to question any medication before you take it to make sure it's truly necessary and the proper response, but it's another to panic if you do need to take meds.  
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