Posted: 19/11/2013 at 19:00
I have been on medication for bp for quite a few years and I am now in the process of reducing it with my GP's blessing - so it's not all a one way street.
It might be worth investing in a good quality home monitor. My blood pressure would shoot up as soon as I walked in the surgery, but strangely during the times I was a hospital in-patient it was usually around normal. If your readings are otherwise low you might persuade your GP you have a bad case of 'white coat syndrome'. Otherwise you could ask to be fitted with an ambulatory monitor - athough I found this quite an unpleasant, it might give a truer picture.
I was lucky that before medication - with readings somewhat higher than yours - I was referred to a cardiac specialist who understood running. He encouraged me to continue and said that both beta blockers and diuretics were out as far as he was concerned. He then suggested a low dose of Candesartan cilexitil which I found had no side effects.
If your GP decides on medication as a first resort I would suggest you ask for a second opinion - as neil says exercise is generally recommended and usually advice given regarding diet and salt reduction are also tried before medication.