I was experiencing all the normal symptoms I have when I am experiencing AD and I took my blood pressure and my systolic is only elevated by around 5 mm Hg from myself baseline, but my diastolic is increased by 20 mm Hg from my baseline! Can this still be autonomic dysreflexia even though my systolic isn’t elevated?
I don't have the answer to your specific question. However, I have a few recollections from my time in the hospital. When I was first injured, my AD was quite severe. Something as little as leg spasms when I was put in bed good caused my blood pressure to rise to a level that caused head-splitting headache within seconds. Both systolic and diastolic were elevated. The systolic seemed to reduce fairly quickly, but the diastolic stayed elevated much longer, and that seemed to maintain the headache. I wonder if in your case the systolic is already reduced but this diastolic is still staying at an elevated For a while longer.
Or than eight years later, I am relieved to find that I rarely get severe headaches as I did initially. Also, my blood pressure does not spike very quickly these days. Nevertheless, I ensure that I always have with me blood pressure reducing medication, including prazosin, captopril, and nifedipine.
Be amazed! I thought I was the only one whose blood pressure shot up when I spasmed. It even rises dramatically when I scratch my legs, which is very handy when my blood pressure is ridiculously low. Midtoad, you never mentioned how high your systolic or dystonic was. Mine shoots up to around 200/90 when I spasm, especially when I'm in a pain phase. My baseline blood-pressure is roughly 95/65. When I eat, or first thing in the morning, the systolic is in the 50s My lowest ever blood pressure recording was 48/28. I thought I was dying.