Phobia taking blood pressure

by Jim
(Louisiana)

I have this problem taking my blood pressure. It's not just white coat syndrome, I have the phobia and fear when I am home and trying to take it. When my BP is taken, I go into a panic and the reading shoots up very high which causes additional fear and panic. I obsess about this night and day, to the point of panic when just thinking about taking my BP. My Dr. wants a record from home to be more relaxed but to no avail. I keep cancelling Dr's appointments because of the panic and extreme stress this causes. Diagnosed with anxiety and panic disorder. I have tried many, many meds. which have not helped, just added side effects. I have had this problem for about twenty years and would like to find relief and peace. Maybe someone could give some suggestions. Seeing a therapist and psychiatrist but little progress......thanks....Jim


Answer:

Phobias like this are more common than you may think. It can be really frustrating because the more you try to talk yourself out of becoming anxious, the more anxious you become.

Below are some relaxation exercises that might help because they involve re-training the body to respond differently. It takes most people a few weeks of daily practice to start to notice results.

I hope this helps!

Relaxation for Coping with Panic

Retraining the Amygdala

Anchoring

Biofeedback Therapy Relaxation

Deal with Squeamishness

May 25, 2016
I did it too!!
by: Darla

I also had my doctors apt yesterday and dental apt today. My doctor's appt was at 3:30 so I had all day to think about it, but I was busy at work so didn't really think about it until the drive there. I checked in and sat in the waiting room for about 25 minutes. They called me to the back and the nurse said "Hi I'm so and so and I'll be taking your vitals today" I thought - like hell you are - hahaha. So she weighed me took my temp, height and all that. Then we went in the exam room. I just immediately told her that I wanted the Dr. to take my BP. I told her I have dealt with this for a long time with this Dr and she was very nice. She didn't get offended - talked to me about other stuff and left. The Dr came in and did my exam (well womeans) then let me get dressed then took my BP. It was 145/92 - he said - not bad for you. I told him I know how I feel when I take it (super anxious) and I know how I feel all the other time (calm as a cucumber) He said to still practice taking it at home and when I go to other places like the dentist / eye dr. Just tell them that I know it's high and my Dr does also. That helps. I wasn't as anxious about the dentist today. But I have to go back for a crown. Ugh!

May 30, 2016
the dentist?
by: J

Thank God my dentist doesn't take my BP .. I never heard of that! I would recommend taking it at home and desensitizing yourself as much as you can. Have had this for 25 years at least ... therapist helped in that she gave me tools and what to say .... I'm better but not cured but at least I can get a normal BP at home and mostly in the doctors office but I always warn them bc I can feel it go up. Good luck everybody! Doctors see this all the time and if you get a good one they'll understand

May 31, 2016
Near Me in the Chicago Area?
by: Noreen

I keep asking in hopes that a new fellow sufferer lives near me, so that we could get together and commiserate.

May 31, 2016
To Noreen
by: Darla

Too bad, I live in Dallas Texas. If I lived near you I would be interested in meeting up. We could help each other - Meet at Starbucks and take each others BP. Seriously, I know what you mean. I would love to find someone in my area for support.

Jun 02, 2016
BP Phobia
by: Manfreda

Just back from Cardiologist for the third time...Very high reading AGAIN when I am there even if I prepare myself by doubling my BP med and a tranquilizer...usually my BP is normal but cannot control it if at doctor's. All I have to do is THINK abt a BP cuff and my pressure goes up. Every doctor tells me such high numbers are dangerous, but I am ok at home. I was given Enalapril and Atenolol along with Ativan , because I suffer from extreme Anxiety and Panic. Who should I see; a neurologist? a psychologist? Help, I have been living with this for years.

Jun 03, 2016
I did it!
by: Noreen

I started using a wrist monitor a year ago and was able to take my bp at home and got acceptable numbers. So I decide to look up wrist monitor accuracy. On the Mayo Clinic website, it said the numbers might be higher than actual because wrist veins are smaller than upper arm veins. So, I took the bull by the horns and went to Walmart and bought an arm monitor, which I have been avoiding. This new one is so much better than the old arm monitor I had. It makes NO noise and it fills up quickly. IT was a very rough start, but after taking my bp about 10X over a period of about 3 hours, I "got" it down to normal. So I believe what I read from Mayo is right. Anyway, as I've said in previous posts, the best way to get over a phobia is to do that thing. Now I need to keep doing this as I have that dreaded doctor's appt. in one month. Thanks for listening, everyone. I couldn't live with this without all of you.

Jun 03, 2016
BP Phobia
by: Manfreda

Thank u Maureen for yr advise. I did buy the monitor and I am trying to "befriend" it. Right now , after having gone AGAIN to my cardio, I am terribly frightened in that office. He is nice but he makes me feel like I am going to die tomorrow with these spikes of BP. I live in a small town, concerned to change....I wish I could find one that "holds" my hand and reassures me that there is hope. He said there is not much more he can do beyond the meds (remember I am quite normal at home at rest except for the Anxiety/Panic moments). He said last night I need a specialist to help me with the phobia. What? a psychiatrist? a neurologist? a psychologist? a Phobia Doctor? I am lost/ Tx all of u, wish we could talk in person like others said. Leaving for Europe soon to visit family, along with my friend Phobia. Will keep in touch from there,

Jun 03, 2016
To Manfreda
by: Noreen

Just keep practicing. The phobia will subside. I tell myself, "I am not afraid of this machine, it's only a machine". Another thing I do is watch stuff on youtube. There are many short meditations to watch while you are taking your bp. This is what therapists will do, help you learn how to relax and to practice using that machine until the phobia lessens. Have a great time on your vacation. Forget that machine for that time.

Jun 03, 2016
therapist
by: J

My therapist told me to think of it as funny ... I would highly recommend you find one to at least talk to about this .... they will help and they've seen all kinds of phobias ... if your insurance doesn't cover it then do what the last person said... We are why they make BP monitors, for US to use at home!!! Doctors are very aware of this too ... you might need a new cardiologist if he doesn't understand

Jun 03, 2016
High Pulse Nerves in Medical Setting
by: Anonymous

Hi,

I am glad that I found this group. I thought I was the only one having this problem. I have recently brought my own bp machine and I have become obsessed taking it. I have been exercising almost everyday and I have been trying to eat healthy. I have been having this problem from a little over a year and am I only 24 years old. When I take my readings at home, they are normal. I recenty, had a panic problem where heart rate 120 beating so fast 160/90 becasue I got nervous. The second reading was heart rate 120 and 127/85. I went back today got so nervous that I told the pharmacist to leave and the reading was 125/86 heart rate 129. The second reading alone was 119/77 pulse 117. When I got home, the pulse 103 and bp 115/80. Lately my bp is alot better the only problem is I that I get nervous in a medical setting or having the nurses or pharmacist take it. I am breathing is just the word blood pressure or knowing about it makes my pulse high. My bp has been excellent I just need to get my pulse down. I am on a beta blocker but I do not think it is helping. Does anyone have suggestions? I need to get over this problem. When I talk to my mom she does not understand and she says that is crazy of me to be that way. I am trying to practice getting my pulse down. I will go to my Cardiologist on July 8.

Jun 03, 2016
High Pulse Nerves in Medical Setting
by: Anonymous

Hi,

I am glad that I found this group. I thought I was the only one having this problem. I have recently brought my own bp machine and I have become obsessed taking it. I have been exercising almost everyday and I have been trying to eat healthy. I have been having this problem from a little over a year and am I only 24 years old. When I take my readings at home, they are normal. I recenty, had a panic problem where heart rate 120 beating so fast 160/90 becasue I got nervous. The second reading was heart rate 120 and 127/85. I went back today got so nervous that I told the pharmacist to leave and the reading was 125/86 heart rate 129. The second reading alone was 119/77 pulse 117. When I got home, the pulse 103 and bp 115/80. Lately my bp is alot better the only problem is I that I get nervous in a medical setting or having the nurses or pharmacist take it. I am breathing is just the word blood pressure or knowing about it makes my pulse high. My bp has been excellent I just need to get my pulse down. I am on a beta blocker but I do not think it is helping. Does anyone have suggestions? I need to get over this problem. When I talk to my mom she does not understand and she says that is crazy of me to be that way. I am trying to practice getting my pulse down. I will go to my Cardiologist on July 8.

Jun 03, 2016
in response to 24 yr old
by: J

It looks like your BP is FINE and your heart rate is racing b/c you're Nervous ... there's no way to 'snap out of it' on cue ... try meditating etc but I've been to a therapist and that also helps b/c you feel validated and not crazy and they will give you coping tools ... you are NOT alone!!

Jun 04, 2016
For 24 year old
by: Anonymous

I had a similar problem with my heart rate,although mine was waking me in the middle of the night racing at about 140 beats a minute. This would either happen when I was stressed or when I overdid it physically. I too am on beta blockers having found a dose that works for me.
The secret is listening to your body and I think exercising every day is overstressing you, as you say your blood prssure is fine so find a hobby that you can absorb yourself in which will calm you down.
As they say don't worry, be happy!

Jun 04, 2016
BP Phobia
by: Manfreda

Hi Maureen and everyone else in same boat. Yesterday I "befriended" my BP machine and gave it a funny name...now I talk to it (my son thinks I am going cuckoo)...well, my BP went down to 123/71 (my cardio forbids anything over 129 !!!Well, in addition to that I went out a bought myself a few unnecessary items and even bought a gift for the persons that have been a major cause of my elevated anxiety. I feel better and hope to continue. I will not see my cardio until I return for my trip in October and perhaps I will have taken the BP machine by the horn. Will keep u informed, and you all let me know how u r doing. I will ck the comments from Europe. Bless u all.

Jun 05, 2016
BP and Heart rate
by: Ron75

Heart Rate could be decreased with Metoprolol. About a month ago, I started a small dose of Lisinopril (Ace inhibitor). For me the Ace Inhibitor works better for BP control and the Beta Blocker (Metrprolol)for Heart rate control. When I went to 100 Mils of Metoprolol, my heart rate went from 100-125 down to below 80 on average.I was on 25 mils at first and that did almost nothing.I wonder why A cardiologist would want your BP to be below 79/129? (unless your under the age of 50). If a Cardiologist told me my 134/82 average reading was too high, I would change doctors. My age is 65, so that is a difference.

Jun 10, 2016
How i get cured of HBP with herbal medicine
by: Austin Brian

MUST READ: HOW I GET CURE OF HBP WITH HERBAL MEDICINE!
I was diagnosed of HBP disease in 2013 and I have tried all I can to get cured but all to no avail, my life was gradually coming to an end, until i saw a post in a health forum about a herbal doctor from Africa who prepares herbal remedy to cure all kind of diseases including HBP disease, at first i doubted if it was real but with much pressure i decided to give it a try, when i contact this herbal doctor via his email, he prepared an a herbal remedy and sent it to me via courier service, when i received this herbal remedy, he gave me step by step instructions on how to apply it, After i applied it as instructed, i was cured of this deadly disease within 20-21days of usage, I am now free from the deadly disease, all thanks to Dr Oyekpen. Contact this great herbalist
man via his email: droyekpenherbalhome@gmail.com or call +2348168257144,
i believe he can also help you as well,

Thanks.

Jun 10, 2016
How i get cured of HBP with herbal medicine
by: Austin Brian

MUST READ: HOW I GET CURE OF HBP WITH HERBAL MEDICINE!
I was diagnosed of HBP disease in 2013 and I have tried all I can to get cured but all to no avail, my life was gradually coming to an end, until i saw a post in a health forum about a herbal doctor from Africa who prepares herbal remedy to cure all kind of diseases including HBP disease, at first i doubted if it was real but with much pressure i decided to give it a try, when i contact this herbal doctor via his email, he prepared an a herbal remedy and sent it to me via courier service, when i received this herbal remedy, he gave me step by step instructions on how to apply it, After i applied it as instructed, i was cured of this deadly disease within 20-21days of usage, I am now free from the deadly disease, all thanks to Dr Oyekpen. Contact this great herbalist
man via his email: droyekpenherbalhome@gmail.com or call +2348168257144,
i believe he can also help you as well,

Thanks.

Jun 10, 2016
Previous 2 entries
by: Anonymous

You are disgusting, using our blog to sell your "cure". An herb is NOT a cure for a phobia, which is what this blog is about. Get off!

Jun 10, 2016
agree
by: J

Thanks for telling that crack pot off .... I was thinking the same thing

Jun 10, 2016
To Austin Brian
by: Darla

I seriously hope that you do not EVER experience a true phobia. If you would have taken the time to read at least some of the posts here you would understand that your silly gimmick is not worthy of a post here. I hope the blog owner will delete your posts. If you have any sort of conscious you will delete them yourself. If you are trying to make a living selling these herbs, please go do it somewhere else. This is a support group for people who are dealing with a true phobia that you will never understand. Please delete your posts. Please. Thanks.

Jun 14, 2016
WOW..BIG RELIEF!!SO NICE
by: Anonymous

Its so interesting to see so many people dealing with same thing!i pick up amy omron arm monitor almost always expecting it to read high and it never dissapoints!ive gotten my self up to 190/100 and had to just pack up the monitor and throw it in the bin.forgot about it and was fine for a long time!i got to join a gym and was doing pretty fine,got encouraged to pick up a monitor again and my readings were fine till i stopped exercising and got a bit indisposed sometime and decided to check it,it got to about 186/96,then started going down after about a million trys within 2hrs!its always a roller coaster till im stable in the gym.not been to see a Dr in 11yrs cos i got the phobia from the DR's office about 10yrs ago when it read 170/100 and the Dr panicked!i stay in NIGERIA and ive just actlly been laughing and happy reading all the comments here cos ive been trying to take my readings since yestaerday and it started from 180 till it got to 140/90 yesterday,today it stayed a lot in the 150S and kept fluctuating till i got a 142/74 and quickly unstrapped it!reading people's experiences have helped reassure me im not hypertensive.twice ive been given drugs for HBP and i dint take them and i figure out if the spikes portend as much danger as i was told,i wont be typing this and smiling now!

Jun 14, 2016
WOW..BIG RELIEF!!SO NICE
by: Anonymous

Its so interesting to see so many people dealing with same thing!i pick up amy omron arm monitor almost always expecting it to read high and it never dissapoints!ive gotten my self up to 190/100 and had to just pack up the monitor and throw it in the bin.forgot about it and was fine for a long time!i got to join a gym and was doing pretty fine,got encouraged to pick up a monitor again and my readings were fine till i stopped exercising and got a bit indisposed sometime and decided to check it,it got to about 186/96,then started going down after about a million trys within 2hrs!its always a roller coaster till im stable in the gym.not been to see a Dr in 11yrs cos i got the phobia from the DR's office about 10yrs ago when it read 170/100 and the Dr panicked!i stay in NIGERIA and ive just actlly been laughing and happy reading all the comments here cos ive been trying to take my readings since yestaerday and it started from 180 till it got to 140/90 yesterday,today it stayed a lot in the 150S and kept fluctuating till i got a 142/74 and quickly unstrapped it!reading people's experiences have helped reassure me im not hypertensive.twice ive been given drugs for HBP and i dint take them and i figure out if the spikes portend as much danger as i was told,i wont be typing this and smiling now!

Jun 15, 2016
TRY THIS AT HOME
by: Anonymous

Been in the same boat with almost everyone here.i dread appointments too and ive had to plead with Drs to exclude taking my bp readings from my check ups!ive asked if there is a way to check by just drawing blood and checking at the Lab.Reading posts from people who have had this phobia for 20yrs+ assures me that im not supposed to be on bp meds that i av consistently refused anyway.i dont want to get stuck on stuff i dont need!So i tried a few tricks.1,anytime my monitor goes above 200,i cut it off.when i did this i got a reading of abt 160/100 which was normally 180+,then i read up that if you just finished jogging or running,you could go up to 190 so i if you are not hypertensive,checked after running and i got 175,big relief!then once i got in the phone with a friend and strapped my monitor on and pressed it,i got 142/70,tried it the 3rd time and got 138/68!so i played a trick on my mind and it worked!that was same day i had got 170/100.

Jun 15, 2016
I had forgotten....
by: Anonymous

I had forgotten that I used to call a friend while I took my bp and it was always normal. Then, one day I began to think it wouldn't work, so it didn't. The mind can really do strange things. But anyway, talking with a good friend can be a great distraction. She was the only friend/family member I had told that I had this problem.

Jun 15, 2016
ANY CONQUERORS YET?
by: Anonymous

So nice reading all this!i just bumped into this site in frustration just scrolling around looking for a solution to this age old challenge of bp phobia!now is there anyone who has practical steps to overcoming bp monitor phobia yet?is there anyone who isnt on bp meds or any other and has overcome this phobia?is there anyone who has had this phobia for more than 20yrs?please i'll like to know.

Jun 15, 2016
I found the below piece of Information from an Anxiety Blog, hope this helps
by: Tauqeer

It’s not your thoughts or emotions that keep you stuck and keep you suffering, it’s your constant struggle, constant searching to get rid of them that does. If your open to anything there is no struggle. Less struggle = Less suffering, Less struggle = Thoughts and emotions change naturally. You can’t force or create a particular state through struggle or personal will, this just creates more of what you are trying to get rid of.

Be open to any state

My own recovery came when I saw enough to give up this fight to control and change how I felt, the same thoughts and feelings were there for a while, but I lost interest in them, without my interest, without the constant fighting, the constant struggle I started to feel some peace and I came out of these thoughts and emotions far quicker, they felt lighter, less serious, had less impact.


If a person was able to no longer fear any state they were in then recovery is inevitable. It is your fear of the state you are in, the story you put around it, the constant struggle. So much suffering is self created through lack of understanding, yet we think it is an outside force doing this to us, it is not. So let go and have trust that your mind and body knows how to heal itself without your constant attempts at manipulation.

Jun 16, 2016
NATURAL REMEDY ACCORDING TO THIS MEMO.
by: Anonymous

Hello All,
This man claimed to have natural way to reverse HBP, I don't want to be the only one to know this, pls anybody could try him. I have not tried yet, I want to listen to you all, pls react.

To
ADEMOLA

Today at 10:05 AM





Good morning, ADEMOLA

Do you know your doctor is probably your problem?

"White-coat hypertension" is a term used for when a high blood pressure reading is caused by the stress or fear associated with a doctor or hospital visit. This can be a transient yet serious concern.

It's estimated that up to 20 percent of people diagnosed with hypertension actually only have white-coat hypertension, which means their blood pressure was only elevated because they were nervous.

The problem with our physicians is if your blood pressure is elevated due to white-coat hypertension, you may be prescribed drugs for high blood pressure that you don’t really need. The solution to this problem is simple – check your blood pressure at home or in another location where you’re relaxed to confirm the results from your doctor’s office.

Blood pressure measurements should be obtained outside of a clinical setting for diagnostic confirmation before starting treatment.


Blood Pressure Readings Higher When Taken by Doctors Compared To Nurses

When researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School analyzed blood pressure readings from more than 1,000 patients, they noticed a significant discrepancy in readings taken by doctors and nurses.

Blood pressure readings taken by doctors were significantly higher (by 7/4 mmHg) than those taken by nurses, even though the readings were of the same person on the same day.

The difference in readings was large enough to push some patients into the high-blood pressure category, which means they could be receiving unnecessary or inappropriate treatment. The researchers described the "white-coat effect" as a subconscious or reflex effect.

In short, when a doctor takes your blood pressure it may trigger your fight-or-flight response, which ramps up your blood pressure. Past research suggests older females are particularly vulnerable to white-coat hypertension, especially when the reading is taken by a male doctor.

The presence of a student or "doctor in training" has also been linked with higher blood pressure readings. It’s estimated that 75 percent of patients with high blood pressure may also be affected by the white-coat effect.

If you find yourself feeling stressed before a blood-pressure screening, to decrease your risk of being falsely diagnosed with hypertension in this situation, take a moment to calm down.

Be sure to arrive for your appointment ahead of time so you can unwind, then breathe deeply and relax when you're getting your blood pressure taken.


To learn more about our natural high blood pressure therapy click here. It is tested and proven to reverse permanent and without side effect. For Diabetes breakthrough treatment .Click here


Have a great and blessed day.


Your Friend And Health Educator,
Adelodun Dele Victor
08065187307

Jun 16, 2016
NATURAL REMEDY AS CLAIMED
by: Anonymous

You can try this man whom i'm trying to contact but I have not, let me listen to you all.

To
ADEMOLA

Today at 10:05 AM





Good morning, ADEMOLA

Do you know your doctor is probably your problem?

"White-coat hypertension" is a term used for when a high blood pressure reading is caused by the stress or fear associated with a doctor or hospital visit. This can be a transient yet serious concern.

It's estimated that up to 20 percent of people diagnosed with hypertension actually only have white-coat hypertension, which means their blood pressure was only elevated because they were nervous.

The problem with our physicians is if your blood pressure is elevated due to white-coat hypertension, you may be prescribed drugs for high blood pressure that you don’t really need. The solution to this problem is simple – check your blood pressure at home or in another location where you’re relaxed to confirm the results from your doctor’s office.

Blood pressure measurements should be obtained outside of a clinical setting for diagnostic confirmation before starting treatment.


Blood Pressure Readings Higher When Taken by Doctors Compared To Nurses

When researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School analyzed blood pressure readings from more than 1,000 patients, they noticed a significant discrepancy in readings taken by doctors and nurses.

Blood pressure readings taken by doctors were significantly higher (by 7/4 mmHg) than those taken by nurses, even though the readings were of the same person on the same day.

The difference in readings was large enough to push some patients into the high-blood pressure category, which means they could be receiving unnecessary or inappropriate treatment. The researchers described the "white-coat effect" as a subconscious or reflex effect.

In short, when a doctor takes your blood pressure it may trigger your fight-or-flight response, which ramps up your blood pressure. Past research suggests older females are particularly vulnerable to white-coat hypertension, especially when the reading is taken by a male doctor.

The presence of a student or "doctor in training" has also been linked with higher blood pressure readings. It’s estimated that 75 percent of patients with high blood pressure may also be affected by the white-coat effect.

If you find yourself feeling stressed before a blood-pressure screening, to decrease your risk of being falsely diagnosed with hypertension in this situation, take a moment to calm down.

Be sure to arrive for your appointment ahead of time so you can unwind, then breathe deeply and relax when you're getting your blood pressure taken.


To learn more about our natural high blood pressure therapy click here. It is tested and proven to reverse permanent and without side effect. For Diabetes breakthrough treatment .Click here


Have a great and blessed day.


Your Friend And Health Educator,
Adelodun Dele Victor
08065187307

Jun 16, 2016
Oh, brother
by: Anonymous

It seems you haven't read all this blog. Everyone on this blog knows what you have just written (2X). From your grammar and content it seems like you are from another country and are trying to sell something. Go away

Fellow sufferers: Our blog has been hacked several times, now.

Oh, and by the way, I have gotten lower readings from doctor's than nurses.

Jun 16, 2016
agree with above
by: J

I thought the same thing ... at least the 'links' to what they're selling didn't show up

Jun 16, 2016
Support Group :)
by: Melissa Nielsen

This is the 3rd time I have posted. I've had my phobia since 1993. The ONLY time my blood pressure is high is when I'm at the doctor. As high as 185/105 2 hours later at home it is 110/70. I check it with a wrist monitor. I wasnt always comfortable with it but after many years I am now. If my numbers were ever consistently high at home I would consider going on med but don't feel it necessary for now. This support group means so much to me! I understand every single one of you and it brings me comfort to know I'm not alone! I know my feelings are irrational but my brain doesn't care!!!! Looking for a new doctor as mine died last year. Stressed to explain my situation as I ramble and always feel emotional,crazy and judged. I'm in Salt Lake City if anyone is near:) Best of luck to everyone with upcoming medical appointments!

Melissa

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