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 26, 2017
in the same boat... NEW
by: SD

Hi All,

Nice to know I'm not alone in this. I'm 39 and I've developed this fear in recent years. I went to the doc for the first time in a long time a few months ago and of course, my reading was high at the office. (140/90). The nurse and doc both reacted and scared me even more. It didn't seem like they cared when I explained how nervous I was about it. Needless to say, I don't want to go back. When I've taken it at home, its usually a bit high at first but goes down as I take it a few more times. I've dealt with anxiety since I was a kid, btw. I don't know If others can relate, but I feel like I can go through periods where I don't even think about my BP and then I'll read or hear something which will trigger my fear again to the point where I'm thinking about it daily. I have a wrist monitor but I'm afraid to use it now. When you have anxiety and this fear of BP, sometimes anxiety symptoms may trick you into thinking you have high BP. Not sure If that makes sense. Like right now, I'm thinking, I feel lightheaded and I wonder If thats bc I'm anxious or my BP might be high. But too afraid to check. Even If I do check, If I'm anxious, it will be high anyway. Ugh. Lol.


May 26, 2017
PHobia NEW
by: Anonymous

I also have this problem however it is due to the constriction of the blood pressure Sphygmomanometer that freaks me out. Then hearing my heartbeat increases the anxiety. To the verge of passing out or extreme fidgeting. This is my greatest phobia.

Jun 04, 2017
A suggestion NEW
by: Anonymous

I encountered this fear over the past year as well. This blog (and prayer) gave me the courage to face it. Almost by divine coincidence I realized that the BP cuff would take measurements closer to the wrist-measurements I could easily discount as being inaccurate bc of the location. And seeing the first (high scary) numbers pop up was less scary bc I said this is just to densensitize me not to worry about the number. I let it reread in the same spot and those numbers albeit inaccurate came down. And gradually cm by cm I allowed the cuff to move to its correct position on my arm. I hope this helps. We are a group of people that clearly have to trick our brains to not cause us fear.

Jun 06, 2017
being monitored at the moment, NEW
by: elisabeth kuhn

Oh boy, am I glad to hae read this here,
My phobia about my bp begann, when I went to a surgery, totally ignorant about bp, and asked the doctor, when I can get off the bp tablets:
She replied:
"Not in a million years, "
That was a death sentence for me, as another doctor said, she had triggered something off and I started to have a terrible phobia of taking my blood pressure and seeing a doctor.
I have been suffering terrible.
My worst thing is, when in Germany and in need of medical attention, the doctors keep me in hospital as my blood pressure is too high, last time I was on 19 Tablets plus infusion.
But there is hope, My son found a doctor, who claims that my week nerves are guilty and is treating it, it has given me confidence, but it is still early.
Last time I could not stand the monitor, this time, I need another 3 hours to the demanded 24.

Jun 07, 2017
B.p. phobia NEW
by: Anonymous

I have same problem my dear friend. For that reason today i am a psychriatic patient. No way out of that problem.we r unfornunate till our end.

Jul 06, 2017
Phobia taking B/P in Dr's Off & at home NEW
by: Anonymous

Just "ran" into these comments re. being fearful of having B/P taken...I thot. I was the Only one who had this fear; but, I see I'm NOT alone --helps, but still have fears. My B/P is very high, lately, and has been in the past in the doctor's off., and am too afraid to take B/P at home. Am on B/P med. for years, and just had the med. increased. Also, suffer from Panic Dis., OCD, gen. anxiety. I will try relaxation exer., southing music, as suggested, and prayer (tho. not religious). If I could just get a "normal," or near-normal reading would greatly help. Can't stand B/P machine, either!

Jul 10, 2017
Semi lying down BP reading NEW
by: Anonymous

When I take my BP just as I wake up and lying down but with my head and torso at a semi sitting up state my readings are around 120/85. As soon as I sit up straight and lay my arm on my night table my nervousness rises and BP goes up to 150/95. Is my first reading of 120/85 laying semi supine accurate? I took it this morning and it was 115/84 in this position. I have white coat syndrome and anxiety.

Jul 14, 2017
I'm finally posting. NEW
by: Anonymous

This is by far the most active WCH forum on the web. Wow! I finally wrote my own story to share. Feels good!

So I had a Dr.s appt yesterday morning. I have suffered with WCH since maybe 12 years old. I have terrible case of it as well. Nothing mild or faint with this guy. After I had my physical to go to college, where incidentally, my Dr. had me lay supine and he started listening to my heart, which made it speed up even more, so he kept listening, so it kept pounding faster and faster, so he listened even more closely, and my heart went even faster..Seeing a pattern?....I hate this affliction. Oh, he left the damn BP cuff on my arm. I guess it was so high when he took it with me sitting he decided maybe I should lie back and relax? Yea, relax.. Ughhhh. I still remember that. It felt like he listened to my heart, which was just pounding, getting faster and faster an faster, for 30 minutes. I was dying the entire time. Dying. The cuff on my arm as well. Knowing that was going to happen again. So, after that terrible visit, oh yea, when I was younger, I would get flushed all over my neck, chest, face. Holy hell. So that as well was something for people to talk about and look at me and wonder if I was going to die or something.
I ramble, I apologize. After that last visit still living under my parents roof, I managed to avoid seeing a Dr., or having my blood pressure or pulse measured for somewhere around 7 or 8 years. Whew. Broken bone and I had no choice but to go to ER. First time that snotty nurse took it my HR was 160bpm. She was such a *****. I even told her prior to slapping the cuff on that I get really nervous in hospitals, etc.. And those dang vital sign machines. Starts inflating...tight, tight, tight, quits...Course where it stops first time is for the average Joe...I can feel my blood pounding under that cuff, tight, tight, stops....No, still pounding...Then, to add injury to insult, after the machine finally deflates, and we all better hope the alarms are turned off, the damn thing starts up again...My pressure and HR were so outta whack, it takes another reading b/c surely the first couldn't be correct. So, miss happy to be here ratchet barks "Your heart is beating 160 beats per minute! Can you not FEEL it in your chest??" No kidding, *****? really? I had no idea it was that fast. Damn girl, I can hardly draw a breath I'm so wigged out. Then wheeled to a room where they come in every 15 minutes and strap the cuff. I told them it wasn't going to get any better. Just the way it was with me. They wanna know if I'm on drugs. HA. I wish. Another weird thing. I've always been very embarrassed by this affliction. So weird. A guy I knew was working as a tech or something and he was one that kept coming around to take my pressure every 15 min. So now, since I know him, I'm even more nervous and embarrassed. This is one weird, disturbing syndrome huh? When I was younger, I don't think anyone believed me. Believed that there was such a thing. It's now pretty widely covered in studies, meta analysis and hell, I even think they mention it to future nurses and Dr.s.
I'm getting older and I need a Dr. now. There are things a man needs as he ages. White Coat Syndrome be damned, I have to go to the Doc a couple times a year. Third time I've been to this lady. My two previous visits, my HR and BP were not super crazy. I've learned to pop a Xanax, and tell them before they ever get near me with the cuff. I mean, the two previous were well into hypertensive and tachycardia, but I was kind of impressed with myself. The way of the future is automatic readings. Well, personally, mine is lower with a manual. Something about the sound of the machine, the pulse Ox clip on your finger.... How it stops inflating only to start again b/c my BP ain't like everyone else. So, 176/106....HR-126 Damn!
Just as you think you're making progress. Doc checked it herself again later with a manual and it dropped to 160 something over 90 something. Woo Hoo.
One other thing and this long, boring post will be over. Thing is, I've never written about this. Never told my side, the real story, the whole story. Feels really good.
Am I the only one that freaks out about having pulse taken or someone listening to my heart? Same reaction as BP measure for me. Anyone else the same way?
Also, it seems there are people with WCH that don't even know they have it. How lucky are they? It's mild, so they don't even know they're nervous. That kinda blows me away. I sure know when I have a Dr.s appt. Weeks in advance I start freaking out.
Hope this maybe opens some new discussion. So good to know I'm not alone!

Read more: http://www.healthboards.com/boards/high-low-blood-pressure/1035523-white-coat-hypertension-scourge.html#ixzz4mohW5hTw

Jul 14, 2017
I'm finally posting my story! NEW
by: John H.

I have watched this thread for years. Most active WCH thread online I believe. Who knew there were so many of us? I copied it from my post in HealthBoards earlier I think? EHealth? Somewhere:)

So I had a Dr.s appt yesterday morning. I have suffered with WCH since maybe 12 years old. I have terrible case of it as well. Nothing mild or faint with this guy. After I had my physical to go to college, where incidentally, my Dr. had me lay supine and he started listening to my heart, which made it speed up even more, so he kept listening, so it kept pounding faster and faster, so he listened even more closely, and my heart went even faster..Seeing a pattern?....I hate this affliction. Oh, he left the damn BP cuff on my arm. I guess it was so high when he took it with me sitting he decided maybe I should lie back and relax? Yea, relax.. Ughhhh. I still remember that. It felt like he listened to my heart, which was just pounding, getting faster and faster an faster, for 30 minutes. I was dying the entire time. Dying. The cuff on my arm as well. Knowing that was going to happen again. So, after that terrible visit, oh yea, when I was younger, I would get flushed all over my neck, chest, face. Holy hell. So that as well was something for people to talk about and look at me and wonder if I was going to die or something.
I ramble, I apologize. After that last visit still living under my parents roof, I managed to avoid seeing a Dr., or having my blood pressure or pulse measured for somewhere around 7 or 8 years. Whew. Broken bone and I had no choice but to go to ER. First time that snotty nurse took it my HR was 160bpm. She was such a *****. I even told her prior to slapping the cuff on that I get really nervous in hospitals, etc.. And those dang vital sign machines. Starts inflating...tight, tight, tight, quits...Course where it stops first time is for the average Joe...I can feel my blood pounding under that cuff, tight, tight, stops....No, still pounding...Then, to add injury to insult, after the machine finally deflates, and we all better hope the alarms are turned off, the damn thing starts up again...My pressure and HR were so outta whack, it takes another reading b/c surely the first couldn't be correct. So, miss happy to be here ratchet barks "Your heart is beating 160 beats per minute! Can you not FEEL it in your chest??" No kidding, *****? really? I had no idea it was that fast. Damn girl, I can hardly draw a breath I'm so wigged out. Then wheeled to a room where they come in every 15 minutes and strap the cuff. I told them it wasn't going to get any better. Just the way it was with me. They wanna know if I'm on drugs. HA. I wish. Another weird thing. I've always been very embarrassed by this affliction. So weird. A guy I knew was working as a tech or something and he was one that kept coming around to take my pressure every 15 min. So now, since I know him, I'm even more nervous and embarrassed. This is one weird, disturbing syndrome huh? When I was younger, I don't think anyone believed me. Believed that there was such a thing. It's now pretty widely covered in studies, meta analysis and hell, I even think they mention it to future nurses and Dr.s.
I'm getting older and I need a Dr. now. There are things a man needs as he ages. White Coat Syndrome be damned, I have to go to the Doc a couple times a year. Third time I've been to this lady. My two previous visits, my HR and BP were not super crazy. I've learned to pop a Xanax, and tell them before they ever get near me with the cuff. I mean, the two previous were well into hypertensive and tachycardia, but I was kind of impressed with myself. The way of the future is automatic readings. Well, personally, mine is lower with a manual. Something about the sound of the machine, the pulse Ox clip on your finger.... How it stops inflating only to start again b/c my BP ain't like everyone else. So, 176/106....HR-126 Damn!
Just as you think you're making progress. Doc checked it herself again later with a manual and it dropped to 160 something over 90 something. Woo Hoo.
One other thing and this long, boring post will be over. Thing is, I've never written about this. Never told my side, the real story, the whole story. Feels really good.
Am I the only one that freaks out about having pulse taken or someone listening to my heart? Same reaction as BP measure for me. Anyone else the same way?
Also, it seems there are people with WCH that don't even know they have it. How lucky are they? It's mild, so they don't even know they're nervous. That kinda blows me away. I sure know when I have a Dr.s appt. Weeks in advance I start freaking out.
Hope this maybe opens some new discussion. So good to know I'm not alone!

Read more: http://www.healthboards.com/boards/high-low-blood-pressure/1035523-white-coat-hypertension-scourge.html#ixzz4mohW5hTw

Jul 14, 2017
BP Phobia NEW
by: Zulfiqar

Hello Friends, can anyone tell me, my BP high when i take my BP at home or Dr. office, i know its Anxiety, can anyone tell me how control anxiety.

Jul 14, 2017
very common NEW
by: J

This is very common and doctors who don't understand don't understand about mental health. Be proactive in your approach. This is why home BP monitors were made. If you can learn to take it at home this will be your best defense ... I used to take it in the car while I was driving so I would be distracted ... also a wrist monitor works better for me ... less scary .. plus I take it every day to help desensitize myself per therapist's orders and take those numbers to doctor although I found a doctor who's sympathetic so I never need to pull those numbers out anymore. Good Luck! There ARE doctors out there that understand! I seem to have better luck w/ female doctors and yes I'm female

Jul 15, 2017
sitting vs lying down NEW
by: SD

To the comment above regarding taking bp while sitting vs lying down..... I'm experiencing the same thing. When lying down its natural that the pressure would be lower but If you get a good reading, its still a good thing. Someone with serious hypertension would likely not be able to get a good reading without meds sitting or lying down.

Jul 16, 2017
I'm glad I found this page NEW
by: vittoria

I have suffered with this phobia and a phobia of death for over 25 years now. I hate it and it makes me feel powerless. I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one. I also have chronic depression and I've had it for over 35 years. I like reading about the experiences of other sufferers and will ask my doctor about some of the ideas I've read on here. I thank each and every one of you for commenting and offering your insight. It really helps. I appreciate all of you and hope that we can improve with this. I know there is no easy answer.

Jul 18, 2017
Love you all NEW
by: Anonymous

This is the most therapeutic thread I have ever seen! Thank you all! I can't add anything significant. It has been covered. Makes for some great reading. Keep up the great work everyone!!

Jul 18, 2017
To John H NEW
by: Darla

To John H
I have been reading this site for years since I suffer from the same issues...your post has to be the funniest I have read so far. I feel you man. You hit everything right on. All I can say is find a Dr who understands and is sympathetic and understanding but concerned. There are a lot of good ideas on here, but the best thing is to just be able to know you aren't alone. I am with you on the fact of how embarrassing it can feel. I start conversations in my head days before my dr's apt of how I will ask/tell the nurse that I only want the dr to take my BP. I don't want to offend them on the other hand I am scared. I went to the dr a few weeks ago - he listened to my heart - I know it was fast and furious, he just calmly said "A nice strong slow heartbeat" I just laughed and said BS - but he put me at east so when he took my BP is was only 134/86...pretty good for me. All of this crap started with me 25 years ago when a military dr got bent out of shape because my BP was a little high. Anyway - thanks for the laugh. You should write more - it relaxes me. Thanks

Jul 19, 2017
Fear of BP machine at DR NEW
by: TNgal

I have suffered from this fear of blood pressure cuffs for over 30 years. Having panic attacks, migraines and other ailments aren't enough (HAHA)! When the cuff goes on it feels as though I am trapped and this sudden rush of FEAR, DEATH and THAT LOOK the nurse gives you when your BP is 160/120??? I have made up my mind to keep taking my BP until I get used to it!!

I think I had the trauma of a caring for someone with BP issues or something because till this day it still sux. I downloaded an APP on Adroid called Calm which seems to help reduce it tremendously but being consistent is a problemo.

Pray and hope for all the best!

Jul 26, 2017
To Darla:) NEW
by: John H

Darla,
Thank you so much. Never considered myself a writer. This IS the DAMNEDEST affliction I could possibly think of. I found this thread years ago. Honestly. One of the first "forums", help groups, whatever you want to call it, I had ever seen. For many years, I did think I was the only one. A lot of Docs out there aren't super sympathetic to us.
Since this thread, and putting a few years behind me, I'm not as embarrassed by it as I once was?? I've found telling the person attacking me with the pressure cuff, up front, that I get REAL nervous and my HR and BP are gonna be a bit elevated:) That alone brings it down a few notches anyway. Sometimes.
I switched to a female Dr., and I think that helps. I'm just more comfortable with her. The nurse usually uses auto, which for me, makes it even worse. The inflation, the stop.....The deflation....Oh, no..Not me, my blood is still pounding under that cuff preset to 180. More inflation. Now, the nurse, tech, provided they don't remember or know you do a double take at you and machine. That F'ing helps huh? The sound when the cuff starts to inflate......Ahhhhhhh
Thanks for the shout out:) Means a lot to me. Try and keep it real:)

Aug 08, 2017
Freak out over BP machine NEW
by: Anonymous

Me too! I'm 43 and very active and healthy. I'm 5 foot 7" and 129 pounds. There is no reason for me to have high blood pressure as it really doesn't run in my family much. When I take my BP at home it's usually around 105/70 unless I'm really stressed or upset and then it can be 130/90, but when I go to the doctor I sit there freaking out and my heart starts racing to like 135 beats per min and my BP always reads around 170/105. It makes me mad and embarrassed. I put off going to the doctor all that time for that reason and that reason only. I try to calm down, but usually make it worse and get light headed. Totally messed up!! I'm so thankful I'm not alone at all! I just wish my doctor would tell me it's common to get whitecoat, he usually just acts shocked at how high it is.

Aug 12, 2017
wcs support NEW
by: JD

Im so glad I found this thread. I had my blood pressure taken a few months ago at my doctors office while i was panicked and it was 140/100. I had never given high blood pressure that much thought as I went through two pregnancies with monthly testing and virtually no issues. My doctor was immediately concerned and wanted to go on medication but she noticed my heart rate was sky high so she had me do an EKG and all was fine. She told me to watch what I eat and exercise (which i already did) and monitor at home. i developed sever anxiety to testing my BP. If i see a high number i immediately think death is imminent. I get panic as soon as i look or think of taking it. On the few occaisions when i was calm enough i could get readings of 130/80 which made me happy and my fear started to dissipate but last week I choose to take a reading knowing I was ultra nervous and im back to extreme fear. Im 34, i run, cycle and eat very well. I dont smoke and I drink wine but not crazy. HBP is sending me into a downward spiral of anxiety which im struggling with. Deep down I know its wcs but part of me fears death and so I think about it day and night.

Sep 11, 2017
fuckin fear! NEW
by: Anonymous

hi everyone i am 24and glad im not alone.
just like u guys i am dealing with this kind of problem WCS..im really scared to death seing and even hearing about bp coz i always have a high result i feel so hopeless like no one seems to understand me like i was trying to share it to my friends and they would just laugh at me..and says hahahaha ur wierdo men! its just pretty annoying...can sumone help me ??wat am i suppose to do to stop this phobia??

Sep 11, 2017
fuckin fear! NEW
by: Anonymous

hi everyone i am 24and glad im not alone.
just like u guys i am dealing with this kind of problem WCS..im really scared to death seing and even hearing about bp coz i always have a high result i feel so hopeless like no one seems to understand me like i was trying to share it to my friends and they would just laugh at me..and says hahahaha ur wierdo men! its just pretty annoying...can sumone help me ??wat am i suppose to do to stop this phobia??

Sep 11, 2017
fuckin fear! NEW
by: Anonymous

hi everyone i am 24and glad im not alone.
just like u guys i am dealing with this kind of problem WCS..im really scared to death seing and even hearing about bp coz i always have a high result i feel so hopeless like no one seems to understand me like i was trying to share it to my friends and they would just laugh at me..and says hahahaha ur wierdo men! its just pretty annoying...can sumone help me ??wat am i suppose to do to stop this phobia??

Sep 11, 2017
Thanks God, I am not alone ! NEW
by: Anonymous

Thanks God that I am not alone.

I bought a blood pressure machine, first time I used it, my BP was extremely high and I almost called 911. and I took it again and again and slowly my BP came back to close to normal.

This is the 2nd week now, Still every time I pick up the BP machine, I feel my heart pounding heavily and a heat wave moving up in my body, and needless to say, my BP is high.
Thanks to everyone for sharing your experience, that comforted me a lot !
God bless you all !

Sep 12, 2017
Wcht is not problem: scientfic meta-analysis NEW
by: Tuomo Kortesmaa

I have had this phobia, seems very common,lot of posts.
I think that it helps to know that there is scientfical meta-analysis telling
Wcht , rise of blood pressure because measuremen is not any risk.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17921809

hypertension (WCHT), masked and sustained hypertension in comparison with true normotension.
Methods: We searched for individual studies, in which the adjusted relative risk of incident cardiovascular events was assessed in patients with WCHT, masked and sustained hypertension versus normotension in the same study population. For each type of hypertension, the weighted overall hazard ratio (HR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) were calculated.
Results: Seven studies were identified, involving a total of 11 502 participants. Four studies were performed in the population, two in primary care and one in specialist care. Two studies were exclusively on treated hypertensive patients; individuals on antihypertensive treatment were included in all the other studies except one. Cut-off blood pressure was 140/90 mmHg for office blood pressure in all studies and 135/85 mmHg (83 in one study) for out-of-office blood pressure. The average age of the study populations was 63 years; 53% were men. The endpoint consisted of cardiovascular death in one study and of various aggregates of fatal and non-fatal cardiovascular events in the others. During an average follow-up of 8.0 years, there were 912 first cardiovascular events. The overall adjusted HR versus normotension was 1.12 (95% CI 0.84–1.50) for WCHT (P = 0.59), 2.00 (1.58–2.52) for masked hypertension (P < 0.001), and 2.28 (1.87–2.78) for sustained hypertension (P < 0.001).
Conclusion: The meta-analysis indicates that the incidence of cardiovascular events is not significantly different between WCHT and true normotension, whereas the outcome is worse in patients with masked or sustained hypertension.onside

Sep 12, 2017
Scientific meta-analysis: rising bp wcht is not riskhypertension (WCHT), masked and sustained hypertension in comparison with true normotension. Methods: We searched for individual studies, in which t NEW
by: Anonymous


All of us including me have sffered without any reason.


Objective: To perform a meta-analysis on the incidence of cardiovascular events in white-coat hypertension (WCHT), masked and sustained hypertension in comparison with true normotension.
Methods: We searched for individual studies, in which the adjusted relative risk of incident cardiovascular events was assessed in patients with WCHT, masked and sustained hypertension versus normotension in the same study population. For each type of hypertension, the weighted overall hazard ratio (HR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) were calculated.
Results: Seven studies were identified, involving a total of 11 502 participants. Four studies were performed in the population, two in primary care and one in specialist care. Two studies were exclusively on treated hypertensive patients; individuals on antihypertensive treatment were included in all the other studies except one. Cut-off blood pressure was 140/90 mmHg for office blood pressure in all studies and 135/85 mmHg (83 in one study) for out-of-office blood pressure. The average age of the study populations was 63 years; 53% were men. The endpoint consisted of cardiovascular death in one study and of various aggregates of fatal and non-fatal cardiovascular events in the others. During an average follow-up of 8.0 years, there were 912 first cardiovascular events. The overall adjusted HR versus normotension was 1.12 (95% CI 0.84–1.50) for WCHT (P = 0.59), 2.00 (1.58–2.52) for masked hypertension (P < 0.001), and 2.28 (1.87–2.78) for sustained hypertension (P < 0.001).
Conclusion: The meta-analysis indicates that the incidence of cardiovascular events is not significantly different between WCHT and true normotension, whereas the outcome is worse in patients with masked or sustained hypertension.


Incidence of cardiovascular events in white-coat, masked and sustained hypertension versus true normotension: a meta-analysis
Fagard, Robert H; Cornelissen, Véronique A
Journal of Hypertension: November 2007 - Volume 25 - Issue 11 - p 2193–2198
doi: 10.1097/HJH.0b013e3282ef6185

Oct 26, 2017
Sudden Fear When asked to take BP NEW
by: Anonymous

I nurse friend one day took my vital Sign(BP) she Exclaimed! "what happen?" what is the Matter?". It took me a momment to understood why she exclamed. It appeared to her that my BP was too high.

Since that time i have been having sudden fear when asked to do BP.

Nov 03, 2017
huge relief NEW
by: Anonymous

I feel that the Lord led me to this site. I've had this issue since young. I think most of my doctors realized it was WCH, so never suggested meds, thank heaven.
I bought blood pressure cuff many year sago and my bp is normal when taken at home most of the time. Occasionally it is high, but when I retake several times, it does come down. I keep hoping I can beg the tech at the doc's office to not take it there when I first walk in. I now want to have varicose veins treated and my ND has sent me to have a complete cardiac work up. Since I'm 70, I am fine with getting these issues looked into, but just knowing about my soon appointments has elevated my home bp. sigh..
Oh, speaking of sighing and breathing, the Resperate device is fantastic for me. When I use it twice a day, it relaxes me and like the person above said about breathing (in 2 seconds and out 8) before having bp taken, this will help with long term high readings.
Such comfort in knowing all of you share this phobia. I am mostly a relaxed and healthy person. I have just lost 30 pounds and eat really healthy organic foods. But my para sympathetic self wants to be phobic about doctors!

Nov 12, 2017
Thanks I'm not alone NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm from the Phils. My phobia in taking my bp in clinic/hospital started 2011 when I got my medical for pre-employment. When the nurse took my bp it reached the high of 250/150 anr I can't imagined that high. The next day I visited a doctor to consult and bp then still high. So everytime I had my APE i always hesitant to do it. And tomorrow it will be my another APE and my fear starts over again. I have my home bp monitor and it's not that high from pre-hypertension to normal, highest is 153/103 lowest is 118/76. Hope it has the same result tomorrow in clinic. Good luck to me. God bless us all.

Nov 13, 2017
Breath! NEW
by: kb801

I put up a suggestion last year about rapid breathing in rapidly for 10-15 mins prior to having BP taken - It seems to work for WCH (to bring it down) but not for those without it!! You may get a bit lightheaded but don't worry as this means it is working

Try it, it has worked for me - and might I say Ive had the fear for 4o years, and, though I still have some fear at the doctors, it is managable, unlike the many years I just didn't go the doctor or call 911 even when I fell down 15 steps on the stairs. Yes, it is very embarrassing as well, but ignore what the dumb nurse says or thinks, or sighs.

So there is hope even for the worst fears - I sure don't sing a happy song when I go to the doctor and there is still some fear, but that is SO much better than it was ( I also have found a doctor who will let me bring me home readings in, which I used to be afaind of as well, but try NOT LOOKING at the numbers as it inflates, even put on music so you dont hear the cuff - you'll still feel it in your arm but it eliminates 2 or the 3 fear triggers.


Nov 14, 2017
Try taking Blood Pressure when first waking up.... NEW
by: Anonymous

None of us are abnormal about this fear and I will tell you why and yes this is also me who is quite perturbed with the medical world for not addressing the serious problems they have caused which is mass hysteria and mass anxiety.
We continually hear on the radio, the tv and on social media as well as from the doctors we do go to and nurses as well about how high our blood pressures are and how dangerous this is meaning: heart attack, stroke and death...Now, a normal person like we all are here have some fear of death and also of heart attacks etc...I would suggest that you call a doctor or ask your present doctor to understand that your fear is a legitimate fear caused by people like him as well as the American Heart Association, etc and therefore it's up to them to solve the problems they created for all of us...I once asked if the doctor would please just meet with me and not do ekg and blood pressure and the person on the phone said no he won't even after I told her I had white coat syndrome so..ask for the doctor himself to call you and speak to him or her and if they have some compassion they will understand why your BP is so high and then atleast you'll feel you have more control over your own life...they need to address the problems they created and I know they mean well, but it's not our fault to fear being tested by a person who will tell us life altering news...keep plugging along and try the natural routes too; exercise, lose weight, deep breathing and don't take your bp until you think it's somewhat normal for yourself...

Nov 17, 2017
Different Mechanism NEW
by: Anonymous

I have the same problem you all speak about and have been taking meds for 30 years...I am only 50. I even searched out a doctor who specializes in patients who seem to be somewhat resistant to medications...they give me more and more meds and it still remains too high. I put myself on a low sodium diet(I cook all of my own food unless in a pinch or out with friends), I take garlic tabs, apple cider vinegar and flax seed each day. I am 5 feet 10 inches tall and 175 pounds. And...my pressure is still too high. It's a works in progress. I would love if I could get my blood pressure taken, effectively, without using a standard cuff. My machine is automatic, and my expectation of high results, results in a high pressure and then it gets higher because my anxiety kicks in. Is there another type of machine, or another administration type, that will effectively take my blood pressure? Any help would be appreciated.

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