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frankie9900 Mar 13, 2017 (01:11 PM)  

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Hi, I know this thread is six or seven years old, but I just found it today and it is so relevant to my life. For example, today I did blood pressure reading and the systolic was high. However, I knew that I felt so much anxiety (apparently some people are calling it Blood Pressure Phobia). I saw that the number wasn't so crazy I'd have to rush to an ER, so I rested three minutes, took another reading and repeated. My next two readings were great.
 
Anyway, this is only one way my anxiety interferes with my daily life. I am so glad I found this forum and this thread.
 

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Miss C,
Are the higher readings only with one doctor?  I find many others, including nurses, will take readings, and you might find them lower with others.
 
Focusing on the positive things to get healthy has helped lower my meds dose, and I feel attractive...like that old commercial, "when you look good you feel good and when you feel good you look good"... a good cycle of behaviour

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Hi Lindsey,
 
Funny to say, I'm the one that started this forum about high blood pressure. For what I have read you don't have high blood pressure. Those numbers you get when taken at home are perfect readings and those are the ones you need to show your Dr. I got obsessive with that too. I decided not to get myself worked up anymore with my blood pressure readings. I came to accept the fact that when I am going through any stress, anxiety or panic attacks my bp will be higher and that is to be expected. I also came to realize that I was obsessing about my bp and I have to admit at times I still do some times.
 
Try not to get obsessive with it and as long as your Dr knows your healthy and there is nothing wrong with your bp I would try to stop taking it so much. I feel it's all in the mind. I have done some reading in other forums and came to realize that this problem is very common. 
 
Keep us posted,
 
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Hi, and welcome to the site. You obviously do not have hypertension. But you have a very common case of White Coat syndrome. I think everyone here has or had at one time. But you know that.

To get your BP down at the doctors you have to start by not caring what it is. You know what it is in a non anxious situation. Accept the higher number at the doctors and to make this easier you need to have a reference number. Do you have stairs in your house. Use them to get your BP up and check it with your machine. You need to do some thing stressful that will raise it.
Stress is stress, whether it is going to the Doctor or running around the block. This will condition you to accept that sometimes your numbers will be higher. It will also associate it with the stress not the doctor. And you need a ho hum attitude. You know you are healthy so what does it matter if you get some stress related higher readings.

You are not an unhealthy person with a BP of 240/110 or something dangerous like that. You need to accept that periodically BP goes quite high. This is how your body distributes oxygen and removes heat. And knowing these two things. Remember to breath when you go to the Doctors and dress cool.

You can Also count. Think low blood pressure breath deep and count how slow you would like it. Try to match the numbers.

Davit 

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Hi my name is Lindsey. I'm a new member. A little bit of a background on me, I'm a 26 year old healthy weight and active female, also married and mother of 2. I've struggled with anxiety since middle school, primarily health anxiety. As of 2 yrs ago I developed some white coat syndrome and for the past year I have been obsessively worrying "what if" I actually have high blood pressure, bought an accurate medical blood pressure montior/ cuff and have been taking bp readings several times a day at my house i get good readings such as 90's/60's. As soon as I get to the doctor's no matter how much i try to calm myself before I go in i get high readings there such as 140's/over 80's...my cuff is accurate b/c i took my cuff to a doc appt with me and got a high reading on my cuff as well. Iam starting to worry myself sick about this, I can indentify that this sounds very weird and is a little embarassing. I'm surprised to see there is a forum on this....i'm trying to figure out what I can do....ironically I am a licensed massage therapist and relax people for a living...i feel very calm in that environment, but as soon as i need to go to a doctor it's a whole different story. I have my yearly physical scheduled for next month and I wish I could just "snap out of this" any tips? i've tried breathing techniques, have seen an energy kinesiologist which has help with my generalized anxiety on a daily basis but i have a feeling as soon as i go to the docs it's not going to be so great...help please/suggestions??
 
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Hi Maggie:  Wonderful news!  You can relax about anything physically wrong.  Your body is doing great and now you are retraining your negative thoughts to positive.  The learning and understanding has begun.  Now it'll get exciting as the light bulb will go off several more times as you get to know yourself even better.  Yay!
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Maggie,
 
Way to look at the positive!  Good for you for moving forward and using what works for you!
 
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Maggie Sep 29, 2010 (01:08 PM)  

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Hello everyone, I went to the cardiologist this morning and I felt like a total idiot. The first thing they did was take my blood pressure which I told them it would be high since I do have it higher at the Dr office it was 140/90. Then they did a EKG which came out perfect! I already new it would..then he came in and told me how he felt that I really did not need a cardiologist which deep down inside I already new and he told me my heart is very good which I already knew as well. He told me that yes anxiety does raise your bp which I already knew and it does not hurt your heart. He told me that I need to take care of the anxiety which I told him I am working on and he said I will be fine. I decided to NOT take my blood pressure anymore. Those home monitors are not even accurate at times. I decided I will continue this program which I already feel has made a BIG difference and I am only in week 2 and be positive and have faith. This is a horrible thing to have but I will accept it and not fight it. It will not hurt me and I know that now with all the tools I have learned. Thank you all for all your support and for listening. Have a great day! :)

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Hello  and welcome Maggie,
Have you read any of my past posts? Not to compare, because we are all so different,  but the dreaded BP thing is a big problem for me. I won't get into my issues, I've ranted so much on here about my fear of High BP, White Coat Syndrome, the works, everyone is probably sick of it! So now its your turn, please feel free to post as much as you like, we're a real great group here..no judgements at all.
Just last week I had a breakthrough, where it came to me that a negative core beleif was the root of my BP anxieties...I've been working this fabulous program for 5 months or so now.... I suggest you go throught it, slowly, and learn about the  negative thought processes, and core beliefs.  And read back through the older posts, you'll find you're not alone, and lots of great coping strategies.
Cleo

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Hi Maggie,
 
I'm only a couple of weeks into this program, so I'm a bit new like you.  And like you I'm 40 having had panic attacks for ages (off and on).
 
In week 3 you'll learn about challenging negative thoughts.  That's where I am at the moment.  I've really only just started but the early results are great.  Challenging these negative thoughts as they pop up in my head seems to just stop them dead.  I can imagine this would be a big help for you and your blood pressure worries.
 
Cheers,
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Maggie Sep 28, 2010 (07:30 PM)  

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Thank you everyone for your quick reply. I will keep all of you posted. Thanks again

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maggie,
 
Welcome to our support community! As you can read, the members do know what you a re going through and the support they give is amazing and honest!
 
Please share with us how you are finding the program and what is helping you most.  Please continue to post with us we are here to help you progress!

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Hi d1maggieg:    Welcome to the site.  I hope you read past and present posts.  You will find lots of tips and info.  Most of all, you will see that you are not alone with this sort of thinking.  We are a friendly bunch here, supporting and celebrating through the tough times and the good.
I have high blood pressure - started when I was in my late 40's.  and yes, anxiety does make it go higher.  but guess what - relaxation and breathing techniques can bring it right down.  So that's really a good thing to learn.  For now if I were you, I would forget about the monitor.  It's a good idea to learn about BP, everyone should understand their body, that's a good thing.  It sounds though that it is making you anxious so unless you do have a true medical problem, my suggestion would be to set it aside for now.  Put it away in a closet somewhere where you aren't tempted to use it when you are fearful. 
I don't know how far along you are in the CBT program - which is the greatest for anxiety.  I hope you study it on this site.
Have you learned the relaxation and visualization techcniques yet?  The breathing exercises?  They are great coping techniques.  How about the positive thoughts?  It seems your pattern of thinking would be catastrophizing your bodily sensations (I know, I used to do that too).  I truly believe in the above exercises and hope you give it a real try.  It took me awhile to get the real hang of it, but it does work. 
 
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d1maggieg


Hello and welcome to the site.  So what do you consider high BP. I have a monitor and use it. But the first reading is always high simply because the only time I check it is when I think it is high. I have a lap top so I recline my chair back, listen to calming music and check it a couple of more times thinking it down as low as I can get it. One thing that helped was getting a monitor that was quieter and didn't double pump when BP was high. I used to use it during panic attacks to think down my pressure. You know that things as simple as typing or petting the cat will raise it ten points. There are only two things to consider with blood pressure, how long it takes to come back down to normal after exercise and consistent high BP. Because I have chronic pain, walking down the hallway in the hospital will push it way up. It doesn't bother me any more. Don't check it first thing in the morning it will be up a bit then.
There are probably others with this phobia and the thing is that it is a phobia, not something real.

Here for you, 
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Hello everyone, I am so happy I found this program. I just wish I would have found it 2 months ago before I spent $ 250.00 on a program that I am still working with and I actually find this web site so much more helpful. I have suffered from Panic Attacks for over 20 years now. When I was first told I was told what I had I was so young and afraid but I managed I actually over time got better. The panic attacks left me alone for many years don't get me wrong every now and then I would be a little anxious but nothing too bad. Now I am 40 years old happily married for 17 years have 2 wonderful boys and the panic attacks have returned this year more frequent then ever. It has been a bad year. The thing with my anxiety this time is that I feel lightheaded and dizzy at times. Also, I have a phobia with my blood pressure..every symptom I feel I think it's my blood pressure. The biggest mistake I have done is buy a blood pressure machine. When I take my blood pressure is high do to my thoughts I have gone to the Dr for this I have done EKG ECHO blood work all is fine. I feel I bring my blood pressure up myself. I made an appt with a cardiologist so I can get more advice on how blood pressure works. Has anyone had this type of phobia? Please help! How can I get this out of my mind..

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