My blood pressure gets really high when I go to the dr. I Hate to go cause Im afraid that it will get to high. I have been told that I should take a Xanax before i go in. Does anyone have any info on what will help? thanks and God bless
If you experience heightened anxiety when going to the doctor, and have been given a script of xanax to take as needed, then I suppose that would be ok. Just let the doctor know you have done so. Are you sure it is only when at the doctor? Have you checked at other times during your day to make sure you are not experiencing hypertension at other times? Deep breathing and teaching yourself relaxation skills for these times would be very helpful though it may seem less effective than a xanax it really does work.
Yes, do not concentrate about it. I know that can be hard. The more you force yourself to relax the Bp get worse. My doctor says my only reliable reading are at home. Whenever my kids take my bp or myself it is lower. The Xanax may help a little but even that will not help much if you have a sense of dread which is different than just being nervous. When you check it wait a few minutes between each reading often the first may be high. Make sure you arm is level with your hear and your back is supported many times doctor's or nurses do not do this and you get a false high reading. Good luck-be happy and don't worry.
If you ever worked out a way to manage white coat syndrome I would love to hear it. I’m seeing a counselor right now to try some exposure therapy to get used to BP readings. I’ve avoided the doctor for two years due to anxiety about this very issue!
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