Kaz, i know its scary when you have a phobia about something, but you have to ask yourself, "what is the worst thing that can happen?" The BP cuff can be tight and uncomfortable, but you arent going to sustain an injury, and if there is a problem with your actual BP results, (which is a big 'IF') remember that your doc can give you excellent tips on lowering it etc. you need to do breathing excercises, and as greatpretender said, talk yourself down. I do that alot. I know you are scared and im so sorry and wish i could fix it, but my best advice is to think about how minimal the chance of something going wrong is. tell yourself it is a common and basic procedure and that the person doing it knows what they are doing. I used to nurse and had to take people's BP many times daily. Sure, the cuff tightening is uncomfy, but its over really quickly. just breathe and know that we all support you, and understand the fear. I hope things go well- please keep us posted!
I actually have a blood pressure monitor at home but unfortunately my phobia has got so bad I even have problems taking it at home. It can take me quite a while to manage the anxiety to get good readings. I want to learn to manage this phobia so much it just seems so overwhelming at times.
I think part of my overwhelming anxiety at the moment is also that I feel discrimated against by the insurance company because I am on Citalopram, they want to charge me more regardless all because I have a mental illness, I know I'm not the only one who would feel like this but just think because my anxiety seems to have got a lot worse lately I am being a lot more sensitive over the whole thing. Argh, anxiety, wouldn't wish it on anyone!!!
Thanks all for your support, words can't explain how much it means to me.
Post Edited (Kaz77) : 2/3/2009 12:18:23 PM (GMT-7)
I am going to say something to try to help you and in no way am I being unkind.............if you can get yourself so worked up to a BP of 180/120 you can get yourself calmed down to bring that BP into normal range unless you do have hypertension. Positive thinking, picture your BP at 120/80, see it in your mind.
The day you have to have the insurance physical..............do not drink or eat things high in caffeine..................stay relaxed. Your mind is very powerful and you can just imagine yourself in your quiet place, a tropical island with a warm breeze..............go to that private place and just concentrate on feeling relaxed.
You can ask to lie down while they do the BP check, just explain you have a problem with BP checks and anxiety. My daughter always has to lay down for her lab draws unless they want to pick her up off the floor.
You can do this, I know you can. Do you have any med to help with your anxiety?
Aries has a good idea. Do you know when this physical info will take place? Will the insurance company be sending someone out to your home. If you know ahead of time you may want to take the Ativan rather then try to stop a panic attack. It may be wise to use the Ativan about 2 hour or so ahead of time.
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I hope this helps you. I understand your anxiety well.
Thanks so much for all your replies, your support is really, really appreciated
I was in such a blind panic about the whole thing yesterday I was tempted to check myself into either the hospital or mental hospital, that's how irrational I am getting over this! I can't believe I have let this fear snowball so much. All because of an insensitive doctor who didn't believe in anxiety.
Kitt, no I don't know when they will do the physical.
I like your ideas, now I just need to put them all into practice. The one thing I find exceptionally hard is to relax when I'm this worked up, something I definitely need to work on and the obsessive thoughts. I have to admit that I was hoping the Citalopram would kinda be like a magic cure and would be working by now, I know ......... baby steps!!!