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!
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