Good Morning S & R,
I so understand how you feel as my daughter is the same way and she is 44 years old. Always has been this way but the good news - she has two beautiful girls so she made it through 2 pregnancies.
I suspect you may have white coat syndrome.
Not everyone would admit it, but a visit to the doctor is anything but a happy experience. Oftentimes, you remind yourself that a visit to the doctor is beneficial to you, so you try to push your fears out of your mind. Unfortunately, your blood pressure doesn't lie. When your blood pressure suddenly shoots up when you walk into a clinic or hospital, you're likely experiencing white coat syndrome.
Hypertension is different from white coat syndrome because hypertension means that a person has consistently high readings regardless whether she's in a clinical setting or not. A person with white coat syndrome however, has normal readings outside the clinic but her blood pressure shoots up when she enters a clinical environment.
The best thing to do is admit your fearful and try to learn ways to deal with it. CBT is often a good way to learn to control you anxiety.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is based on the idea that our thoughts
cause our feelings and behaviors, not external things, like people, situations, and events. The benefit of this fact is that we can change the way we think to feel / act better even if the situation does not change.
Stick with us and know we care. Everyone here understands anxiety so your in good company, sunshineandroses.
~~Kitt~~Moderator: Anxiety/Panic, Osteoarthritis, GERD/Heartburn and Heart/Cardiovascular Disease. www.healingwell.com"If you can't change the world, change your world"