Hi. I have an extreme fear of going to the doctors. More specifically, I have a fear of having my blood pressure taken. I break out into an anxiety attack just thinking about
having my BP taken and while it's taken in the office. As a result, it's usually in the high-normal range. I can't even do a BP reading at home or elsewhere. I am on BP medication, even though I'm not sure I even need it! Am experiencing panic attacks this week and just started Lexapro again, waiting for it to kick in. Taking a few Xanax here and there.
I am OK with any other medical procedures and tests, as long as it doesn't involve any BP readings. It seems so self-defeating. I have an EKG scheduled for Tuesday for what we strongly suspect is anxiety related chest discomfort and am already freaking out over it.
Anyone with similar experiences or advice?