Hi Praise and welcome to the A/P!
I am sorry to hear about
your anxiety and resulting concerns about
your BP. I understand how this feels, and know how miserable and exhausting the daily worries are.
I am appauled to hear the careless words that your original doctor said in regards to your blood pressure reading. That was unprofessional and uncalled for to scare you like he did. Yes, your systolic was elevated...but not into stroke territory, and your diastolic remained at a perfect level... this is not unusual with white coat symdrome.
Have you had a second opinion since that visit...to ask specifically about
your blood pressure and your concerns. I have heard many doctors say that it is the overall average of the BP that counts. Our pressure is designed to become elevated at certain times, and drop lower at others. So as long as your spikes are not happening too often, and your BP drops down once you practice relaxation exercises, you are likely in a target zone on average.
Keep up the work with the self help exercises...as well as physical exercises if you are able/cleared for it. You may also want to talk to your doctor about
a daily anxiety medication and a possible therapy referral for your best overall managment plan.
Keep talking with us as well if you find it helpful. We care and support is key!
"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"
"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom
Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT
Post Edited (Scaredy Cat) : 3/21/2018 9:29:22 AM (GMT-6)