Same with me. At home my BP is always under 120/80. I do 2 things - I use a program to record my BP when I take it (health vault), then print out the reading for the last 3-6 months that I take to the doc. Then I always get to my appt early, like 1/2 hour early. I sit in my car and play a meditation/relaxation cd for abt 20 min. I also put this on my iPod so even in the wAiting Room and exam room I keeps earphones in. Last reading was 124/75. It's close to what I get at home.
current weight: 146.0
Fitness Minutes: (787) Posts: 4,082 10/18/12 6:50 P
I also have White Coat Syndrome. My BP is always high at the doctor's (I had my checkup yesterday, and it was something like 145/90. But my A1C results for blood sugar and my cholesterol were great! Yay me!). However, I do take my BP at home from time to time and my doctor is very good about trusting me to use my best judgment about it. He just told me that if it begins to creep up to consistently higher levels to let him know. If I remember to bring in a written chart with some of my readings, he puts it in my file, but he doesn't ask for it.
I don't think that the doctor's office is the best place to get a good reading anyhow. You're always nervous, they take the reading right away and usually you have to sit in the worst position recommended for taking BP (perched on that exam table, with your legs dangling). You should be sitting comfortably with your feet flat on the floor. You should also sit quietly for at least 5 minutes or more before taking your reading. I always throw out my first reading of the evening because it's always the highest. I 'use' the best of the following two (although I read somewhere that you should throw out the first and average the second two).
Edited by: IMAREADER at: 10/18/2012 (18:06)
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Pounds lost: 4.0
Fitness Minutes: (92) Posts: 5 9/22/12 6:55 A
Well I went to my appointment yesterday and I was SO nervous! Even chit chatting with the nurse didn't help. And of course my bp was really high because I was having a panic attack, 170/110! I don't think it helped that the nurse (who was very nice) pumped the cuff up really tight then released it for a few seconds when she couldn't hear it, then pumped it up again. Anyway at the end of my appointment the dr took it again and it was 130/90 so I had calmed down some. The dr said next time she'll wait and take it near the end of my appt, and told me to keep self testing at home and taking my medication. One of my friends jokingly suggested drinking a beer before going the next time to calm my nerves, lol.
I started taking my b/p at home for about two weeks before making my doctor's appointment for a prescription refill of my hbp pills. I found that my readings were best in the early afternoon, which is when I made my appointment. I also found out that because it has been more than a month since I smoked my numbers have been great. When I went to the doctor Thursday 9/13 I had a reading of 116/62!!!! Beautiful!!! Good luck at your appointment!
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current weight: 155.0
Fitness Minutes: (92) Posts: 5 9/15/12 4:15 P
I like those ideas, thank you! I did have one nurse who once I told her I was nervous, she told me a funny story about her summer vacation while she was taking it and it came out 130/84 which is great for me at the doctor's office! I'm going to take your advice and see if the doctor and I can chit chat a little before she takes the reading, that might help me not be so anxious. Thanks for the ideas! :)
I got that and talked to the doctor about it and what he did/does if my b/p is really out there he comes in and does the normal chit-chat with me and my wife and while he's doing this he takes my b/p again and generally it down where it usually is. Another thing he said told me to stop in the office once or twice a week and get it taken and this got me use to it, you could try either one.
Pounds lost: 57.0
Fitness Minutes: (92) Posts: 5 9/10/12 9:56 P
Hi everyone, Have you heard of people who are afraid of needles so hate having their blood drawn? Well for me, it's a fear of having my blood pressure taken! Everytime I go to the doctor my bp is high, usually about 140/90. I really psych myself out and get really anxious about having it read so it makes it go up. At home when I take it, it's completely normal, around 124/80. I feel like I have to prove to the doctor every time I go in that I don't have high blood pressure! I do take 1 bp pill because my dr would rather be safe than sorry. Any suggestions on how to chill out before having my bp taken?
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