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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