Blood Pressure

Help, I can't relax

11 messages
08/05/2003 at 16:45
Hi,
Can someone please tell me how to relax when I've having my blood pressure taking. I have a severe case of white-coat syndrome and work myself up for hours before having it taken.

I had pre-eclampsia with both my pregnancies which has set off this fear even though my youngest is now 3 years old.

Any help would be appreciate. Thanks
08/05/2003 at 16:47
Ask the quack for a 24 hour BP recording to be arranged
then youll have a better idea of what your resting BP is like
08/05/2003 at 16:48
I don't think it would help actually because I'd just be stressed out all the time :-) (I'm not joking either unfortunately).
08/05/2003 at 16:52
Might give a better idea though, and youd have 24 hours to get used to it
08/05/2003 at 16:53
I may well suggest that, thanks. I need something in the shorter term though, getting it checked again next Thurday
08/05/2003 at 17:00
good luckxx
08/05/2003 at 17:01
Susie, try getting the nurse to do it insead of the doc...
08/05/2003 at 17:04
Do you have any relaxation tapes? I find guided imagery useful, but basically you need to find a technique that suits you.. and practice practice practice.. Try closing your eyes when your BP is being taken and speak gently to yourself.. don't beat yourself up...Good luck!
09/05/2003 at 08:20
Hi Saxplater,
It was the nurse who did it yesterday, it makes no difference who does it unfortunately. I wouldn't mind but it wasn't even particularly high, 140/85.
09/05/2003 at 08:46
Ask your surgery to fit you with a 24 hour bp monitor which you wear while you go about your day (and night).
Will give a truer measurement of your bp.
Then adjust average figures by +12/7.

Hope this helps.
09/05/2003 at 08:47
Oops, sorry, Hippo
didn't read all the way through.

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