White Coat High blood Pressure Due To Anxiety

Anyone have this visiting a doctors office?

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  • My blood pressure gets very high when I go to the  medical office.

    • Laurel  Hi Laura what are you doing about it? Are you on meds for it?

  • Yes I do I have a lot of anxiety also and it and seems when going to the doctor my blood pressure is very high even though I take meds for it

  • For many years I use to joke about a “white coat syndrome“. My blood pressure would skyrocket any time I went to dentist, DO, chiropractor, etc. little did I know that it was a true syndrome. Several years ago I had to do a follow up appointment after a short hospital visit and the doctor, after I left the office, called in a prescription unbeknownst to me. I got a phone call stating my prescription is ready. I called the pharmacy and ask them for what. They told me for high blood pressure. First of all being on that kind of medication causes all sorts of problems for my career. Second of all I never authorized it. Every two years I have to get a physical done for my CDL. I have passed all but I also tell them/remind them that I have white coat syndrome. To this day I’m still not on meds but I do carry a blood pressure monitor with me. When I go to these medical places and they mention my blood pressure is high and that I don’t look like I am at all anxious, I also tell them that not everybody “shows” anxiety. Maybe if I would show it, my blood pressure would be lower. 

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