I’ve had “white coat syndrome” since my early 20s. My blood pressure tends to surge at the doctor’s office. I don’t think I feel nervous. But deep inside, I must be. I can’t figure out why. My doctors and nurses are all very kind and easy to talk to.
I get frustrated because I can’t control my blood pressure in a medical setting. This is a concern, especially because I have hypertension and take medication for it. And it’s well controlled — at least at home.
When I have a doctor appointment, I do my best to relax on the way there. I take deep breaths, listen to music, and tell myself I’ll be fine and not to think about it. But that makes me more nervous and I can literally feel my numbers rising.
What am I so afraid of? My doctor has never gotten angry because it’s too…
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