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Hello All, I was diagnosed with high bloodpressure 2 years ago, I was in hypertensive crisis at docs 200/110! At the time I had been suffering chronic stress for a number of years, and suffered with anxiety and panic attacks, I have been taking citalopram for nearly a year and feel much better, however I have developed a phobia of the BP machine! A horrible phobia, I can't even be in a room with a machine, I feel so silly but I am so scared of having a stroke and think about my BP every day, I just want to be able to have it checked as it may be okay but I can't do it! my GP is sending me for phobia councelling and has told me that there is no rush, he has made a plan with me to conquer my fear but I worry all the time, and think about the way I felt when my BP was very high. I had headache every day, severe neck pain, some rectal bleeding, ringing in my ears, I don't know if these were bp symptoms or stress but now if I notice any of the above I start to panic that my BP is really high. This has taken over my life! I read everything related to BP and take ramapril 5mg daily, my GP prescribed me propananol which is a miracle drug but I put 2 stone on in a few months and working hard to loose it now, I am 37 yrs old! exercise daily, eat healthy, drink weekly, wanted to know what symptoms others have experienced with high BP?
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