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Hello Group. Anyone out there dealing with white coat hypertension (WCH)? I'm a mid-40's male taking 10mg lexapro for my anxiety. Started taking meds about 10 years ago after some pretty stressful life situations. It all started when my PCP diagnosed me with hypertension and put me on meds, when in fact, my anxiety raised my BP. No matter how much medicine he put me on, the BP was still high. It wasnt until after my BP was taken by another doctor that it was confirmed that i DID NOT have hyertension...just high reading due to anxiety.
I take my BP at home and it is normal. When I get my BP taken at the doctors office, Its sky high. It goes down after the second reading, but still high. Now I dread going to the doctor at all beause I know what the outcome is going to be with my BP.
My insurance is an HMO, so my doctor always records the readings in his office, not the normal readings I get at home. Because the BP readings are out of normal range, my insurance benefits suffer...He is not putting me on meds, but I'm still very frustrated by it all.
Anyone dealing with anything similar? How are you dealing with it.
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