Hi, I am new today to the group and I have GAD and am on Buspar ( 30 mg per day) My main issue seems to be very serious anxiety when I take my blood pressure. Some times at home it can get very high when I am nervous and then sky rockets until I take a Xanax. I cannot get a normal reading at all at my doctors office and last week it was 198/90. I explain that I get nervous but the new health care rules make me come into the office and have it taken in her setting. She now has referred me to a cardiologist and feels I should be on Lexapro. I am on three blood pressure medicines and when I am calm at home I can get mostly normal readings. Today I am relaxing as best I can and getting good readings. 130/80 and 123/78. I am 61 old female and the sight of a blood pressure cuff just send me over the cliff. I try deep breathing at the doctors office and it does not help. I have to convince myself that for the most part my blood pressure is ok. My threapist says to do hard exercise and meditation and don't take my BP often. My primary care doctor feels I can have a stroke or heart attack if I don't get this down. I am at a loss. Anyone else experience panic or anxiety when taking blood pressure? Thanks
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