I recently went into hospital & had to have my blood pressure done (hadn't had it done for years & years!!) The machine blood pressure unit sent me through the roof & probably put my BP right up!!! Eventually I got nurses to do it using the old-fashioned method but even that was painful & has stirred up my fibro terribly. I'd be so so grateful for others to share their experiences here as many of the staff were very unsympathetic & just couldn't understand my pain. Occasionally there would be the odd one who would be oh so kind & gentle, taking it slowly manually but they, sadly, were few & far between. I do understand the importance of it (I used to be a nurse) but found arms & legs far too painful to tolerate it. Any insight into this would be so very much appreciated. Thanks.