I have undoubtedly had my blood pressure taken hundreds of times in my life. Considering I've been to dozens of doctors in my life, been hospitalized or in the ER multiple times, this has really added up. It's not something I ever minded. I mean, who cares about having their blood pressure taken?
However, during a recent hospitalization I experienced the most painful blood pressure cuff of my life.
I had my pressure taken about three times a day. An automatic cuff was used and no matter what arm was used, it was killer on my upper arm and my hand was tingling all over by the time it finished.
I have relatively small girly arms, so I usually have the problem of cuffs not getting tight enough. I've never experienced anything quite like this. I would try to really meditate and relax myself prior to the vitals being taken because if my SBP was higher than 130, they had to take it again.
I finally asked a nurse why the blood pressure cuff hurt so much. She said hospital cuffs always hurt more. Wha?