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RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Has anyone invented a blood pressure cuff that does not hurt?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (19440points) March 18th, 2020

I went to the dr.s last week and man that hurt.

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stanleybmanly's avatar

I never find it painful. Are your arms oversized for the cuff utilized?

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@stanleybmanly I am 6’5” 262lbs. That might be it. Thanks.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Have them use your wrist.

My wife bought a home use unit for just the wrist !

Inspired_2write's avatar

I have this problem too where the attendant squeezes it too much that I end up with bruises on my arem.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Do you know your blood pressure? If you do, tell them beforehand what you think it is. That way they might not have to pump the cuff way up so they’re sure of getting your systolic blood pressure (the first number) accurately.
To distract yourself, or learn, you can watch the pressure gauge or heat beat indicator gauge as the procedure is taking place.
The cuff will be inflated until there is no indication of heart beat in your arm. Then the cuff is slowly deflated. At the first indication of heat beating the systolic pressure is recorded. You should be able to feel your heart beat in your arm. The cuff continues to deflate until there is no indication of heart beat. The beating in your arm stops. That is your diastolic pressure. Try it and see how close you are.
If you make a game of it you’ll actually be looking forward to a BP test.

If the person administering the test does not know you or has no idea of your normal BP they will over inflate the cuff to a high number just to make sure it is above your systolic pressure so they don’t have to repeat the test. They might automatically pump all the way to 200 mm Hg for example. If you tell them ahead of time, they might show some mercy and just go a little above.

KNOWITALL's avatar

Yep get the wrist cuff. You have to replace them more often to stay accurate but even my eye doctor used one.

LadyMarissa's avatar

I also use the wrist cuff. I found a good one on Amazon & it reads the same as my doc’s expensive machine. The one the doc office uses is automatic & it does squeeze until it brings tears to your eyes. My wrist cuff one gets pretty tight but it’s not as painful as the arm cuff!!! t took me a while to train my nurse. Before she took it, I’d tell her the result & after several times of me being spot on, she started writing down what I said but she always asked me IF I was being honest with her. Then she’d actually give me one every now & then to verify I was being honest.

marinelife's avatar

It’s all in the cuff size. You need a large cuff and the operator’s skill. I HATE the electronic ones.

LadyMarissa's avatar

The electronic ones will go into “error mode” IF you jump because it’s squeezing too hard & then you have to get it redone.

johnpowell's avatar

I get mine checked a few times a month and it has never hurt. But I also have to remind them they need the the one for kids since I have the arms of a delicate baby bird.

Are they using the ones with the bulb they have to squeeze? I can’t remember the last time a machine didn’t read mine.

JLeslie's avatar

If they do it manually you can tell them your usual pressure, and they can inflate the arm band just past that point.

If it’s automatic they might not have the armband fitted to your arm well.

kruger_d's avatar

When my pressure was high I would even get bruising. If it hurts that much, rip it off yourself and ask them to refit it or get a bigger cuff.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

It hurts me, too. I dread it. I actually have read there’s a strong link with fibromyalgia.

stanleybmanly's avatar

If your arms are actually that large & you must have your pressure checked frequently, it would be well worth the investment to bring your own cuff to the clinic.

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