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Just a quick update and in need of some advice if anyone's got any.
So been almost 3 weeks now on the venlafaxine and the propranolol and i can honestly say they are working for me like i treat.
I've not had a full blown panic attack in just over a week now and am feeling better in myself. I couldn't have gotten through it without all of your support though, even when i was posting on here more times than i should have, you all stuck with me and provided me with the help, advice and support i needed.
Now I've been through hell and back and am glad I'm finally on that road to recovery, just have to start my CBT on the 26th and hopefully things will just get better from there.
Now the advice.....yes the propranolol is taking away almost all of the physical symptoms of the panic attacks, there starting to have less of an effect as before and I'm starting to get small heart palpitations and a little of an adrenalin rush at times but my doctor just upped my dose from 40mg x3 daily to the slow release 80mg up to twice daily and my venlafaxine gets upped in 2 weeks which I'm looking forward to getting even better results from.
The problem is I still cant get myself to block out the reoccurring thought on a night that causes my panic attacks, no matter how much i try to block it out, it fights its way through, this is bringing back, slowly, the insomnia i was suffering from before, this is starting to bring on some of the depression from lack of sleep and the fear of going to bed is creeping back meaning the anxiety is too.
My doctor told me today that propranolol does usually have less of an effect of the system the longer you've been taking it (yes apparently now 3 weeks is long) and that's why he's upped my dosage.
I just wondered if anyone had any advice around getting a better nights sleep so these other issues don't slowly start taking over again.
I'd hate to take 3 steps forward and 1 back, if you know what i mean.
Any advice would be most helpful and appreciated.
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