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Hi y’all. Im (33 F) looking for some anecdotal experience or advice relating to how fight or flight may be experienced when taking beta blockers.
Background: I have dealt with anxiety for years. I’ve had social anxiety and panic attacks since I was 16, and health anxiety for the past 12 months.
My anxiety had always been between mild and moderate depending on my life circumstances, but around 12 months ago it ramped up significantly. I had a tough time with rolling panic attacks and health anxiety that lasted for around 10 months and left me really poorly, however I am starting to feel better and am able to do more things for myself. I have started to leave the house more, and find that when I am out I can feel OK, then I start to feel dizzy and almost drunk like the ground beneath my feet is moving and like I’m about to pass out. This feeling can pass in a few minutes but will happen several times a when I’m out of my house. I get the overwhelming sensation that I need help or to escape whatever situation that Im in (always mundane ie grocery shopping). Im guess that sounds like a panic attack, but the symptoms described are the only thing I experience, ie no rapid heart/choking sensation. I wonder if what I’m experiencing is fight or flight but by taking 10mg propranolol before going out its lessening some sensations and just leaving me with the others. Does anyone else have any experience of propranolol working this way, blocking some effects of adrenaline but not all? FYI blood pressure, heart and bloods have all been screened and are normal. I am based in the UK and finding it difficult to get advice from my GP in relation to this.
Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you are doing ok today.
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