I've just started propranolol and I'm still dizzy and exhausted, I don't know what to do :(

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i've recently been told that i have something called migraine associtaed vertigo, and my dr has put me on propranolol. i'm also in the process of coming of citalopram.

for years i've been told my dizziness and spaced-outness was due to my anxiety disorder, however since 2013 this dizziness has gotten worse and worse. then in december i've been spaced out CONSTANTLY when i go outside, to the point where i will not go out alone as i feel so spaced out it's like i'm going to pass out. im missing a lot of college (in my last year of a levels) and its making me so depressed because im just not living.

im also exhausted all the time which doesnt help. 

so, anyway, i've been on 80mg of propranolol for a week and i've noticed no difference. if anything im even more spaced out and tired than before, which makes me worry that i've got something more serious.

what do i do?? im only 18 and i feel like i am never going to live again. evryone i've asked has not felt spaced out constalty, i am so scared and depressed. please help sad

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    Hi there,

    I've been taking citalopram for 18 months due to anxiety related ilness.

    I also suffer from headaches, I started propranolol a few months ago 80mg sustained release I think. They do make you tired and a bit spaced out at first, but they really helped my headaches after a few weeks.

    I decided to come off them because I felt better, but I've started getting headaches again. I'm also on day 5 of stopping citalopram and I feel awful really dizzy!

    I just think its not always best to be on lots of tablets and decided to try without. I'm 25 and have a 3 year old sometimes I feel like I'm loosing the plot and it's not easy.

    You are only young and it seems a shame for you to be going through this. Maybe it's the stress of your exams. Just try to focus and try not to over think it that's my advise.

    Amy x

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      sorry to hear that you've also had trouble. 

      i know it's not to do with exams because i've had quiet traumatic things happen in my life and exams dont usually bother me too much.

      i'm coming off citalopram having only been on it since january because it didnt make a difference. i'm just worried about the migraine thing because i hardly ever get headaches, only dizzines.

      good luck with coming of citalopram and thank you x

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    Hi, I am 20 and in my second year of uni, I was on propanalol in my first year for 9 months due to anxiety that started in the September just before I went to uni. I have suffered from what you have had but it went away for me it was depersonalisation and woozy and dizziness, it didn't last long but it went on Over a period of 2 weeks. For me the thing that I decided to do was I just saw anxiety for what it was. For me it is a pointless emotion, I got sick of fighting it and although I've been recovered now for a good 6 months I still have the occasional panic attack. It does get better though. You are only 18 and in the context of your life it's only really the beginning of the rest of your life. Start exercising (join a gym), change your diet and for me what really helped was just being cynical with my anxiety. I pushed my self when I got anxious and felt dizzy and realised that it just went away and lost it's grip on me. My anxiety can't harm me because it's a part of me. When you finally learn to tame your anxiety and realise it's nothing then you will get better. For me I'm religious so I pray and that really helps. It's also about changing your reaction to your anxiety everytime you get dizzy don't panic in the presence of it, set yourself little goals, walk a mile in the park by yourself and when your feel panicked push yourself through it and just increase the distance you walk overtime as you get more and more comfortable. Show your anxiety who is boss. Do something your head tells you that you are unable to do. This teally helped me.

    Hope this has helped

    Yours Olivia

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      I'm so happy that you've managed to overcome this. You've said to me exactly what my Mum and Dr have said, but I never have fully trusted it because I've battled with this useless emotion since I was 12. 

      Thank you so much, hope Uni is going well. x

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