Is your anxiety down to adrenaline?

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This topic was in the migraine section but as you'll see, I believe it has strong links to anxiety.

Here’s my take on the causes of migraines – adrenaline!

I started suffering migraines at the onset of puberty which suggests to me there is a link to hormones (adrenaline?). Most of my migraines occurred during exercise. What is released during exercise – adrenaline.

Later I discovered that my tongue would become sore when I ate oranges. My body was reacting to something in the oranges because I am allergic to them. What is the bodies natural response to an allergy, it releases adrenaline.

I have suffered from anxiety for no apparant reason for as long as I can remember basically always feeling anxious and biting my nails. People who suffer migraines are 3 times more likely to suffer anxiety/depression. Why do I suffer anxiety because I believe my body has a genetic tendancy to either over produce adrenaline or does not break down adrenaline properly which means I have excessive amounts of adrenaline running round my body which keeps your body in a constant state of fight or flight which over time leads to anxiety and for some people depression.

Seeing my daughter suffering in the same way, I sought help (45yrs) took a course of anti-depressants and tried CBT. Having had no migraines for 3 years (avoiding oranges like the plague), I suffered 8 migraines in 5 weeks and came off the anti-depressants (which incidently made no difference to the anxiety). Why did I suffer migraines, I suspect the antidepressants caused me to release excessive amounts of adrenaline. I have now started a course of propranolol which is for anxiety and controls the release of adrenaline. I’ve only taken 2 tablets so far but no nail biting since I took the first tablet last night.

Does it not say it all but propranolol, which is used to reduce anxiety, is prescribed as a preventative medication for people who suffer migraines. Incidently, I had excellent results when I tried St Johns Wort, however, my GP was against it because it is not controlled so there is no guarantee of it’s strength or quality.

I really hope this will help others, I am no medical professional and only talk from my own experience and research.



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    Hi, find this very interesting, I think you have posted some good points, I suffer from exactly the same symptoms as you. My fight or flight seems to be always switched on, the least little thing which doesn't seem to bother other leaves me feeling wired and stomach hot and painful due to the overload of adrenalin. I have suffered from migraines for years brought on by hormonal fluctuations or tension. I tried propanolol before but stopped it after 1 day as I even panicked on that cause when I put the light out at bedtime and lay down I seen strange light sensation in my eyes.

    Btw, I also have ME brought on by stress, I'm back working part time & have an interview on Thursday but thinking of not going cause of the adrenalin & panic.

    Let me know how you get on with the meds


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      If I were you, I would give the propanolol another try. If you saw a zigzag of fire when you shut your eyes, that could be part of an aura from a migraine. It is ideal to take prior to a situation like an interview to keep you calm.

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      Thanks, think i may give propanolol another try, I've been prescribed mitrazapine for anxiety but dident take it cause of bad reviews. I take lorazepam and sometimes diazapam sparingly to avoid addiction.

      Think I'm going to have to give up my daily regular latte, had one bout an hour ago & I feel everything's racing

      Hope you continue to improve with the meds, thanks again for your advice.


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