Last nights misery carries on - should I take propanadol

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Hey everyone! I had a really awful night last night taking several panic attacks, I ended up in tears and it was all because I have convinced myself I was having a heart attach or heart problems. I have a sore left shoulder blade, sore under my armpit and my chest feels tight. I just can't get it out if my head even though I was at the doctors on Friday and he found nothing wrong with me. I went to bed at midnight and had a great nights sleep to 9am prob tired myself out last night.

But I am up this morning same symptons and this thought in my head what if I die today my wee kids I won't see them growing up. It's awful but I have worked out a pattern in this my aniexty starts every month on the day my monthly cycle starts. I just want to stay in bed I feel safe but I can't do this with having wee ones.

The doctor prescribed me propanadol but I haven't taken yet as I'm scared of the side effects but at this point think I might start. I just can't to get to the doctors tomorrow I want a chest X-ray and an ECG to try and set my mind at ease.

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    Sadly an xray wouldn't ease your mind for more than a minute or two. That's how health anxiety works. If your doc says your ok, then your ok,if you start down the road of demanding further tests when your doc says your ok - it'll be never ending and you'll probably be refused them. Anxiety is the issue, it brings all these side effects and docs don't send you for tests for side effects. Dealing with the anxiety will help. I'm like you, I'm scared of side effects from meds, but propanelol is well tolerated with the majority and seems to work well
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      Thank you. Yes I do know its aniexty and so does my doctor he is very good and on Friday said to me to come back this week and if I want tests done to rest the mind he will do so. I'm waiting on CBT and think this will definitely help the whats in my head problem. I think meds don't do this they just take away the issue of symptons. I usually such a happy, well organised in control person but this has knocked me for 6. I had it for 4 years but now it's at its worse I try to go on but days like today I actually feel down and depressed. I am trying to beat this in every way but sometimes it just takes a hold.
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      It sure does take hold, its a terrible thing to deal with. CBT should help a lot yes. For your own sake I would say don't have more tests, you know deep down ure ok and having more tests is giving in to the anxiety. It also really won't reassure you, you'll just move on to another symptom. That's just how it works I'm afraid
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      Yes it def does. I've been here with headaches, back pain, stomach it just goes on. Hopefully will move on quickly too ... Thank you for your replies and hope you too are doing well smile
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      So identify with all you wrote, the pain, the fear. Propanolol is very well tolerated and has fewer side effects than a lot of the drugs prescribed, it also has the advantage of being faster acting so perhaps you should start on the dose your doctor prescribed for you and monitor (in your diary) how you feel at certain points of the day?
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      Yes I think I will jennifer. I am more settled today as the day goes on. 

      I do find at this stage of the month my aniexty hits the roof which makes me think I have a hormone imbalance. Maybe worth getting checked out. Thank you for your reply. 

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    Hi Daphk, i too had a really bad night last night but had a good day in the day time, i went to bed fine, then woke up at about 2am, and just felt like someone was straggling me/sat on my chest,severe chest pain, couldnt breath, dry mouth/ felt sick!! was awful, i was so convinced last night wasnt a panic attack tho because the symptoms was more intense, they just felt different and something inside me was telling me i was going to have a heart attack i was so close to calling an ambulance but i managed somehow to calm myself down that was the worst one last night in  a long time! i know how u feel hunni its the most horrible feeling i have ever experienced!! iv had about 4 hours sleep last night and i feel awful today, i feel drained, my left shoulder and underneath my left breast is constantly aching and keep getting random shooting pains coming all over my chest and back, because the pain is still in my chest its making me think again well if its a panic attack/anxiety why is it lasting this long?! im so worn out as u say u used to be happy, confident strong person i was too and now im like a shadow of myself because i am constantly constantly thinking they is something wrong with my heart!! doctors done tests, iv had heart enzyme tests, 6 ECG's as i have been to hospital on 6 occasions in the last month because i was that bad i couldnt breath thats the gods honest truth, thinking now how many times i have been makes me sound ridiculous but every time i was convinced this time it was something, always what if's!! that doesnt include number of doctors appointments too!! im only 22 and just want my life back no matter how old u are its such a bad problem as u say it knocks u for 6! im scared constantly as im always thinking all this strain through ''anxiety'' will actually cause me a heart attack!! iv been prescribed propanolol 10mg 3 times a day and same as u im petrified to take it incase it makes me worse! doctor prescribed me diazepam 2mg which i have been on for 6 days and i hate them fiirst night made me fall asleep then after that i think im immune to them already because there not doing anything so i have stopped taking them, i just want the heart fluttery feeling, pain, everything to stop no matter how many times i get reassured nothing works! the only thing that seems to reassure me is when im either sat in a doctors room or hospital doing tests on me because i keep telling myself they have missed something because anxiety attacks last what maybe 1-2 hours not days sad im so stressed out cannot relax i defo feel what u are going through hun sorry i have rambled on about myself but its the same as what u are going through so remember u arnt alone hun message me anytime, i feel so dizzy at the moment i just know its going to come again sad my oxygen levels where 97 when i was in a&e i keep also saying why was they not 100 are they going to drop further?! i sound ridiculous but none of my family or partner understand they say its anxiety, relax calm down, deep breaths but nothing what they say works im so scared and dont think i can cope any longer, should i start taking the propanolol or wait see how i feel im scared totake it because its a beta blocker meant for ur heart so i didnt want to start taking things for my heart if doctors say im ''healthy'' its a joke i dont know what to do anymore i really dont its ruining my life hope ur ok hun xx
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      Oh laura we are a pair! Yes last night was the wrist night ever I honestly thought I was for the hospital! I sat for hours, shaking and sore and crying. My husband looked at me like I was mental! He doesn't do sickness. But my mum is good I rang her and she calmed me down then I went to bed and slept till 9am! Today it's coming and going, I'm good one minute next I nearly shaking again. I've things to do today but can't be bothered God knows about work tomorrow. I def for the docs tomorrow I want an ECG , think this might settle me, might!

      On a personal note this happens every month on the first day of my period, do you notice a pattern with you? Today I started taking magnesium and vitamin b12, they are suppose to help with aniexty. I am waiting for CBT cant come quick enough for me. I did a wee online course years ago, and it helped never finished it mind but this time I will stick it through. Tonight if I am bad I've decided I am going to take the propanadol to see if it helps - I'm prescribed exact same as you. People do seem to give it good reviews. Aldo I have diazaphan in the house I am considering 1/2 one at some stage of it gets bad. Surely something might help us. Xx

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      Haha my partner is the same looks at me like im crazy! I just literally believe I need to go hospital because its carrying on so much worse and both my arms and chest are so tight sad im scared about work tomorrow too iv had a week of and know if I don't go they may sack me I don't get if its anxiety why isn't. My painkillers working for the pain sad I might ring 111 see what they say knowing me they will tell me to go hospital im so scared can i really have a heart attack or something wrong with my heart at 22? Im shaking right now I can't cope im scared of taking propanolol incase it's not anxiety and makes anything worse!sad god look at us haha its just not going away im so convinced I am heading for hospital soon sad xx
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      I honestly think it is aniexty. If you were having a heart attack it would have happened- I keep telling myself that. I just had a nice warm bath, washed, dryed and straightened my hair , painted nails etc and it's helped me. I'm now ironing and dinner in the oven trying to keep my mind off it.

      I do think if it would rest assure you do go to the hospital and let them do tests on you. But before you go decide to accept that if they say you are fine accept that. But I do know what it's like I used to get headaches finally I got to a brain doctor then CY scan which said I was fine- I still went on and on they had missed something but now I do understand it was my aniexty. But if you do think it is a concerning pain def go. Are you waiting to get to CBT too xx

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      Yeah its like I know it's anxiety I just can't get it into my head that anxiety can cause such powerful symptoms im currently laid down watching a film with my partner but my hearts still pounding im only going to go hospital if I can't bear the pain just going to see how i go and no my doctor hasn't mentioned anything about that sad xx
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      Well when I first started all this years ago they put me on a CBT course via online. It was really good and helped me but I gave up 1/2 way through as I thought I was better. I am now on the waiting list to go to someone who gives this therapy and cannot wait to get. It just learns you how to cope and remove silly thoughts like we have. They did send me to a counsellor but I found it embarrassing as it was me talking the whole hour and I was more stressed by the time I came out. Look up CBT on your computer I definitely think you should see your gp and mention this. Plus get to a herbal shop and buy magnesium and b12 these help aniexty I've started today again. I gona beat this as best I can myself but it's harder at times than I would like.
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