NEED ADVICE FAST PLEASE!! REALLY WORRIED

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Hi basically long story short I'm on propanolol 10mg twice a day for what my doctor says is anxiety although I don't believe him I still think it's my heart but after a long few months I'm slowly starting to believe it is anxiety anyway, iv been feeling a lot better than what I usually am still have bad days and still have chest pains constantly but iv decided I want to come of propanolol and deal with it on my own, now iv been taking propanolol since January twice a day and I went to see my gp a week ago and asked him how I can come off them he told me one day take one so 10mg once a day and next day 20mg so one in morning and one at night as I usually was and keep doing that alternativly everyday so one a day and then two a day then one a day and so on for 20 days and on the 20th day I can stop but for some reason when I left the surgery something in my mind is telling me something bad is gunna happen I don't get how my body can come of tablets by switching the dosage every day it's freaking me out because I also read the side effects of stopping them and it says heart attack or death!! I always think that anyway so surely it's gunna happen!! Please can someone reassure me that this is the correct way of coming of them I know I should be listening to my doctor I can't help but think this isn't the correct way of coming of them I'm so scared something bad is gunna happen to me (heart attack etc, iv already had 8 ecgs and 1 24 hour ecg, 2 x rays and my hearts apparently fine) I'm not convinced I suppose that's the anxiety part playing on my mind but I just want some advice on someone who has also come of them like this I'm female 22 and I just feel like my body or heart is gunna get used to one dose one day and another dose the next I just don't feel like it's right sorry for the long post but would really like some advice thanks in advance laura

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    Laura, you say that you are taking propanolol, do you mean Propranolol?

    If it is in fact Propranolol, what has your doctor said is wrong with you?

    I'm sorry to have to ask you these questions, but I'm just trying to get my head round what your condition actually is.

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      This is just my opinion Laura, but there are other more effective medications available for the treatment of anxiety disorders than Propranolol.

      Might I suggest that you return to your doctor and ask if you can perhaps try an alternative medication more suitable to relieving anxiety distorders such as Atenolol (Tenormin).

      This only a suggestion that maybe you should talk-over with your doctor.

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    Ok your Doc is right, anxiety is like an impressionist, it can mimic any ailment you can think of, heart problem, sore throat, back pain, knee pain, you name it, or more importantly think it, anxiety will let you believe you have it.

    Anxiety, is a side effect of some meds, when starting them, and also when reducing and wheaning off meds. Get into a routine of reading, going for walks, and also breathing technics are a brilliant distraction

    But most important, I had so many ailment with anxiety at once, that one day it dawned on me that it simply wasn't possible for me to have all these things wrong with me, I started laughing, and within minutes they disappeared and within days had virtually disappeared, I still get the on anxious blip, but it dont consume me anymore. Even if you dont feel like it Laugh at it

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      Thanks nick yeah sometimes I believe it's anxiety and other days I'm like how can anxiety cause such physical symptoms it's like now iv got pain all over my chest and back im trying to not let it bother me but now my jaw has started aching and now iv got "heart attack " in my head!! And oh good so that's how u come of propranolol the right way? Thank god for that I'm just feeling all over at the moment got a bit of impending doom and feel like something bad is gunna happen to me I recently went back to work too after having 2 months of work when my anxiety was severely bad to the point I was in a&e nearly every week convinced I was having a heart attack so I do think iv come qlong way from been that way as I haven't visited doctors or hospital (doctors once the other week about coming of tablets) but apart from that iv slowly started managing it hence why I want to come of them but thank u yes I tend to go on my games on my phone or clean or something but it is always in my head no laura ur having a heart attack etc and I always think what if.. what if this time it's not anxiety pains what if it is a heart attack my doctor says my hearts fine and I'm too young to have a heart attack but in reality I'm not as I always heat of it girls my age or men sad sad
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      I am exactly the same as you right now I wake up with heart burn and that's it I can't back to sleep alls I am thinking about is this is it, I truly don't know if I'll get through this but I seriously want to believe we will. There's nothing stopping us. do you feel like you dont want to do anything and just want to sit in all day.
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