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Hi Nikigrl,
Beta blockers help treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, social disorders as well as trembling, palpitations, rapid breathing, sweating, Lightheadedness, and rapid pulse, by slowing down the nervous system. I myself was prescribed toprol XL but after taking it I was soooo sluggish.. I felt like sleeping all the time, which is totally normal until your body adjusts to the medication, I did notice the heart rate change, I usually run a fast heart rate 90's and over 100, and on the beta blocker my heart rate was in the 60's. BIG difference. I felt very very relaxed, and calm.. beta blockers also blocks the harmful effects of stress hormone on your heart.
I had a baby so I was stopping all medication treatment until after birth. You said you started taking them and saw a difference in you heart rate this is a good thing. I can't stress to you enough to stop researching all the negative things related to POTS. You are going to make yourself sick and drive yourself into a depression.. I am going to tell you a little something about myself.. I was diagnosed 8 years ago with Lyme Disease. I spent 1 1/2 years in my PJ's laying in bed thinking I was dying.. I was only 25 years old at the time.. I watched the world go by through a window on a rocking chair curled up in a blanket.. I was so weak I couldn't stand without the help of a parent or friend. I couldn't go to the bathroom by myself, I couldn't brush my hair put on clothes because I was so sick, I had to have my parents feed me, brush my hair, help me in the shower that's how bad I was... At the time If I read all the horrible things and terrible outcomes that other people had with Lyme disease I swear I would have died of depression alone! Instead I researched all the positive things, all the good success in recovery stories, all the best treatments etc.. and I told myself I was not going to give up I was going to recover..The mind is a powerful thing, I have mentioned this so many times you can actually make yourself believe that you are dying of a serious illness just by your thinking..
I know you say you have been diagnosed with pots and just because "other people" have had no success doesn't mean that you are not going to have success.. People die of Lyme disease, If I only focused on that my recovery would have been that much longer.
I think you should try to distract your mind as much as possible, read a book not on illness either, take a nice relaxing bath, try to catch up on sleep to refresh your thinking, watch a good movie... something other than the thinking process of death.. You will see that your anxiety end of this will be that much less by distracting the negative thoughts.. I know you are only 23 and want to be out with your friends having fun. Think of all the things your going to "promises yourself you are going to do when you get better.. Think positive things to look forward to not the horrible symptoms that you are feeling.. You may be surprised that some of your symptoms may disappear.. If your friends don't understand and help you through this rough time then they weren't a friend from the start.. A real friend would come over pop popcorn and rent a good movie for yous to watch and take you mind off things, surround you around POSITIVE thoughts.. That's a real friend. I am saying this because I know in previous post you mention losing you Boyfriend throughout all this.... You know something I married the man that stuck by me through my illness with Lyme, because I knew he stood by me through a horrible 1 1/2 battle with Lyme and he never gave up on me.. and you know what if he could stand by me through that he'd stand by me through anything, besides for the fact it only made me love him more to see him care so much about me.. That's what you want in a relationship nikigrl not someone who doesn't understand or only thinks of himself...
Yes you were told you have Pots but some of what you are feeling is also anxiety related.. Anxiety can cause you throat to feel closed, anxiety can cause you to feel fatigued.. Until the words come out of your Doctor's mouth that you are never going to get better and there is no hope for you, Not a second till then should you be thinking you are dying!!!! You mentioned your wisdom teeth are they removed? I am not sure the relationship between pots and wisdom teeth but I guess anything is possible.. Have you been tested for chronic fatigue syndrome? I had this second to the Lyme and I had allot of flu like symptoms... It's something you may want to mention to your Doctor. I think an appointment with your regular GP for blood test should be made again.. Rule out Lyme, rule out anemia and other things that can be contributing to how you feel, so you can put your fears to rest!!!
I had to be tested several times before the Lyme even showed up in my blood... I never had a rash, never seen a tick I just got sick.. If I didn't get re~tested I would have never know.. But don't go researching every illness you may or may not have until you know for sure.. believe me this not a good thought process to have... I think if you start changing your way of thinking you may surprise yourself. I know I should live my life to my own words of advice and I myself need reassurance at times as well, but most people who suffer from some kind of anxiety disorder do need that reassurance.. And that is why I am here for you.. Until you tell me the doctor's said you are going to die, I am only going to constantly reassure you that you are going to be okay.. When you are feeling down or depressed think of me and I will help you to remember that you nikgrl are going to be just fine.. And you will see when this over you will be only that much stronger as a person from the inside!!! You have to learn to just accept what your diagnosis is going to be, give the medication time to work and stop battling with your own thoughts.. You can actually create more problems then good. I hope this helps you and remember it's okay to feel sad and it's okay to be frustrated but don't drown yourself in that depression.. acknowledge how you feel from your emotional end and not so much the physical. Acknowledge and accept what the Doctors are telling you instead of the constant questioning of their diagnosis.. I always say exceptance is the first step to recovery!
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