Re: How do you manage your stress?
Awhile back, my palpitations were so bothersome I went for an EKG. It was normal, but my doctor gave me Atenolol (a beta-blocker) to keep my heart from racing or fluttering. It worked really well. She also gave me Zantac 150 for indigestion, and Soma for muscle tension. I changed doctors because of insurance changes and went in because of panic attacks. My current doctor tried me on Paxil, but I hated it, so now I take Xanax as needed. In fact, all the meds were taken as needed (not every day) except the Atenolol. I stopped taking Atenolol awhile back, but if my panic attacks get worse (they are under control now), I would ask for another prescription.
I would say the most useful medicine is the Xanax. Other than that, trying to simplify my life whenever I can helps, along with good breathing techniques, plenty of rest, good nutrition and drinking water all help. If your palpitations are the most bothersome, ask your doctor about a beta-blocker. If you don't want to take medicine, just remember that the palps won't hurt you and are especially common with stress and perimenopause.
Last edited by SRMom; 12-07-2005 at 03:48 PM.