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Posted by DeAnna B ( on January 05, 2000 at 01:19:32:

In Reply to: Doctor visit and Inderal posted by Jill on January 04, 2000 at 11:04:21:

I was just diagnosed (well, not quite yet because I haven't been through the whole lets-fill-your-brain-with-dye-and-give-you-a-bunch-of-CAT-scans test cycle yet ) and the first thing the doc prescribed was Propranolol (gen for inderal).

I told her I was VERY sensitive to most medications and asked about side-effects. Upshot -- she started me on 10mg/day. "So low," she said, "that it probably won't be effective." Then what's the point I thought to myself? But hell, with this kind of pain, and it was coming 3-4 times a day almost every day now for ... what ... 4? 6 months? Well, I'll try anything.

I had a blissful, PF holiday, beginning the very first day after I started taking it. I had trouble remembering it and had to set an alarm, but there it is. No pain. None at all. God what relief! (And, as a side note, I have the healthiest pulse rate I've had in years! Down from 80 to 60! )

Now, today, it's back. Not horrific, it's a steady 3-4 for the last 4 hours, with occasional spikes into the 7-8 range (had been 9's before). So I'm beginning to wonder if it wasn't just one of my natural remissions instead of the drugs. I'm also beginning to wonder how anyone ever *stops* this stuff, with all the warnings not to miss a dose NO MATTER WHAT. :( I'm beginning to feel really over-medicated. Ironic, because I've always insisted there was no point, since the meds don't do any damn good anyway -- haven't for the last 15 years, why would they start now?

Sorry, feeling a little cynical this evening. *wry grin*

Formal introductions to come elsewhere -- check above and in the guest book. But I couldn't resist replying here.


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