Beta blockers are self limiting. Take it from someone who LITERALLY HAS a fainting disorder. I was diagnosed with a parasympathetic disorder that causes severe bradycardia (slow heart) and drop in blood pressure when under extreme stress (injury, fright, trauma, the other side of fight or flight response etc). My HR can drop to as low as 12 BPM and my Blood pressure can drop to undetectable levels. Guess what the treatment is for my disorder? BETA BLOCKERS!!!
So, take a girl who can suffer from a crashing BP and give her a beta blocker—hmmm.
But the science is valid–beta blockers work to “block” the chemicals that can cause arhythmias and high blood pressure–also those that can cause sudden and unusual shifts in blood pressure (up/down). They help to keep you on an even keel. Thing is that research seems to bear out that beta blockers tend to NOT cause BP’s to drop below a certain threshold. That doesn’t mean that you can’t feel really uncomfortable–thus experiencing side effects and deciding that a BB is not for you–but as for safety–they are generally safe to try as a first line drug for things like migraine.
You’ve been spending 2+ years trying your best to beat this thing on your own. I give you so much credit for your effort. STanding Ovation for all the hard work you’ve put in–but now–I think it is time to let medicine give you a bit of help. With all of your additional work, it may not take much to get you the rest of the way toward health.
Unfortunately–there is no icon for fingers crossed. But they are–for you…