stress

westwood37

Registered User
Apr 3, 2007
5
Hello

My mother died suddenly 1 month ago and I now care for my father who has alzheimers. I have been put on Beta Blockers as am getting very anxious, blurred vision, dizzy spells due to stress. Does anybody have the same feelings and have any advice (apart from medication) how to keep calm and less stressful. I don't want to feel selfish as my Dad is the one with the illness but I have to be well not just for him but for my son who has asperger syndrome.

Annie
 

Skye

Registered User
Aug 29, 2006
17,000
SW Scotland
Annie, love, what a lot you have to cope with.

First of all, so sorry about your mum, you must be missing her so much just now. And I know asperger's is very hard to cope with. Those two on their own would be enough to cause you huge stress.

Add to that you now have to take responsibility for your father with AD. I'm not surprised you're at the end of your tether. You're not being selfish, you've just got more than any one person can handle.

Have you contacted social services? You need to get a carer's assessment for yourself. Your health is at risk, and SS have to provide support so that you can cope.

There are all sorts of relaxation and stress manage ment techniques, but they won't work until you get some support.

Have you contacted your local branch of Alzheimer's Society? They will provide a listening ear and practical support.

And here on TP, we're always ready to listen. Post at any time, someone will try to help you.

Take care,
 

Natashalou

Registered User
Mar 22, 2007
426
london
hi

hello,
can you tell us a little more? for example, are u stressed all the time or are there particular things which trigger a "stress attack" .
Are you gettin any help, both with your dad and your son?
Do you live with your dad?
Knowing these factors might help us to make suggestions.
I am hypertensive and on medication myself and I dont even have to care for mum, she is in a nursing home but that in itself is a stress factor, although only one of many!
I may have a few tips but it might help to know the above to see if they are relevant to your circumstances
 

Grannie G

Volunteer Moderator
Apr 3, 2006
70,333
Kent
Hi Annie, without knowing any further details, it`s obvious you have far too much on your plate.

Can I suggest you visit your GP, if you haven`t already and tell him/her your symptoms.

I`m taking Beta Blockers for Hypertension/high blood pressure, but don`t have any of the symptoms you describe, no blurred vision, no dizzy spells.

Go to the doctors and see if your medication needs adjusting.

Take care
 
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mickyinlondon

Guest
Hi Westwood.

I am new here; and don't have anything to give or help you; but sometimes I also get blurred vision; and its often when I am under pressure.

Some-times; I don't know I am under pressure; but when I think about it; that is when I have had those blurred visions in both eyes.

I have found that even I; can learn from those in here that know more; so do like I do; look in and read, it can't hurt you by doing so.......Micky.
 

noelphobic

Registered User
Feb 24, 2006
3,452
Liverpool
I would think that anyone who was experiencing blurred vision should consult their GP to rule out any obvious causes. I wasn't aware that it was something that could be caused by stress and think it would be better to err on the side of caution and rule out any physical causes first.
 

jenniferpa

Registered User
Jun 27, 2006
39,448
Perhaps I'm reading more into Annie's post than was intended, but I'm reading it that she had the blurred vision etc, went to the doctor and was then put on beta-blockers, I assume for hypertension, which can cause all the symptoms she mentioned.

Jennifer
 

Margarita

Registered User
Feb 17, 2006
10,824
london
I know when that I can feel sick and have dizzy spells , just from worrying about the future and sad about the past .

I do hope that you can go to your doctor to do a referral for grief counseling, or talk therapy, I am not in to medication also , more self help , like Mickey says reading up on it , also just put “what is the systems of stress” in your browsers and your be amazed what stress can lead to , like that it help you recognize what is happening to you , while you seek help from your doctor , not just thinking that all doctor can do is give you medication .

http://www.drugalertlist.com/High_Blood_Pressure_Drug_Beta.asp
 
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noelphobic

Registered User
Feb 24, 2006
3,452
Liverpool
jenniferpa said:
Perhaps I'm reading more into Annie's post than was intended, but I'm reading it that she had the blurred vision etc, went to the doctor and was then put on beta-blockers, I assume for hypertension, which can cause all the symptoms she mentioned.

Jennifer
so are the symptoms possibly caused by the beta blockers or are the beta blockers supposed to treat the symptoms? :confused: It's just that blurred vision sounds like a potential danger sign to me.
 

jenniferpa

Registered User
Jun 27, 2006
39,448
Well I may well have got it wrong, but I read it to mean that the beta-blockers were being used to treat the symptoms described. If that's not the case, or alternatively if the symptoms persist, I'd be back at the GP lickety-spit.

Jennifer