I'm a 22 yr old male, and I have really bad heart anxiety.
My anxiety before was really bad, I convinced myself I was sick and couldn't walk. I kept myself bed ridden and had lost about 18 pounds in 2 months. my GP prescribed me propranolol 10mg a day. At first I was so scared to take it but eventually gave in because I lost all hope.
Now it's been a month since I've been on the propranolol and I've seen a complete change, I can get up and walk around. And began doing slight exercise and I don't get panic attacks anymore. However I still constantly check my pulse, thinking it's to fast or to slow depending on the reading and I'm always thinking about my heart. My left side of my chest is always tense and in pain and I'm always anxious. The propranolol has made it so I don't feel my heart beat anymore even when I try to feel for it I can't. I also have noticed that since I've began taking the propranolol that my resting heart rate is in the low 50s and when I'm sleeping it's in the low 40s, not sure if that's normal.
I have a long term girlfriend and we have been unable to be intimate because of all of my anxiety. Now that I'm starting to feel better I was wondering if it's safe to have sex while taking the propranolol? I have this thought that because the propranolol slows your heart rate and prevents it from getting high that I'll damage my heart when I have sex? Does anyone have experience with propranolol and sex? Also does the propranolol make it so you can't feel your heart beat either?
I was also wondering if anyone knows if it's normal to have your heart rate be in the 40s and 50s during rest with the propranolol? I get really anxious when I lay down because I get the low reading and it makes my feet and legs feel as if they're going numb. I told my GP but he told me that it's nothing to worry about.