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Fight Flight Response
Hyperarousal: the idea of a tube down your throat is unlikely on anyone's list of favorite things. some people have a strong gag reflex, some have a sensation that they can't breathe (though the tube goes down the way food goes down and has no bearing on breathing). to make it less stressful, conscious sedation is typically used. ...Read more
Possibly: Extreme fight or flight response equals extreme reaction to stress, which triggers the release of a harmful cascade of neurotransmitters and hormones, like cortisol, affecting negatively all body functions & organs, especially the brain. Acute stress disorder and post traumatic stress disorder are well established mental impairments directly related to exposure to high stress situation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unlikely: It's good you've read up on the fight-and-flight automonic responses. While this cannot physically damage bone or overlying soft tissue, sustained anxiety might conceivably cause extra secretion of fluid and/or plugging of the sinus outlet by swollen mucosa. If you are in a long-term difficult situation or want new coping skills, perhaps your physician can help you find a way out. Good luck. ...Read more
Is epinephrine only secreted for the "fight or flight" response or it only gets higher during the "fight or flight" ?
Always around: Epinephrine is a catecholamine, and is present most of the time, if not indeed always. It's not only secreted by the adrenal gland, but also in some neurons in the cns. Good question. As a surgeon, an Epinephrine secreting tumor in the adrenal gland, a pheochromocytoma, is an interesting and sometimes challenging problem. Good luck. ...Read more
Can you explain to me the "fight or flight" response or is it more like a panic attack type of thing?
When we are afraid: There are two opposite reactions that people have to fight or take flight or flee. It is not a panic attack. ...Read more
I suffer from a fight or flight response in social situations and when presenting to people. Any supplements to help?
Yes, but...: Many supplements can reduce anxiety; some of the best are holy basil, l-theanine, magnesium taurate or glycinate and 5-htp. However, you many benefit even more by cognitive behavioral therapy, emotional freedom technique, biofeedback ;/or meditation. Homeopathy is also often very successful for this issue but it would be best to consult with a homeopath: http://bit.Ly/18bi6nb. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you tell me is glucagon or insulin secreted by the pancreas during the fight or flight response?
Glucagon and insulin: Glucagon will increase available sugar in the bloodstream and would be more useful during the "fight" part of the response. Insulin is secreted when there is excess in the bloodstream, e.g. as you eat a meal or after eating, during the relaxations phase "flight" part. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was wondering is glucagon or insulin secreted by the pancreas during the fight or flight response?
No : Hi. No, they don't really play a role in the fight or flight response. Epinephrine from the adrenal medulla can cause glycogenolysis at the liver just like glucagon can, and epi is flooding the system...don't need glucagon. Insulin is present, but is an anabolic hormone, and the fight or flight response is all about catabolism...insulin in very low levels works fine. Good endocrine physiology! ...Read more
Can physical symptoms of anxiety cause leg pain because of fight or flight response...Been happening for over a month. Thanks?
I know that the fight or flight response is for our body's safety, so does that mean strokes, seizures, ect, are less likely to happen during panic?
There is no evidence: To support that. The third. "f" is. Freeze, which is extremely common in humans. The stress response is designed for survival, but nothing can guarantee safety. While there is no evidence that panic directly causes heart attacks or strokes, there is also no evidence of a protective effect. A book on panic noted a man who thought he was panicking was told by his doctor that he was having a heart attack, to which the man responded "thank god, i thought my panic disorder was coming back".This should give everyone pause to think about how severe panic can be and how frightening it can be the person who is going through it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In what cases do counterregulatory hormones for low blood sugar level cause chronic fight-or-flight response?
What is the most effective way that you've found that can regulate the hormones behind the fight or flight response that leads to high blood pressure?
Mind-Body Connection: High blood pressure is caused by a number of factors: genetics, diet, stress, condition of arteries, underlying metabolic syndrome, etc. Getting to the root cause is key. Then treating with things like meditation/deep breathing, low carb/paleo diet, exercise, and vitamins/supplements may be helpful. And, dental disease/infection is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease- so fix that issue. ...Read more
I take hypertensives. I notice that my hand veins at home are dilated but that they are not at all at MD's office. This a fight-or flight response?
Swollen hand veins.: Hand veins can swell for many reasons but the most common is certainly hereditary . Other factors would be level of hydration, aging, sun exposure and loss of elasticity and volume. Actually, I am amazed at the amount of patients that i see with bulging hand veins. Your vein reaction may be due to a combination of temperature changes and anxiety reactions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you tell me how i could counterbalance the effects of being in almost constant flight ot fight response?
Relaxation technique: The fight or flight response is a sympathetic/adrenaline state. The way to counteract that is to work on whatever relaxation techniques work for you like exercise/meditation/prayer/breathing techniques. It takes work and it is always useful to get help from others who can guide you. Also remember that one of the most important things you can do is ensure that you get 7-8 hours of quality sleep. ...Read more
If fever is such an important response of the immune system to fight fight infection why do hospitals give meds for them?
For comfort's sake: It's certainly not harmful to treat a fever; we do so mostly to make patients more comfortable. Any benefits to fever are mild and theoretical. I suspect your provider was trying to convey the idea that fever itself is a normal response to infection. Fever itself does not always needed to be treated, unless it is very high (104 degrees). ...Read more
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