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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 more
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
Sympathetic: The system responsible for Adrenalin production, the sympathetic nervous system. ...Read more
Can you explain to me the "fight or flight" response or is it more like a panic attack type of thing?
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 more
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 more
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 more
In what cases do counterregulatory hormones for low blood sugar level cause chronic fight-or-flight response?
In no cases.: I am not sure I understand your question. Counterregulatory hormones for low bg come in to play only when bg is low. It is a response and not a cause. It is intermittent and not chronic. ...Read more
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?
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 more
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
What are over the counter ingredients to help the body fight giardia? Probiotic & garlic? Awaiting labs response for stool sample and want to start.
Why do vaccines come with risks? I'm in 9th grade taking biology and we learned that vaccines are dead viruses which provoke immune response so the immune system recognizes the virus and knows how to fight it in the future. Then why do some vaccines say d
Very good questions. No product is pure. Additives are there to maintain the "viability" of the vaccine. Have you ever had organic vs non organic foods? Which last longer.? The production of these vaccines are in the millions and they are only used at certain times and so need to maintain stability. Also note - not all vaccines are dead vaccines. There are live ones which cannot be given to some people who are immunocompromised. As with almost everything -nothing lasts forever- so booster shots are required.
I hope this answers some of your questions. ...Read more
Good defense: Anxiety is a process involving thoughts of uncontrollability and unpredictability of future events & physiological arousal in preparation for future threat. Anxiety is helpful when at optimal levels. "fight or flight, " is related to fear, the clinical manifestation of panic. By definition, we may do superhuman things when our defenses arise in certain situations; but not on a daily basis. ...Read more
Unrelated: The instinct depends on having an intact sympathetic nervous system and production of certain neurotransmitters; it has nothing to do with the kidneys. ...Read more
Could long term high levels of cortisol make a person suicidal from being in constant fight to flight mode?
Definitely: High cortisol levels, particularly if you're taking cortisone medication at high levels for a long period of time, can lead to psychiatric consequences. So can suddenly stopping long term replacement without careful tapering of the dose. ...Read more
I go into fight or flight easily, Any conflict triggers, war games also and face tingles is that normal? Over anxious? Started after lotspanicattaks
Deep breathing: When you get anxious try 4-count box breathing. Close eyes, breathe in 4 counts, hold 4 counts, breathe out 4 counts, hold 4 counts. Repeat this multiple rounds and do anytime, anywhere. Also try going on walk outside, get massage, exercise, journal. Allow yourself a timeout to recenter at least once a day. If anxiety worsens or feel depressed please be evaluated by your physician. ...Read more
Vasodilation: Or widening of the blood vessels sends blood to the skin and can be experienced as burning. This is the result of chemicals such as histamine being produced in large quantities in the body when stressed. Today we talk about the flight, flight, freeze response. The relaxation response is the opposite and herbert benson, md, has a little book w/technique that helps. The very best to you. ...Read more
If you have an adrenalectomy, would you not be able to feel the effects fear or fight or flight since you can no longer release adrenaline?
It's normal physiology for blood pressure to rise higher in a "fight or flight" situation. Bp medicines do not prevent it. True (?); then what does?
True: You can't prevent it and wouldn't want to. Episodic high blood pressure associated with daily life has never been shown to be harmful. Resting high blood pressure is. The diagnosis of "hypertension" is based on elevated average BP at complete rest (called "basal conditions"). Antihypertensive meds do blunt the response. One generally wants to see peak bp. ...Read more