Updated: Mar 23
The heart and lungs embody the essence of human life. Benzo withdrawal can affect their normal functioning and create a cascade of symptoms such as heart palpitations, flushing, sweating, hot flashes, shortness of breath, and air hunger.
In today’s episode, we explore benzo withdrawal symptoms of the heart and lungs. We also talk a bit about dealing with family, answer some questions on tapering plans and the vagus nerve, and share a benzo story from Ontario, Canada.
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00:00 Introduction 09:21 Mailbag 17:08 Benzo Story 23:54 Heart and Lung Symptoms 45:34 Moment of Peace
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FEATURE: Symptoms of the Heart and Lungs in Benzo Withdrawal
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Today, we have part eight in our 14-part series on withdrawal symptoms of benzo withdrawal by focusing on the heart and lungs. We also hear a polydrug story from Canada, answer some questions on the vagus nerve and tapering plans, and talk a bit about family in our introduction.
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