3 months of light headed with other multiple symptoms

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thomasjr25
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   Posted 6/26/2009 9:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey,
I cant get a diagnosis. At the end of April I got married. This is when I started to feel a little strange. I got a little light headed now and then. I was quick and passed quick. I thought it was just stress or anxiety. After the wedding and after my whole family left and headed back to Maine, I felt a little depressed and started to try and keep my mind of my family. I started to pick up house and felt very dizzy light headed. I almost passed out but did not. I went to Doctors care that day. They did a ekg (normal). They thought it was an ear infection. They ws also scheduled for a ecocardiogram (normal). My blood pressure was high around 140/80. Im only 29yrs white male that is very active. Been a wt lifter my whole life. Have done multiple triathlons. I then went home and relaxed. Still did not feel normal. I visited a internal med doctor. She had be dont very in depth blood test and a 24hr urinalysis (all normal). My blood pressure was still high. She put me on Hydrocholorothiazide. I then went to a cardiologist whom stated that I should not be on a water pill. They checked my bp which was now at 119/65. He took me off and had me test my BP for ten days and come back. During these ten days I started to get minor chest pains and had some heart palpitations which scared that crap out of me. My blood pressure was tested at a grocery store at one of those machines. Dont know how accurate that is but it never went over 130/65. When I returned to doctor he stated that Im not a heart patient stop worring. He thinks is anxiety. I have had a little numbness on top of head kinda like pressure. It has now moved to face a little and I dont know if its in my head but my arms feel like the skin is tight. My light headedness is is minor now but the numbness is so strange. I dont feel the heart palpation's as much but still the numbness. I have also seen a ENT which they stated not a ear issue. I also saw a Neurologist who is having me have a MRI. It is scheduled for this Thursday. I have no pain in head just pressure that moves around a bit. My neurologist checked my BP which was back up to 145/65. im thinking I have hypertension????? And the nurses at the cardiologist messed up testing my BP. They looked at how young I was and I am in good shape and just hurried through it.....that my opinion. I can still work out with wts and do low intensity cardio around 45 min. It all seems the worst when im home alone thinking about it. When Im at work or with my wife things seem a little better. I just want to find out whats going on. I quality of life it terrible right now. I want it back. Should I just go to hospital? Anyway think they know whats up with me? Thanks for reading

Scott

Allestaria
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   Posted 6/26/2009 12:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Scott

Welcome to the family!

You do have several effects of anxiety, panic. Heart palpatations, numbness, and just over all weird sensations. Not saying that IS your problem. As I am not a doc to say. But you do have some classic symptoms.
Heart palps are common so is being light headed. As when we start to feel , well out of sorts. People with anxiety/pa tend to start to hyperventilate without knowing it. And get dizzy light headed and just feel out of sorts. I've never passed out from it. Sure felt like I was going to. World spins things get hard to focus on. But once I get my breathing in check it all stops. Stopping it before it starts keeps this little issue at bay most of the time.

I'm glad you are doing your best to find out a for sure dx on this. As it can be just plan scary no matter what the docs say. But at some point we all have had to accept it.
Keep trying to find an answer. If it be anxiety or high bp.

Just take it one day at a time. If you feel anxiety/pa coming on. Try your best to distract your self. Focus on your breathing and try to remain calm. I know its hard at first and just plan out of this world scary. But it is important to try to remain in control.

Good luck on the next doc visit maybe you will get a dx. And they can help ya out with therapy and a meds. Maybe even CBT!

Take care
Cary-Ann

thomasjr25
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   Posted 6/26/2009 10:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks that makes me feel better already!! Ill let you know how the next appointment goes.

Thanks again
scott

stkitt
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   Posted 6/27/2009 6:20 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello Thomas,

I would agree with your Cardiologist, you have had your cardiovascular system checked out and your report was normal. Many people have a higher BP when they are anxious and also when they are in the physician's office.  This does not mean your have primary hypertension.  I would guess if you were not worrying about your BP it would be in a bit lower range but your readings are not that high to begin with. 

If you have an MRI scheduled and that turns out normal I would return to your PCP and talk about looking at therapy to learn how to deal with your anxiety.

You have made a big committment and change of life style with your marriage.  You may be feeling underlying anxiety you have not recognized yet.  Do try to take a deep breath and know you are going to be OK.  You will find reading through the many posts here that anxiety does not discriminate in it's victims.  Try not to anticipate the what if's?  Just take life one day at a time and stay in the moment.

I wish you peace,

Kitt


 

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thomasjr25
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   Posted 6/27/2009 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Kitt thanks for the response.

If this is and anxiety issue, would the symptoms be constant even if im not actively thinking about it? My head feels light headed 24hours/7days week. Have I just taught my body to feel EVERYTHING? Also my Neurologist gave me a prescription for anxiety. Should I be taking this? Im a little nervous to. I don't want to feel even more out of it. One thing I have noticed is that when Im at work and busy I still noticed some symptoms but not nearly as bad as sitting home all day alone.

Thanks again
Scott

stkitt
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   Posted 6/27/2009 9:55 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey there,

Well, maybe this will be useful to know. Anxiety is classified in two ways: Acute anxiety, lasting for a relatively short period of time. It is characterized by an array of physical symptoms including rapid heartbeat, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, shortness of breath, feelings of suffocation, sweating or chills, dizziness, trembling, and nausea. And there is a chronic anxiety is marked by symptoms that linger on. It lasts sometimes for weeks or longer, including excessive, constant worrying, tension, insomnia, irritability, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and inability to make decisions.

I know other members have posted they experience constant anxiety.  I went through a time in my life where I felt anxious all day long but therapy and medication helped me learn to control my anxiety.

If you have a prescription from your physician I would certainly use it.  It makes sense to give it a try.  Also try not to overthink this disorder.  Feel the anxiety and then let go of it.  Do not allow it to big come as big as the sky.  Keep it whittled down to size.  Anxiety is not fatal.  Remember you have anxiety, it does not have you.  :-)

Coming here and sharing your feelings is another great way to help keep your anxiety under control.  You are taking steps to reduce your anxiety so be proud of yourself.  We are here for you.

Kitt


 

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thomasjr25
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   Posted 6/28/2009 8:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Kit

Question......my heart symptoms (heart palps, chest pain) have diminished since I have tried to start to relax and tell myself Im fine and after my cardiologist told me im not a heart patient. The only left issue is my head numbness, kinda like my scalp is tight. I have no headaches or pain what so ever. Im wondering could the three months of worrying that something is wrong cause this symptom? The only time I get dizzy now is when I get a little pressure in my head from the numbness, but its quick and not so scary. I read somewhere that when your body goes it to fight or flee mode it lets of some sort of hormone in the brain. Anyone know anything about it???????????or anything else im explaining.

Again thanks this site is great

Scott

nellebutter
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   Posted 6/28/2009 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Scott, welcome to the forum. I get that tingling head numbness feeling, it one of my latest anxiety symptoms but I have learned to calm down do the breathing exercises and that usually makes it go away. I also have the palpitations they can be scary mine are present even when I'm calm I've had all tests done and everythings normal. Anxiety is a monster and can cause some crazy symptoms. Just keep your appts. And work with your docs on the best way to overcome this. I wish you well.

Nelle
This too shall pass...


P0tluck
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   Posted 6/28/2009 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   
When we go into the fight or flight method from the anxiety we do not concentrate on our breathing next time u feel that you are having the dizzy feeling sit down relax with your arms by your side inhale through your nose slowly for 5 seconds hold it for 3 seconds and release the air through your mouth slowly for 5 seconds do this after a few reps of doing this start by clenching your feet ( this is called muscle tension release) while still doing your breathing " make sure u feel your abdomen rise and fall normally " clench your feeet hold them tight and release then then your calves, then thighs , then hands, forearms chest, do some shoulder shrugs all the way up to the top of your head and then do about 5 - 6 more reps of the breathing while u are doing all of this take yourself to a happy place a rain forest, on a fishing bank whatever u love do to that is totally relaxing to you and see if this helps the dizziness

i'm no doctor but i do go through the same thing i have been a panic attack , agoraphobee, and anxiety sufferer for 3 years now and alot of your symptoms are what i have and i also have had all of the symptoms you're describing keep us informed of your progress and get well soon

thomasjr25
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   Posted 6/29/2009 10:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey its Scott again

Had a Dr. Appointment today for a infection in my left eye. If not one thing something else :(
Anyway my BP was up to 158/80 she wants me to go back on Hydrocholorothiazide (for blood pressure). Every nurse who takes my blood pressure has a different result. But why every time at the cardiologist its 117/60? and anywhere else high?????? aaaaahhhhhhhh odd. I do expect some human error. Anyway Im going back on the meds for now.

I did noticed that I felt 90% going into my appointment today but once I found out how high my BP was I felt two or three symptoms coming on. And did some breathing techniques that helped to calm myself down. Hotheadedness, Head and face pressure were my symptoms once I found out my BP. I had minor face and head pressure before but nothing like after. So I do think a lot of my issues MUST be some sort of anxiety. Good note I have not felt a heart palpation in a while now!!! Plus I have not felt close to passing for a while also!!! Is this a sign that this could all be coming to an end?

Can getting your BP taking when you have anxiety issues spike it to the numbers Im seeing?

Note- I do know I have major anxiety issues when I have to give a speech or talk in front of a class. Im a cop and whenever I have to prosecute a court case I get sweaty, rapid heart beat and have a hard time speaking clearly. I have had this forever.

Any how the Doctor scheduled me for some sort of mri of my Kidneys? Ill let you all know how both mri's go.

Thanks

Scott

thomasjr25
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   Posted 6/29/2009 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Scott again!! ha

A little more about my history/background.

When I was 18yrs old I had just had track practice. I ran my butt off that day and was very motivated to become a state champion that year. When I got home I was so tired but wanted to get into the best shape ever so after dinner I went outside and played three hours of basketball. After that I had to take my father to drop off a truck at the shop. While I was driving I became very dizzy thought I was going to pass out. Looking back on it I had a very poor diet and was most likely dehydrated from all the training that day. Well I freaked out and thought I had a brain tumor. I went through every test possible all normal. After three months my symptoms went away without me even realizing it. Every since than if I feel weird I always think something must still be wrong from me from what happened when I was 18. In the past 11 years I have had three cases of being light headed. One last a week, one a month and one was like two months. All went away without me even noticing. Just one day gone. My thoughts every time is something is up with me and my time coming. Now after being a little older and doing research maybe I do have some sort of hypochondriac problem or just my past issue had mentaly made me have anxiety towards every little feeling????

Any thoughts of this

Scott

dixibella
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   Posted 6/29/2009 2:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Scott!
Sorry to hear about your anxiety, I'm not a doctor but it sounds like a lot of your symptoms are anxiety related. Certainly your BP can go up, especially if you are thinking about being nervous that it will be high and then you get stressed, you start getting tense and whala - your BP is high. Its almost like the anxiety talks your body into exhibiting the symptoms you are most afraid of (for me its blood clots so I get a lot of leg cramps and chest pains and naturally my mind starts churning). It is a domino effect, and really anything your mind determines is a trigger can set it off. For me even just talking about someone who is sick/dying or seeing something on tv can set me into full blown panic. Its a vicious cycle. And yes it can even affect you when you aren't having a panic attack. Just know there is help out there. I think you mentioned a doctor had prescribed you some medication, if you are feeling so anxious why not give it a shot? If you aren't interested in taking medication I strongly urge you to seek out alternative methods of dealing with your anxiety (therapist, counseling, CBT to name just a few). I've found that deep breathing, guided meditation, and yoga have been really helpful in processing anxious feelings. Having anxiety definitely can make you more prone to continuing anxiety, the workbook I use sometimes calls it the anxiety trick - that you are actually more afraid of your anxious response and all the awful feelings it brings than the "thing" that causes the anxiety itself.
I hope everything turns out fine with your MRI - keep us posted!
~Dixi

thomasjr25
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   Posted 7/1/2009 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Its Scott again!!

Hey everyone. To keep talking to ya'll do I keep posting here or somewhere else?

Anyway question. I have been feeling pretty darn good for the past two days. I have felt very confident that things are getting better and have no anxiety towards getting dizzy or anything else. BUT I still have minor symptoms. Like when Im driving and come to a stop and kinda feels like Im leaning to one side when Im not. I can adjust myself and it goes away but strange. I also feel some tightness still in my head. So my question is if when anxiety starts to go away is it a very slow process with maybe one symptoms going away at a time? Or should it just go away totally? I just feel like some symptoms are lingering and it makes me think maybe something is wrong for real. On a good note I am starting to day dream or just re-live memories (good) during the day which means to me that my mind is totally off this whole anxiety thing. I have thought about anything but my issues for 2 months now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

thanks
scott

thomasjr25
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   Posted 7/1/2009 7:59 AM (GMT -7)   
oh and the other day I was able to do 20 minutes of stadium stairs for a workout without getting to dizzy!!

stkitt
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   Posted 7/1/2009 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   

Good morning Thomas,

This is your thread so do keep on talking here.  :-)

The problem with anxiety is the fact that it is perceived fear that something terrible is going to happen. This is due to the Fight of Flight Response not working properly in individuals with Anxiety-especially General Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder. An explanation of this phenomenon follows:

The Fight or Flight Response

Do you recall a time when you've been in danger, or feared that you could be in danger? Do you remember how the adrenalin pumped through your body, and how you quickly you went into action? Your heart likely beat rapidly and your breath became faster. This is a primitive response called the "Fight or Flight" response. It is an inborn genetic response which helps us to protect ourselves throughout our lives. The surge of adrenalin gives us the strength we need to either get the heck out of there, or stand our ground and fight off the danger. The fight/flight response is one of survival. The problem is that in our society today there is no way to release this adrenaline surge as fighting and running are not usually viable options when we experience our stressors. In this day and age there are constant stressors encountered on a daily basis. We need to find a way to manage these effectively.

Physiological Responses to Stress

Here are some facts regarding the body's response to stress:

The heart begins to beat faster and has stronger contractions. The lungs breathe faster and result in more shallow breathing. The muscles become harder and tighter. Digestion decreases. The sweat glands produce increased perspiration. The adrenal glands produce more adrenaline and cortisol. The immune system decreases resistance to disease and the pancreas increases production of insulin.

Panic Attacks

You might recognize the description of someone in fight/flight mode if you suffer from panic attacks. People having panic attacks experience the same physical symptoms as a person in immediate physical danger. Panic attacks are a type of fight/flight response. Once this response "kicks in," we tend to perceive anything and everything around us as a potential threat to our safety. When we are in fight/flight mode, our brain chemistry is altered. The part of the brain which controls our rational thoughts is bypassed, and we move right into "attack" or "run" mode.

Feeling anxious often means a racing pulse, sweating, and rapid, shallow breathing. What do you do to alleviate feelings of anxiety? What's the best treatment for anxiety? While prescription medication is often useful, and sometimes necessary, it's not the only treatment. Therapy is often effective and necessary. It is a personal choice on which treatment is for you. Resources: NIMH

Joining a support group like HealingWell is a wonderful choice.  Here you find members who know where your coming from and what your going through.

Please do keep on talking with us. You are part of the A & P Family now.

I wish you peace,

Kitt

 

 


 

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thomasjr25
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   Posted 7/3/2009 9:59 AM (GMT -7)   
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Hey its Scott,

Had my MRI yesterday which is a positive because the first time I tried to have it I couldnt sit in that thing. I had to have a sedative. So Im glad thats over!! We will see what the results are soon and I will post. I still have been feeling pretty ok. Not 100% normal. I dont know if I have just decided to enjoy life no matter how I feel or if things are getting better. I still have that leaning feeling like im off balance but I can walk fine. I was able to do another bad ass workout today without stopping for any lightheaded. I stop taking that BP pill. They took my BP at MRI office and it was normal. They took it several times all normal. And that was before the sedative. I honestly think that pill made me feel lightheaded. Im getting some sort of MRA renal (spelling)? To check if I actually have hypertension on Wednesday. Ill let you all know.


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