Lightheaded, carsick feeling, do you get this?

If you suffer from GAD or panic attacks, do you often feel
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Lightheaded - 0.0%
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Dizzy - 10.0%
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Exhausted - 10.0%
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Nauseous - 10.0%
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All of the above - 70.0%

 
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hclark
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   Posted 4/19/2010 12:02 PM (GMT -7)   
First of all, I do tend to be a bit of a hypochondriac. That being said, I often feel very lightheaded, dizzy, kind of like I'm carsick. Not a room-spinning type dizziness, but where if feels unpleasant to turn my head quickly, and I find myself yawning or massaging my forehead and back of my neck a lot, like I don’t have enough blood up there. It can happen at any time, but is usually in the afternoon. I have thought it has something to do with what I eat because it often starts immediately after lunch, but the fact that it will last the entire rest of the day no matter what else I eat or drink seems to rule out low blood sugar.

I have had an EKG and echo of my heart, and both came back normal. I've also ruled out dehydration. Nothing seems to help but sleeping it off-- it will almost invariably be gone by morning if I get a good night’s rest, though it may come back the next day. (In fact, it usually comes in spells of 3- or 4-days with the mornings being OK.)

I am considering the possibility that this is anxiety-related, as I have very bad anxiety and occasional panic attacks, but the symptoms are just so physical and real, and don’t seem to coincide with anxiety episodes.

My concerns: as I was feeling fine when I had the EKG and echo done, is it possible that there is some sort of arrhythmia or heart problem present that only happens some of the time, like when I am feeling ill, or would it be present all the time and thus detectable no matter when the tests were done?

Secondly, my blood pressure was pretty high for my age (I’m 23, fit, and it was 140/90) when I went in for the tests, possibly because I was having a panic attack at the time (HR 153!!) but when I took my blood pressure at home it was 125/79. I’m still very worried about high blood pressure though, could these symptoms be a sign of a blood pressure problem?

Anyway, I don’t want to keep subjecting myself or my pocketbook to additional tests, considering with the blood pressure issue I actually am more worried than before I went in.

If it is anxiety, which at this point seems illogical but the only remaining explanation, it would really help me to hear other people's experiences with similar symptoms, especially if you have found anything that helps!! So sorry if this topic has been explored elsewhere, I'm a new member. :-)

stkitt
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   Posted 4/19/2010 4:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to HealingWell and the A & P Forum. Sorry to read you are having issues but wondering if you are on any medications? I had a problem with yawning from a medication I was on.



Gald to have you with us and I am sure you will hear from other memebers.



Kindly,



Kitt

hclark
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   Posted 4/19/2010 5:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kitt,

Thanks so much for the reply. I am on birth control actually, but that is the only medication. I know it can do all sorts of weird stuff to your body though--including contributing to high blood pressure-- so I'm considering giving it a rest for a few months.

stkitt
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   Posted 4/20/2010 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning,


I think you may be wise to look at the BC medication to see if this could be your problem. Talk with your physician re the yawning.



To answer your original question, could this be anxiety? IMHO yes it could be. Because each person has a unique chemical make up, the type, number, intensity, and frequency of anxiety symptoms will vary from person to person.


Please know coming here is a wonderful and courageous step. You are voicing your fears so you know what they are.

I wish you peace,

Kitt

Howlyncat
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   Posted 4/20/2010 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I totally agree my daughter is light headed n exhausted all the time she too in in bc pills as well as depravera to control severe bleeding

stay with us

lyn

debaser
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   Posted 4/21/2010 9:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I get the dizziness thing. Mine are migraine.

But if it happens after you eat, that's kind of weird. Could definitely be anxiety but get a blood panel done so you can rule out diabetes.

I'd buy a cuff and check your blood pressure at random times for a couple weeks. Hypertension can cause symptoms, but just because you have high blood pressure at one particular moment doesn't mean you have hypertension.

Good luck.

Howlyncat
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   Posted 4/23/2010 9:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Very true Debaser
ty huggs
lyn

kittyroara
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   Posted 4/24/2010 7:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there, your description with the anxiety, dizziness, nausea, even with the EKG, reminds me so much of my own experience that I just have to post. I had spells of dizziness, weakness, nausea, fevers, random pains throughout my body, and random inexplicable rashes for years and couldn't find any solution though I was tested for MS, fibro, rheumatoid, lupus, etc., had an MRI, an EKG, an EEG, and a chest xray. I too have slightly high blood pressure for my age (late teens to twenties while going through it) and could find no relief. I tried gravol to no avail, and then the Transderm-V patch which didn't help. I was at a loss for what to do and went to emerg begging them to give me something for the symptoms even if it didn't treat whatever was the cause - I was certain there had to be SOMETHING wrong, cause normal people don't feel like that. The doctor prescribed me omeprazole, an acid reflux medication. I thought it was strange, since I don't get heartburn AT ALL, but I was so fed up I tried it anyway, and now, all my symptoms are GONE. Ten years of feeling awful and crazy for feeling that way, and poof! It's been a miracle for me, and I thought I would post it in case it at all fits with what you are dealing with. Omeprazole has hardly any side effects and can be taken with many other medications pretty much indefinitely - it's quite safe, so perhaps it's worth a try even if it sounds strange. It seemed strange to me but it was my ticket to relief town :) I don't work for the company, I just wanted to share my story in case it helps. Good luck and keep up posted!
Dx: Reflux, Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Meds: Omeprazole 20mg, Effexor XR 37.5mg (just starting out, soon to increase)


hairdresser
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   Posted 2/2/2013 11:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi im 20yrs old. Male and i live in new zealand. Ive been having these symptoms for a few years now. It first started waking up in the morning and feeling really sick to my stomach for 15minutes. It then progressed to feeling like this all day. Im a hair stylist in a high expectation salon so stress is up there with comps and crazy rich clients. But i dont think that is the main cause. A few months ago i got really sick and passed out at work and i had to go to the doctors. He put me on some anti sick pills which made it even worse. It was metamide. I thought i was getting worse so i just took more and more of them untill after 2weeks of being so sick i couldnt keep still and all my muscles were contracting the doctor at the hospital realised that i was having a distonic reaction. I have never been yhe same and now im too scared to go on any meds. I have had ct scans mri scans and a lot of blood work done too. And still nothing can be found. I eat healthy and look after myself but i cant take it anymore i get headaches brought on by the acidy sickly feeling in my stomach. I cant sleep very well. My girlfriend thinks im making it all up now because how can someone be sick for so long and nothing come up in tests. I will try to get my doctor to perscribe me some acid reflux meds as you said before. That is my last hope if that doesnt work i dont want to live anymore. Life is not worth living like this anymore. If anyone can help me i beg you too. Thank you.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 2/3/2013 8:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi hairdresser and welcome.

I am so sorry to hear of your troubles and the resulting issue with the drug induced distonia. I am sure that this has been not only frightening, but frustrating to say the least.

I would encourage you to keep seeking the answers from your doctors, while working on anxiety management, so that you can approach this from all angles.

It could be that you are in an anxiety cycle. You had symptoms, which led to feeling unwell...you were then 'treated'...which made you much worse (the distonia) which led to much more anxiety...and more symptoms.

Breaking the anxiety cycle, while still looking for a medical cause for your symptoms would be a good way to get to the bottom of this.

You can look into therapy, or try self-help for the anxiety management. We have excellent Resources here on our main page. (1st post) Try the breathing and relaxation exercises everyday (2x a day) for a week and see if you note any difference.

Keep posting here with us as well. We understand and are here to support!

Scaredy Cat
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"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

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