Can anyone relate? Dizziness?

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   Posted 4/9/2009 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone, im new to the board but i just need to know that others are experiencing what i am. A couple of months ago i fainted and ever since my life feels like it has changed, i live in constant fear that i will pass out at any given time. I go to stores and get lightheaded. I dont really drive anymore because when i do i feel like a dizzy light headed feeling. I have had every medical test done, tilt test, EKG, echocardiogram, heart monitor, stress test, blood test ect. pretty much nothing was found so they boiled it down to anxiety and panic. I have been on Lexapro 10mg for about 9 days and i dont really feel much of a difference. I am newly engaged and trying to finish my degree but i cant do much of anything because i dont feel like myself. I guess i just need to know that someone else has these feelings of lightheadedness all the time. Is that anxiety? i havent worked in a few months now and just want my life back. Im praying that they lexa pro is my miracle drug. has anyone had luck with it? I havent had any bad side effects so thats good. Any advise or info would help. Thanks

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   Posted 4/9/2009 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi slraney,
Sorry to hear about your anxiety. It sounds like with school and your recent engagement you have a lot going on in your life, even happy events can cause stress and may be adding to your anxiety level. I know when I was planning my wedding I was so happy but there were so many things to be done I was a complete wreck anxiety wise. Definitely go easy on yourself and find some ways to relax - massage, yoga, deep breathing, spa day, etc. You've got a lot going on in your life and you definitely need to unwind which can be hard when you are so busy!
I'm not a doctor so I can't say whether it is your anxiety or not, but if you've had all the tests and your doctor says its anxiety then I would try to go from there. You might ask your doctor if they have any suggestions to help with vertigo. I experience dizziness and lightheadedness almost constantly and although it never really goes away my physical therapist showed me an excercise to help alleviate some of the wooziness so that might be something you could explore. Also it generally takes 3 weeks or so for medication to have its full effect so hang in there. Take care of yourself and feel free to vent here anytime!

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   Posted 4/9/2009 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   

Thanks so much for taking the time to reply to my post. I guess my life had gotten pretty crazy before all this happened. I appreciate the reply and ecouragment. Thank you.


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   Posted 4/9/2009 12:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes yes yes! I experience this also, I have been quite ill with Ulcerative Colitis the past few months so my GP reckons that my illness combined with stress is basically my body going aaaaaaaaargh!! Because I get so tired I seem to experience it most when I have done too much in the day and am over tired.  I get very headachey and lightheaded. Its not fun is it!  

22 year old female, from the UK.
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis Jan '08, Proctosigmoiditis Jan '09.
Hospitalised Jan '09 for 3 days IV Hydrocortisone - had no effect!
Hospitalised Feb '09 for 7 days (5 days - IV Hydrocortisone)
Currently taking daily: 
10mg Prednisolone tablets (tapering from 40mg)
5mg Prednisolone suppository x 1 (Alternating each day with 1g Acetarsol suppository)
1g Mesalazine granules x 2
7.5mg Zopiclone (taken every other night for sleeping)
10mg Citalopram (anti-anxiety/depression)
Vitamins A,C,D 

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   Posted 4/9/2009 12:59 PM (GMT -6)   
The feelings of lightheadedness is definitely a symptom of anxiety, I've been there before. Once your lexapro starts working it will lessen and then you will forget all about it. I can't take SSRI's b/c of my colitis. My brother in law is on lexapro and looooves it. He calls it "sexy lexy". tongue
31 yr old female currently breastfeeding (weaning so I can start 6mp)
Mild Pancolitis
I've had UC since 2000 but was in remission for most of those 8 years med free
Cannot tolerate mesalamine - starting 6mp soon

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   Posted 4/9/2009 1:07 PM (GMT -6)   
haha sexy lexy i like that. I hope sexy lexy kicks in soon lol. Thanks for the post. It is reasurring to know that the lightheadedness is anxiety related.

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   Posted 4/9/2009 1:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I deal with the lightheaded and dizziness often. I can just be sitting here at the computer and feel the room spin. Comes on out of no where and leaves just as quick. Just long enough for me to get all worked up over it.
The doc narrowed it down to allergies. Now I have no signs what so ever. Well the normal signs of allergies. Runny nose, congestion, watery eyes. Nada. Instead I get pressure in my sinuses that I don't notice. Its not enough to hurt or cause any type of discomfort. Until I press on my sinus points . Eye brows, cheek area. Then I can feel it.
So to help with it I take Zyrtec. And it has fixed the problem. MOST OF THE TIME!
I would of never thought I had allergies. NEVER! I've never been allergic to anything at all. I still am not sure what sets it off or what to avoid. I wait for the "signs" then I take a pill. Fixes it within an hour or so.

I don't drive anymore because of it. Though I have only fainted once. And that was after my last c-section. I figured the 3rd time I knew what I was doing. Got up a few hours after being taken to my room to use the bathroom. Made it. Went to get up and well I didn't make it. Nurses were not happy with me. I had to call one to my room every time I had to go for 2 days.

Its strange how your dignity goes out the window when you are on the floor with your undies around your

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   Posted 4/9/2009 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I had some dizziness a while back. I went to the DR. and he had me lay on my back and hang my head off the end of the table for 2 minutes and then he had me turn my head to the right for two minutes. It actually worked. Got rid of my dizziness.

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   Posted 4/9/2009 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi slraney,
Lightheaded and dizziness have many causes.  You medications can cause these problems as well as low Blood sugar etc.  If you have had test to find a cause for the problem and not been dx as having a medical cause I would certainly look at your meds, your diet and your stress. 
Not getting enough fluids and allowing yourself to become dehydrated can cause you to feel this way as well as extreme anxiety.
The list of sx for anxiety is never ending.  I agree with looking at ways to deal with the anxiety.
Many people find that the ongoing pressures of work, a hectic family life and dwindling energy provoke anxiety and sap them of their enjoyment of life. If you've simply forgotten how to accentuate the positive, or if you have been faced with obstacles that have seemed insurmountable and have overshadowed everything, take heart. There are some things you can bear in mind and steps you can take to improve your lot and diminish your anxiety.

One of the most profound differences you can make is to stay in touch. In this fast paced, modern world, we tend to forget to stay connected to our friends and family. These are our anchors, the ones that keep us grounded and remind us of what is really important in life. Modern research indicates that happy people tend to have good relationships so, to draw a logical conclusion, good relationships should pave the way to happy people.

One of the best remedies for anxiety is to talk about it. Here's where good friends and family can come in. The old adage "A problem shared is a problem halved" comes into its own here, and while you may dismiss it as nonsense, it may surprise you how anxiety alleviating it can be to just talk to someone.

Obviously when you're feeling at a low ebb, the last thing you tend to think about is the things that are good in your life. But to do this is a sure fire mood lifter and anxiety buster.

In all situations that fuel your depression/anxiety, whether they be job related, family related or otherwise, try and think about all the things that you have done right. While its true that it is a good thing to acknowledge things that you can improve on, beating yourself up over mistakes you've made will only increase your anxiety.

Please do keep talking with us and know you are in good company.

Gentle Hugs



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New Member

Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 4/9/2009 7:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I can definitely relate. I had my first panic attack about a month ago and ever since my life has been a living hell. I was fine until about three weeks ago when I started to have the derealization come into play. i've been trying so hard to train my mind to relax but it's easier said than done. I noticed after my attack everyday i feel lightheaded and i dont know why. I wish I could just feel normal again.
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