Headaches and lightheadedness

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   Posted 6/8/2009 12:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I have posted before about how I'm on alot of medication and I know that is a big part of the reason I feel headachey, shaky and lightheaded, but I have had these symptoms since before I was diagnosed with my Colitis - its just that they've got worse since I've been ill and taking all this medication.
Is it possible that stress and anxiety causes lightheadedness? I very rarely have episodes where I have obvious proper panic attacks (however I do experience small ones quite often), but I have alot of things to deal with at the moment, and have done for several years so deep down I'm stressed and anxious all the time, and at the back of my mind I'm constantly worrying and thinking about things.  
Its just the doctors can't seem to pinpoint why I'm getting these symptoms and they keep saying its a result of my Colitis medication (which like I said is definitely part of the problem as they have def worsened it), and they've tested me for diabetes etc etc and everything comes back ok. So this is why I'm wondering if its simply stress and anxiety causing it?!
Thanks :-)
22 year old female, from the UK. Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis Jan '08. Hospitalised Jan '09 for 3 days IV Hydrocortisone - had no effect! Hospitalised Feb '09 for 7 days (5 days - IV Hydrocortisone)
Currently taking daily: 
20mg Prednisolone tablets, 100mg Azathioprine (started taking 11th May),1g Acetarsol suppository every other night, 1g Mesalazine granules x 2 
Motilium (anti sickness), 1.5mg Zopiclone (taken when needed for sleeping), 10mg Citalopram (anti-anxiety/depression), Probiotic Multivitamins 

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   Posted 6/8/2009 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
hi Qwerty1,

A lot of things can be the cause. And yes stress and anxiety for sure can be one of many things.

Stress and anxiety can reek havic on your back,chest, head muscles. If you are always stressed and tension is all ways active. Then yep that can cause headachie feelings. And if your tense a lot you can persay slow proper blood flow to the rest of your body. Sometimes when hubby rubs my shoulders. I get a relief and get dizzy from the blood flow rushing to my head.

For the light headedness have they checked for ear problems? Inner ear infections are very hard to see. Sometimes you can go for a very long time and not notice that you have one. My daughter gets ear infections all the time. Usually its a long time before she complains of headaches and gets a little dizzy. Infections can also be behind the ear drum which can't be dxed without a special machine ( i guess doc just give Meg meds when this happens since he doesn't have this equipment)

But there is so many things that can cause this. Sometimes it can be something as simple as a scent in the house that the body doesn't like. I can not handle AXE products. Boy to they make me feel yucky.

Have you tried any relaxing techniques? Yoga,meditation, warm baths with your favorite candles and bath salts etc. See if you can relax some. Maybe that might help ease some of the tension.

But over all it just might be your meds doing it. I'm not 100% sure if Colitis meds do this as I don't have that issue. But I'm sure your doc is right. Did he give you any idea's on how to adjust to it? Or hope that it is just a side effect and will go away in time?

How about your eatting? Do you eat properly? If your starving the body the body will in return eat itself. Which will cause light headedness and headaches.

Sorry I can't help more. I'm sure the doc has gone over most of this with you. If you are concerned maybe get more testing done or get a second opinion. Sometimes that helps just to ease your mind.
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