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I really hope it's just anxiety and nothing serious!!

About 2 yrs and half ago I started having these random little symptoms like feeling a bit dizzy. But it was for a second and then it was gone. I never really paid much attention to it. I had just had a baby so I figured it was hormonal. I had been diagnosed with hypertension since 2010 and they had changed my meds bc of the pregnancy so I also thought it could of been that.

Anyway a few months after I noticed the light dizzy spells, I was home getting ready for a get together, and as I washed my hair I thought I felt a bump on my head and I lost it pretty much. I went to the Dr. And he checked me obviously I had nothing wrong. And the bump was just my actual head. From that moment on though I started freaking out. Always worried, kept feeling dizzy and light headed. I first had my actual big panic attack at Wal-Mart. I thought I was going to pass out. I started to feel so bad and it scared me bc I was alone with my son. After that I freaked out even more bc I was scared to go anywhere alone and have something happen to me while he was with me. Then I basically flipped out any time I went anywhere. Eventually I felt better but then it returns. I've had my moments where I'm perfectly fine having a conversation with someone and then all of a sudden I get that dizzy like sensations and I start to feel my body all jittery.

Once I realized it was anxiety I started to deal with it better but it still creeps up and I know I'm fine. I had another baby about eight months ago so I figured, if there was something wrong we would of known already. I've also gone to my Dr. And lab comes back fine. I've never gone to see a neurologist or any thing like that though. I've been constantly feeling jittery, and I start freaking out about what if there's something wrong with me. I always have some type of pain and it could be the slightest thing but i still freak out. Though what bothers me the most is that dizzy and light headedness. If I didn't feel that I think IS be better. But that scares me.

I lost my mom 4 yrs ago when I was pregnant with my first son. It was a total shock she was only 57 and she was fine and out of nowhere she started to feel bad in the beginning of the week and by the weekend she was gone. I think that might of triggered something?! I would think I was 24 at the time and still needed my mom if something were to happen to me what would happen to my kids? They need me!! Obv. They have their father and all our family But there's def. No one like mom!!!

Anyway why would the passing of my mom trigger something a yr an half later?! Is that normal? I know the stress of having a new baby and then moving out on our own and having to deal with and the lack of sleep also takes a toll on you but is it really anxiety or could there be something actually wrong?!

If anyone has any advice or any thoughts I would love to hear them and get some feed back. Thanks again!!!

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Your story is so similar to mine. For me it all started after having my second child you can look at my first ever post for the full story.

I think having kids takes a huge toll on us it's a big life change like you said you don't get to sleep etc. plus everything else housework other life stressors etc. definitely losing your mother will have an impact on you forever doesn't matter that it was a year ago. We think we should deal with it and other people seem fine so why can't we cope? And that's why I think we find it hard to accept it's a mental issue as well as the very real physical symptoms, how can a mental issue cause such strong physical sensations but about 5 doctors 2 psychologists and a phychiatrist have all told me yes it can.

If you have had clear test results then most definitely it is mental and that's what you need to work on. There are some great books that helped me try them out - Dare by Barry mcdonagh and hope and help for your nerves by Claire weekes.

I also feel jittery a lot of the time almost like a sugar drop feeling very yucky.

Hope you feel better soon xx

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Thank you so much for your reply!!! I will surely look into those books !!! I hope you're feeling better!!

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Hypochondriac....Just like me....I am sorry for the loss of your mother. Tough situation. I believe it is possible that worrying about what would happen to your child, now children if something happened to you after your mother passed. However, there's no set time on when anxiety will come into play. I think it's all just catching up to you. It happens to me except the Dizziness. The symptoms of anxiety vary. I get lightheaded and nauseous when I have some panic attacks or I overthink. My anxiety symptoms don't just stop there though because they are all over the place, No attack is the same for me. I think it's just been a rough time for you. You've acknowledged that it's anxiety and that's a great step to getting back to normal completely which I'm sure you have already started to see!

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Hypochondriac, yes totally!! I wasn't ever like this. After my mom's passing that's when it started. I'm hoping to get back to my normal self again real soon. Thanks for the reply!!! Hope you're feeling better!!!

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Some of these symptoms seem similar to what I've had. Have you had thyroid screen or test? It could be linked to that.

I've just had to have mine tested.

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Hi!!! I've had my thyroid checked several times and nothing has ever come up in the past. But I'll see if they can check again. Thank you!!

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Hi yes this is totally anxiety. My situation is similar to yours I had my daughter and I lost my mum 8 months later she was 59 she had cancer so we were expecting it but I think I was already struggling being a new parent. I got on with things but developed IBS from dealing with the stress over the years. I started having panic attacks and not sleeping pretty much had a breakdown and eventually started counselling early this year (3 years after mum died), I have found counselling has given me my life back I have also started meditation classes which has helped teach my body to relax and breathe normally again. Slowly the anxiety level is lower and IBS more under control starting to feel me again. You are not alone find something that works for you and counselling is a must. Good luck x

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I'm Sorry for your loss. I've learned to pretty much breath it out, to sit and relax a bit. Sometimes it's hard with two little ones but my 3 yr old seems to understand me when I tell him to give me a minute lol. I want to be able to take them out and do things without that constant worries feeling inside. Even if there isn't much to worry about. This upcoming week I'm going to try to speak to a counselor or psychiatrist or someone. I've got some info to go see one around my area. I really hope this works. I'm happy you're getting back on track. Thanks for your reply!

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Thank you sorry for your loss too. Once you get a handle on it you can start to do more the self help books mentioned are great I also recommend Anxiety Panicking about Panic by Joshua Fletcher. Your right breathing is really key especially your exhalation it's linked to your parasympathetic nervous system. I used to get high anxiety and then bad IBS every time I was doing something especially different but recently we managed a family holiday abroad and I took my 4 year old trampolining this morning anxiety is there but lower and more manageable. Go for it and good luck x

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2 years ago I started having some lightheaded maybe once every 6 months than past forward a second set of twins dizziness became very pronounced ( feeling off balance , like I am drunk or on a boat and my head is in a fog )

Of course I have underlying anxiety which was heightened after two sets of twins ( I have 4 kids under age of 6 ) so I had a comprehensive work up thinking I was dying .. after negative work up for MS , Lyme , brain tumor , inner ear issue , multiple blood draws , neuro and ent evaluations, I was left with feeling still dizzy and no freaking answer or treatment . My symptoms worsened with at times even difficulty catching my breath and feeling nauseous .. I tried yoga, ginkgo, vitamins b , magnesium , vestibular rehab for possible vestibular migraines .. finally I decided to try propranolol knowing it is multiple side effects .. I was desperate ..

guess what ?? I am 100% better . Only taking 40 mg daily .. I am not dizzy , I feel Normal again .. not sure if it is a placebo effect or I truly have vestibular migraines ( which propranolol can help prevent ) or if it is helping my anxiety .. but I wanted to share my story , so other people that are suffering can see there is a light at the end of the tunnel . Also , vestibular migraines can be tricky because sometimes all you feel if a stiff neck and dizziness .. not necessarily a typical painful migraine

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I'm glad to hear you're doing much better. That's all I want. To feel better. I didn't want to take meds since I already take BP meds but if that's going to help me feel better, I don't mind trying it out. Hopefully I could get a grip of things and be very well on my way to being back to normal. Thanks for the reply!!! I appreciate it!

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I think if you replace one of your bp meds with propranolol and you check your bp frequently it should be ok .

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Did you rule out all other causes of dizziness ? What are your main symptoms ?

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Well, when all this started the Dr did bloodwork and it turned out that I was anemic due to my first c section and was for a while software's I guess that's why I would feel a bit dizzy. Then he changed my bp meds and it was horrible so that made me feel worse. Once I got pregnant again Dr change it again and I've been good with my meds. from what I can tell. Also I'm no longer anemic sooo that's ruled out. I've never done any MRIS or ct Scan. I guess the Dr never felt any reasons to do them?? I'm going to talk to someone soon and hopefully they could help me get thru this.

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The light dizzy spells or light headedness is the most annoying thing I feel. And yes I'll feel jittery inside and I get all tensed when I start to freak out. I usually just have the worried in the back of my mind. Even when I am feeling good, in the back OF my mind I'm thinking about "ok, when am I gonna feel dizzy again?!" Or " am I going to feel bad any time soon?!" It's ridiculous. It's not like I want to feel that way at all. Sometimes I'm good and the moment I think about it that's it. I am able to sleep at night though. I do wake up in the middle of the night bc of the kids. One need to use the bathroom the other cries for milk. They're 3yrs and 8 mo. But other than that I sleep fine.

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Hi Susy,

I am so sorry for the loss of your mom, and for all that you are going through. I also get feelings of lightheadedness and also tingling in my hands. I think this has to do with my breathing when I am anxious. Taking slow deep breaths sometimes helps. I also have low blood pressure, which causes dizziness sometimes when I get up, especially from a squat. My anxiety has caused (and continues to cause) some very strong physical symptoms, which were quite scary until I realized what was actually causing them. Even now, I sometimes become convinced that something is "really wrong," even though they are familiar symptoms. The worst for me is feeling short of breath and/or a lump in my throat. I also have at times: jitteriness, diarrhea/abdominal pain, rib pain, bladder pain, fluttering in my chest.

I'm glad that you are going to see someone this week. Please know that you are not alone.

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Thank you so much for the reply!!! Now that you mention it I've been having this pain on the left side of my abdomen sorta by my ribs. It comes and goes. I haven't paid much attention to me. Dr said it was muscle strained but it's been hurting again and of course I'm already thinking things. I too get the fluttering in my chest. I used to freak out when I started getting symptoms also. They were so scary. I totally understand you.

Hope you're doing better!!

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