Hi. Does this sound like postnatal depression/ anxiety? Dizziness, foggy head, blurred vision and headache?

I had my baby 6 months ago and when he was born I had preeclampsia. I still have high blood pressure. Over the last 5 week I have had dizziness, foggy head some days really bad and I forget to do different things, blurred vision, headache and extreme tiredness. I have had blood tests and eye tests done which have all been normal. Has anyone else felt like this? I cry alot and worry what is wrong with me but in no way do I feel like I want to harm my baby so could it really be depression/anxiety? Thank you

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  • Hi there

    Yes that all sounds familiar! Have you talked this over with your doctor? Don't suffer in silence, get help now !! If you can find someone to look after your baby for a couple of hours don't do any work get as much rest as you can. If the baby sleeps you sleep. But you need help from your doctor.

  • I have been back and forth to the doctors over the past 5 weeks and they are not very supportive to be honest. I was constantly thinking about what was seriously wrong with me but they told me it was different symptoms they have put me on iron tablets because my iron is slightly low but not low enough to cause this dizziness. I will go back and see if they can give me medication and refer me to a councillor. Thank you for the reply. It's a bit of comfort to know it's not just me who has felt like this and maybe I'm not dying as I thought I was.

  • Hi charlhawk

    It does certainly sound like your symptoms could be down to anxiety and post natal illness....have you discussed this with your gp or health visitor? The good news is it does get better with the correct help. You are more than welcome to visit our support site where you will find lots of help and support from ladies that have suffered or are currently suffering with pni. pni.org.uk

  • Hello

    You sound very much like I did with pni. I was plagued with strange physical symptoms - blurry vision, sore eyes, sensitivity to light, exhaustion. The fogginess you mentioned was one of the worst symptoms for me. I felt completely detached as if I was deep in side myself looking out through someone else's eyes . I found out later that this is a well known depression symptom. Like you blood tests only showed mild anaemia which was the norm for me. Tbh these physical symptoms triggered my anxiety as I could not understand why I was feeling this way and became o sessed I was suffering from some terrible illness.

    Pni has so a huge range of symptoms attached to it. Prior to falling myself I assumed new mums with pni would feel classically depressed; I never realised about all the other ones.

    Do go to ur drs . With support whether that's talking therapies and or meds you will recover quicker. If ur able try and do some exercise . I found that helped hugely with the fogginessx

  • Hi I'm suffering from the same thing I just had a baby girl 2 months ago. I also had a spinal leak from the epidural but received a blood patch which helped with the headache but now I'm left with blurry vision,foggy brain, confusion, and random outburst of sadness and crying. I'm driving myself crazy I'm not sure if it's the spinal leak side effect or pni. I'm seeing a Dr on Monday hopefully a ct scan will happen to rule out any leaks.

  • Welcome! I'm so sorry you're struggling with these debilitating symptoms. I'm not a dr but know that many women incl me suffered from strange symptoms such as the ones you described. For me they preceded the horrendous anxiety as well. The turning point was antidepressant medication although I still had the ups and downs which are characteristic of PNI until I recovered.

    on a positive note it's good that the physical symptoms have been investigated. Have you had any blood tests ? Thyroid issues can mimic depression symptoms.

    Maybe try to treat PNI symptoms? For instance talking therapies work well , exercise if you're able to do it lifted the fogginess and endorphins give you that feel good feeling. Getting out and about and simply giving yourself some 'me' time can be positive .

    Do keep talking - we really do understand how you feel x

  • I noticed you mentioned you had a puncture from your epidural. I had one almost 3 months ago. Also suffered these symptoms. They said it was from depression I went with it for about 6 weeks. Stopped taking the pills. I still have lots of back pain and get pressure in my head. I never had a blood patch done. Wondering if you had any info on the puncture and if a lingering headache and headache pressure while I'm certain positions or from that or something different.

  • Hi KM

    The symptoms you're struggling with sound so debilitating especially difficult with a new born baby to look after.

    There is another lady on here who believes her symptoms are from a spinal leak. She introduced me to a fantastic FB page called postpartum neurological issues - it's a closed group -with amazing ladies with varied physical symptoms.

    Could you go to GP and suggest a spinal patch or at the very least a referral to specialist? X

  • Thanks for the reply. I will be sure to request for the group. I had a visit to the hospital they said very unlikely to be from the dura puncture 3 months later. A few friends I have spoke with who say they had similar symptoms turned out to be anemic and low b12. I got a rec for bloodwork to be done. I will keep you posted on the findings.

  • Hi kmcxox2

    Definately keep me posted. Get your thyroid checked out too as apparently this can cause strange symptoms, but I imagine this would part of a full blood test. It's all bewildering ....

  • How are you getting on kmcxox2? X

  • hello

    all my bloodwork came back A1. been back to the doctor a few times. I have a build up of fluid in my ear so we are working on getting that in order. my symptoms have been slowly improving each week. my GP feels it is all leak related but says it's healing and these things can take some time. he doesn't feel we should do anything invasive right now and see where it goes.

  • There is a great FB page for women with symptoms like these post partum. I can send you the link if you like X

  • How are you doing?

  • Hi I am now reading this. How are you now?

  • How are you Thuwaiba?

  • Hello rocky77. I know it's really hard to accept that foggy head and dizziness can be a symptom of pni. The blurred vision is scary I went to the eye clinic at the hospital where they can look behind your eyes and they said my eyes look perfectly healthy. I am going to see my doctor I just want to feel like my old self again. I'm a little apprehensive about the antidepressants because I go abroad two weeks Saturday and I've heard that not everyone suits the same tablet and have to change because of side effects. But at the same time I don't want to feel like this on holiday

  • Hi Charlhawk

    I felt the same. I couldn't believe my physical symptoms could be attributable to pni but they were. It's good you've had your eyes checked out so at least you know there is no other cause.

    Where ru off to on ur hols? Enjoy! Maybe wait until you get back before you try the meds. It's quite normal to feel worse before you feel better.

    I do so desperately wanted just to be myself again as its horrible feeling so pants. But I'm sure things will pick upx

  • Hi I had exactly the same thing as you, about 3 months after my baby was born I started to get what can only be described as a heavy head, dizziness, extreme tiredness and the worst thing was the worry that I was going to die. I was convinced that I was going to die and that my symptoms were signifying a brain tumour. The doctor sent me for a brain scan which added to my anxiety. Luckily the neurologist that I saw gave me a course of antidepressants. After id seen that there was nothing terrible in my brain I decided to give them a go. I only took them for a week and it seemed to be enough to snap me out of it. I suffered for about 3 months feeling like you do now. My baby is now 8 months and i'm expecting number 2 and scared that the same thing will happen again! its utterly terrifying! Are you feeling any better now?

  • Hi this is me currently now the same symptoms and feelings.. How are you now?

  • Welcome Thuwaiba!

    What sort of emotions are you having? Have you had any tests? X

  • Yea I did blood work was normal..started feeling this way after my daughter turned 3 months..dizziness under my feet blocked ear tiredness n nervous all the time.. Wondering if I will ever feel normal again

  • Its horrendous isn't it? My symptoms started when my middle son was 4 months old - weird physical symptoms which spiralled into anxiety.

    What does your dr think? How did you feel for first three months?

    For me the turning point were antidepressants - most of the symptoms lifted quite quickly though the anxiety did turn to depression and some of the physical symptoms would return periodically. It's hard to imagine this was attributable to PNI but it was.

    How old is your baby now?

  • Thank you for the reply Emily. I don't feel any better but I'm just waiting for an appointment with the neurologist. I feel the same full of worry about what it is. Everytime I look at my baby I just want to cry. Did you have any headaches and foggy head at all? I'm glad you got better fingers crossed same will happen for me. Congrats and I'm sure you will know the warning signs better with number 2 and not worry as much. X

  • Yep I had the headaches and foggy head and I also had these terrifying scitilating scotomas (however you spell it) which is essentially where your vision goes totally fuzzy for about 10 minutes. I was absolutely convinced that I was going to die and leave my little baby without a mother. When I used to pick him up i couldn't focus my eyes on him and felt so dizzy I had to put him down. They kept testing me for all the minor things like low iron and everything kept coming back ok which made me even more convinced I was going to die. I spent hours and hours trawling the internet for anyone who had experienced the same thing as me but no one seemed to fit everything that I had, it drove me mad. I could barely get out of bed in the morning . When the health visitor tested me for PND she said that shed never heard of anyone who had the same symptoms as me, which worried me more. I never thought that I would feel better but the irony of it is that its the worry and the fear that is making you feel that way and once you actually believe you're not going to die it gets better. I refused to believe this until I had my brain scan. Are you having a scan? You will be fine. Nothing that you are describing is actually the sign of anything horrible....(don't worry I didn't believe it either!)

  • Hey how are you feeling ?! Has the symptoms gone away completely now

  • I also see black floating dots a lot. It doesn't help either that I've found a lump on the back of my head this week that does look and feel like a big spot but it's scaring me more. Well that's it when I read about postnatal depression and how it's supposed to make you depressed and angry and not want to do anything I think I don't feel like that I just feel I want to desperately get better and I want to do things but like you say

    getting up is a struggle never mind getting out and about. Supermarkets and shopping malls are bad for me I feel so dizzy there. I don't know, the doctor says the neurologist will decide whether or not to scan me. I hope they do so that hopefully I will see there's really nothing there. I go to Ibiza tomorrow too on holiday such a shame I feel like this. Hope my appointment is soon after I get back too. Feel a bit better though just knowing you had the same awful symptoms and you are better now. X

  • The supermarket thing is exactly the same, I just couldn't handle it at all, I wasn't sure if it was the strobe lighting but I think in reality it was just all the people around. I was the same, I wasn't angry just desperate to get better and enjoy my baby. Don't worry about the lump its your mind playing tricks on you, I thought I'd got a tumour in my nose because my nose felt funny......in reality that's just what my nose feels like but when you're in the depths of worrying you think it must be something. I also made myself believe that my epidural had caused permanent neurological damage. I had so many top ups but my epidural didn't numb the pain at all so id convinced myself that something had gone horribly wrong. How did yours start? I was just sitting in the lounge one day and my head started to feel really heavy like there was pressure pulling it down. How old is your baby? Did you have a little boy or girl?

    Hopefully they scan you to put your mind at ease!

  • I've had the pain up the nose too, think I've had pains pretty much everywhere though to be honest since this started. Mine started one Saturday about 10 weeks ago now I was just sat playing with my baby boy and I just knew

    something didn't feel right mine started by pain in my chest. When I had josh I had to be induced and josh was only 4

    pound n they told me I had preeclampsia but my blood pressure stayed high and was on 4 really strong tablets and I thought I'm having an heart attack. Then the next day I can remember ironing and I felt extremely tired like completely exhausted. Then 2 days later I had pressure in my head, I had black floating spots in vision and headache. It just went from there. I had some days where I felt a bit more normal and some where I've felt so foggy headed and confused I've forgot to change his nappy and all sorts. Seem to be around the time of my period and the week after it's worse. My baby is 7 months old now. How far along are you? Do you know if it's a boy or a girl? You are so brave having another so soon after the first. Thank you I'll let you know how I get on x

  • I have a baby boy called Rupert, he's 7 months too, born on 17th Oct. I'm 4 months so haven't found out if its a boy or girl but hoping for a girl! I really wish id found someone else that this had happened too when I had it! Do you find you look everything upon the internet and it confirms your worst fears!? Try your best to forget about it while you are on holiday, it really is the only way it gets better! x

  • Hey ! I know it's been 2 years later hopefully you see this ! I've had all the same symptoms as you like exactly ! I've had brain scans and blood test which all came back normal ! I just wanna ask how are u feeling now did the antidepressants work ?!

  • Josh was born on 21st so quite close together. I know been comforting talking to you. Yes I've googled it lots nothing quite fits

    all the symptoms but yes it does list everything you don't want to read. Thank you I will try x

  • hi,I know this post has been made 3 months ago but im hoping you are still active.i have all the exact symptoms that you have mentioned dizziness,off balance,blurred and fuzzy vision,headache,stiff neck and shoulders and more :( .my baby is now 8 months and I have some good days when i see the light at the end if the tunnel and a lot of bad days that im convinced im dying.I have had all kinds of test including ctscan just to rule out anything scary all test were normal.Im hoping you might know how to overcome this post partum anxiety as my psychiatrist diagnosed me

  • Omg these are all my symptoms too!! Along with ringing in the ears!! But iv also had to have glasses. My son is 7 months. With my first baby I was convinced he'd get hurt or sick and now it seems with my second I'm the one left feeling like I'm dying... I'm now convinced I have lyme disease because of my symptoms and remember being bitten by a small spider (maybe tick) 4 months ago now... is it all in my head? Am I going mad :( I don't even know anymore :(

  • Hi

    I suffered with physical symptoms like the ones you've described and became obsessed that I had done horrific illness . In fact the physical symptoms preceded the emotional / mental ones . Also after lots of tests my dr and I came to. The conclusion it was pni.

    For me antids were the turning point . Slowly my anxiety lifted as did my physical symptoms . Probably had I not taken meds things would have improved but much slower.

    Are you taking antids? Of huge benefit was exercise. Sine days I would feel foggy headed lethargic and would come out of an exercise class feeling normal ! Also practising relaxation techniques helped hugely as after a time of feeling anxious tensing up becomes second nature so things like breathing exercises can help hugely .

    How do u feel ur doing ? Has there been any improvements since ur baby was born ? Do you have help and support ?

  • I'm glad I have someone who knows exactly how I feel!!I'm having a hard time explaining to people the things I go through everyday cause for them I look normal.I took some anti depressants but only for a short time helped me a bit. I will try exercise hope it works I love my baby so much and I feel guilty that I cant be the hands on all around mom I want to be because of this thing I'm feeling.Im hoping I get out of this funk and yeah you're right it is horrific!

  • Hi would you go back to your dr? Antids can be really helpful but can take a while to kick in and you have to generally take them for at least 6 months after feeling better. Can I ask why you stopped?

    Don't feel guilty ! This is a horrible illness and the demands of a baby are tough! Remember to think of yourself toox

  • the doctor told me to take it for just a month :) i will go back to the doctor and ask him if it's ok if i still take it. I just feel weird and everytime I carry my baby my eyes becomes blurry and I feel like im losing my balance.

  • Hi how have u been? Did u get back to drs? Do u know what u were prescribed ? I just ask as with most antids you need to take them for at least 6 mths after feeling better and then slowly wean urself off them.

    X

  • Hi how have u been? Did u get back to drs? Do u know what u were prescribed ? I just ask as with most antids you need to take them for at least 6 mths after feeling better and then slowly wean urself off them.

    X

  • Hi how have u been? Did u get back to drs? Do u know what u were prescribed ? I just ask as with most antids you need to take them for at least 6 mths after feeling better and then slowly wean urself off them.

    X

  • I've been prescribed setraline and rivotril.I still have not returned to the doctor as I am still waiting for my husband to come home from abroad cause he works there.Although I have been feeling a bit better this past few days except for the pressure in the eyes and dizziness and loss of balance when I carry the baby and when it's hot.I really hope this is nothing serious because I have been feeling like crap for 8 months now :(

  • Hi how r u? When is ur husband back? It'll be good if ur husband is around to help out when u start the meds . Do go to drs for reassurance . I felt rubbish for months without respite and in my case the meds helped massively with the physical symptoms . It's hard to imagine hormones can affect ur body in this way. It's always good to get physical symptoms checked out as for instance thyroid issues can also cause weird symptoms.

    Keep talking x

  • hi thanks :) my husband works abroad and I guess my physical symptoms started when he left and I was always anxious and started googling symptoms.Now I feel a bit better knowing I'm not alone and I'm not dying.I'll be going back to the doctor this week and hoping i'll continue to take the meds and all this physical symptoms disappear.ill keep you updated and will also try to help other women experiencing this :)

  • How r u doing ?x

  • hi im doing a bit better :) dizziness seem to wane a bit.The blurred vision is still there though keeping my fingers crossed this will eventually go away.Thanks for asking

  • Im so glad iv found this discussion. I have 8 month old twins and iv been suffering with physical symptoms since about 6 weeks after they were born. Iv been through so much worry that iv got a serious illness. Iv had a MRI which is clear and the neurologist has said its postnatal anxiety. The symptoms iv had are feeling unsteady on my feet, aching arm, twitches and foggy head and pressure. I'm trying to listen to what he has said and take some reassurance from that but its hard when iv never experienced this before. I'm waiting on seeing my doctor now who I think will prescribe antids. Did any of you get rid of all your symptoms, will be great to hear from you

  • the unsteady feeling does it feel like you lost balance?that is how i feel like your kinda drunk?I have been feeling this way for 9 months although if I look back my symptoms where way worse than what im feeling now.I have been diagnosed also with post natal anxiety and as what they say to me it will get better once the anti d kicks in.

  • Yes it does feel like when you are drunk and I'm really concious of ever step I take. Thanks for your reply its reassuring to know yourssymptoms arent as bad. It's crazy to think postnatal things can do this to you.

  • hi how is everybody doing?

  • Just found this discussion and know how you feel! I've been suffering with anxiety, a foggy head, insomnia which has more recently developed in to depression. It started when my daughter was about 1 (she's 3 next month). I've been on all sorts of pills but I feel increasingly worse, the foggy head is now with me 24/7. Waiting for CBT at the moment :(

  • Hi Ness

    Sorry for late reply. How r u doing?

    I too was plagued with odd physical symptoms postnataly which turned into horrendous anxiety. Later after some of the physical symptoms abated due to antids I was left with residual depression.

    Can I ask what drs have said re foggiheadedness etc? I ask as no one initially commented on it . Later on a cpn specialising in pnd said that was a common depression symptom.

    Cbt is great in combatting negative thinking patterns so I hope that helps. Keep talkingx

  • Hi JB Cuison

    How r u doing? I think u started on antids a while back. Have they helped?x

  • hi :) i feel better now.The dizziness waned now and is not as worse as before.I really can't believe that ppd or ppa can give u such horrendous symptoms.I now can go to malls and not feel as tired as before.I am also taking fish oil as it also helps with depression as my doctor said.All in all this experience I never want to experience again.

  • as for the fish oil please2x go to your doctors first before taking it.Have everything checked first to rule out anything.I also took anti di and when my doctor was slowly weaning me off it he recomnended I take it at night.thank you!for all the women suffering this there is hope :)

  • Hi Marymoo31

    How r u doing? Is life getting a bit easier?x

  • I've just come across this thread and I have all the same symptoms, heavy /light headed ness, weird vision, back /neck pain and headaches. My baby is 4 months old and it started when he was three weeks, I've also recently started getting pins and needles all over my body, has anyone else experienced this?

  • I have had all of the above symptoms for the past few weeks and unlike all I did not just have a baby .after visits to the dr mri and every test under the son I ended up in an ent specialist where I received testing for my inner ear .viola!!! Inner ear inflammation causing all symptoms especially major anxiety. Definitely worth checking out .cN be caused by a virus ,injury to ear or stress to body .i do know of a few that this has happened to after pregnancy as well..can take a couple of months to go away ..hope this will help some of u .good luck

  • Thanks for your reply, have you experienced pins and needles at all?

  • Yes pins and needles in my face and sometimes my tongue..I thought it was my stress level causing it because of all the other horrible things I was feeling

  • Hi know this is an old post but wondered how everyone is? Rocky77 your symptoms are same as myn I feel spaced out not in the room, heavy head & poor concentration feel like I'm starring into space a lot like my brain has shut down.

    What anti,d,s were u on & how long before u we're feeling better?

    Feel like I'm going insane with this horrible feeling in my head, I can't believe this is all caused from pnd x

  • Hi Bolts123 and welcome

    I'm really sorry you're struggling with these awful symptoms - they are so debilitating .

    I'm assuming you've had a baby fairly recently - when was that?

    If I'm honest I wasn't especially happy finding life hard with two children and put a lot of pressure on myself. However my physical symptoms preceded any anxiety and like you I couldn't believe for ages that they were linked to having a baby.

    My GP put me on citalopram I by this point I was a wreck, initially 10 mg then upped to 20mg. I don't know why she chose this one but after an initial period of 2-3 weeks of feeling worse things started to improve in terms of mood , the foggiheadedness lifted as did many of my other symptoms. The anxiety which appeared not long after disappeared but turned into depression when I had 'blips' - periods when you feel worse. This is 'normal of the recovery process but hard.

    Have you been to see your GP? Is there a diagnosis? Did you also suffer from anxiety/depression? X

  • Hi yes seen gp I'm on sertraline 50mg good for anxiety to?

    Can you explain fogginess??

    I'm struggling to find the words to describe how my head is feeling?

    Did you feel zoned out, I hate feeling so sad we're on holiday in Devon & trying my best to be happy for my kids.

    I have twin boys 4 and my little girl is 6 weeks old!

    How did they diagnose what u had by your symptoms? X

  • I was told by a psychiatric nurse (therefore I'm assuming she knew what stress talking about) that the foggyness was a well known depression symptom.

    I felt as if I wasn't here or really deep inside myself and my body wasn't my own.

    It's so hard to be 'happy' when you feel so rubbish, isn't it? How long have you been on meds? You can feel worse for several weeks then hopefully you should start to improve.

    I was diagnosed with pnd . At the time I felt my awful physical symptoms led to horrendous anxiety mainly because I felt so unwell and no one could diagnose me. It got to the point I could t do anything, felt so ill, couldn't eat/sleep. It was more because of the emotional stuff that my diagnosis was based on . My GP did refer me for tests though for the physical stuff - all came back normal.

    The meds really did help me. Exercise was amazing in lifting that foggyness and general mood. I know you're old six weeks post partum but maybe give that a go too x

  • Thanks for replying so quickly, what tests did u have done?

    How long would u say it took for the feeling to go away once meds kicked in?

    Did u say u had cbt?

    That's how I feel that my symptoms have made me depressed but I guess that how it works your body & mind fighting to work so hard with lack of sleep ect just gives up!!

    I'm on day 9 of meds hoping they kick in soon, I do feel slightly brighter than 9 days ago so guessing there taking effect?? X

  • Hi Bolts 123

    Just wondering how you are doing on the meds?x

  • Hi thanks for asking my mood feels a bit better been crying a lot!!

    Still have this heavy fuzzy head did that take a while to lift ? It's still worrying me that I have something else

    Just resting at mo! I feel scared that I'm not going to feel like me again x

  • I felt like you too - the fear that I was stuck with these symptoms for life.

    I guess you've been on meds for 2 weeks - give another two . It can take several months for meds to kick in properly but hopefully you'll be feeling much better by then.

    I was told the fuzzy head can be a depression symptom ! X

  • Hi

    Great news you're feeling brighter. Really hoping you've turned that corner.

    Re tests I had the full blood count plus cortisol (stress hormone), thyroid levels. All normal. I also saw numerous eye specialists , neurologist ent specialist and had ct scan of sinuses - all ok. That was the frustrating thing - no one could say why I felt the way I did.

    How are you today? Do you ha e any time just for yourself? X

  • I didn't have cbt although wish I had. I was taught a couple of techniques which I found really good .

    After recovering I had counselling (v long wait list) . By that time I was ok really but had relationship issues and basically I wasn't ready to challenge that. It's good to offload though and discuss why you feel the way you do and look at coping strategies etc to make you feel better x

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