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Complex medical problem: Dizziness (from possible anxiety) causing (possible) heart palpitations?
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echamplin posted:
Long story short, I've been dizzy every day for the last 4 months, and I've been seeing doctors, and so far ever test has come up as "normal." I was first diagnosed with "anxiety disorder" but was later questioned with by I'm dizzy 24/7, literally (even before starting medication). Tonight I just stumbled across something, and I want the WebMD community to see if you can pinpoint what is going on.[br>[br>It was recent theory that my constant heart palpitations (which started last week, in addition to more-intense dizziness) started out of no-where (or maybe the new anxiety medication), and that it amplified my dizziness. I found out tonight that, while moving my eyes left-to-right, I can actually control if I have "palpitations" or not - or even that? I found that when I move my eyes left-to-right, I hear irregular pumping (of 3-4), so it sounds as if the DIZZINESS/eye movement is causing the pounding. I placed my hand over my heart, and I'm not feeling any abnormal *heart* beats in conjoint to the random body pounding. [br>[br>What is the pounding, and why does it seem voluntary via eye-movement?


Also, if this is anxiety, why am I dizzy every second I'm awake?
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Patricia Farrell, PhD responded:
I'm not an MD and I'm not sure why you are experiencing this constant anxiety and heart palpitations which seem to be associated with eye movement. #next_pages_container { width: 5px; hight: 5px; position: absolute; top: -100px; left: -100px; z-index: 2147483647 !important; }

One thing we do know is that anxiety can be exacerbated during the first week or two taking certain anti-anxiety medications. I would also think that, if you have heart palpitations and the PCP or cardiologist says you don't have anything wrong, it can be stress-related. I knew an executive who didn't realize the amount of stress he was under until he suddenly became aware of skipped pulse beats. It's a sign of stress. He went for stress-reduction counseling plus some other training and it went away.

I would think a neurologist may be the one to see regarding some of this.

Dr. Farrell


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