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nic14120 posted:
Hello! I am 34 yr old mother of two (22 months and 5 yrs old). I have always battled anxiety and obsessive thoughts, and serious issue with germs. I have a family history of anxiety and depression and was witness to my mother's bipolar episodes from a young age. Anywho, on NYE I came down with the stomach bug, a few days post recovery I started to experience episodes of this fuzzy/lightheaded feeling in my head. I don't want to say dizzy because I never feel like I will fall, or pass out. My vision is fine. Sometimes it is constant all day, other times it comes in waves. I can be relaxed when I feel it, or stressed when it comes on after, etc. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to it. I have been to the ENT, my primary, and all blood work/physical shows fine. I do have an appt with a neurologist on Monday to dig deeper. My sister asked if I was stressed, and said sometimes anxiety/stress could cause this sensation. My BP is fine as well. I did test it when having this sensation as well. Is it possible this could be a reaction to axiety? I don't experience episodes that could line up with this feeling, it's just there, pretty much daily as of lately. This has been going on now for about 4 weeks. I am curious if this could be a sign of some underlying anxiety issues?
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turtle_racer responded:
Hello, I too have that sensation often and have had it in the past. It keeps me from sleeping, because at the point my mind goes to fall asleep, my head gets numb/fuzzy which sets off my anxiety in a big way. Like you, I am just coming off an illness (bronchitis) when this fuzzy head symptom and anxiety turned up. I returned to the doctor to get help with a returning congestion and cough. My blood pressure is fine. He looked in my ears also because I experience a constant popping too. He subscribed another antibiotic, yet didn't really give me a diagnosis. Being curious, when I arrived home and two times after, I used an ear wax removal solution. That produced some wax and other debris.
 
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Patricia Farrell, PhD responded:
Anxiety can bring on a number of physical symptoms and one of them can be a feeling of fuzzy headedness or feeling overheated, sweaty and even nauseous. Stress is one of the main culprits that results in this type of anxiety reaction, so your sister had a good idea there.

Since you are going to see a specialist, be sure to bring a list of all your symptoms, when they happen and what happened just before and just after the symptoms. Often this can help pinpoint what might be causing this. If it's stress related, then there are a couple of things that you can do.

You do have young children and that, in and of itself, is stressful and quite demanding 24 hours a day. That's not to say you don't love your children, but you do need some time for yourself and some time to de-stress. If you haven't had this in quite awhile, then I would think that the stress is building up and, almost like a volcano, it bubbles up into anxiety symptoms.

What can you do outside of having your children taken care of by someone for a few hours a week? If that is not an option, then learn to use relaxation breathing (we have a video tutorial of this in our Tips column) and also do some mild exercise. The exercise that I'm thinking of can be done in the kitchen while you're doing meal preparation or cleaning up or even sitting in a chair for a few minutes. I do have a number of these exercises on my website on the Video page. Be sure to go through the videos until you find the exercise techniques.

You can do the relaxation breathing several times a day and it will help to keep the stress level down and will enable you to calm yourself. Of course, this is something that can be done by anyone and should be used whenever you might be feeling a bit upset and stressed or your anxiety level has gone up. Don't let the anxiety take hold of you before you use the breathing. Use the breathing to cut it off.

I hope this is helpful for you.
 
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nic14120 replied to Patricia Farrell, PhD's response:
Thank you so much for taking the time to reply. Is it possible to experience only a lightheaded/fuzzy feeling alone, withouth the other symptoms? is it possible to feel like this all day long, even when y ou don't feel physical stress or anxiety?
We live 8 hrs from our family, and I work p/t, and my husband works f/t, so there is very little time for myself. I try to excercise as much as I can by jogging, so that is my time. But, since these issues, I don't do it when I am feeling this way. Yesterday I was able to get a jog in, but by evening the feeling in my head was back
I am very worried it is something serious...
 
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Patricia Farrell, PhD replied to nic14120's response:
I think it would be a good idea to have yourself checked out because the fuzziness that you may be feeling could be from a variety of things; not anything serious, but still something that needs attention.

You may just be quite stressed out and that might be what is affecting you, but that has to be decided after a medical checkup. Sometimes blood pressure can change because of prolonged stress and this might be what is giving you the lightheadedness. I'm not an MD, but I have seen people who have this symptom and do have some small concerns about blood pressure.


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