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11 Months of Dizziness
echamplin posted:
[/blockquote> In February of 2012, I had my first (nocturnal) anxiety/panic attack. More specifically, I had a terrible nightmare, and I woke up in an anxiety attack. In April of 2012, I had another terrible nightmare, and I woke up in another anxiety/panic attack. Ever since April, I have been walking around with anxiety-like symptoms, from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to bed and "sleep." I put quotations marks around "sleep" because ever since April, I have had immense sleeping problems. I'm always waking up at night, or waking up really early in the morning and I'm unable to fall back asleep. Anyways, my symptoms include dizziness and irrational thoughts from the moment I wake up to the moment I fall asleep. I have been to several doctors to get several tests such as blood tests, audiology tests, etc., and everything has come back "normal", so I've just been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder.

Have you met anyone who has been in my shoes before? Do you know of anything that I can do I help become "normal" again? I'm tired of being tired, if that makes sense. And my patience has grown thin with being dizzy/lightheaded every day.
Patricia Farrell, PhD responded:
If you've had a number of tests including having your thyroid checked and an evaluation of your diet, and these physicians indicated that you were experiencing anxiety, what would be the reason that they wouldn't refer you for some help with this?

I'm assuming you have also been to a neurologist because dizziness may be a symptom of something that needs to be addressed. I'm not an M.D., but it is my thinking that you may need some very specific evaluations that haven't been done.

Having problems sleeping should also be evaluated and this might best be done by consulting with a sleep medicine specialist.

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