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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   Please can someone help me, I really need some advice. 6 months ago my best friend died after falling down the staris at work. this brought a lot of panic and anxiety for me. I started suffering from dizziness and feeling spaced out, as well as numbness in parts of my body. I visited ym gp who did various blood tests and also a kidney unltra sound and everything was normal and she diagnosed anxiety. The thing is i really arent convicned. I feel dreadful most days, my head feels so heavy and feels as though its being forced forward from the back.. i also get very weird sensation, that start from my stomach and rush to my head and the rest of my body.. it makes me fo really warm and feel as though im fading away or about to pass out ( i never had) my ears also become very full when this happens. I have told my gp and also seen a few others to get other opinions and they all say anxiety! im so sure this is a neurological problem and i have insited my gp refer me to a neurologist. im sure that once you tell the doctors you are on beta blockers they fob you off with anixety. im so worried and so sure anixety cant make you feel as bad as i feel. please can you advise?
Doctor :   Hi
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Let me read it
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What is your age and occupation?
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I am trying to understand your difficulty
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I shall put few more questions for better understanding
User :   24 student
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What was your first / earliest symptom ?
User :   dizziness
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and when was that
User :   a few weeks after my friend passed away in September
User :   its not constant in comes and goes
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Did you ever lose consciousness?
User :   no
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Did you ever had a seizure attack?
User :   not that im aware of. i did mention to my doctor that i suffer from something strange during sleep which she said sounded like sleep paralysis and when this happens my body vibrates, but thats only in sleep
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Ok that is normal
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People who have stress and anxiety can have such
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attacks
User :   but what are the rush sensations i exerience? it often feels like im falling for a split second
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Where are the rush sensations experienced?
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What time?
User :   it happens for a few seconds, my whole body just goes warm it seems to come from my stomach and rushes to my head just feel really warm and like im about to pass out. it happens anytime. last time is happened was testerday during my cbt session
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Do u mean cognitive behavioural session?
User :   yes
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Did you ever pass out?
User :   no
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Do you have such feelings when you are alone?
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or even when you are engaged in some serious work?
User :   yes when im alone, and havent had it when i've been doing serious work
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Did you record what were your thoughts before such feelings?
User :   no, its only happened a few times when it happened yesterday i was feeling quite scared at the discussion i was having with my cbt
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What was the discussion?
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about?
User :   death
User :   due to my friend pasing away
Doctor :   Ok, past was passed
Doctor :   now, pl try to record your thoughts before such feeling in a book

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each time
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so that you can avoid such thoughts and instances in future
User :   ok
User :   but i am still concerned as to what is making me feel this way
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You are a student and you have a very bright future ahead
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You have to remove what had happened in the past
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and move ahead
User :   i am trying but it doesnt help when i feel ill and am being told its anxiety? im more afraid of some sort of brain tumor
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Do you have headache constantly or re?peatedly
User :   i get a pain in the left side if my head near the bottom of my skull and behind my ear, it goes into my neck and sometimes into my shoulder.. its not constant it comes and goes
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Do you have vomiting
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sensation?
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Nausea
User :   nausea
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Do you have blurring of vision?
User :   but again not constant
User :   i get blurred vision but only after watching tv or looking at the computer for too long
User :   and i have had my eyes tested, i went to a&e and the doctors said i was showing no signs of a brain tumor
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I too feel the same
User :   what is you advice
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MRI of the Brain is the best way to rule out that you have tumor or not
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so I want you to confirm the existence of brain tumor with it
User :   do u think my symptoms are that of something serious or anxiety related?
Doctor :   Not serious

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though
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Could be anxiety related
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and very common
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after loss of a dearest one
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They shall be reduced with serious CBT and few anxiolytics
User :   and the pressure in my head? could this be tension?
Doctor :   Tension type of headache and too much of thought processes

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I shall say you one good exercise
User :   not a brain tumour>?
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which you can start
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Yes
User :   yes a tumour?
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it is probably not a tumor
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and you can confirm it with MRI
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of the brain
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It should be a normal MRI scan
User :   i have a referrel to the neurologist so im just waiting to get an appointment
Doctor :   Ok

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Good to check with him too
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If you wish you may take a specialist opinion with our specialists too
User :   how do i do this?
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Doctor :   YOu can go to this link

User :   okay thank u
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I hope my interaction is helpful for you
User :   will they be able to tell me what they think this is? as i am still unsure of why i feel like this
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I intensely feel you do not have brain tumor
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Yes
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They would be able to tell
User :   can you tell me what you feel maybe wrong?
Doctor :   Bereavement disorder
User :   and that is what is causing me to feel these sensations too?
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with anxiety
User :   yes
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Did you try the exercise
User :   i will do
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When you have those feeling, i mmediately get into a game with friends
User :   im just concerend about the rush sensations i experience, although i havent passed out i feel like i will.
Doctor :   Get into exercise mode
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with friends
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your history says
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that you do not have feelings when
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you are in serious work
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and finally the Neuurologist can rule out your
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doubts of brain tumor
User :   ok thank u
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Is there anything else
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I can help you with?
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Thanks for consulting me
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Bye for now.
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