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Nausea, dizziness and shortness of breath post pregnancy - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   I am 29 years old and since I was pregnant I randomly get dizzy, nausea and shortness of breath when I shower or get up in the morning?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :  
Ok
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Is this your first pregnancy?
User :   Yes, my daughter is now 17 months old....
Doctor :   Ok

Doctor :  
It was previously then
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What is the concern now?
User :   since my daughter was born... I randomly get dizzy, nausea and shortness of breath in the morning when I shower or get out of bed.... never had this issue prior to my pregnancy?
Doctor :   Ok

Doctor :  
Are you having this problem even now?
User :   Yes.... randomly.... once or twice a month....
Doctor :  
Ok
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How about neck pain or headache?
User :   No it just seems to happen and i need to stay for a while until it passes
Doctor :   Ok

Doctor :  
this could be a functional disorder
Doctor :  
I would suggest you to take the Ear, Nose and throat surgeon opinion once
Doctor :  
Also a EKG is advisable in your case
User :   When I get in the shower I start feeling like i cant breathe then the nausea, dizziness set in..
Doctor :  
Ok
Doctor :  
It is like a sympathetic stimulation
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One thing I can advise you to change is to use warm water
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not too hot or not too cold
User :   What is an ear, nose and throat opinion?
Doctor :  
Due to the stimulation of sensory nerves in the body
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ENT specialist opinion I mean
Doctor :  
there shall be a sympathetic stimulation causing the symptoms in your case
User :   Is this something that would have changed hormonally after my pregnancy?
Doctor :   Not a likely possibility

User :   Ok...
User :   What is a sympathetic stimulation?
Doctor :   That is a nervous response

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like what happens during stressful situations
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or during extreme happiness
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it is an automatic response of the nervous system
User :   Can the hot water cause that or more likely stressful situations....
Doctor :  
Both
User :   Maybe I have more stress now that I have a daughter...
Doctor :   Could be

Doctor :  
Are you there?
User :   Yes... just thinking about it
Doctor :  
Ok
User :   Can dehydration cause the same symptoms?
Doctor :   Possible

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but does not stay so long
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Is there any thing else I can help you with?
User :   So I should see an ENT Specialist?
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