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Dizziness and weirdness while driving,high BP and cholesterol level - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi\I had an episode yesterday. I was driving back long distance from an appoitment. I didn't feel well and pulled off into services. I became very confused. I knew I was in the services but not where and I couldn't remember why I was there. I couldn't remember what car I drove or where it was parked and I felt really dizzy. I sat down with my eyes closed for a while and things slowly started coming back but it left me feeling really tired. I have another appoitment today which is a 3 hour each way drive. Do you think I'll be alright?                                                                 
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Dr .... here
User :   Hi
Doctor :   Let me read your query
Doctor :   May i know your age plz?
User :   49
Doctor :   Do you have raised blood pressure, sugar or cholesterol?
User :   Not sure, last check my cholesterol andBP were high side of normal about a year ago
Doctor :   Are you on any medications?
User :   No
Doctor :   For your raised BP and cholesterol were you not recommended any medications?
User :   No, I think they were both high side of Normal
Doctor :   I will recommend you to get your complete examination and investigations done including blood, urine tests.
Doctor :   If your BP would be raised also you may require an ECG.
User :   Do you think I should do my appoitment today, its a 2.5 hour journey each way. I can't see a doctor until this evening
Doctor :   According to your symptoms what you described it feels like there could be a change in the blood supply to the brain for a short duration of time which could have resulted as such.
Doctor :   It can be related to sudden changes in blood pressure also because of stress and work overload.
Doctor :   Its not an emergency but you should fix an appointment with a health care professional soon and also get the investigations done.
Doctor :   Also do not drive alone, take somebody along with you on the way.
Doctor :   Have you followed what i have said?
User :   Yes and thank you. I am not able to take someone with me as it is a work appoitment. Is it better to cancel the appoitment. Work will be cross if I cancel uneccessarily
Doctor :   It will be better not to drive alone and to cancel it.
User :   Thank you
Doctor :   Is there anything else i can help you with?
User :   No and thank you
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me , bye for now.
User :   Bye
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