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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   ive just had a personal training session at the gym, i suffer from anxiety and was panicking on and off throughout the session, i felt very dizzy from panicking and the trainer said that my eyes looked glazed; is this related to my panic?
Doctor :   Hello
User :   hi
User :   hello doctor
User :   im female by the way
Doctor :   may i know your age please ?
User :   26
Doctor :   is this the first time this has happened ?
User :   my blood pressure is quite low
Doctor :   do you have any other medical condition ?
User :   no, i feel dizzy most days when i get anxious
User :   no other conditions
Doctor :   and can you tell me if you are on any medications ?
User :   escitalopram 20mg
Doctor :   since how long you have been taking it ?
User :   at least 2 years
User :   im just scared that my eyes look this way whenever i panic
Doctor :   was the first time this has happened ?
User :   no
User :   its happened a lot before
Doctor :   also when did you checked your blood pressure last ?
Doctor :   do you remember the reading ?
User :   but nobody has pointed it out directly
User :   about 100 over something
User :   my bp was taken about 2weeks ago
Doctor :   so the trigger is always a panic attack ?
User :   yes or exercise
User :   i just want to know why my eyes look and feel strange when im anxious, because it makes me feel mad
Doctor :   well you see that the body does react when there is a imbalance, i would like you to undergo a physical examination with your GP including a blood pressure check up.The eye movements and the feeling of strangeness is the way your reflexes are responding
Doctor :   we are more concerned here regarding your dizziness
Doctor :   also a ear exam is also required in your case
Doctor :   panic does causes symptoms related to imbalance
Doctor :   we need to pinpoint the exact cause
Doctor :   so that you can be treated accrdingly
Doctor :   as from your history you have told me that it only happens when you are in a panic attack
Doctor :   so we know the trigger
User :   to be honest i feel that i will get fobbed off with the cause being anxiety
Doctor :   dont worry you need to stay calm
Doctor :   next time . try to sit down immediately if you are feeling anxious and take deep breaths
Doctor :   dont let this feeling linger on
User :   i just feel that i cant make eye contact now if this is what is happening to me
Doctor :   dont worry , you should not think about it , like i said just get a physical examination done, and dont let this bother you
Doctor :   you need to stay positive
User :   okay thank you
Doctor :   your most welcome
Doctor :   take care
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