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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   hi
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   Dr XXXXXXXX here
Doctor :   Please proceed with your health query
User :   I have been going through some major stress in my personal life. I feel totally drained out and exhausted due to that
User :   i had got it checked with a doctor
User :   the first time when i had went to him he checked my BP and it was on a higher side
User :   for which he suggested nebicard 2.5, also my colestrol level has gone up
Doctor :   Are you on any medications for it?
User :   yes
User :   and sometimes i get some kind of panic palm gets sweaty and palpitations
User :   for which he has adviced etirest 0.5
User :   and for anxiet Ambulax FM
Doctor :   High B.P and high cholesterol can be a cause for increase tiredness and fatique
User :   should i get a complete medical check up done once again
Doctor :   are you regular on these medications?
User :   yes doc
Doctor :   are your B.P and cholesterol under control?
User :   when i checked last time which was around 2-3 mths back my BP was normal, but triglycerides were high on cpunt
Doctor :   you should get B.P checked every day till it is under control
Doctor :   cholesterol should be checked every month until it is controlled
User :   I did'nt have any medical history before 7 mths..all these things started 6-7 mths back...i am having high stress level due to personal issues
Doctor :   and once in 3-6 months.
Doctor :   Stress and anxiety issues have major role in control of blood pressures.
Doctor :   hence its necessary, that you involve life style modifications to help manage the stress levels.
Doctor :   May I know your age and gender?
User :   Male/31
Doctor :   Were you known to have hypertension in the past before the current problems started(hypertension was detected)?
Doctor :   Do you family history of hypertension and high cholesterol?
Doctor :   And can you also specify when was your last blood pressure checked and how much was it?
User :   my family does not have history of hypertension or high cholesterol..but my mom and dad have diabetes
User :   before my personal issue started i did use to get nervousness but it aggravated in last 6-7 mths
Doctor :   Ok
User :   i feel very low at times.....and feel exhausted and lack of energy
Doctor :   Do you have history of depression?
User :   no...have never visisted the doc before...i went to the doc only 6-7 mths back
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   May I know what was you blood pressure values when you got it checked?
User :   the tablets which doc had given i took it and it gave me some releif...but my worry is i don't want to get addicted to it
User :   i don't exactly remember it i think it was 120/80
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you have history of thyroid problems in the past?
User :   no...thyroid related issues
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me brief you.
Doctor :   Since, I am not sure of your blood pressure, I cannot predict if you are really have hypertension.
Doctor :   As suggested earlier, stress and anxiety can transiently raise blood pressure, but the physiology of the body is such that
Doctor :   any rise in blood pressure is brought down to normal levels in some time, once your stress levels are reduced.
Doctor :   Antihypertensive medications are indicated if blood pressure values are persistently high.
Doctor :   Hence, I would suggest you to recheck your blood pressure early in the morning for the next 3 days.
Doctor :   If all the values are high, you may need to continue the blood pressure medications.
Doctor :   If the values are under normal limits, then report back to your doctor to reconsider the use of anti hypertensive medications.
Doctor :   Apart from this and regular cholesterol level check ups, you will also need to check blood sugar and thyroid function tests.
Doctor :   These are the few medical conditions which can be responsible for your anxiety, high blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Doctor :   If all these are under normal limits, then its probably psychological problems.
Doctor :   Are you following?
User :   yes...i am
Doctor :   Psychological problems are treated by combination of medical drugs and
Doctor :   life style modifications.
User :   what are the pointers which indicate if a person is going thru depression
User :   will i have to undergo any tests
Doctor :   Depressions present with vague symptoms.
Doctor :   Symptoms such as low energy levels, easy tiredness, reduced appetite, reduced interest in daily activities, weight changes.
Doctor :   These are few common symptoms along with occasional suicide attempts that are signs of depression.
Doctor :   If you have all of these symptoms are most of these, then you may have to consult a psychiatrist for counsellings therapies.
User :   low energy levels, easy tiredness, reduced appetite, reduced interest in daily activities
User :   i encounter these things in my daily routine
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   yes, then I would suggest you to consider consulting a psychiatrist.
Doctor :   A face to face consultation, counselling sessions, modification of life style, revision of medications will be needed.
Doctor :   Since your symptoms are recent in onset, consider checking blood sugars and thyroid hormone functions
Doctor :   before opting for the above.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Its also necessary, that you involve the life style changes immediately.
Doctor :   Few of the life style modifications, that are absolutely necessary are as follows.
Doctor :   1. Adequate sleep - Regular 6-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep is absolutely necessary.
Doctor :   If you are constantly waking up from your sleep, due to difficulties in breathing, it can be sleep apnea syndrome.
Doctor :   That also needs evaluation.
User :   i am getting sound sleep
Doctor :   That's good,
Doctor :   continue with the same, you need to sleep for 6-8 hours and be regular with it.
Doctor :   2. Good and adequate nutrition - include a balanced diet containing just the required calories with plenty of vegetable and fruits.
Doctor :   3. Physical exercises - early morning brisk walks, yoga, meditations.
Doctor :   Practise any of the above and be regular with them.
Doctor :   4. Drink enough liquids- SInce 90% of body content is water, lack of water and dehydration grossly affects body functions resulting in easy tiredness and low energy.
Doctor :   Its necessary that you drink adequate amount of water.
Doctor :   Atleast 8 glass of water is absolutely necessary.
User :   k
Doctor :   5. Occupational problems- Since most of your time is spent in work,
Doctor :   keeping your working atmosphere good is important.
Doctor :   enjoy your work as much as you can.
Doctor :   avoid over working when ever possible.
Doctor :   Take breaks if possible.
Doctor :   Since, I wouldn't understand properly about your working experience, you can modify as necessarily\
Doctor :   so that there is equal amount of time spent with family.
User :   i will will follow your advice doc
Doctor :   These are few modifications that can help you.
Doctor :   Some more will be suggested after your counseling sessions.
Doctor :   follow them regularly, you should be fine.
Doctor :   Remember, medical drugs are only a part of your treatment.
Doctor :   You will need the rest of the treatment also.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   yes sir...i will have followed ...have 2 last queries
Doctor :   Please proceed.
User :   will psychiatrist treatement be a long drawn process?
Doctor :   Since your symptoms have been recent in onset, treatment not be a long one.
Doctor :   But the life style changes may have to be followed as regularly and as long as possible.
User :   my heart pounds vigoursly whenever i am trying to concentrate, is there any specific reason
Doctor :   Other therapies, medications and counselling sessions will be transient.
Doctor :   If no medical problems are found during the tests, then its probably due to the psychological issues.
Doctor :   The medical drugs should help.
Doctor :   The life style changes should help in treating this problems too.
Doctor :   Practise deep breathing exercises, such as counting breathes, inhaling deeply, holding breathe and slowly exhaling.
Doctor :   This exercise will help reducing the pounding heart.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   the major problem i am facing are these panic attacks....i feel i am getting choked and there is some kind of helplesness
User :   yes...i have followed
Doctor :   You can use these breathing exercises during your panic attacks,
Doctor :   they will make you feel better.
Doctor :   Use the medical drugs as suggested by your doctors or the psychiatrist if these exercises aren't helping you.
User :   ok
User :   1 last query
User :   i have lot of dark circles
User :   under my eyes
Doctor :   Ok
User :   is there any cream which i can use
User :   to get rid of it
Doctor :   Do you use glasses?
User :   no
Doctor :   Ok
User :   i don't
Doctor :   Dark circles occur due to sun exposure and due to other stress factors too.
User :   it aggravates when my stress levels are high and shows very prominently
Doctor :   Yes, since stress; nutritional factors and sun exposure are the cause, stress changes can induce the dark circles.
Doctor :   Sleep regularly, management of stress adequately, improved nutrition containing plenty of vegetable and fruits will prevent these from happening.
Doctor :   You can use skin lightening products such as skin bright cream
Doctor :   or any of the garnier products, or mederma cream.
Doctor :   Avoid using the cream close to the eyes
Doctor :   They can induce burning eyes and can harm your eyes.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   yes i have
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   no...thanks a lot for the invaulable advice and your precious time...much appreciated
User :   thanks once again
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me. Bye for now.
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