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Episodes of dizziness, tingling sensation, heaviness in chest, lightheadedness, moderately stressed. Suggest

Hi, I've just turned 21 years old. Female, under a moderate amount of stress. For a month and a half now I have not felt well. Whilst studying at my desk I would experience episodes of dizziness that are relieved when I have an aspirin, but after experiencing a tingling sensation I was advised by father to stop taking it in fear that I may be allergic. I have a weird sensation on my chest as if a heavy phone book is pressed against it. Occasionally, as I am experiencing now, I have a strange sensation travelling down my right arm. But my main complaint is the lightheaded feeling I get so often. What is it?

Note: I have a healthy BMI, although I'm not a health fanatic, I rarely exercise, but I have a healthy diet (i would say). My heart rate is also normal: 68 beats per min.
Asked On : Thu, 2 May 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Hi Sara.e.bedir ,

Welcome to HCM Forum ,

I can understand how anxious you might be and how much concerned you are about this episodes.

Considering what episodic problem you have is typical features of Panic attack.This is kind of attack
--can occur spontaneously , usually last for few seconds to few minutes
--associated with palpitation,chest discomfort,chest tightness,breathlessness,tingling numbness in limbs,abdominal discomfort,dryness of mouth with heaviness of head with feeling like going to be crazy
--absolutely normal in between two episodes but over concerned feeling that you might have it again and will get troubled in public so associated avoidance behavior can be there

Panic attack can be result of Panic disorder or any underlying physical disorder can be confirmed after thorough investigation ( like thyroid profile, SOS EEG etc ) This disorder is very common , can be easily manageable and completely treatable.So visit to nearest psychiatrist who after thorough in person evaluation will confirm the diagnosis and start treatment accordingly.

Hope this helps to you.

Best regards.
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Psychiatrist Dr. Nehal Shah's  Response

Thanks for using healthcare magic.
Stress is known to cause dizziness, light headed and somatic symptoms like you have.

But you should rule out physical causes of Chest compression and light headed feeling and dizziness with consultation of your doctor. Doctor may advise you to go for physical check-up including blood investigations like sugar level, thyroid dysfunction and cardiac check-up.

If everything comes to normal,you cans tamp it as stress manifestation.

Aspirin is not the drug used for dizziness. you should consult your doctor before popping it out.

For stress, you should do stress management and relaxation exercise like yoga, meditation or breathing exercise. You should also consult qualified psychiatrist to evaluate and manage the stress and depression if any.

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Psychologist Dr. K. V. Anand's  Response
Dec 2015
In yogic science, feeling weightless is feeling healthy.
Understand the body chemistry maturely, not immaturely.
Becoming stressed at the age of 21 is quite normal because you are just coming out of your teen and looking at responsibilities.
Also you are developing into a responsible adult.
It is developmental procedure.
Don't worry about your current symptoms.
If overwhelming, consult a physician and clear your doubts.
Heaviness of chest also is the outcome of stress.
Wish you a good recovery.
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