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Episodes of dizziness while sleeping, weakness. History of panic attacks. Cause?

Have had two episodes of dizziness while sleeping - last night and night before last. Never had this before. Am 70-year-old female in good health. Hx of panic attacks that started during sleep = 2006 -2008 after having minor surgery with anesthesia . None since then. Dx ed as panic attand had acks later thorough tests, including a arteriogram that showed no blockages. Currently stressed approaching major life changes in downsizing and possible move. i am awakened feeling like the bed is spinning. Sit up and still feel the room spinning and cant focus on one thing in the room. Pulse 85. Feel queezy and a little weak. Lasts around 15 minutes. Able to return to sleep but upon awakening, feel weak and still a bit off balance. Have also been having middle of the night awakenings and difficulty falling asleep after.- can,t shut down thoughts. Dizzy in PA.
Asked On : Tue, 12 Feb 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Jun 2013
Hi there ~

The feeling of not being able to sleep after waking at nigh and difficulty falling asleep are all symptoms of depression. You also seem to have anxiety which go hand in hand with depression. I think that you are also suffering from what we call panic disorder where you get panic attacks out of the blue and are unexpected. Surgery does not have anything to do with this condition though it may have contributed to your anxiety. I hope you start distracting yourself by doing yoga, pranayama, prayers, dhyana, asanas, mudras, and regular physical exercise such as walking. Also consulting a psychiatrist would be a fantastic idea.

I hope this helps. Take care and have a lovely day !
Answered: Wed, 13 Feb 2013
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