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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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Occasional dizziness along with numbness in hands, chest and face. Can it be due to anxiety or hyperventilation?

Sometimes I feel dizzy and hands and chest and face go numb with tingling, my doctors seem to think it is a form of anxiety from hyperventilation. I don't feel it's the cause because sometimes it just happens. Mostly after drinking, or lifting weights. Makes me not want to go anywhere or do anything. Because I never know what to expect. What are some of your thoughts? Sometimes feel weak, or very anxious nervous, like an adrenalin or something attacking my nervous system. Once I hyperventilated and cramped up and couldn't do much and my fingers bent back. That time my hole body was taken over by massive tingling. I do have bad arthritis in my neck and back for a very strong 25 year old male. But this all keeps me from living with confidents most of the time, or from taking long drives.
Sat, 4 Jan 2014
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Hello dear,

The symptoms as mentioned in your post can be due to:
1. Deficiency of certain nutrients like Iron, Vitamin B 12, Calcium, Magnesium, etc.
2. Any fluctuation in blood pressure levels.
3. Altered blood sugar levels.
4. Inadequate hydration & nutrition status.

Symptomatic relief can be obtained with nervigenic agents (like Vit B6, B12, Folic acid) & multivitamin & mineral supplementation.

Investigations like complete blood count, serum electrolytes, estimation of ionized calcium, estimation of blood pressure and blood sugar levels will be helpful in clinching the diagnosis.

There is no need to worry, you will be fine.
Meanwhile, maintain adequate hydration, take a healthy balanced diet & avoid stress.

Wishing a good health.
Take care.
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