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Suffering with anxiety, lightheadedness. Is it normal?

Hi, I have been suffering with anxiety for a while now and I have been getting really light headed a lot lately. Is this normal with anxiety? In the last week or so I have been light headed all day everyday and there is no sign of it going away. It helps if I lay down, but as soon as I get up it starts all over again. Any tips would be much appreciated. Thanks
Mon, 11 Jun 2012
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Hi and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your question...

Although light-headedness can be one of the physical symptoms of anxiety, yet, severe and persistent light-headedness definitely needs further evaluation. It can be due to a variety of medical causes e.g. abnormal blood sugar, elevated blood pressure, ear problems, etc. You also need to elaborate more on the nature and duration of your anxiety symptoms to see if the lightheadedness could be related to it.

Since you have mentioned that your light-headedness has a postural variation (i.e. worse on standing and better on lying down) it is likely to be due to 'vertigo' (which is a problem related to the balancing apparatus in our body)

I would advice that you need to consult your doctor and have a detailed evaluation in order to find a cause and then appropriately treat your problem.

All the best.

- Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
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General & Family Physician Dr. Mohamed Ataulla Shariff's  Response
Yes lightheadedness will occur in anxiety. continue your medications and take mild analgesics.
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