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Last few days been a little short of breath (can't get deep breath). Today started feeling bit lightheaded, shaky, and look pale. What could be cause?

Last few days been a little short of breath (can't get deep breath). Today started feeling bit lightheaded, shaky, and look pale. What could be cause?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor if the symptoms do not abate in a day or so. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Lightheaded (Definition)

Lightheadedness is a sensation of feeling faint or "light in the head". It may be a symptom of Low blood pressure, or hypotension, which occurs when blood pressure during and after each heartbeat is much lower than usual. It may also occur when you are dehydrated, as my happen when severe morning ...Read more


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Waking up everyday feeling faint, giddy, lightheaded and shaky- is this hypoglycemia? I'm an otherwise healthy female! Thanks.

Waking up everyday feeling faint, giddy, lightheaded and shaky- is this hypoglycemia? I'm an otherwise healthy female! Thanks.

Some thoughts..: What you're describing can be caused by dozens of things: blood pressure, blood sugar, thyroid, hormone changes with pregnancy. I've had patients really concerned about low blood sugar with symptoms of lightheadedness. I tell them if they have a glass of orange juice and the symptoms go away, it could be the sugar. Some people will even check their sugars with a glucometer. Best of luck! ...Read more

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What are some causes of severe nausea, shakiness, and light headed feeling all at the same time, multiple times a week?

What are some causes of severe nausea, shakiness, and light headed feeling all at the same time, multiple times a week?

Many causes: These symptoms can have many causes from hypoglycemia to other hormonal imbalances and even neurologic conditions. This needs to be evaluated by a healthcare professional soon. ...Read more

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Can insulin resistance cause feeling light headed, feeling faint, shakiness, and weakness?

Can insulin resistance cause feeling light headed, feeling faint, shakiness, and weakness?

Maybe: I would be much more worried about hypoglycemia in a diabetic with those symptoms. Seek medical attention and get the blood sugar tested. Remember that too low a blood sugar can be very dangerous. Insulin resistance describes physiologic changes that occur in type 2 (primarily) diabetics. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with GERD but have had shakiness, fainting, and lightheadedness for years, thought it was low blood sugar. Is there a connection?

I have been diagnosed with GERD but have had shakiness, fainting, and lightheadedness for years, thought it was low blood sugar. Is there a connection?

Gerd: It sounds as if your current doctor (s) are not taking good enough care for you.
If you are only seeing a primary doctor ask to see both an endocrinologist and a neurologist.
If you have already seen these doctors ask your friends who might recommend new doctors for you. ...Read more

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Possible connection between pain below rib cage, indigestion, occasional achy pain in arms&legs, also slightly lightheaded & slight shakyness all over?

Possible connection between pain below rib cage, indigestion, occasional achy pain in arms&legs, also slightly lightheaded & slight shakyness all over?

Viral Syndrome: It sounds to me like you have a viral syndrome, but if the symptoms worsen, I would see your doctor as you have a number of symptoms that do not necessarily present together regularly. ...Read more

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What are the causes of dizziness and shakiness?

What are the causes of dizziness and shakiness?

Glucose level: If it is too low, or to high. Even your blood pressure being too low or too high. Inner ear disease may also be a cause of dizziness/being unsteady. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if I have dizziness, shakiness and feel sick?

Should I be concerned if I have dizziness, shakiness and feel sick?

See a physician: Unfortunately, there are many conditions that can cause those symptoms, from very mild (like ear infections, sinus infections, etc.) to more serious. It also can depend what you are doing at the time that the symptoms come on (at rest, with activity, after eating, etc.). I would absolutely recommend seeing your physician. Best of luck to you! ...Read more

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I have been having nausua, shakiness and dizziness for the past week and a half to the point that I cant eat and I barely sleep. Help!

I have been having nausua, shakiness and dizziness for the past week and a half to the point that I cant eat and I barely sleep. Help!

Spoken to your doc?: If you suffer from epilepsy then, you do not want to be skipping meals or being sick with some infection that can be treated. That could make your seizure disorder respond in a negative way (i.e. trigger seizures). Are you certain of your pregnancy status with these symptoms? If you've just recently missed a period and are sexually active then, you may wish to perform a home test. ...Read more

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My blood sugar fasting is usually around 70-100 but I experience symptoms like shakiness, sweating and dizziness. I'm waiting for a dr app.

My blood sugar fasting is usually around 70-100 but I experience symptoms like shakiness, sweating and dizziness. I'm waiting for a dr app.

Does eating help?: If those symptoms go away when you eat food or drink a sugar-containing fluid, then they might still be due to low blood sugar. While waiting for appt, try cutting down on refined carbohydrates and sugar: sweets, white bread, processed cereals. These cause a spike in blood sugar and then a spike in insulin, which makes your blood sugar drop. Could cause your symptoms. Eat high-protein food instead ...Read more

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I have bled through to the point of major leakage 8 super tampons in a 6 hour period and am having major clots also dizziness, shakiness, fatigue.

I have bled through to the point of major leakage 8 super tampons in a 6 hour period and am having major clots also dizziness, shakiness, fatigue.

Go to ER: You could very well be developing blood loss anemia, and cause of bleeding needs to be addressed. Go to nearest hospital, as you need a direct interaction NOW. ...Read more

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Sugar level 78 doctor at ER told me it was low gave me a 5 hours glucose test. Is 78 low? Whent to the ER cause of shakiness dizziness BP was 166/82

Sugar level 78 doctor at ER told me it was low gave me a 5 hours glucose test. Is 78 low? Whent to the ER cause of shakiness dizziness BP was 166/82

Glucose level: A glucose of 78 is normal, not low. The only exception is in the case of diabetics who are poorly controlled. If a diabetic's blood sugar is running 300 all the time, a sudden fall to 78 would feel like "hypoglycemia". ...Read more

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Should I be tested for POTS? I suffer from dizziness/fatigue/shakiness. Resting heart rate of 65-70 rises to 120-130 after 10 mins of standing

Should I be tested for POTS? I suffer from dizziness/fatigue/shakiness. Resting heart rate of 65-70 rises to 120-130 after 10 mins of standing

Pots: Mild pots can be treated without medication. The use of support hose, liberal salt use, sports drink and adequate hydration can alleviate symptoms. Additional lower leg exercise i.e. Walking can be helpful to improve upright tolerance and lower leg musculature ...Read more

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I got mirena (levonorgestrel) 6 mon. Ago after having my 1st kid & I've bled ever since. I've experienced shakiness dizziness peeing blood clot& worse. What could it b?

I got mirena (levonorgestrel) 6 mon. Ago after having my 1st kid & I've bled ever since. I've experienced shakiness dizziness peeing blood clot& worse. What could it b?

IUD problem: Heavy bleeding and pain after placement of an iud means there is problem. You could have an infection in the uterus or the iud may not be situated correctly in the uterus. It is also possible you are pregnant or there is tissue left from the first delivery. You need to be seen by your doctor as soon as possible and be checked out. You also might have a bladder infection. ...Read more

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For 1 yr. I've had chronic dizziness, shakiness, tinnitus, weakness, fatigue, balance issues. Not vestibular or heart; poss. Neurological? Thoughts?

For 1 yr. I've had chronic dizziness, shakiness, tinnitus, weakness, fatigue, balance issues. Not vestibular or heart; poss. Neurological? Thoughts?

Possibly: These symptoms could be neurological or psychological, if cardiac and vestibular etiologies have been ruled out by the respective specialists. Speak with your physician, who might refer you to a neurologist. Http://emedicine. Medscape. Com/neurology ...Read more

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Constant heart fluttering, weak, shakiness, dizziness, wake up so hungry, feel like I have to make bowel movement. More in the am?

Constant heart fluttering, weak, shakiness, dizziness, wake up so hungry, feel like I have to make bowel movement. More in the am?

Weak, shaky: I strongly recommend that you see --
1: Your primary doctor.
2: A Psychologist that will help you feel more comfortable.

Hope all goes well - please keep me posted. ...Read more

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Ezcessive Sweating, fatigue, shortness of breath, heart races, dizziness, memory loss, shakiness, blackouts. Wondering what is wrong?

Ezcessive Sweating, fatigue, shortness of breath, heart races, dizziness, memory loss, shakiness, blackouts. Wondering what is wrong?

Not sure...: But it doesn't sound like anything good. See your doc and get some basic labs and an ECG to start. You might be severely hyperthyroid...the possibilities are many. ...Read more

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Feeling shaky, light headed. What could it be. Misses lunch just ate dinner.

Feeling shaky, light headed. What could it be. Misses lunch just ate dinner.

Don't know: But if you are overweight it's likely that you're Insulin resistant and your symptoms are an elevated post-meal glucose returning to normal after a meal. This is not hypoglycemia, which doesn't exist in normal human beings, other that people on diabetes medications. Talk w/your doctor. Eat less, exercise more and lost weight. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I am feeling a bit light headed and shaky, why is this?

What do you recommend if I am feeling a bit light headed and shaky, why is this?

Some considerations: Would check for anemia, thyroid disorder, medication reaction, etc., so see doctor and get this pinned down and reversed. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
3,760 Doctors shared insights

Dizziness (Definition)

Dizziness is a feeling of light headedness that includes loss of balance, vertigo, or the feeling as ...Read more