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Dr. Heidi Fowler
3,299 Doctors shared insights

Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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Can a hormone imbalance cause headaches anxiety and depression?

Can a hormone imbalance cause headaches anxiety and depression?

Definetely: Hormonal changes can affect all women with migraine and most women experience an increased frequency of migraine attacks around the time of menses. Menstrual migraine is triggered in susceptible women by fluctuating estrogen levels, usually a decrease in estrogen level just prior to menses. Hormonal changes can also cause sleep disturbance, anxiety, depression, mood changes and irritability. ...Read more

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I have a bad headache, anxiety at night, dizziness all day long. Feel like my heart is weak what may be the disease? Thank you

I have a bad headache, anxiety at night, dizziness all day long. Feel like my heart is weak what may be the disease? Thank you

Possibly anxiety: Anxiety disorders -- including generalized anxiety and panic disorders -- are diseases but are not physically life-threatening. You should see your physician for a general health checkup, to make sure there are no heart, thyroid, or other problems which may cause or add to your symptoms. Psychiatrists and therapists treat all kinds of anxiety -- your family doctor may suggest an evaluation. ...Read more

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My father just passed away yesterday. I am experiencing headaches, anxiety and intestinal pain. The pain has worsened should I go to ER or walkin

My father just passed away yesterday. I am experiencing headaches, anxiety and intestinal pain. The pain has worsened should I go to ER or walkin

Sorry to hear about: Your loss. You will probably find it to get quicker help by going to a Walk in Clinic rather than the ER. You can also see your family doc. In any case, do get yourself checked out. If symptoms pre-dated your dad's death or continue, a clinical psychologist can offer stress management help. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Will the withdrawal symtoms of Paxil (paroxetine) (nausea, headache, anxiety mood swing etc) persist for long time after stoping when will they be over?

Will the withdrawal symtoms of Paxil (paroxetine) (nausea, headache, anxiety mood swing etc) persist for long time after stoping when will they be over?

Work w/ Dr: The doctor who prescribed and should be handling your w/drawal is the right one to ask. It's part of their responsibility to you in my opinion. Yours is to be honest w/ them and follow recommendations. ...Read more

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I took one dose of Saxenda 0.6 prescribed for weight loss. Type2 diabetic on metformin. Fast Heartbeat, headache, anxiety. Side effects? Stop it?

I took one dose of Saxenda 0.6 prescribed for weight loss. Type2 diabetic on metformin. Fast Heartbeat, headache, anxiety. Side effects? Stop it?

Yes and see doctor: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you and your symptoms warrant evaluation by a physician. If the symptoms have not subsided and you cannot see your doctor, it would be prudent to go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital.
Wish you good health! ...Read more

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Hi I had protected sex before 3 weeks, from my best knowledge, the condom didn't break. I'm facing symptoms like pimples and headache (anxiety). Hiv??

Hi I had protected sex before 3 weeks, from my best knowledge, the condom didn't break. I'm facing symptoms like pimples and headache (anxiety). Hiv??

Not related: Don't believe your symptoms are HIV related but you should consider getting testing for HIV if you are concerned. ...Read more

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Can asthma cause tension headache, anxiety and panic attacks at the same time? And what is the connection to food allergy? "chocolate cause headache"

Can asthma cause tension headache, anxiety and panic attacks at the same time? And what is the connection to food allergy? "chocolate cause headache"

Asthma symptoms: If asthma is not controlled and you continue to have difficulty breathing, it is a yes. Not able to breath well can cause anxiety, heart race or panic attack, and headache. Most of the time asthma is related to environmental allergies in the us. Having one allergic disease give to a risk of getting another one including food allergy. Chocolate, tea, coffee contain caffeine ; can cause headache. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of elevated prolactin. Mine is 57. I have insomnia, brain fog, headaches, anxiety, weight gain. On orthocyclen, which is culprit?

What are symptoms of elevated prolactin. Mine is 57. I have insomnia, brain fog, headaches, anxiety, weight gain. On orthocyclen, which is culprit?

Probably not: Elevated prolactin can cause irregular periods, infertility problems and lactation but more often there are no symptoms. If you have a tumor in the pituitary tumor causing the elevation of prolactin then you may possibly have headache. Usually the tumors are very small and cause no symptoms ...Read more

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Intermittent upper left arm pain, dull and achy. At times spreading down the arm, and with a more severe intensity. Lasting approximately 1 week. No recent injury to the arm. Lightheaded, palpitations, mild chest discomfort, headache. Anxiety?

Left arm pain: Could very well be anxiety but has to be checked oiut from a cardiac standpt. Women do not have the classic pains associated with angina when they are in the forties and above, is there a family history of heart disease? If yes, the cardiac workup is even more important. Good luck and feel better. ...Read more

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Warm left arm, headache, anxiety, confusion, have been prescribed steroids for ulcerative colitis for the second time and am on mezalazine?

Warm left arm, headache, anxiety, confusion, have been prescribed steroids for ulcerative colitis for the second time and am on mezalazine?

Steroid side effects: You may just be experiencing the side effects one can see with steroids. If these do not settle down over the next couple of days, talk with your prescribing provider. ...Read more

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Motorcycle accident & ctscan 3wks ago normal have symptoms of dizzy cloudy ears ringing headache anxiety what type of test do they do for concussions?

Motorcycle accident & ctscan 3wks ago normal have symptoms of dizzy cloudy ears ringing headache anxiety what type of test do they do for concussions?

Neurological exam: A good neurological examination to document and track the symptoms and findings-particularly with the dizziness. This will be useful to follow for improvement which should occur over the next several weeks. Also the examination of the ears (tympanic membranes) to ensure there are no signs of blood or fluid behind the eardrum that can contribute to the symptoms. ...Read more

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31 weeks pregnant. Elevated blood pressure. Headaches. Anxiety attacks. What is this? Had an appointment and they said they're not worried about BP...

31 weeks pregnant. Elevated blood pressure. Headaches. Anxiety attacks. What is this? Had an appointment and they said they're not worried about BP...

Maybe not yet…: But your blood pressure and other symptoms should be watched closely. Toxemia (preeclampsia) is a potential concern and would need to be actively managed. ...Read more

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What should I do to reduce pain, relax and induce sleep when headache and anxiety is very severe?

What should I do to reduce pain, relax and induce sleep when headache and anxiety is very severe?

Can't sleep: Talk to your doctor about this & see if you need assessed for secondary insomnia (insomnia due to other organic or psychological factors) which can be treated. Meanwhile you can try the sleep hygeine techniques (google those words for complete list (. ...Read more

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How to differentiate between a sudden headache from anxiety vs sudden headache due to stroke which obviously is very dangerous and needs visit to A&E?

Headaches due to CVA: Headaches due to stroke are associated with elevated BP and focal neurological signs eg facial palsy, hemiparesis (weakness on one side of body) or speech deficits. ...Read more

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How long does two 5 mg doses of lexapro (escitalopram) take to leave your system. I had a bad headache, bad anxiety, flashing lights when I was trying to sleep norm?

How long does two 5 mg doses of lexapro (escitalopram) take to leave your system. I had a bad headache, bad anxiety, flashing lights when I was trying to sleep norm?

Half-life: The half life of lexapro (escitalopram) is between 24-32 hours - it's best to assume the longer for safety. So, after 32 hrs, you'd have 5mg in you - after 64, 2.5mg - that'sunder 3 days - but the word is that FULL clearance can be 6-8 days for people who have been taking it regularly. Talk w/ tihe Dr who prescribed - don't stop on your own w/o advice on tapering. ...Read more

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Started 20mg celaxa 4 weeks ago. Awful nausea, appetite loss, insomina, headaches, worsened anxiety. Should I quit?

Consult your Doctor: Have you reported your side effects to the prescribing doctor? It would be best to discuss this as the medication you are on may not be the right one for you. ...Read more

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I am 30 weeks pregnant, have been having severe upper right pains pretty often now. Also horrible headaches and anxiety now what could be the problem?

I am 30 weeks pregnant, have been having severe upper right pains pretty often now. Also horrible headaches and anxiety now what could be the problem?

Go to ER: At 30 weeks gestation with a headache and pain in the upper abdomen it is urgent that you be evaluated for a disease called preeclampsia. Someone needs to get your blood pressure as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I want to know right vitamin supplements for migraine headache and anxiety?

I want to know right vitamin supplements for migraine headache and anxiety?

Not related: Vitamins are not likely to affect migraine or anxiety. If you are not on a regular mixed diet, you may take any over the counter multivitamin, however that is not likely to affect your symptoms. It would be prudent to consult a doctor for the treatment of migraine and anxiety.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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I had headache, fasciculations, anxiety and drowsiness in response to a supplement. Is that indicative of a hypersensitivity reaction?

I had headache, fasciculations, anxiety and drowsiness in response to a supplement. Is that indicative of a hypersensitivity reaction?

Anxiety: I understand your concern for various symptoms.

Without knowing names and dosage of Supplements, determination of these symptoms can not be made.

Your Thyroid condition needs to be monitored by an Endocrinologist including blood level of TSH, T3 (liothyronine) and T4
as hyperthyroid can cause anxiety symptoms
Please see a Psychiatrist for comprehensive diagnosis, , and collaboration with Endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Abscess? Half rotten back left upper molar tooth that doesn't hurt much but get headaches and anxiety? The gum is swollen in very back?! scared!

Abscess? Half rotten back left upper molar tooth that doesn't hurt much but get headaches and anxiety? The gum is swollen in very back?! scared!

Rotten Tooth: You most likely have an abscess, especially if you are swollen. Pain not the issue here, but ignoring the problem is. Why wait? Call a local dentist and have the tooth evaluated for restoration or extraction. The pain may start suddenly and may be severe. Infection can spread, too. ...Read more

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Can Prozac (fluoxetine) effect periods. I started Prozac (fluoxetine) 6/25 and should have had a period for july. I've been having headaches and anxiety. Not sexually active.?

Prozac (fluoxetine) and periods: Fluoxetine can affect menstruation patterns. Fluoxetine takes about 6 weeks to fully achieve positive effects. Anxiety and headaches are side effects. Talk to your doctor if you are unable to tolerate these side effects. Do not stop fluoxetine abruptly as these side effects can worsen. ...Read more

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MRI showed 17mm pineal cyst. I have headaches, tingling, anxiety, nausea. Is this going to kill me? I'm so scared. Help me.

MRI showed 17mm pineal cyst. I have headaches, tingling, anxiety, nausea. Is this going to kill me? I'm so scared. Help me.

Pineal cyst: It is common to find a pineal cyst on MRI. A lot of people have these. It is a benign condition. When it is this small there is nothing to worry about. Only in children with much larger cysts is there usually a problem. Your's is fine. It will DEFINITELY NOT kill or hurt you.

The pineal cyst could not cause your symptoms. Now it is important to have a plan to help each of those. ...Read more

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Pdoc changed dose of meds Wed. Which caused side effect of headache, nausea, anxiety? Remeron 45 to 15, cymbalta (duloxetine) 60 to 30, wellbutrin sr 150 to 300

Pdoc changed dose of meds Wed. Which caused side effect of headache, nausea, anxiety? Remeron 45 to 15, cymbalta (duloxetine) 60 to 30, wellbutrin sr 150 to 300

Lets review your que: I would call your primary and discuss your symptoms. You are probably feeling that way due to decrease in two of your meds. It would probably better to have decreased one of them at a time and at a slower rate to avoid withdraw symptoms ...Read more

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No ear infection, I've been checked. Been waking up with my ear throbbing off n on the past year n I have constant headaches n anxiety. What could this be?

TMJ: The jaw joint shares a nerve with the ear drum and sometimes discomfort originating in the jaw will be perceived as ear pain. When this is happening, your pcp should be able to elicit or amplify the pain by slight tapping over the joint. This can also involve the teeth. Good luck with sorting it out. ...Read more

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Do I have pmdd? I have periods of tiredness, yet insomnia, severe pain, and headaches, loneliness, anxiety, no energy, and difficulty going to school and work before my period. I get depressed. But I do not have depression on a daily basis other than then

Do I have pmdd? I have periods of tiredness, yet insomnia, severe pain, and headaches, loneliness, anxiety, no energy, and difficulty going to school and work before my period. I get depressed. But I do not have depression on a daily basis other than then

Possibly: Your description sounds like PMDD is possible. However, there are other menstrual & endocrine conditions that could also cause these symptoms, but require different treatment. I would speak with your gynecologist or primary care doc about your symptoms. Keeping a mood diary for a month or two, documenting when you have your symptoms and your period, would also help get the right diagnosis ...Read more

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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more