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Is this a stress headache if I only get it when facing tight deadline?

Is this a stress headache if I only get it when facing tight deadline?

Relief from stress: Stress headaches are caused by worrying over a specific event or situation. Consider the phrase "tight deadline". Just hearing those words feels stressful, doesn't it? Looking at how we approach our life can change how we think and feel. Stress and stress headaches are greatly diminished when our perspective including our thoughts and feelings about life changes. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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When I exercise, my chest gets really tight. I don't think this is an endurance problem. Could this be a lung problem?

When I exercise, my chest gets really tight. I don't think this is an endurance problem. Could this be a lung problem?

Possibly.: Chest tightness with exercise can be from a number of causes, the most serious being heart or lung problems. If one experiences tightness, an immediate evaluation by your physician is warranted. Exercise should be stopped until this evaluation occurs. ...Read more

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I've had a great deal headaches throughout my life but this week I have had one all week. I go to sleep to get rid of it but it just comes back. There is pressure when leaning forward & back. OTC painkillers don'thelp. Is this something more serious?

I've had a great deal headaches throughout my life but this week I have had one all week. I go to sleep to get rid of it but it just comes back. There is pressure when leaning forward & back. OTC painkillers don'thelp. Is this something more serious?

Headaches: Headaches are common but can sometimes be a sign of something more serious. Do the headaches wake you up from sleep? Is this the worst headache of your life? If so, go to the ER for evaluation. If not, see the "Headache Diet" on [email protected] Also what are the meds you take? Many can cause headaches. ...Read more

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I get severe 10-30 second headaches after I laugh or sometime move my head too quickly. Could this be a back/chiropractic issue? If not what is it?

I get severe 10-30 second headaches after I laugh or sometime move my head too quickly. Could this be a back/chiropractic issue? If not what is it?

Vague: Impossible to say without a thorough history and exam. Actually, could be an inner ear or sinus issue. Or it could be a neck issue. Should really be seen before it gets worse. ...Read more

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For some reason I have difficulty breathing, but it is only when I am leaning back in a computer chair. What could it be?

For some reason I have difficulty breathing, but it is only when I am leaning back in a computer chair. What could it be?

I would say: stress of anxiety is probably the cause if you are free of any medical illness. I hope this helps. If you want to talk more about this schedule a virtual appointment with Dr. Yetimyan at www.healthtap.com/dryetimyan ...Read more

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I wear a pessary only when I have a cold and sneezing, coughing. Is that why it is hard to put in?

I wear a pessary only when I have a cold and sneezing, coughing. Is that why it is hard to put in?

No.: The presence of a cold or allergies should make no difference in how it fits. A properly-fitted pessary should never be difficult to put in. See your gynecologist and get refitted. ...Read more

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My left arm feels a tingling sensation , it bothers me&this tends to happen every time i get upset or stress too much, I am only 22, what can this be?

My left arm  feels a tingling sensation , it bothers me&this tends to happen every time i get upset or stress too much, I am only 22, what can this be?

See a doctor: Although highly unlikely at your age, cardiac symptoms can occur in anybody. The pain often radiates to the left arm. More likely, however, is that under stress you are holding your posture in a position which puts pressure on a nerve ending either in the cervical spine or the shoulder. See a doctor and get this worked out. Hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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My nose is blocked and every time I lie down it gets worse. I dont have a cold & it's a real problem when I sleep. Is there a solution?

My nose is blocked and every time I lie down it gets worse. I dont have a cold & it's a real problem when I sleep. Is there a solution?

Sounds like allergy: It may be that you have allergies. When you are standing or sitting the nasal passages are more open but lying down they get blocked up with fluids. Try a non-sedating antihistamine like loratadine which you can buy over the counter. Using of nasal saline and breathe right strips may also help. If this does not relieve the problems see your doctor for prescriptions medications. ...Read more

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Recently every morning my spine is painful and i even struggle to lift myself up. What it maybe a cause of this problem?

Many things: Spinal pain is quite common among adults, and several things can cause it. Morning pain and stiffness may be an inflammatory problem. See your primary doctor or consider seeing a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Why is it lately that in the shower I get dizzy and lightheaded I take hot showers this is a new problem for about 2 months is it a seizure?

Why is it lately that in the shower I get dizzy and lightheaded I take hot showers this is a new problem for about 2 months is it a seizure?

Can check BP, anemia: A person who gets overheated will automatically dilate (widen) the blood vessels in his skin so that more blood will flow to the skin. His body does this in hopes of cooling him down, just like the elephant who sends more blood to his ears to cool his body down. The person, however, feels lightheaded and may faint because there is not enough blood flowing his brain (too much blood is in the skin). ...Read more

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Why is it so difficult at times to control an erection? I mostly have this problem when i wear loose gym shorts. Its embarrasing for someone my age.

Why is it so difficult at times to control an erection? I mostly have this problem when i wear loose gym shorts. Its embarrasing for someone my age.

ANS: Erections are not under direct voluntary control but are controlled by the autonomic nervous system, specifically the parasympathetic control. It is influenced by sensory input (visual, touch, auditory, etc) as well as a psychological component. Its multi-factorial component makes them difficult to control. ...Read more

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When Im on a balcony or bridge sometimes I get very panic.I have a feeling like I'm going to jump,though I dont want to. Is this a psychological prob?

When Im on a balcony or bridge sometimes I get very panic.I have a feeling like I'm going to jump,though I dont want to. Is this a psychological prob?

Not uncommon: to have such thoughts in those situations but rare to act on them. If you can accept that this type of thought is not at all unusual perhaps you won't panic when it happens. If you still fear anxious and panic in these situations, seek professional help. ...Read more

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I get dizzy once a week but its not real bad. my neck hurt at the base of it I think its how I sleep. can it be from tension and the way its position?

I get dizzy once a week but its not real bad.  my neck hurt at the base of it I think its how I sleep. can it be from tension and the way its position?

Could be either one: It could be from either. Try sleeping on your back with a small pillow under your neck. If the neck pain persists, see your physician to have it evaluated. ...Read more

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I have a bit of a headache that gets worse when i breath deeply in any idea wht this can be gas maybe? Cuz that I do have the headache is in the top

I have a bit of a headache that gets worse when i breath deeply in any idea wht this can be gas maybe? Cuz that I do have the headache is in the top

Vague: Your symptoms are a bit sketchy and unsure if they are all related or not. Could be some sort of sinus infection that causes the headache or some other trigger/triggers. See a dr. For exam and history. ...Read more

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Everyonce and a while i get a very tight sudden pain in my calf. It has happen to both legs.It usually happens when i wake up. What could this be im18?

Everyonce and a while i get a very tight sudden pain in my calf.
It has happen to both legs.It usually happens when i wake up. What could this be im18?

Leg cramps: You might have benign, nighttime leg cramps. These can be very painful. Stretching of the affected muscle frequently helps. If your cramps are severe and recurrent, you might want to try medical therapy. There also is some evidence that vitamine b complex supplementation (including pyridoxine) may help prevent cramps. There are other causes of cramps so see your physician. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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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


Tightness (Definition)

Tightness can mean different states at distinctive times. The most common is the complaint of tightness of chest, a feeling of discomfort, real or perceived, seen often in patients with asthma or panic disorder, or heart attack. Your physician ...Read more