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I woke up in the middle of the night, felt lightheaded, then fell. I got up once and fell down again. This is 2nd time in a month that it has occurred. What is cause? Can Anxiety contribute?

I woke up in the middle of the night, felt lightheaded, then fell. I got up once and fell down again. This is 2nd time in a month that it has occurred. What is cause? Can Anxiety contribute?

See your physician: This can be due to many reasons including orthostatic hypotension, medications, peripheral neuropathy, transient ischemic attack, etc. See your physician immediately to provide more details and get a physical exam. Http://www. Ninds. Nih. Gov/disorders/orthostatic_hypotension/orthostatic_hypotension. Htm and http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000730.htm ...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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Two days ago in the middle of the night I woke up with a bad stomach and then felt lightheaded. What could that have been?

Two days ago in the middle of the night I woke up with a bad stomach and then felt lightheaded. What could that have been?

It could be: Stomach irritation/gastritis which may cause the lightheadedness or possibly a heart condition etc.
Get examined by a primary care dr for accurate dx.
Cut down on the coffee, soda, spicy foods, nsaids etc for now. Try taking otc antacids.
Take care and hope u feel better! ...Read more

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I am experiencing lightheadedness when waking in the night sometimes. Once I go to sleep again it goes. Should I be worried?

I am experiencing lightheadedness when waking in the night sometimes. Once I go to sleep again it goes. Should I be worried?

You may have: A form of seizure or adverse reaction to medications. If you continue to have this problem, please visit a healthcare provider for proper examination and diagnosis/ treatment. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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My doc put me on amitrypyline for migraines. I've been taking 10 mg per day at night and have been having lightheadedness. Common? Should I stop?

My doc put me on amitrypyline for migraines. I've been taking 10 mg per day at night and have been having lightheadedness. Common? Should I stop?

Common- don't stop: Dizziness is the third most common side effect and given the other medications you are taking it is more likely. You should try not to stop it unless the symptoms are disabling and/or do not stop. If so, then speak with the prescribing doctor first before stopping.
The side effects have a tendency to dissipate if you can stick with it especially with a low dose. Good luck and happy holidays. ...Read more

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I have imbalance and lightheaded mostly at night. I also get stiffness at the neck area.

I have imbalance and lightheaded mostly at night. I also get stiffness at the neck area.

Referral: Without knowing your medical history or detailed symptoms, I recommend visiting your primary care physician or reporting to the ER if symptoms are severe and not improving. ...Read more

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I've suffered from anxiety for some time. At night time I've started feeling light headed and anxious?

I've suffered from anxiety for some time. At night time I've started feeling light headed and anxious?

Consult a therapist: A good psychotherapist can help you discover the basis for anxiety and if medications seem to be needed, they'll refer or prescribe. There may be skills you can learn to avoid, reduce or manage anxiety and other problems. An evaluation is the first step. Best! ...Read more

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I work in a bar and last night I got really nauseous and lightheaded and the feeling is still here the next morning, any idea why im feeling this way?

I work in a bar and last night I got really nauseous and lightheaded and the feeling is still here the next morning, any idea why im feeling this way?

Insufficient data: Please repost & include the reason why you think the fact that you work in a bar could be significant. For example, you could have a totally garden-variety viral infection. Does the bar setting make something else more likely? Even someone as young as 19 must know that everybody gets dizzy & nauseated now & then, often without any identifiable cause, & then it goes away. ...Read more

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Extremely dizzy and lightheaded woozy feeling for two days now bad at night feel like I'm gonna pass out at any minute but haven't yet I don't think?

Extremely dizzy and lightheaded woozy feeling for two days now bad at night feel like I'm gonna pass out at any minute but haven't yet I don't think?

Considering BPV: Benign positional vertigo is due to an abnormality of the vestibular nerve or apparatus. The history of vertigo or dizziness produced by changes in position are important history pieces. Cardiac issues can cause dizziness and light headed ness. ...Read more

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Why do I feel light headed and dizzy when I get back from work at night. I had eaten ok?

Why do I feel light headed and dizzy when I get back from work at night. I had eaten ok?

R/O VERTIGO: The symptoms may be secondary to inner ear anatomy/low BP/LOW G. Dexamethasone dose Pak is anti-inflammatory treatment for Vertigo. But they can only be used sparingly. Make sure you have a through ENT consult and Neuro consult. Get a second opinion full lab work up TFTS/VITD/B12/ Folate/LYME TITERS/ACEI LEVEL/. Also start low salt GF diet WholeApproach. Com EPPLEY MANURERS ARE TO MOVE OTOLITHS ...Read more

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My husband fainted last night. Think it's due to dehydration and fatigue. Today still lightheaded when he moves a lot. Normal?? What to do?

My husband fainted last night. Think it's due to dehydration and fatigue. Today still lightheaded when he moves a lot. Normal?? What to do?

Get evaluated: Fainting in a 38 yo otherwise healthy male is not normal. There is a long list of causes including irregular heartbeat, severe dehydration, anemia (low blood count), low blood pressure, hypoglycemia, etc. He should seek medical attention promptly. ...Read more

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Took Percocet for one after surgery and took my last dose last night. This morning I am feeling "foggy" and a little lightheaded. Is this normal?

Took Percocet for one after surgery and took my last dose last night. This morning I am feeling "foggy" and a little lightheaded. Is this normal?

Take care with opiod: Oxycodone and acetaminophen (Percocet) is a very powerful medication and you should take great care when taking it. I would not drive or do anything physically where you may fall when you feel like this. Call your doctor and communicate with him/her about how you are affected by Percocet. If your pain is well controlled, you may be able to step down to a less powerful narcotic or non-narcotic med. ...Read more

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Durning the day I feel sick. Light headed. Dizzy. But soon as it gets dark I feel better. Why might this be? Night I feel more calm relaxed.

Durning the day I feel sick. Light headed. Dizzy. But soon as it gets dark I feel better. Why might this be? Night I feel more calm relaxed.

Daytime dizziness: When someone feels markedly different in the daytime or nighttime, usually this is associated with anxiety. Often someone has had or is having stressful experience (es) in either daytime or nighttime, which can result in continued anxiety at the same time of the day or night, even after the stressful situation is no longer present. Treatment can include cbt, mindfulness meditation, & medications. ...Read more

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Head a headache for 2days. Sharp pains sometimes when I move. Feel bit light headed. Tired. And felt sick with it last night. Should I go doctors.?

Head a headache for 2days. Sharp pains sometimes when I move. Feel bit light headed. Tired. And felt sick with it last night. Should I go doctors.?

Your call: Doesn't sound like you have anything terrible going on, but I don't know if you have any other symptoms or chronic medical conditions that put you at higher risk. A few causes might be dehydration, stress, diet (e g caffeine, blood sugar), sleep issues, viral infection (e g flu, cold), sinus infection, etc... Would rest, hydrate, take otc meds, and see a doc if fever over 101 or symptoms linger. ...Read more

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All my tests are normal, but I still feel extremely lightheaded and shaky at night for no reason. Can this be a panic attack even if I'm not anxious?

All my tests are normal, but I still feel extremely lightheaded and shaky at night for no reason. Can this be a panic attack even if I'm not anxious?

Check it out: It is possible to have panic symptoms without a subjective sense of anxiety. It makes sense to consult a mental health professional to more fully assess the possibility of panic disorder. Please remind the person with whom you consult to coordinate care with your primary care physician. ...Read more

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I had blunt force trama to the head three weeks ago, I started to drink last night and today I woke up fine but now I feel light headed and it hurts?

I had blunt force trama to the head three weeks ago, I started to drink last night and today I woke up fine but now I feel light headed and it hurts?

See a doctor.: This may not be related to your head trauma. It could be related to your drinking...however, you should be seen by your doctor or go to the emergency room. You need to be examined to make sure there is no bleeding in your brain or other consequence from your head trauma. ...Read more

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Having lightheadeness of unknown cause. How to r/o sinus issues? Is md looking in nares with otoscope adequate? I do get occasional sinus pain at night

Having lightheadeness of unknown cause. How to r/o sinus issues? Is md looking in nares with otoscope adequate? I do get occasional sinus pain at night

Many benign causes: If treatment is not successful then the ENT may need to look inside and possibly "clean" and have the sinus material analyzed at the same time.? Allerigies. ...Read more

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Had sex last night, immediately following I started feeling nauseous and lightheaded with a slight headache that gradually got worse. What could it be?

Had sex last night, immediately following I started feeling nauseous and lightheaded with a slight headache that gradually got worse. What could it be?

Sex headache: Evaluation of sex headaches may include neuro imaging such as mri and mra to rule out bleeding inside the head. If headache keep getting worse go to ER. ...Read more

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She's been on 10 mg / daily of Ambien (zolpidem) for 28 days. She doesn't like how it makes her feel, so she skipped last night's dose. Today she's lightheaded and dizzy. She doesn't want to take this medicine any more. Can she safely stop?

She's been on 10 mg / daily of Ambien (zolpidem) for 28 days. She doesn't like how it makes her feel, so she skipped last night's dose. Today she's lightheaded and dizzy. She doesn't want to take this medicine any more. Can she safely stop?

Taper: Hi, due to possible withdrawal symptoms that she has a taper off the medication would be ideal. Try full dose and half dose every other day for one week, the next week go to half dose every day and finally half dose every other day with none on the other days for one week and off. She should also talk to the doctor about how the medicine is making her feel. ...Read more

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I feel dizzy and light headed and very weak but only at night feeling very warm to?

I feel dizzy and light headed and very weak but only at night feeling very warm to?

Dizzy: These are not normal symptoms and should not be ignored. Please visit your doctor. ...Read more

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3 hrs agonizing pain in left side last night. Today, light-headed, very painful, and trouble urinating. Should I be seen in ER?

3 hrs agonizing pain in left side last night. Today, light-headed, very painful, and trouble urinating. Should I be seen in ER?

Yes please: Please go to ER you may have a kidney stone, ascending urinary tract infection, kidney infection, or all of the above. Please don’t drive yourself. Please go to ER ASAP and know last menstrual period date, all medical history and allergies. Don’t worry you will be okay. 911 if nobody to take you. ...Read more

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I take. 25mg of clonazepam every night. I take 50mg atenolol split dose daily. I feel lightheaded at times. BP NORMAL HR NORMAL. Why??

Hyperventilating?: If the lightheadedness improves with breathing into a paper bag for about 10 minutes then it is very likely because of anxiety causing you to breathe too rapidly. Then talk with someone about options in addition or instead of medications. ...Read more

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I have had sudden spells of dizziness and lightheadedness and excessive thirst especially during the night. I don't feel tired at night. What now?

I have had sudden spells of dizziness and lightheadedness and excessive thirst especially during the night. I don't feel tired at night. What now?

Hard to tell...: ... Could be any number of things, but the excessive thirst in particular, in addition to you being from finland, makes me want to advise you to be screened for diabetes if you have not been already since the symptoms started. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
3,767 Doctors shared insights

Dizziness (Definition)

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