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Im really concerned about how im feeling and would really like some advise?
I feel so hazy like a foggy feeling in my head and feel so spacey and not on the planet.
Ive felt like this for 8 weeks now, ive had blood tests for thyroid, bloos count, kidney and liver, blood pressure, balance tests and had a exam behind my eyes all fine.

Do you think im dying?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.

Dr. David :

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Dr. David :

I think I have helped you before.

Dr. David :

you have been found to have excessive anxiety correct?

Dr. David :

and you are taking anxiety medication?

Dr. David :

you are not dying.

Dr. David :

you are on sertraline?

Dr. David :

and 2mg of valium, is that correct?

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Yes david you are right
JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : im so frightened im so certain im dying at this minute
JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : i feel so not here. Im sitting on the sofa but feel like im nearly dead
JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Are you there?
Dr. David :

sorry.

Dr. David :

I had to step away from my computer.

Dr. David :

you need to talk to your doctors about increasing your valium medication

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Hi dr can we chat as didnt use this question
Dr. David :

I don't understand your question.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Sorry, im really scared. I really dont know how im still alive right now
Dr. David :

I told you that you wouldn't die

Dr. David :

that was a guarantee, remember? :)

Dr. David :

this is your anxiety disorder not controlled.

Dr. David :

you really need to increase your valium dose

Dr. David :

2mg is like nothing to you.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Yeh i remember. I just really think im dying im so sure
Dr. David :

you really need 4 or 6 mg twice a day

Dr. David :

that is panic from your anxiety disorder.

Dr. David :

not lead or mercury or heavy metals.

Dr. David :

you don't have a brain tumor.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : But i feel physically very very ill
Dr. David :

yes, severe anxiety disorder can cause this.

Dr. David :

it can cause worse stomach acid, abdominal pain, chest pain shortness of breath, lump in the throat, dry mouth, shakes, nausea, fatigue, foggy brain.

Dr. David :

nervous bladder, frequent urination, poor sleep, heart palpitations, sweats.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Im in my living room now and i feel like im just not here at all
Dr. David :

you have been feeling the same way for a week now or more.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Yeh its been about 9 weeks but seems like it keeps getting worse
Dr. David :

you need more medication to better control your anxiety.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Could i have a brain hemmorage or cancer somewhere else in the body?
Dr. David :

no

Dr. David :

I am a cancer doctor you don't have cancer.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : What symptoms would i have if it was cancer?
JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : I feel like something is killing me slowly and torturing me
Dr. David :

this is your anxiety disorder.

Dr. David :

you don't need to be also worrying about cancer symptoms.

Dr. David :

this will only worsen your anxiety from your anxiety disorder.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : I just want to rule things out
Dr. David :

I have already told you that you can rule out cancer and brain tumors.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : i really really think im dying
Dr. David :

but because your anxiety is not controlled, you will continue to worry about this and feel the same way as you have for the last 9 weeks.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : How can i stop worrying?
Dr. David :

you need more medications to treat your anxiety disorder.

Dr. David :

higher doses.

Dr. David :

psychotherapy

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : My head is so spacey and foggy. I feel like im dead.
JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Would something of happened to me by now if it was serious?
Dr. David :

yes.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : I really dont want to die dr and i dont want my life to be like this
Dr. David :

you won't die.

Dr. David :

I promise.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Really dont want to die, or be locked up for being mental
Dr. David :

you won't die.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Am i going to get locked up for being mental
Dr. David :

not if you take your medication

Dr. David :

and see a psychotherapist.

Dr. David :

and don't harm yourself or others.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : I definitely wouldnt harm myself as thats my biggest fear and never woukd harm others
Dr. David :

then you won't get locked up.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : If this spaciness went away id be absolutely fine
Dr. David :

I hope the medications start to help.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Will they defo work
Dr. David :

yes.

Dr. David :

you just need to find the right dose and medication for you

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Theres 100's of different ones isnt there
JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : what if we cant find the one
Dr. David :

you and your doctors will be able to find the right one for you.

Dr. David :

there are not 100s of medications for anxiety.

Dr. David :

there are only a few.

Dr. David :

your doctors will find the right one

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : I really hope so. I was on citalopram a while ago but they changed it
Dr. David :

I see.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Sorry doctor my phone lost battery.
JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : let me no wen your back online
Dr. David :

I am online.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : I just want to feel like im alive and not so unreal then i would be absolutely fine
Dr. David :

you need better treatments for your anxiety disorder.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : The doctors wont change anything tho they wont increase the diazapam and they wont change the meds until ive given them a few more weeks. So what can i do?
Dr. David :

go back and tell your doctors you feel like you are dying and ask if you can take 2 of the 2mg valium twice a day.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Ok ill do that. Will that help my spaciness?
JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : I know ive asked this alot but are you really sure that thid cant possibly be anything else?
Dr. David :

yes, I'm sure.

Dr. David :

as your anxiety is better treated, your spacy symptoms should get better.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : What if it doesnt? Does that mean its something serious?
Dr. David :

no.

Dr. David :

it means your anxiety is not optimally treated yet.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Do you think it will get better? Its always got better in the past but this time it wont move
Dr. David :

yes, I think you will get better.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Why is it lingering this time?
JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : It normally lasts about 6-7 then goes away but this timr its not going
Dr. David :

it sounds like your anxiety is worse this time.

Dr. David :

that is why I think you need more valium.

Dr. David :

keep asking your doctors until they agree to increase your dose temporarly

Dr. David :

to help your anxiety which is worse this time.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Do you think im going mad? Im just so convinced im dying that if im not i must be insane
Dr. David :

no. you are not going mad

Dr. David :

just bad anxiety.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : I hope so i just want to feel myself and get back into reality i just feel like im not even in my body and not alive
Dr. David :

I know

Dr. David :

I hope you feel better soon

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Thanks dr, ive got your guarantee i wont die
Dr. David :

yes.

Dr. David :

you have got my guarantee.

Dr. David :

let me know if you have other questins.

Dr. David :

if done, please leave positive feedback below

Dr. David :

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JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Could i have an autoimmune disease?
Dr. David :

autoimmune disease does not cause these symptoms.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : What would that cause?
Dr. David :

you don't need to increase stress

Dr. David :

by worrying about other disease processess

Dr. David :

you have anxiety disorder.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : You sure i dont need to explore any other options?
Dr. David :

I'm sure.

Dr. David :

you didn't die last night!

Dr. David :

see.

Dr. David :

that is my no die guarantee.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Yeh but what if it happens today? This spacey unreal feeling is so strong
Dr. David :

it is bad everyday for you

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Yeh so that cant be right
JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : i just want to get to the bottom of this
Dr. David :

you need more treatments for your anxiety disorder.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : I just want to know it definitely cant be anything else. Im scared incase something has been missed and im not gona survive. How can i feel so strongly everyday im dying. And i mean really feel it physically?
Dr. David :

this is your anxiety disorder making you worried.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : So theres other areas i need to explore? I just cant understand how anxiety disorder can make me so so physically ill and makes me housebound and unable to do anything
Dr. David :

anxiety can do thsi.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : I do t have any of the other anxiety symptoms tho like racing heart, sweaty palms etc. i can sit and feel really calm and still have thid terrible spacey unreal ill feeling
Dr. David :

excessive anxiety can do that as well.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Does it make you feel like theres no point in doing anything? Theres dishes in the kitchen to wash and i just dont feel like i can do it and dont see any point
Dr. David : That can be a symptom if depression
JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Do you think i have depression?
Dr. David : Depression is a symptom you could also have with anxiety
JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Do yoi think i have both together? Is that why its so bad?
Dr. David : That could be the reason
Dr. David : I have to sleep now
Dr. David : 2:30an here
JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Is it, aw ok. Thankyou, u promise ill be ok? Just before you go
Dr. David : Yes I promise it will be ok
JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Thankyou
Dr. David : Yw
JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : U think im going mad doctor? I kind of feel like im not me anymore like ive died. My heart is fluttering every so often aswell like it misses a beat
Dr. David :

is it night time there now?

Dr. David :

you are not going mad.

Dr. David :

you just have bad anxiety disorder.

Dr. David :

and maybe some mild depression.

Dr. David :

the sertraline can help with depression as well.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Its 4.30pm here now. U really think im not going to die?
Dr. David :

I have given you my no die guarantee right?

Dr. David :

that is a money back guarantee.

Dr. David :

you will not die.

Dr. David :

you have not died in the last 4-5 days we have talked

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : What if its creeping up on me tho and theres something really wrong underlying?
Dr. David :

this is your anxiety disorder talking.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Is there any brain conditions (serious ones) that could cause this spaciness?
Dr. David :

as I have said anxiety would be the cause.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : How can you be sure tho? What if it is something?
Dr. David :

then go see your doctor and get a brain MRI scan

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Do you think its something bad then?
Dr. David :

no. I don't think it is something bad.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : So do i need a scan do you think?
JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Have i got a brain tumour?
Dr. David :

you don't need a scan.

Dr. David :

you don't have a brain tumor or tumour.

Dr. David :

in the US, we spell it tumor.

Dr. David :

but in the uk, it is spelled tumour.

Dr. David :

I kind of like it spelled tumour.

Dr. David :

I want to spell stone harbour the uk way all the time.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Aw yeh thats right i forgot about that.
JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Do you work in a hospital there?
Dr. David :

yes

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Do you see ppl with cancer everyday?
Dr. David :

yes.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : ever treated anyone for spaciness like mine?
Dr. David :

yes

Dr. David :

but they didn't have a brain tumor.

Dr. David :

they just had excessive anxiety.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Was it so bad they didnt feel on the planet like they were dead?
Dr. David :

yes.

Dr. David :

patients with bad anxiety can feel that way

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : So i definitely have anxiety?
Dr. David :

yes.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Is there any possibilty i could have anything else?
Dr. David :

you definitely have anxiety

Dr. David :

no

Dr. David :

this is your anxiety worrying about this.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : So theres no possibilty of a tumour, heme rage, anything death related?
Dr. David :

no possibility. your doctors have already examined you many times.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Is there any tests they havnt done tho? If all my blood tests were fine does that mean theres nothing wrong?
Dr. David :

yes, that means there is nothing wrong.

Dr. David :

you need better control of your anxiety disorder.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Could they tell of any problems from the tests ive had?
Dr. David :

yes.

Dr. David :

that is why you had those tests.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Could they tell of anything serious?
Dr. David :

yes, they can tell serious issues with those tests.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Could that be anything at all? They couldnt have missed anything?
Dr. David :

no, they wouldn't have missed anything.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : So theres no chance at all i could die?
Dr. David :

you haven't died yet.

Dr. David :

you have been worried about dying for 5 days straight now.

Dr. David :

you don't remember?

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Yeh i do, but what if its happening slowly?
Dr. David :

nothing is happening slowly.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Is there anything serious that could cause this to go on and on like this and slowly kill you?
Dr. David :

no.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : U swear?
Dr. David :

I guarantee.

Dr. David :

just like I have guaranteed that you would not die.

Dr. David :

and was I right?

Dr. David :

yes.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : How to you have time to be on here and work at hospital? U must have no time?
Dr. David :

I can be very busy.

Dr. David :

today is Sunday.

Dr. David :

I am at home today.

Dr. David :

tomorrow I will be at work.

Dr. David :

let me know if you have other questions.

Dr. David :

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Dr. David :

so I can get credit for helping you.

Dr. David :

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JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Ok as long as i know im not dying
Dr. David :

I know you are not dying.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : I just find it hars to believe. Especially with you not seeing me to know
Dr. David :

then ask your own doctors if you don't believe me.

Dr. David :

I think it is your anxiety disorder which is continuing to make you worried.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Its not that i dont believe. I just want to be sure
Dr. David :

you will never be sure until you get better treatments for your anxiety

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : im just so on edge at the minute
Dr. David :

and higher doses of diazepam

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : I just want to be certain you are a doctor and certain that i am ok
Dr. David :

I am a doctor.

Dr. David :

I am certain you are ok.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Thankyou
Dr. David :

you are welcome

Dr. David :

don't forget to leave positive feedback below

Dr. David :

thanks for using JustAnswer.com

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : I just want to descibe a bit better how i feel before i give you a positive rating and stop bugging you. I feel like im sort of far away from life. Like I'm sitting on the sofa now and I'm far away. Its like theres a haze over me and I'm not on earth anymore. Like part of me has died and i cant function anymore. I feel like i talk to people but its more a dream and im not really there.
JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : I feel so far away from life like im not in it anymore and cant do things anymore
JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : is this how u feel when dying?
Dr. David :

no, this is not how you feel when you are dying.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Do you know when your about to die or would you not know anything? Just feeling this far from reality and life makes me feel like im nearly dead
Dr. David :

you are not dying

Dr. David :

you are just feeling this way from your anxiety.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : I just want to step back into real life and feel me again. I was so outgoing and loved life
Dr. David :

give your medications time to work.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : I feel like my life is slipping away
JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : i hope it works i really do
JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : its been 9 weeks, is that a long time to be like this?
Dr. David :

yes, that is a long time.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : So it should have gone by now?
JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : Have you known anyone have it this long?
Dr. David :

yes,

Dr. David :

I have know patients who have had it for this long

Dr. David :

you have not found the right medication and dose yet

Dr. David :

I have to go out now.

JACUSTOMER-o6uoe1j2- : I wish i could just find my way out and stop feeling so not real
Dr. David :

I will be back later.

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