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there im quite worried about how im feeling. Its been about

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there im quite worried about how im feeling. Its been about a month of feeling really unwell i just feel like i cant function and feel really dreamLike. Can you helP?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
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It will help if you could provide some further information.
Could you provide more details about how you feel unwell and unable to function?
How long has this been bothering you?
Do you have any chronic medical problems?
Are you taking any chronic medicines?
What is your age and gender?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I feel quite lightheaded like im floating around in a dream

I feel so not there i dont feel like i can function. Cant go to work etc.

A month ive felt like this

No conditions but taking sertraline and haloperidol

Im female 27

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
Do you have the ability to check your blood pressure at home?
What is the diagnosis you are taking the sertraline and haloperidol?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

No but i had it checked 2 days ago was 129/79. They have said anxiety

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
Did your doctor perform any evaluation symptoms?
Did your doctor say that the anxiety was causing the lightheadedness and feeling unwell?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

The doctor looked behind my eyes, checked my pulse and tested my urine.

Yeh doctor said its caused by anxiety is this the case?

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
Anxiety certainly would be the most common cause of a sensation that you are floating and in a dream.

There would also usually be other evaluation that is done.

Has your doctor performed a more complete examination recently?
Have you had any blood tests done recently?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Havnt had any other exam done. What would that be?

Last blood test i had was about 3-4 months agoa

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
In someone with lightheadedness, there would usually be a cardiovascular examination. In someone with a sensation of floating and not able to function, there would usually be a neurologic examination.

Has such examination been recently done?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

No i dont think so. What sort of things could it be thats wrong?

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
Although anxiety would be the most common cause of these symptoms, there are some other considerations. These symptoms can be caused by anything that causes a low blood pressure or decreased output of the heart. There also should be consideration of certain metabolic conditions, such as thyroid disease, electrolyte abnormalities, or certain vitamin deficiencies. These conditions would be checked on blood tests.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Was my blood pressure normal? Ive had it checked 3 times in 2 weeks and wad told was ok.

Is there any possibility it could be a problem with my brain? Is there any condition where your brain can just blackout? Thats what feels like is happening and its scary. I just dont feel like myself at all. Everything arounf me looks strange

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
Yes, the blood pressure above was normal.

Yes, it is possible that certain neurologic conditions can cause such symptoms, although the most common would be due to poor blood flow to the brain because of a drop in blood pressure. The symptoms also can occur in certain primary neurologic disorders, such as an atypical seizure disorder.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Are any of these life threatening? Im scared by this

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
Not unless they have been present and gotten quite severe. They would not be life threatening after only a month of symptoms.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Would there be other symptOms Present? All i have is this spacey not there feeling 24 hours a day. But its distressing how weird and not myself i feel because of it

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
Usually, but not 100% of the time.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

What would be your diagnosis at this stage if you were treating me? My doctor seemed so certain it was anxiety

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
We cannot make diagnoses over the internet, but it is vastly most likely to be anxiety.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Can that make me feeL so far away from myseLf?

Is there any condition that could cause brain to blackout ang second and make you die? This is how i feel all day long

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
Yes, anxiety can do this.

A stroke can make cause a sudden black out and death, but it would not cause the symptoms that you describe month before such an incident.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Would it normallu happen instantly without any warning?

What can i do out of it not there feeling? Its just so distressing. I feel like im not in control of how bad its going to get and im just going to die

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
It is the nature of a stroke that it happens without warning, which is why it is called a stroke.

Relief of the symptom would involve treating the anxiety. If the sertraline and haloperidol is not achieving adequate control of symptoms, then you should discuss alternative treatments with your doctor, and possibly consultation with a Psychiatrist.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

So do you not think im dying? Thats what im so worried about and its all i think about 24/7 due to this spaced out feeling. I literally can think of nothing else. Cant go to work, cant go out with friends, watch tv etc

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
No, I do not think that you are dying.
Dr. D. Love and 3 other Medical Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I dont know how to convince myself of that. It feels so so real and certain in my head. It would be so much easier tO feeL like this if i could believe that

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
The next step to convince yourself is to pursue further treatment. As further treatment of the anxiety leads to improvement in symptoms, then you will be convinced that it is the cause.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Do you think it will go away? Thats another worry that im.stuck like this.

Im back at the doctors monday but they never do anything just tell me to ride it out and take medication

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
It will usually get under control with medicine. If your regular doctor is unable to control the symptoms, then I would insist on referral to a Psychiatrist.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I have done cant get an apoointment month though. If i could just decrease this spaciness a little i could manage. Is there any medication specifically

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
Not spaciness, just the various medicines that is causing the spaciness.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

What actually causes the spaciness in anxiety? Its so extreme it feels so much like a physical problem and never goes away

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
The anxiety alters the brain perception, but the exact method by which anxiety causes brain symptoms is not well understood.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

It would be so much easier if it was physical coz then i could be helped. I just feel like im going to be stuck like this

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
You cannot change what it is; you can only address what is the problem.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Yeh its just hard to not be able to get rid of it day in day out. I keep thinking i need to go to hospital aswell with me feeling like this. How can i get through the days better at this stage?

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
You may need additional treatment from a Psychiatrist.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Ive got 1 but cant get appointment month. I mean what can i do in the short term myself to reduce spaciness?

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
There are no medicines that are available over the counter. You would need to see your doctor or a specialist.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

ThIng is inside i dont feel anxiOus if i didnt have spaciness id be fine

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
You still need to treat the cause of the spaciness.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I know i just wish i knew what the cause was? No 1 believes me wen i say how bad it is

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
I believe you, but the primary cause of feeling that bad with this symptom is anxiety.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Thanks everyone keeps saying it cant be that bad. I just feel so alone i feel like no1 has been through this

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
You're welcome. I think that you will find that the Psychiatrist will completely believe you.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Have you ever known any1 to feel like this?

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
Yes.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Did they get well? Im scared how long im going to have to cope with this

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
Yes, with treatment from one of the local Psychiatrists.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I just find it so hard to believe anxiety can cause you to feel so so ill. It just doesnt make sense to me

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
We have already discussed this.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I know it just doesnt seem true that it can make me this ill

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
It is true whether you want to believe it or not.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I want to believe my mind just wont allow me to with it being so bad

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
I cannot affect that.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I know i understand that. Just looking comstantly. I keep asking family, my partner etc if im going to die

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
I have already addressed that.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

So really theres basically nothing i can do but ride it out and wait ?

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
See your doctor or a specialist.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Ok just finally if i was dying would there be other symptoms present just trying to believe and get my head around it?

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
Yes.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Would it be things like shortness of breath and would i have pain?

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
It would depend.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

So what sort of things? I need to know to try and be rational

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
That is a textbook level of information and therefore impossible to answer in this forum. You only need to be concerned about what symptoms are present, not what symptoms could be present.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

But are you sure mine arnt life thteatening? It feels so much that im about to die

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
I have already answered that question.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

It just feels like im definitely dying i cant understand how im not when i feel so awful

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
We have already discussed this.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I just need some reassurance from.a doctor. I feel so so ill i just dont understand

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
I have done that above.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Can you just try and explain it all to me one last time? Im so frightened its unreal at the minute

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
Please re-read my answers above.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I cant find the bit whEre it says im defo not going to die

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
It is above.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Well can i just ask why i feel worse now 1 month in than i felt when it first started. ?

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
Anxiety symptoms sometimes get better or worse, and it is not always apparent why.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Can the haloperidol make you feel worse whej u start taking it?

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
Any medicine can make someone feel worse.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

How long should it take to work usually?

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
It may work immediately, once absorbed.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Ive been on it -5days now but spaced out feeling worse than ever

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
Then see your doctor.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I am on monday but im scared ill die in the meantime

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
If you do not want to wait until Monday, then go to the hospital.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Do you think i need to?

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
No, but you do not believe what I or every other expert has told you.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I dont believe anyone coz of how ill i feel. I just feel like no1 understands how bad this is and theres no way out of this

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
Again, then see your doctor.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I will, from the tests that have been done and from visiting doctor previously would they have known if anything seriously wrong?

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
If they have done the evaluation noted above, yes.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

My nose has bled about 3 times in a week aswell. Is this related?

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
Nosebleeding can occur with anxiety.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Really? Its only a little bit not much. Could it be related to anything else along with the spaciness?

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
If you want a discussion of the possible causes of nosebleeds, that is a separate question and would need to be posted separately.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Can anxiety make you feel drunk like sort of not on the planet?

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
This is a separate question and needs to be posted separately.

If desired, you can send it to me through my profile at

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