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Reasons for being light headed?
« on: February 17, 2014, 08:10:03 PM »
I started taking Fluoxetine on Feb. 6th and started feeling light headed/dizzy since then but it's been almost 2 weeks so I'm starting to this it's not the fluoxetine and some underlying issue. I've been waking up at the same time every night too.  :dazed: Scared as always
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Re: Reasons for being light headed?
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2014, 02:14:35 AM »
I get lightheaded and dizzy pretty frequently. It sucks because it's such a scary feeling, the last thing you want to do is pass out or fall down and whack your head on something. So whenever I feel that way I sit down and chill. Even at work, I find a quiet place in an office and just chill for a minute. It usually passes in 15 minutes or so. For me it is anxiety related.
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Re: Reasons for being light headed?
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2014, 11:56:13 AM »
I don't feel like I'm going to faint I just feel woozy, and it's been almost constant  :traurig001: Thank you so much for your reply.
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Re: Reasons for being light headed?
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2014, 08:19:11 PM »
Bump... does anyone think there could be something wrong with my heart? I'm 19
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Re: Reasons for being light headed?
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2014, 11:32:33 AM »
I had a constant light headed feeling for months before someone told me that my neck muscles are very tight and cause insufficient blood flow to the brain. I looked up simple neck exercises on youtube (isometric exercises) and 2-3 days after exercising the dizziness/lightheadness went away.... The feeling came back months after and I did the exercises again and they helped again.
It's just all the stress and constant worry causing our muscles to get so tight!
Try the exercises! Hope they will help!  :action-smiley-065:
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Re: Reasons for being light headed?
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2014, 07:33:59 PM »
Thank you so much
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Re: Reasons for being light headed?
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2014, 09:55:58 PM »
Just wanted to share my lightheaded/dizziness story with you. I was on Celexa for anxiety for more than 10 years. I got very ill a few months ago (unrelated to meds or anxiety) and had severe GI distress. I was started on pretty heavy acid reducers, and had to be taken off Celexa cold b/c of possible serious interactions. I was switched to Prozac. Three weeks later, I woke up dizzy - for the first time in my life. I kept having the feeling you get when you stand up too quickly and get a head rush - a few seconds of disorientation, weakness, feeling faint, etc, that would resolve within 5 seconds or so (just like a head rush). The problem was I was getting these at least 10 times an hour while walking around. Fearing it was the Prozac, I came off all SSRIs.
It didn't resolve. I did A LOT of research, saw a lot of specialists and had a lot of tests. We were down to two theories: anxiety related dizziness or migraine associated vertigo. It turns out I do have MAV and it's from stopping SSRIs.
My point is that all of the specialists I saw had seen many patients who were dizzy simply from anxiety. It is very possible and well accepted throughout the medical community. Talk with your doc, get the tests you need to clear yourself, but just know that, yes, this can all be anxiety.
I really hope you feel better. Personally, I am restarting SSRIs tomorrow (Lexapro) as both an anxiety and headache preventative.
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