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Hormonal Imbalances/anxiety?
Posted by: Wendy
Date: January 31, 2003 12:07 AM

I am a strong young 39 yr. old active female. I have worked out for years and am health conscious. I have normally low BP 90/64. I'm not sure exactly what is going on but I think it may be a hormonal / vitamin / serotonin imbalance coupled with anxiety? This occurred a few days prior to my menstrual cycle and it did not completely leave, (the anxiety and weakness part of it) until approximately two days after it began. Every day thereafter I felt better until I felt like myself again. This episode was this past Jan. 22nd. It was just like the one that I had in 1991 when I passed out. They could nor bring me back for a good five minutes. I was told my lips were turning blue. This time I did not pass out but had to work very hard to stay focused and conscious to bring myself out of it and back. It will hit all of a sudden seemingly out of nowhere. Both times were after I had eaten a fairly good sized dinner. First I get a bit nauseated, then weak, (my few pound pocket book became heavy and felt I needed to sit and couldn't stand). Then I feel warm and the blood leaving my head. I then get light headed and it feels like the blood is just leaving my head and I'm going pale (which I was later told was seen).Then I feel anxious, then I feel like I need air and try to head outside, (in 1991 I never made it out the door and passed out in the restaurant). Then I feel more and more light headed, and anxious to the point of feeling like I'm going to die and am more frightened than anything I can explain. I have to fight to control what feels like is totally out of my control just to come back. It's like I can't grasp anything solid and my vision can't focus and I also sweat profusely. Obtaining a paper bag seemed to at least make me think I may be receiving air in the event that I was hyperventilating. I am terrified that my next cycle will come and I will have to possibly face this again. At other times prior to my monthly cycle I have recently noticed feeling very anxious and sometimes just not right. I think I have been dealing with anxiety attacks since 1981 and have not recorded the time of month they occur at however I can go from a few months to a year or more without feeling like I'm having anxiety and they are never as severe as the anxiety I felt during these two episodes. I'm wondering if perhaps there is not enough serotonin being released and or a combination of chemical imbalances. I read a bit of your Wilson's Reverse T3 Dominance Syndrome and some of the symptoms seem to match. I am looking to find a doctor that I believe can diagnose this properly....as I don't want to be loaded up with medications when it may not be necessary. You seem to be very aware. Although I live in both CT and TN I am willing to travel almost anywhere in the US to receive help from someone who truly knows.

RE: Hormonal Imbalances/anxiety?
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: January 31, 2003 5:14 AM

What you have described suggests a hypoglycemic episode, perhaps compounded by a panic reaction. For starters, use your search engine, type in "hypoglycemic attack." Find a few articles, read up on them and see if the descriptions match your experience. If you wish to make an appointment, call me at 707-591-4088.



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