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constant weakness, tightness in throat.

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  • Posted By: calalilym
  • December 17, 2007
  • 09:42 PM

all of my problems started a month after my baby was born. this was nine months ago. at first I was very dizzy and at night I would have strange tingling flushes up my back and into my head. I would have strange tremors in my body. and my heart felt like it was skipping beats. when I walked around I felt like I was on an elevator going down. It felt like a strange floating feeling. like I didn't have my balance all the way or something. after a few months most of these feelings went away. now I still feel the floating feeling sometimes now it happens when I sit too. like my muscels don't want to hold my upright. I am also very weak I can barely stand without holding on to something. my throat feels like it is closing off. esspecially at night. sometimes right before I go to sleep I catch myself not breathing. I always have a cough and I am constantly clearing my throat. I ussually feel better after I have had a full night of sleep. but I hardly ever get a full night because my baby doesn't sleep through the night. I am ussually scared to go to bed, I think I will stop breathing in the night. so I don't go to bed until really late ussually. I also don't take naps for the same reason. I don't want to die and have my baby alone all day. the doctors have said it is anxiety. yet I have a hard time believing that anxiety could cause me to feel this way all the time. I am not ussually anxiouse. only right before bed. and only because i feel this way. does anyone have any idea what could be wrong? if it is anxiety does anyone have any Idea how to overcome without medication?

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  • My mother had difficult birth experiences and very bad post partum depression. I think it's possible your doctor is right, but if you are concerned you have a physical problem, a blood test might be enough to tell. Some people swear by St. John's wort, an herbal you can probably buy anywhere. You may have luck with it. There's a technique called thought stopping that works with some anxiety. When you think a distressing thought, you tell yourself NO to disrupt the thought and then do something neutral like a math problem to distract yourself. When I got out of the hospital once, I had a fear of sleeping, so what I did was go to bed a little early and imagine building a really elaborate sand castle until I fell asleep. I know it sounds silly, but sand castles are really hard to be afraid of and people tend to dream about whatever they were thinking about right before bedtime. It is important not to fall asleep worrying. You could have nightmares you do not remember on waking, and those could make you more afraid to sleep.You might want to read up on circadian sleep disorder. This problem occurs when people change shifts, work overtime, etc. Your baby would probably qualify as schedule disruptive.Nice overview of insomnia here by a doctor:http://www.emedicine.com/med/topic3128.htmIf I were you, I'd ask for a hormone test to see if maybe the birth messed up your hormonal balance and it has never quite recovered. You may also be chronically sleep deprived because of baby. Tell hubby or partner to take turns with you if possible, and then you could wear soft foam earplugs when it's his turn and get a good night's sleep. If you're needing to nap, you are probably not getting enough sleep at night. If there is no physical problem, you CAN solve this without drugs. But to do that, you need to get enough sleep to break the cycle you are in.
    BesideMyself 41 Replies
    • December 19, 2007
    • 07:08 AM
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  • Look up post-partum panic disorder. See your obstetrician. Get some professional help. Sleep-deprivation can make you think weird thoughts and ruin your reasoning. That's why they use it as a form of torture!Also look up benign positional vertigo (BPV) which seems to be common after childbirth. Do the simple floor positions. Can't hurt.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • December 19, 2007
    • 10:12 AM
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  • get your thyroid checked please...
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • December 19, 2007
    • 07:16 PM
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  • thanks for your reply I have had my thyroid checked 4 times in the last nine months. each time it comes back normal. the last doctor said that it was in the middle and a 100% normal. is it possible for it to still be my thyroid if the tests say that it is normal?
    calalilym 1 Replies
    • December 20, 2007
    • 03:46 AM
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  • yes it is..there are like 4 different tests they can run and usually they just check for a couple things...they will be resistant to running the other 2...my blood work came back normal, but I still had a goiter. He put me on thyroid anyway and my "tightness in throat" is all better now...you might want a second opinion and sounds like you need an ultrasound of your throat.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • December 20, 2007
    • 04:28 AM
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  • all of my problems started a month after my baby was born. this was nine months ago. at first I was very dizzy and at night I would have strange tingling flushes up my back and into my head. I would have strange tremors in my body. and my heart felt like it was skipping beats. when I walked around I felt like I was on an elevator going down. It felt like a strange floating feeling. like I didn't have my balance all the way or something. after a few months most of these feelings went away. now I still feel the floating feeling sometimes now it happens when I sit too. like my muscels don't want to hold my upright. I am also very weak I can barely stand without holding on to something. my throat feels like it is closing off. esspecially at night. sometimes right before I go to sleep I catch myself not breathing. I always have a cough and I am constantly clearing my throat. I ussually feel better after I have had a full night of sleep. but I hardly ever get a full night because my baby doesn't sleep through the night. I am ussually scared to go to bed, I think I will stop breathing in the night. so I don't go to bed until really late ussually. I also don't take naps for the same reason. I don't want to die and have my baby alone all day. the doctors have said it is anxiety. yet I have a hard time believing that anxiety could cause me to feel this way all the time. I am not ussually anxiouse. only right before bed. and only because i feel this way. does anyone have any idea what could be wrong? if it is anxiety does anyone have any Idea how to overcome without medication?That's a red flag...it's your pancreas.Visit a Doctor or Oriental Medicine and a NAET practitioner.Best.
    Eatafruit78 960 Replies
    • December 20, 2007
    • 04:31 AM
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  • Your symptoms do sound exactly like anxiety! A great site where I got some help from is: www.stresscenter.com They have a program that is wonderful.However, an easy way to see if it is anxiety is next time you have an "attack" try to talk yourself though it. Just sit there and tell yourself that you're fine and that its just anxiety, you're not gonna stop breating and that you can beat this. Do not get upset, that only makes it worse. I'm betting that your symptoms will subside, you won't stop breating and in a minute you'll feel better and realize that it is only anxiety. Part of the problem with anxiety is that worrying and thinking that your symptoms are going to hurt you ("What if I stop breathing!!??") actually makes it worse... its a vicious cycle. Calming down and realizing that you didn't stop breathing and that your throat didn't close, can help you deal.I hope that helped... good luck!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 30, 2007
    • 03:45 AM
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  • I think you should see an Ear Nose & Throat doctor. If you were just not sleeping welll & feeling throat tightness, I might agree with panic attacks, but what troubles me is that you report that you cough constantly too. Coughing and throat tightness are sometimes caused by angioedema. There is a form of this problem that is associated with estrogen cycles. By all means ask your doctor about it, although it's rare.
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • January 4, 2008
    • 06:12 PM
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  • Don't listen to the doctor, Anxiety is just a copout for them, I have had several of your symptoms and I am a 26Yo Male. You probably suffer from Sleep Apnea along with other things. A Hint I went to hospital because of tingling everywhere at ngiht and shallow breathing dizziness. When the feelings in my limbs comes back it burns and I feel like all woozy and weird kind light as you said.Yeah 5 doctors told me it was anxiety, gues what its not !I had my whole spine from hip to neck check by a chiropractor. Its awful its seriously hurt in my back 2 spot my hip and my neck is badly hurt. Which can cause many problems.Behing that you carried a child, the weight of the baby may have put strain on your spine I suggest having that checked as well as Sleep apnea.Kepp us posted
    Locke_gb7 22 Replies
    • January 5, 2008
    • 04:56 AM
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  • Rad-skw... Can you cite your source about the "rather common" nature of BPV following pregnancy? This is an intersting topic, and I am really surprised I have never encountered this information!
    fewd4thought 126 Replies
    • January 5, 2008
    • 10:02 AM
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  • Emedicine web md cited medications safe during pregnancy for BPV pts. A bpv chat room listed vertigo and bpv during pregnancy. An article about whether a pt. with bpv would get worse during pregnancy (though I think that was blood pressure variable {bpv}) . Sorry, not a shining example of research.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • January 5, 2008
    • 01:05 PM
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  • Just wondering what the 4 types of thyroid testing there is? I seen it mentioned with the throat tightness. My neck always feels tight and hurts. They blamed it on Gerd, but it starting happening after i had a baby plus numerous other symptoms. They checked my TSH and my free T3.
    daisykf 21 Replies
    • February 4, 2009
    • 01:55 AM
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