Friday, February 20, 2009
Ask a doctor about symptoms
Ask a doctor about symptoms. Why?
You may experience physical stress or anxiety signs and symptoms. We have already published a post about physical symptoms of stress you can check here: Physical Stress Signs and Symptoms.
The problem with stress and anxiety signs and symptoms is that they may also be caused by other medical problems. For example headaches and dizziness are common stress or anxiety signs. Severe and persistent headaches may also be caused by other serious disorders (like brain aneurysm, brain tumor, stroke, brain infection like meningitis or encephalitis). Most causes of dizziness are not serious and either quickly resolve on their own or are easily treated but there are serious conditions that can lead to lightheadedness include heart problems (such as abnormal heart rhythm or heart attack), stroke, tumor, and severe drop in blood pressure (shock).
So your number one priority is to ask your doctor about symptoms you experience. Your doctor will take a medical history and perform a physical examination, paying close attention to your pulse, blood pressure, and respiratory rate. Your doctor will also ask diagnostic tests that may include blood tests (CBC, thyroid function tests) as well as an electrocardiogram (ECG), etc. After excluding other serious conditions your doctor may conclude that your problem is stress or anxiety related. Your doctor can help you determine if your anxiety would be best evaluated and treated by a mental health care professional.