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For the past four months i have been chronically lightheaded & lethargic, with vertigo a couple times a day. I feel my pulse in my head at least once every 5 minutes, and sometimes have a hard time focusing on objects. It's gotten to the point where i'm too scared to go outside by myself, and i quit my job. I was fainting, or coming close to fainting very often and couldn't handle it. I have vitamins almost everyday, but I don't eat very well. My anxiety causes me to have difficulty eating because my stomach is upset a lot of the time, but I am not having a dramatic weight loss. I've tried to stop smoking marijuana for two weeks to see if it was the cause, but my symptoms remained. I also have really bad night sweats almost every night. My doctor tests my blood sugar regularily, and would probably tell me if I were at risk for diabetes. My life has been put on hold because of this, and it's increasing my anxiety, any leads or suggestions would be appreciated.

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replied June 26th, 2007
Anxiety & Stress Answer A2952
Most of the symptoms you report could be due to anxiety. On the other hand, swollen lymph nodes and night sweats HAVE TO be checked seriously. Swollen lymph nodes and night sweats could indicate an infection. You'll need complete blood work not only a blood sugar test; full blood work examinations include :blood count, sedimentation, hemoglobin, and liver and kidney status. You'll also need some serological tests in order to exclude infective mononucleosis and HIV-infection. You can contact your primary health provider. If everything tests OK, the remaining possibility is that you might be experiencing anxiety. So, you can request these examinations to be sure nothing else is going on.

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