Posted by: Vienna | 2009-07-01


Dr. my husband gets from time to time a tied/wobbly/shaky/heavy feeling in his legs, when this happens
he also feels light headed.
He has just been for a full blood test, seen a
heart specialist and a neurologist, both told him that there is
nothing wrong with him. Could this be Chicological ? He has
been unhappy at work, where we live and he worries about
our future, financially. Is this stress related and how come
both specialists detected nothing. What do you suggest we do ?
No test or start taking medication. Please help - thank you

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COuld be psychological, V. SOme people when they get anxious and stressed, express this clearly in words. Some others, instead, express it in physical symptoms which reflect how bad they feel, and not actual physical illness as such. Specialists other than a psychiatrist or psychologist, tend to look specifically for physical problems and disease in their specific area of expertise, and if they find nothing of that sort, they find nothing --- they often don't look beyond their own area. So the neurologist presumably was able to say usefully that there is no neurological disease here, which is good to know. And the heart specialist was able to make sure that there is no heart disease. But apparently neither of them looked at what else might be causing the very real symptoms. Is it practical to arrange for your husband to be seen by a good psychiatrist or psychologist for assessment ? Psychological treatment can be very helpful in assisting him to regain control of the situation in which he feels so uncomfortable, and helping him handle the stresses he faces.

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