Lightheaded/ floating feeling after exercise

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Hello! I'm a 16 year old female and I'm very worried that there is something wrong with me. For the past few weeks I've been getting odd headaches, neck pain, blurry vision, im constantly tired, weak and dizzy. I tried to exercise this morning and I starting getting really lightheaded. People keep telling me its probably something with my heart/ blood pressure but I've been to multiple different doctors and they've all said that my heart is completely fine other than my SVT. I can't figure out what's wrong and at this point I'm scared that it's not even related to my heart but I have a brain tumor or diabetes.

Can someone please help me out?

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    At 16 hormones and imagination can cause many problems. It can be a stressful time of life. You probably have college  exams coming up as well.
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      Yes, I've been very stressed out dealing with college prep. But I still don't think that stress would cause blurred vision and dizziness. Thank you for the reply and concern though. I very much appreciate it!

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      Stress or anxiety can cause all manner of symptoms and are obviously much more likely than the suggestions of helpful friends that you have a millions to one brain tumour or possibly diabetes. Diabetes can be quickly checked for with a urine or blood test. I'm sure that your earlier investigations would have included blood tests. Most pharmacies can check that for you.

      Good luck with your exams.  

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    Hi Micaela,

    Your symptoms sound like they could be caused by something called PoTS.

    Postural tachycardia syndrome.

    Do you feel dizzy/lightheaded when standing up? Particularly from lying down?

    There's a lot of info about it but unfortunately not a lot of doctors know about it. It's not easy to test for at the doctor's surgery because visits are so short. The good news isyou can easily test for the symptoms at home.

    You can get a blood pressure machine (which also measures your heart rate) really cheaply on Amazon (do your research so you can go for a recognised brand) and you can do the

    'PoTS standing test', where you take your measurements while:

    1. lying down for at least 10 minutes (I think).

    2. Immediately on standing

    3. After 2 minutes

    4. After 5 minutes

    5. After 10 minutes

    If your heart rate increases by at least 40 bpm (30 bpm for adults) at any time during that test you may have juvenile PoTS. If your heart rate increases by 40 bpm on the first test while standing, there's no need to continue to steps 3, 4 and 5.

    The good news is if you do, you can grow out of it. Also the is a lot of info online about how to deal with it.

    If you do think you might have it after doing this test, your next step would be to try to find a specialist who knows about it in your area. Hopefully you would get help with that from a PoTS website. They will either a neurologist or a cardiologist.

    Good luck with that, please let me know how you get on... 😘

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