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Since november of 05, I have been feel very strange. First, I started to experience dizzy spells, a rapid heart beat, and tremors. The doctors thought it was low blood pressure or anxiety. It was none of the above.
Now I am still feeling dizzy, but when I walk it feels like I am stepping in quicksand. My feet are planted firmly in the ground but they feel as if they are sinking. When standing still, I feel like I am on a boat. It truly feels like I am swaying back and forth. I also have been having eye and nose pain and pressure, tremors that are not visible (my entire body feels like it is shaking), clogged/popping ears and chest pain.
I have seen a cardiologist. The halter monitor. Was okay.
I take allergy meds regularly
i drink plenty of fluids
i dont know what else to do. I need to put an end to this vertigo now! :cry:
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replied April 5th, 2006
Dizzy Sinking Feeling...
Vertigo is the worst. It sounds like there may be an issue with your vestibular system. You should consider seeing a vestibular physical therapist. I know of one at the balance and mobility center at wilmington hospital in de (you're in philly, right?).

Anyway, I seriously recommend checking into it.

Good luck and hope you feel better soon.
Eb
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replied April 6th, 2006
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You may well be suffering from a vertigo related condition, although what you have describes is in fact one of many anxiety symptoms. Anxiety can present itself with many different symptoms in different people so don't worry if the feeling of movement hasn't been mentioned much on this forum. Take a look at this website I found for you Anxietycentre.Com/anxiety-symptom/anxiety- symptoms.shtml

it is a very good website and has explanations on some of the symptoms... Note the symptom 'the floor feels like it is moving either down or up for no reason' on the body symptoms section.




Hope this helps a little,

james
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replied May 19th, 2008
EDIT : Ooops, sorry, I just noticed the message is from 2006, due to my eyesight I thought it said 2008.

Wow, I suffer from the exact same thing, I describe it as walking on a boat and ropebridge, but quicksand is a good example. I keep feeling like I am swaying, and I feel dizzy too. I also suffer from tremors, and twitches. What you wrote is identical to me. The bad news is I have had it for 10 years, with scratched heads from docs, but I am having a neck MRI soon to see if it is due to compression on the spine, like ACM. It could also be down to GAD, a General Anxiety Disorder, but I am not sure. I think it is due to my inner ear or neck.
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replied October 27th, 2012
Hello, I have recently developed similar symptoms u describe and am very concerned. Have you figured out any diagnosis? Has anything helped?
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replied February 7th, 2009
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I have had the same sinking problem for 5 years now. It feels as though I an literally sinking into the ground or as if I am being pushed into it. I have also started feeling as though I am going to have a seizure; I have never had one however that is what it feels like. I hate living like this. Klonopin helped for a few months but now it does nothing and I am trying to come off it so I can get pregnant. HELP!!!!! I can't live like this forever. I have been told by my dr that it is anxiety. I have had multiple mri's which show nothing.
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replied March 24th, 2009
dizzy/sinking feeling
I started to get this dizzy, lightheaded sinking feeling when I was 16 years old at school. It lasted a for 3 years on and off. It restricted my whole lifestyle. I used to love going out shopping and having days out but having that awful feeling of the ground moving when walking obviously put me off going or walking anywhere, I guess you could say I had developed a fear of walking.
Some days i would feal dizzy, or lightheaded as if I might pass out, though never did pass out. Other days I felt as if everything was turning slightly and the ground moving ,like being in a lift suddenly dropping down a couple of floors then up again. Feels like gravity force or something, very frightening as you don't know when it will happen. It's like being on a boat on a stormy day. Constant motion sickness, even when sitting these feelings would happen. My doctor said it was anxiety causing it. However I'm still not completly convinced it is. Even so I took my doctors advice and had councelling, did breathing excercises, got lots of books about anxiety, I would recommend "SELF HELP FOR YOUR NERVES" by Dr Claire Weeks. Also used relaxation tapes which helped. So gradually I felt better. I also was low on iron so I improved on iron tablets and also by improving my diet helped.
I started to go out again and gradually I felt ok again. Until last March I started getting the same symptoms back.
I've been to ENT and had an mri scan but all came back normal.
I am now 30 years old and started to get the same dizziness, floor moving feeling back again last March. feels I'm back to square one!
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replied April 13th, 2009
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I had an SVT attack a few years back and i thought i was going to die it was horrible and very scarey but i havent had any thing quite as bad for a long time but now i have just started to suffer from a horrible sinking feeling and like some one has slipped something into my drink my heart allso goes a bit fluttery and quite hard to find a pulse my husband said that my colour goes off to, when i get the sinking feeling the best way to describe it is that i'm constantly going up and down in a lift i dont know if maybe my neck is out or there is something else is going on but it wipes me out for a few hours after woulds not to mention scares the living hell out of me, I AM SICK OF IT...
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replied October 27th, 2012
Hello, I have recently developed similar symptoms u describe and am very concerned. Have you figured out any diagnosis? Has anything helped?
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replied June 5th, 2009
same thing happens to me!
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replied June 5th, 2009
the sinking feeling is horrible, its affecting my whole life along with many other strange symptoms. the doctors tell me that it is anxiety, or panic disorder, but i am still not convinced. it happens even when i am having fun or in the middle of laughing- and when i actually AM anxious, it does not happen, so if it was from anxiety, why would it happen out of no where like this? the first time it happened i seriously thought someone had slipped something in my drink or that i had been drugged. but then it happened again a few weeks later, so it could not have been that.
i have been tested for a hundred things, and my brain ct was normal, any suggestions? im so glad i found people who are describing the same thing.


and i am also dealing with sooooo much stomach pain that last every day all day for weeks, and if it goes away it will only go away for a week, two at tops if i am lucky, i am thinking this is related?
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replied June 5th, 2009
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I have heard of some similar symptoms on mystery diagnosis on the discovery health channel. The one I keep hearing with rocking symptoms is called MDDS. Mal de Debarquement. Or another one that mimics that is enign Paroxsysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)... I suggest researching both... the BPPV would explain eye movements however MDDS is for people who have recently taken a cruise or something with a rocking sensation
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replied June 5th, 2009
the doctor is going to diagnos me with panic disorder if the medicine they give me works for it, i suggest anyone with the "sinking" feeling like i have and stomach aches check it out-i didnt believe it could be anxiety at first, but i am willing to give anything a try now, i am desperate. i will keep you guys updated and tell you if whatever they give me works for me.
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replied October 27th, 2012
Hello, I have recently developed similar symptoms u describe and am very concerned. Have you figured out any diagnosis? Has anything helped? Did it turn out to be anxiety? What medication helped?
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replied June 13th, 2009
chance2708, please let us know how it goes, I am at the desperate stage of trying anything once, even mental help.
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replied June 24th, 2009
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sinking feeling anxiety
i have the same feeling, my whole attitude changed about a year ago.. from what, idk. since then i have been on edge, apathetic, angry, feel constantly under pressure, wake up periodically at night, and overwhelmed, .. and no desire to do anything or see anyone. but i notice i get the sinking feeling inside, idk whether its my chest or heart or stomach or what.. but i do have it frequently esp when i feel as i do. i just want it to go away, everything.

and im not one to go to a doctor about it - my family would never believe me if i said i felt i had to go to a mental health doctor.
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replied July 9th, 2009
Sinking feelings!
I'm actually experiencing the same thing as of now. This is why I looked up this symptom. I was actually diagnosed with a cardiac arrhythmia because I have panic attacks. Anyway.. I got that checked out at the ER and they said is wasn't life threatening. However just a few days ago.. I felt as though my body was sinking into the ground. Dizzy, tired..no tunnel vision or anything.. I just feel plain and simply heavy. As if I'm walking through a swimming pool or something. I'm not sure what to do about all of this. I'm thinking it could be my brain or couldn't..anyway it goes..my doctor seems to minimize the situation. The right side of my chest is always pulsing and I seem to always feel bloated with gas. Not sure what to do about this but it feels good to know that I'm not the only person going through this. I actually thought to myself I must be dying or something..come to find out..it's actually called vertigo..so as of today, I was going to go to urgent care at my doctor to see if it's something else...please let me know..if you ever conquered these symptoms.. I do have GAD but I dont know what is causing this..
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replied July 15th, 2009
I have had the same condition as all of you. I would get dizzy for a second and feel like I was falling. I almost passed out with it and went to ER. The Dr. said he thought the metoprolol I was on created a low blood pressure condition. He was wrong. I wore a incident monitor this weekend and found out I have an extra heart beat. I told the Dr I don't like the feeling I get with it. He said it is harmless. It is driving me crazy. When I started looking at the symptoms for panic disorder, it seemed to fit but I am not positive that is what I have. If anyone can come up with a solution, please let me know. I also feel like I am on my way down a hill on a roller coaster at times.
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replied July 30th, 2009
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Hi Guys

I have had this problem for 13 years straight now. The symptoms have changed over the past
4 years I'll explain. I have seen literally over 40 specialists including 11 Neurologist and 12 ENT's. I took VNG EMG, MRI's CT SCAN's Chiropractors, Blood work, Heart test...etc

What we all share here is a disequilibrium problem. It is a VERTIGO problem but try not to use the word vertigo only when talkng to your doctors. True Vertigo is room spinning.. and it almost always relates to the inner ear.

Okay I always feel like I'm on a boat or canoe. I also feel like I tip over to one side
alot. I feel like I'm walking in sand or standing in quick sand. At worse I turn pale white and become very weak.
NO answers!!! About 4 years ago I started to notice lots of stiffness,soreness and pain in my neck and back. I demanded an MRI of the cervical spine and it showed 3 herniated bulging discs. But the doctors I see tell me NO Connection.
BS! Cervical vertigo or something but it's connected. Every time my neck and back feel a bit better (rarely now) my balance improves alot. I'm very bad now still but you guys look into your back and neck as well. If I find an answer I'll be back!
PS-Life has been RUINED! for me.
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replied October 27th, 2012
Hello, I have recently developed similar symptoms u describe and am very concerned. Have you figured out any diagnosis? Has anything helped? I'm really scared.
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replied April 24th, 2013
Subman, have you gotten better or do you still have disequilibrium problem. I have degenerated spine and I believe my dizziness is from my neck also. I've had this now for 17 months and has also ruined my life, but have general anxiety now from dealing with this torchure. If you could reply that would be great especially if you have gotten your life back.

Thanks
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replied August 3rd, 2009
room spining, swaying feeling, shaking
this is all what i have been expriencing i have not been to the doctors or anything and i refuse to tell my folks cause they are going on a trip so i dont want to ruin there plans they deserve the trip any way all the symptoms are remarkably the same as i have been feeling it started a month ago when i had a drinking session with the lads which i dont do often i drunk to much playing a drinking game chucked up the next morning i woke up hungover but as i was laying down i felt like i was shaking my jaw squeezed involuterily every so often and the room was spinning around i have felt that my head sways and i cant stay still if i do a slight movement it goes away but it how been occuring for a month now and its all due to that night of drinking any help would make me vastly grateful
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replied August 4th, 2009
I typed some of my symptoms in this thread came up first, so here I am.

I think I may have had slight symptoms for a few months, but only really noticed it a couple of weeks ago after flying long distance. For a few days after the flight I've had really stiff back, stemming from a specific part of spine, lower back. This stiffness wore off over a week and is almost gone. I also had a small fatty cyst in neck which I discovered a month ago, but doctor assured me this fine and normal. These things may not be related at all.

I feel physically like something is not 100% but haven't a clue what. However, I feel physically very strong, am a 27 year old, slim/medium build. Run 10k fine just two days ago, easy. Actually, I have yet to have this problem while running. I've been lacking energy the past few months, feeling wiped out, but not physically tired, I put it down to lack of exercise. Maybe this ain't related either.

So I was waiting in the airport after first part of flight and I started to feel panicky, anxious, pressure randomly building up in head, then sinking as if I was passing out. Scared me, which in turn made me feel worse. I thought maybe it was panic attack, but then thought, there's nothing to be panicked about and the airport was a lot smaller and quieter than the busy airport I was previously waiting in, didn't make sense. Also on the busy cramped plane I felt fine.

It happened again, one week ago, I was in super market feeling 100%, browsing, talking, relaxed, then out of the blue I get the same sinking feeling and instantly put my hand to forehead and head down to almost catch myself, which seems to give me instant short term relief and stop me from what it feels like fainting. I pushed myself to drive home even though partner offered and it was hard work, once home I felt like laying down, after around 1 hour I felt normal again.

So I was starting to think, maybe I was just getting anxious around lots of people or busy places. So me and partner have been to quite a few busy places the past week and talked with strangers, in busy places. This feeling has never returned, in fact, not even come close.

Then tonight when me and partner went for relaxing walk down a quiet street to an empty beach, it started to hit me again. Firstly, I thought my contact lenses may be sliding slightly, but when I realized I felt slightly off, a bit unsteady, though physically I wasn't. Followed by that unstoppable fear of impending doom which kicks in and slight build of pressure in head, hardly noticeable and more worrying than anything. No pain at all and hard to accurately described what you feel and where the problem is, all you know is your feeling 'off'. I have yet to encounter this in the morning, its usually late afternoon.
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replied August 7th, 2009
Chance 2708: I get the same thing too! I have felt three times now like I was gonna fall backward on my ass, but it only lasts for a second. Two of the times it happened I didn't feel particularly stressed. One of the times I was at a bar with friends (drinking water, and just ate too, so I know it wasn't my hypoglycemia!)! What the heck? Totally weird and random and never know when it's going to happen. Nothing severe has happened to me after one of the quick falling backwards episodes, so I'm trying not to worry about it. I am going to go get checked for an inner ear problem though.

I have been trying to learn how to manage my anxiety for about ten years now, and like the tides of the ocean, life's challenges ebb and flow as well, making some instances easier to cope with than others. Everybody should just remember that they aren't alone and that anxiety happens. Their seems to be a lot to stress out about these days, but ultimately you are in control of your thoughts. Nothing in life is hard, you just make it that way! Try to see the beauty in yourself, and you will attract other people looking for the same thing! Wink

Next time any of us have a weird unstable equilibrium issue, we need to not panic after, but instead stop for a second. Excuse yourself politely from whatever you're doing if you need to, to take a minute to breath and re-center yourself. We won't let some dumb butt health issue control us, we control IT and are going to tell it firmly that it will have no control over us! Take time everyday for yourself to discover yourself and become your own best friend. Etc.
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replied August 7th, 2009
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Great post RatMuffins!
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