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September 10th, 2009
I'm glad i'm not the only one around with these symptoms. The funny part is i can get them 'on demand'. I can pretty much wait for it to happen! first time i noticed it was when i was only 11 or so. All of a sudden I felt like i was going straight down in quick sand. I'm now 29 and haven't gotten over it yet! I get it a lot when i stretch out my arms, like while playing piano. Or at school when i had to do a speech. I heard myself talk at that point but was busy trying to overcome my weird sensation. the best way to do that was to sqeeuze my hands together or curl my toes in my shoes! Haven't spoken with anybody about that except my wife, who doesn't really 'get it'. I simpy don't know what to do. I'm afraid my doctor won't understand me.

Thanks!
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replied September 28th, 2009
I guess im not the only one
omg i guess im not the only one feeling like im carring around 50 pounds on my head while walking in mud. Another wy to describe this feeling would be that as im walking i almost get the feeling that im getting shorter or like shrinking. Feeling like your walking on a moon walk is a good one to
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replied October 29th, 2009
Anyone have any coping mechanisms? Please share with the group!
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replied October 29th, 2009
I had this happen to me today for the first time. I have headaches on a regular basis and today I had a really strong one and at one point felt it pulse through my head sharply enough that I said to myself out loud something like, "That really hurt!" Didn't think anything else of it until about an hour later I stood up from my desk and had this sensation that my feet and legs were much heavier than normal, and I was falling, even though I wasn't falling. I sat back down immediately and did not stand up again for a while but when I did, I felt the same heavy feet feeling, like I am walking in higher gravity or moving through sludge. Throughout the day it has gotten stronger and weaker, and sometimes my head feels like it is heavier too. I feel like I'm crazy. We actually have a doctor on staff where I work and she checked my blood pressure after I first felt the sensation. It was normal, 124/92, which is only a tiny bit higher than my usual 120/80. Interesting to see that so many other people have had something similar, but I wish there was some more definitive answer to what this is... I have a dr's appt tomorrow but I anticipate having a hard time explaining this.
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replied October 30th, 2009
I think what's happening is that stress and anxiety is somehow involved. I also have headaches. We need replies from people who have had this and it passed. Perhaps they can shed some light as to what they did to cope or solved these problems.

We all tend to check the internet when we are seraching for symptoms, but not enough people come back to post their success stories afterwards.
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replied October 30th, 2009
Well, saw the doctor. Nothing physically wrong upon examination, of course. Ordered blood work to see if any of my levels are off. Prescribed Ativan to see if that "takes the edge off." We will see. I think I just need to get back into exercising and stretching. I feel like my body is falling apart and I need to get it healthy again. Maybe this is related to that.
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replied October 30th, 2009
heavyfeet wrote:
Well, saw the doctor. Nothing physically wrong upon examination, of course. Ordered blood work to see if any of my levels are off. Prescribed Ativan to see if that "takes the edge off." We will see. I think I just need to get back into exercising and stretching. I feel like my body is falling apart and I need to get it healthy again. Maybe this is related to that.


Please keep us posted Smile
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replied December 8th, 2009
Anyone have an update?
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replied December 11th, 2009
The sinking feeling is typically located low or deep in the abdomen, although some persons, both men and women, sense it in the chest or mediastinum. The location is not variable in the same person. The duration of the experience is brief, at most 10 seconds. The feeling is regarded as unpleasant, but is differentiated from pain, anxiety, or fear. An acute transitory depression best describes the feeling. "Oh no" seems to be a frequent verbal association, without specific referent.
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replied December 14th, 2009
I have simalar symptoms.this is what I feel...dizzy..sinking feeling , like the ground is moving I have a hard time just walking "off balance." I'm tired bloated,my heart skips beats, irritated and its really a scary feeling.these feels cause me to be anxious "which doesnt help".Ive felt like this for 5 years off and on some days are better than others but lately there are way to many bad days.Ive been to the doctors so many times and cant seem to find anything wrong. But yet I just dont feel right so i keep going back for more tests.
Im wondering if it is anxiety...but these are the symptoms that are causing aniety. what to do???? very frustrated everyday things are a struggle feeling this way.
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replied January 10th, 2010
like walking on quicksand
I typed my symptoms in the google toolbar and i had no idea i was going to find this site. I want all of us to be healed but, i have to say it's a bit comforting to find people who have some of the same symptoms as me.

Basically my symptoms are the same as everyone else's but i'll explain anyway.

sometime i feel as if the room is spinning, or when i'm walking my foot feels as if it can go through the ground (like quicksand).
i have a pressure in my forehead and these quick headaches that come and qo in like a second.
i also have these spells when i get really weak and can hardly stand. I usually turn really pale when that happens. i'll eat some peanut butter and i'm usually okay. i think my blood sugar may be low.
i also get a pain in my neck.

i don't have vision in my left eye (always), and the only think i have even been diagnosed with is PCOS (polycystic ovarian sydrome), and a heart murmer when i was younger (i don't know if that goes away).
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replied January 23rd, 2010
Chronic dizziness, swaying feeling
Please consider the following. Many of us might be suffering from Chronic Subjective Dizziness, here is a possible treatment. You guys can also google some other articles on the topic (Dr.Staab is an expert). It seems that SSRI-s might be helpful for some of us.
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: The authors previously reported that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) reduce chronic subjective dizziness in patients with and without psychiatric illnesses. To extend those preliminary findings and test the hypothesis that SSRIs may offer a novel treatment for chronic subjective dizziness, the authors conducted a prospective study of sertraline in patients with dizziness for more than 6 months, in the absence of active physical neurotologic illness. STUDY DESIGN: Sixteen-week, prospective, open-label, flexible-dose clinical trial. METHODS: Twenty-four patients with subjective dizziness for more than 6 months and no active physical neurotologic illness were studied. Eighteen patients had major anxiety disorders. Six had minor frustration or worry that did not warrant a psychiatric diagnosis. Sertraline was administered at a daily dose of 25 mg, which was increased to a maximum daily dose of 200 mg. Dizziness, functional impairment, and psychological distress were measured using the Dizziness Handicap Inventory (DHI) and Brief Symptom Inventory-53 (BSI-53). Treatment outcomes were analyzed using repeated-measures multivariate analyses of variance, with last observations carried forward. RESULTS: Three patients were excluded from data analysis for disqualifying medical conditions, one for protocol violations. Fifteen (75%) patients completed treatment. Five (25%) withdrew for adverse effects or lack of efficacy. The median daily dose of sertraline was 100 mg. Sertraline significantly reduced scores on all three DHI subscales and the BSI-53. Eleven of 15 (73%) patients who completed treatment had a positive response, including 8 of 11 (73%) with major anxiety disorders and 3 of 4 (75%) with no psychopathological conditions. Six patients enjoyed a full remission of symptoms. CONCLUSION: Sertraline significantly reduced chronic subjective dizziness in patients without active physical neurotologic illness, including those with and without psychiatric comorbidity.
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replied May 3rd, 2011
SSRIs for chronic dizziness
I have had swaying dizziness for 7 years and am aware of Dr. Staab's report on chronic subjective dizziness, which is not a diagnosis in itself. Over the years, I have tried 3 different SSRIs (I am currently taking 2 at the same time) and while I am no longer anxious about being dizzy, I am unfortunately still dizziness. There is so much unknown about dizziness. I have been told to just learn to live with it. Hope others have better luck.
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replied January 26th, 2010
Re: like walking on quicksand
laurenmisscc wrote:
sometime i feel as if the room is spinning, or when i'm walking my foot feels as if it can go through the ground (like quicksand).
i have a pressure in my forehead and these quick headaches that come and qo in like a second.


This really describes well the symptoms I was having. I never did get a diagnosis. Doctor prescribed Ativan for stress but I never used it because I did not want to feel sleepy.

It may well have been stress; I have tried to exercise more and eat better since I felt this way and I have not had it happen again. But it was a very weird experience indeed.
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replied February 22nd, 2010
Sinking Into The Ground
Still at it, 13 years 46 doctors...the SINKING SENSATION is worse than ever now and constant. I saw an excellent NYU Orthopedic just today to be sure that my neck & back stiffness and pain were the reason for the balance issues. He said he doesn't see any connection even though there are herniated discs and disc degeneration to my cervical & thoracic spine.

Another way to describe the "Walking in sand, sinking in quicksand feeling is - Being on an elevator. You know when an elevator is going up and it comes to a STOP!

Read all the replies here and I just simply cannot accept the anxiety or stress is the cause of this. It's just TOO physical a feeling, it's not just like getting weak legs from FEAR!

Have to see yet another Neurologist, I was beyond frustrated six years ago, Now? forget it!
EVERY unknown problem should eventually rear it's ugly head and show itself. I thought my destroyed neck & back would be the thing, the cause. I still believe it is but get no medical support.

Good luck to all and if anyone finds answers COME BACK! I will too.
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replied October 23rd, 2010
sinking, the feeling of dropping while walking
I am 33 and out of nowhere now have this horrible feeling when I walk my legs sink. It happens everyday but is always worse at night. The one positive is that it has brought me back to the Lord Jesus. For that I am grateful. This is something I hope one day there is a cure because it is a scary feeling to walk around and sink or drop feeling.
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replied February 13th, 2011
I can relate
This forum has made me feel "better" in a way because I realize I am not alone with these bizarre sinking spells. I too am so frustrated with them. And no one has found out what is going on with me either. They thought after my CT scan that I had a Chairi 1 malformation, but the MRI ruled it out. So I am back to square 1.
I also do not think it is anxiety as I am in a very peaceful part of my life. My blood pressure is also very low.
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replied May 3rd, 2011
I have read some of the posts here and some people complain of neck and back pain with disc degeneration as well as their dizziness. I have also had an MRI of my cervical spine and it also showed disc bulge and degeneration and I was also told this was unrelated. I disagree with this, as it seems that when my dizziness is really bad, my neck and back pain is also really bad.
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replied October 30th, 2011
Back again 2011 and checking in, No answers, no suggestions and much worse than ever before.

Going on 15 years now and to 64 doctors now and specialists including Vestibular Therapy, Physical Therapy. Even found a Balance Disorder Center in 2010 and was driven by a good friend for four hours to PA to Bloomsburg University for tests. I was twice in a booth with a Rotational Chair Test. There are only like 12 of these in the Country. HORRIFYING experience for someone like me who is ALWAYS....

1- Feels like I'm walking in sand, floor sinking in, feeling of wanting to collapse, like I cant hold my own weight up.

2- Getting the spins, quick spin outs. tip overs,
I'm almost falling or actually falling now. Even had two bad cases of "True Vertigo" since June of this year. That is a first in the 15 years of this. This is were your crawling around the floor completely unable to walk stand or sit up..

But before this it was more of the felling of being on a row boat or a canoe.

3- Neck & Back Pain. Six years ago an increase of pain started in my neck and back. Burning pain! This has amplified greatly over the last six years. Both burning and sharp pains now.

Spent the last two years at six more Neurologist and I will NEVER see another one again. That's about 20 for me now. They ALL follow the same 12 in office tests & rules.
NONE think outside the box at all. How many times must someone wave there finger in front of your eyes or make you squeeze there hand? Even though I have MRI showing herniated discs in my cervical spine, standing there holding on to the doctor himself to keep upright. Wrenched in pain and stiffness. I get "I don't know what to tell you" When I inquire about Cervical Vertigo they just shake there head NO with no explanation as to why not at all.

PEOPLE - These medical professionals do not investigate nor think about you any longer than your ten minute to 40 minute exam. It is NOT an episode of "House" were they all sit together and talk about YOU!
All I DO with my life is try to figure out what this problem is and how to fix it or stop it. I NEVER give up

PLEASE - Try to find a doctor who will LISTEN and not brush you off. I suggest an Otolaryngologist for this problem. At least when you see a good one and say words
like Rocking in a boat or Sinkining into the floor they DON'T think your just anxious and need drugs!!
Avoid ENT's that are not in the practice of VESTIBULAR issues. This isn't or may not be about allergies, sinuses. Eyes in the traditional visual sense.
I believe my neck and back are connected and the cause of my VESTIBULAR DISEQUILIBRIUM problem. It could be I have two problems and a HUGE series of coincidences with the two. But up to now no one has helped with either.

Inner ear problems are HARD REAL HARD to locate diagnosis and get a handle on. And they have ALL kinds of symptoms for different people. Get to a "Balance Disorder Center" near you. At least you wont feel like the world thinks your crazy and nobody cares about you & your problem.
They will put you on actually strap you up on a balance pad and test you. Then that chair is something else all together.
I'm going Monday for another follow up. I need SOMETHING to go on Cant keep going like this. 15 years is a long time. If and When I EVER learn something I will share it.

Hang in there, try to be around family and those you love as much as you can. Try your best not to live in FEAR! God Bless!
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replied November 3rd, 2011
I'm glad the forum is still active!
I have the same feeling of sinking and another weird feeling like buzzing and pulsing in my head. Of, course, every test came negative. I also went to a vestibular specialist...unfortunately, he didn't listen to me very carefully, he was busy doing other stuff too...he said it is nothing wrong with my inner ears..and he is the only one here for miles.
Now I started on xanax to see if there is an anxiety problem...so results so far.
As i've read before, there can be an disease called Migraine Associated Vertigo. After xanax, i will try something for that.
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replied November 28th, 2011
Sinking feeling
I have been having this same problem for about five, almost 6 years now. I never thought of describing it as a sinking feeling though. For me the best way to describe it is feeling like im in an elevator, that initial feeling u get when it goes up or down. I get this feeling like its right in my gut and works it way up into my chest. It's an awful feeling, it's put me into the emergency room twice because these episodes have escalated to where I become extremely shaky, dizzy, lightheaded, can't breathe, my heart races and my blood pressure jumps up to about 180 over (I forgot the 2nd one but they were both extremely high). They monitored me both times this happened in the ER and I have had every test done on me and nobody can find anything wrong. I keep being told I had a panic attack and anxiety issues. These episodes I have r so frequent, they don't always put me in the ER but they do make me freak out cu I feel like maybe I'm gonna have a heart attack or a seizure. I'm feeling hopeless, feeling like this most of the time is taking its toll on me. I feel more often then not like I can't even fully function like I should. Does anyone else get that feeling like u feel your heart pounding in your gut? I don't mean feeling it pounding in your chest after you've been active, this is different. I also had my tubes tied shortly before all this stuff started happening to me and through research have learned that this causes hormonal problems including anxiety, bouts of rapid heart beat and they even have a name for this condition, it's called Post Tubal Ligation Syndrome. Unfortunately because it is a procedure enduced condition caused by a doctor it isn't a known condition recognized in the medical field and cannot be diagnosed but tons of women suffer from it. I don't know what to do. Doctor told me my hormone levels r fine but I don't think they are. Any advice?
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