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Old 11-22-2006, 11:35 AM   #1
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Unhappy Dizzy spells

Hi there does anyone ever get really dizzy, but are fine when they lie down for a while. I feel like the floor is moving up or down or I am going to faint for no apparent reason. I feel sometimes as though I cannot focus on anything and my ears ring.I feel slightly woozy mostly dizzy and almost as if I am off balance and want to walk one way only.

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Old 11-22-2006, 11:57 AM   #2
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Re: Dizzy spells

I am dizzy All the time.. I also feel most comfortable while laying down..

Here is what it is like for myself, I get a floating feeling, intense Falling to the side & backwards sensation, sinking to the ground feeling, a motion sensation as if I am swaying on a boat, and my favorite the good old dropping feeling you get on an elevator.. The "elevator sensation" When I am standing or sitting still I feel as if I am rocking or swaying side to side. Constant motion. sometimes it causes me to feel sea sick!
I also feel like my head is very heavy foggy and swimmy and some days just have trouble holding it up! All these sensations I experience on a daily basis mostly 24/7 The only time I don't feel this way is if I am laying down, it seems to subside then. I have gotten many eye rolls from the Doctor's I have seen in the past.. As if these feelings were being made up in my head.. These daily sensations have caused me more anxiety and intense panic attacks.. It seems as soon as I experience any one of these sensations my panic attacks kick in full force..
OKAY so now the big question "can anxiety really make me feel dizzy" The ANSWER is yes, Doctors have known for many years that psychological disorders, such as anxiety, can cause symptoms of dizziness and imbalance. This type of dizziness was given the nonspecific name of psychogenic dizziness. Here is what I have learned through my years of struggles with anxiety related dizziness, and believe me I research and research and ask my therapist to explain it over and over again..
What disorders are associated with psychogenic dizziness a question all of us on this board commonly ask, well the truth is Several studies point to a specific set of disorders that can cause symptoms of dizziness and imbalance. All these disorders are in the anxiety disorder family and include panic attacks, certain phobias, and chronic anxiety disorders.
What symptoms are the symptoms? How does your dizziness feel? Another question we all ask on this board, the answer is Psychogenic dizziness will present with a variety of symptoms including lightheadedness, feeling heavy headed, feeling a pressure sensation in the head, feeling far away or detached from the environment, feeling like they are going to fall, and sometimes even the feeling as if you are going to faint.
Can something else be causing my dizziness? Another question that floats around here as well. And the answer is yes, inner ear disorders are the most common reasons for dizziness, In fact inner ear problems that have completely resolved but the symptoms still persist, despite the resolution of the inner ear disorder can happen. In this case I was told and found VERY interesting is that it appears the inner ear disorder triggered an anxiety, panic, or phobic state. In this situation, the psychological disorder perpetuates the dizziness, despite the fact that the underlying inner ear disorder has resolved. How interesting is that!!! I couldn't believe that when I was told by my Doctor.
Well I never had a ear infection or disorder, so what else could it be? Another question that goes through our minds.. The answer is there are several physical disorders that can present with symptoms similar to those experienced with psychogenic dizziness. Some of these conditions included anemia, thyroid disorders, neurological disorders, cardiovascular disorders, hormonal disorders.. Just to name a few. But keep in mind these disorders present many other serious symptoms and NOT JUST dizziness. Anxiety Disorder can come out in us in so many ways not just dizziness, and I think it should be know that the mind is a powerful weapon and sometimes when we suffer from this condition we tend too become so sensitive to what we feel .... I know that's how it is for myself!!
Have you been check for inner ear problems? Or any other related illness to vertigo/dizziness? I have been suffering for many years like this so I know how you feel.. It can be very scary at times feeling like this! still wondering if mine is ear related or anxiety related, but I can tell you this when I am anxious it's SO much worse..
I hope this post helps, any thoughts or questions let me know! Boxerlover

Old 11-22-2006, 12:15 PM   #3
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Re: Dizzy spells

I feel dizzy most of the time and also suffer from stress. I am currently being treated for accute anxiety and the medication together with cognitive therapy seems to help. Since taking the medication last January, I have not had a panic attack, but I still get the dizziness.

Old 11-23-2006, 05:43 AM   #4
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Re: Dizzy spells

Thank you all. At least I know that I have not got a serious medical condition as I have had millions of tests done and they are all normal. I have found that CBT does really work and also the meds. Chat later.

Old 11-26-2006, 09:05 PM   #5
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Re: Dizzy spells

Hey Nades,
you sound so similar to me.
the nausia and loss of weight that you mentioned in the last post and now the dizziness. My dizziness has skyrocked lately, nothing helps except to lay or sit down. It is worse now when I go out to a shopping centre or to a deli or something, I am so scared that I am going to pass out. It is more of an off balance the a dizziness. I have been back and forward to the doctor 5 times in the last 2 weeks and he says that it is just my anxiety. I have xanax .25mg, does little, he tried to put me on Efexor and it made me feel so out of it that I only took the one. I also find that I get alot more headaches then I use to aswell.

I have had heaps of test and they all show I am healthy!!! except the anxiety

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