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    Old 11-20-2007, 11:31 PM   #16
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    Re: Spaced out, drunken feeling for 3 1/2 years, 24/7. Please help me.

    everyone here needs to condsider Inner Ear Disorders. anxiety won't cause dizziness for 24 hours a day months at a time. sometimes you feel a certain way and its actually something physical and not in your mind. i got hit by a inner ear virus 2 years ago went to all the docs and they ran some tests and found nerve damage in my right inner ear and thats where my 24 hour a day dizziness, spaced out drunk feeling was coming from. luckly your brain learns to adapt to the damage and you get better.

    go to an ent and then get refered to a neurologist who will run some tests and send you to a balance doctor who will confirm them

     
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    Old 11-21-2007, 02:49 AM   #17
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    Re: Spaced out, drunken feeling for 3 1/2 years, 24/7. Please help me.

    Anxiety and some sort of depression will cause it all the time. As well as PTSD. I have had the ears checked as well as many other test.

    It is awful and can't wait for it to go.

     
    Old 11-22-2007, 04:23 AM   #18
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    Hi everyone

    I am glad to see that there are other people experiencing the same symptoms that I am going through. I am a 28 year old male. I have been suffering from panic attacks and symptoms associated with anxiety for 5 years. I also had most tests performed, and all came back negative. I suffer from hypertension and are currently on meds for that. I really think that my high blood pressure is linked to anxiety and that it is my "fight or flight" response that is allways triggering my blood pressure to rise.

    It first started 5 years ago. I experienced this foggy, distant feeling - like i'm living in a dream world or looking through glass. It was as if my eyes could not focus. If i stared at the tv, it felt as if I could not judge the distance to the tv. I didn't have any double vision, it just didn't feel real. This really freaked me out. I have suffered from panic attacks all my life. I normally get them when I'm in a cinema (I allways have to sit next to the isle, so that I can escape.) or in a crowded place. Big open spaces also cause me to panic and dissociate. I have allways been a hypochondriac and constantly monitor my body for stimuli that I perceive to be abnormal or funny. If I come across such a symptom I normally focus on it, causing me to go into panic. For example if i experience chest pain, i immediately feel as if I am having a heart attack. I allways fear the worst and if I experience a strange symptom I think I have an incurable disease and that I am going to die. I am constantly surfing the web for answers, during which I develop a panic attack just reading about these symptoms. It is as if I am looking for a reason to feel the way I am. I think that my "fight or flight" response is constantly firing, causing me to be hypersensitized. Leading to light-headedness, dizziness and depersonalisation. I also feel as if I am going to pass out, I feel as if my legs are rubbery and as if gravity is pulling me down. Like walking on a waterbed. This is really getting to me. i just can't believe that i am causing these symptoms by thinking the ay I do. If i experience a strange symptom, due to the fact that I am in fight or flight, i don't see any external danger, so immediatley my brain overanalizes and tries to find a reason. well, if it's not external, it MUST be internal, so I MUST have a dradfull disease. Aaaarhghhh... you see, this thought pattern leads to even more panic. I have to reprogram my brain somehow. I am too focussed on my normal bodily sensations, causing my brain to be preoccupied with myself and my health. I go through good patches and bad patches. A bad patch is normally a few months where I experience a symptom which there is no cause. I normally see my GP which reassures me that it is anxiety. I normally return several times, causing my doctor to refer me to a specialist, performing several tests. They allways come back negative. Once I have reassurance, i normally improve only to develop another strange symptom with no cause and repeating the cycle. My symptoms include, a feeling of unreality, heart palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath, pain in my lower back, IBS, pain in my ears, burning feet, feeling of unsteadiness, weakness in left arm, chest pains, muscle twitching, tremors, exhaustion, light sensitivity, buzzing in ears, agitation, somnulence etc. As you can see, most of you have some of these symptoms. I think it is time to trust the doctors. If all test are negative, then all these symptoms should be caused by anxiety. The human mind is very powerful, and in order to survive it tunes to fight or flight. Once you have had a BIG scare (like a first panic attack), your brain is primed and focussed on this experience, causing you to panic 24/7. I think most of us need a reason, because we cannot accept that anxiety is causing these horrible symptoms. In effect, if anxiety is causing these symptoms, then we ourselves are causing these symptoms through our fearful thought pattern (from previous experience). If only ther was an easy way to relax and turn off the switch in our brains. I have also read that most people that dissociate have a greater tendancy or ability to go into a self-induced hypnotic state. Once entered into this state, you experience this state as strange, leading to panic and all the other symptoms involved. I am flsuhed on my cheeks, just writing this. The bottomline is that if all medical test and diagnosis come back negative, stop worrying, force yourself to go out of fight-or-flight, stop focusing on your health, enjoy life, accept your personality type, you are alive - hence the heartbeat and feelings . I know it is much easier said than done, but it is just not worth it to worry about symptoms that are self-induced through fearful thought. (negative selftalk)

    I feel like I have verbal diarrhoea, I hope i am making sense. It is just nice to put my thought in writing and know that i am not alone. I still struggle with this everyday of my life. Hope you all feel beter soon...

     
    Old 11-22-2007, 08:41 AM   #19
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    Re: Spaced out, drunken feeling for 3 1/2 years, 24/7. Please help me.

    Comeandrelax, mine is not really "dizziness" as much as a pressurized head feeling and a feeling that my eyesight is not "in sync" with my movements. My ears also feel somewhat stuffed....i plan on getting my ears looked at when I go back to the ENT in a couple of weeks. The adrenaline from the anxiety can probably cause alot of physical symptoms, but nonetheless, I need to treat my anxiety/panic first while I try to find relief from my other physical symptoms. I'm hoping that my physical symptoms are all related to the anxiety and they will dissipate when the anxiety gets better. We'll see...

     
    Old 11-22-2007, 02:16 PM   #20
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    Pooke I concur mine is also terrible headaches with the dizziness and then shaky vision and the head pressure that is usually worse before and after the headache and then the brainfog most of the other time. I would be relieved if it were only anxiety causing physical symptoms. I think it is good to get all possibilities checked out because after all we only have one life. It could be migraines alot of people I have talked to have described their migraines as a pressure feeling as well then the anxiety is maybe causing hypersensitivity and making it seem even worse and adding on to the symtom list, Im just not sure yet??? I had horrible squeezing chest pains last night and went to the ER they checked my heart and lungs since I have had benezine exposure due to a bad benezine spill 7 years ago which I was worried were causing the feelings in my head and they were both fine such a relief. Im still awaiting the eeg results from earlier this week then probably the MRI. Then if that shows nothing I most likely will seek treatment for anxiety and migraines. I know I do need meds for the anxiety aspect but I dont want to begin any meds until Im sure nothing major is wrong I currently take none so they cant blame my problems on med side effects. We will see.........I will keep you updated as to what I find.

     
    Old 11-22-2007, 07:05 PM   #21
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    Re: Spaced out, drunken feeling for 3 1/2 years, 24/7. Please help me.

    jakez28, hi, I can relate to a lot of your post and many others on this thread.
    My main complaint has always been dizziness, light-headed, depersonalisation.
    Many times, I have felt as though I will pass out. Not a fun way to live.
    I feel like everything I do throughout my day....I do it dizzy. Often, I have felt as though my legs will give out from underneath me...I have to guide myself to the floor and "ride it out". It's so darn scary. Take Care! Shelby

     
    Old 11-23-2007, 08:58 AM   #22
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    Re: Spaced out, drunken feeling for 3 1/2 years, 24/7. Please help me.

    Amber, good luck, I'm sure at this point, you wish that they would find something...I know that I do! Let me know how you're doing.

     
    Old 11-24-2007, 05:38 PM   #23
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    Re: Spaced out, drunken feeling for 3 1/2 years, 24/7. Please help me.

    Jakes28 - it sounds as though you have a lot of insight into your 'condition'. Have you thought about going for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)? This would help to restructure your thinking patterns, thereby changing your experiences,in turn changing your feelings, and eventually changing your behaviours. Then the whole cycle repeats itself so that the thought patterns are corrected and reinforced each time you have a different (positive) experience. Medications can only take you so far with anxiety, and particularly when you have identified that negative/irrational thoughts are responsible. The wonderful thing about CBT is that you learn a whole load of skills and tools that you can use for the rest of your life in different situations, long after therapy has ended. Good luck, from a concerned forum member{REMOVED}

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    Old 11-27-2007, 03:19 AM   #24
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    Hi again everyone. Allaboutangie - I am going to see a psychiatrist next week for CBT. I really hope that this will improve my condition, because it has come to a point where it is totally unbearable. In the early hours of this morning I woke up with extreme heart palpatations and shortness of breath. I think I had a nighmare which triggerred a panic attack. I just told myself to breath and relax, and I felt better after 20 minutes or so. This morning (as every morning for the last 2 weeks) I felt very tired after more than 8 hours of sleep. I feel as if I don't have energy for the day. I feel as if I was run over by a train. My calves and ankles were burning and the muscles in my neck and back of head were stiff and aching. It felt as if I had a band around my head. My ears felt clogged and had a sensation of aching. I had my ears checked yesterday and they were fine. My legs really feel as if they are going to give way and i feel unsteady. Last week I went to a shopping mall, I really felt as if my body turned to stone, as if I could not give another step. I was also shaking. I went up in a lift and as the lift stopped, it felt as if i was still going up. This really scares me. I constantly worry about the symptoms I experience. I also feel very lightheaded as if I am going to faint or loose consciousness. Every morning when I wake up, I immediately monitor my body for unpleasant symptoms. I worry constantly. I can't relax and really feel overwhelmed. The scariest part is when I experience chest pain. I am really scared of a heart attack. I just wish a can be normal end enjoy life again. How can anxiety cause all of these symptoms? I also feel detached from myself when I speak to another person. It is as if I see myself through their eyes. I feel as if I am living in a dream world. It also freaks me out to look into a mirror and sometimes watching tv, all the stimuli overwhelm me. I am very lightsensitive and I constantly wear my sunglasses. If I am at a shopping mall, all the movement causes my eyes to feel funny, as if they can't focus and as if stationary object are moving. It really is scary. Hopefully someone can relate. I also hope that the CBT will improve my life.
    Keep well.

     
    Old 11-28-2007, 05:57 AM   #25
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    Re: Spaced out, drunken feeling for 3 1/2 years, 24/7. Please help me.

    I'm not trying to scare anyone, just trying to help. But, I DO have lyme disease. I went through the SAME exact things that has been described here for over a year before it was found that I had lyme.

    You can be tested all you want with Elisas or Western Blots, it come out negative and you still have lyme. There are two reasons for that- one, lyme is a CLINICAL diagnosis, based on symptoms and two- the elisa and western blot only test so many strains of lyme, like 2 as compared to the hundreds of it that exist. I had to just put faith in it that the 24/7 feeling would stop for me once I started antibiotics. And it did. Its five years later, and that symptom stopped within six months of full time non stop antibiotics and has never returned.

    By the way, you do not have to have sore joints or remember a rash to have lyme.

    I went through HECK AND BACK with this symptom. I was told it was anxiety. Heck, I was told I was crazy. Now dont get me wrong, I DO have anxiety

    but this feeling... ok,

    I went to sleep with it. It was like a drunken feeling in my head. Like I drank a few beers and had a vicodin or something. And my vision was like I was trying to look through a fish bowl- like my eyes would shake or something, it was odd. My head felt stuffed with cotton and that would switch off with unrelenting head pressure clear into the back of my eyeballs and middle of my forehead. I would wake up in the morning and the dang room would start spinning all over again. It was horrible. At times, I ACTUALLY

    felt like I was walking on bubbles. I just simply felt drunk. Lyme doesn't have a one size fits all symptoms, so please don't believe that. Some lyme patients get swollen joints, and that is IT, while others suffer excruciating head pain ( waving hand here) , and some just get itchy skin, etc the list goes on.


    And alot of people do not know that there is a handful of medical doctors well versed in lyme and what it CAN REALLY do as compared to doctors all over the place who will say "no, you dont have it" and send you on your way with no answers.



    Yes, I am still treating lyme- five years later because you CANNOT just take ten days of pills and get rid of an infection so worthy of being called a disease.

    Believe me, I know how awful this feeling is. So much so that it has caused one heck of an anxiety issue with me thinking it is going to "come back" when in fact, I have been killing off the lyme for five years now. Its a no win situation for me right now, but I will make it through.

    But yes, I have been there, and i have done that. And alot of you were misinformed. I was too, thats why I suffered for a year before diagnosis. I'm not saying you all have lyme, but I AM saying it is a VERY real possibility, especially when I read posts of those who had the SAME EXACT symptoms as I did.

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    Old 11-28-2007, 07:13 AM   #26
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    Jodie - thank you for your post, but I really doubt that it is Lyme disease. If only it was Lyme disease I would be very happy, because you can effectively treat it with antibiotics. I have been suffering from panic attacks all my life. I never get headaches or fever, and I have been on antibiotics many times during the past 5 years. I only had an insect bite once and I immediately took a strong course of antibiotics for 2 weeks. My symptoms come and go and is definitely linked to my stress level. Also if you have had a full blood count your doctors can easily predict whether you have an infection in your body. Like I said, thank you for your input, but I doubt that it is Lyme.

     
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    Jodie thank you for your info I have been leaning towards lyme or cronic migraine with a constant aura out of those two I believe it cold be Lyme. Your symptoms mirror mine. It cant hurt to be treated right? Its just going to be a struggle to find a doctor to give me the amounts of antibiotics I will need if this is Lyme. Nebraska isnt a key place to be at with a disease that most docs are so skeptical of. I have cut out all caffeine and have been having almost all decent days rather than one here or there and then all bad ones but the feeling is still there and so are the palpitations. I dont know why caffeine would affect Lyme did it for you? That is why I was leaning towards Migraine. But most of my symptoms are found on the lyme disease list. And I do have a circular rash on my foot but it has been there for like 2 years. What do you think? Any answers would be helpful.

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    Re: Spaced out, drunken feeling for 3 1/2 years, 24/7. Please help me.

    DizzyAmber,
    Yes, caffeine affects my lyme. Lyme uses the glycolosis pathway ( sugar, I spelled that wrong) to stay alive in the body. not only that, Lyme is NOTORIOUS for causing Pots syndrome ( rapid heart rate, palpatations, feeling as if going to faint) and caffeine can trigger it. Some lymmies do fine with caffeine though. I'm not one of them.

    Ive had my rash for five years . Its on my left foot. Had only I moved it.

    Jeff, as I said- I doubt everyone here has lyme. Lyme wont show up in a full body CBC though. Alot of infections wont, especially when they make antibodies, which is why there is direct tests for direct infections.

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    Jodie
    But thank you for your info I was trying to figure out if a lyme rash could last all this time in the beginning that is what I thought I had but the doctor talked me out of it. How did you go about getting diagnosed? Just a general doctor or???? It is winter now i was awaiting autumn when fall finally got here but I was too sick to enjoy it. Any help you could give would be so appreciated, I actually told my husband the other day I was ready to give up and just live with it. Yeah I have the rash on the top of my left foot as well.

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    Old 12-03-2007, 05:20 PM   #30
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    Re: Spaced out, drunken feeling for 3 1/2 years, 24/7. Please help me.

    I have actually had this kind of thing going out for about 15 years.

    I think it all started when I took too much cough medicine and felt unreal for a few days, when I was younger.

    Then sometimes I would get these unreal feelings out of nowhere, like when I was eating, and I'd have to leave and go to bed. It was really scary.

    Since then, it hasn't been bad to that extent, but I've always had an unreal feeling since I was about 12.

    A couple weeks ago, I felt that I couldn't feel my fingers.

    I think you have some kind of disassociation going on. I don't think it's anything really serious that you have to worry about, at least not life-threatening. I think it's a psychological problem. I didn't look at the posts after yours, so I'm sure they have a lot more insight into this than I do. But yeah, I have that feeling too.

     
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