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Old 12-10-2003, 06:29 PM   #1
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Unhappy help- dizzy/unstable feeling

Ive been dealing with panic attacks.anxiety for a few years now (Im 21 yrs old ) and Im on ativan currently for anxiety. During my "attacks" alot of times I would feel as thoguh I was going to pass out. However recently this feeling has been happening alot more often and its different. I feel dizzy alot, when Im walking around. The worst is after Ive been sitting for along time or laying down, and after a minute or so of standing I feel as though Im gonig to fall. Its hard to explain but head feels very heavy and I feel like Im gonna colapse straight down. Sometimes it feels as though the floor is moving up and down alittle. I used to get that when I would come off an elevator but now it happens when Im just standing or walking. Its very scary. Does anyone know what this could be? Aside from anxiety, I also supposedly have slight asthma which I take an inhaler for. I cant breathe properly through my nose becasue I broke it a year ago and when it healed one of my nasal passages was blocked. Im also slightly anemic. Any help as to what this could be would be greatly appreciated. My doctor never seemed to be concerned but I havent told her how its gotten worse yet.

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Old 12-11-2003, 10:21 AM   #2
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Re: help- dizzy/unstable feeling

I've had very similar symptoms in the past. I had a vertigo attack followed by months of low-level dizziness, then trouble with motion such as elevators and escalators. I feel unstable and disoriented a moment after stepping off an elevator or escalator ot taking a car ride.

There are many things this could be...inner ear problems, neurological problems, and more. I saw a neuro. for a year to help me figure out where my dizziness was coming from, and one question they always ask is "Do you feel like you're being pulled toward the ground?" I don't know why that is signifigant, but since you feel that way I'd see a neuro. just to rule out serious things.

I've been diagnosed with two things, which may or may not have contributed to my dizziness. One is called Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome ("POTS") and it causes rapid heart rate and low blood pressure upon standing. It's a fairly benign condition, but hard to handle at times, and you may feel dizzy when you stand up because of this. Does your heart rate increase for no reason upon standing? Your doctor may want to check for this condition by doing a tilt table test, which would monitor your BP and HR for a period of time while you remain standing, and see if you pass out during that test as well. This could provide a lot of answers. You can find more answers about that at a web site called pots place.

I also have an intestinal disease called Celiac Disease, which can manifest itself in may ways such as dizziness and also gastrointestinal symptoms. This is less likely your problem, but there's a site called if you want to check it out.

At the very least, have a consultation with an ENT and a neurologist, and go from there. Good luck!

Old 12-11-2003, 10:20 PM   #3
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Re: help- dizzy/unstable feeling


This is weird b/c I was going to post something like this but then saw your post. I have been feeling like this too for a couple of months now and I dont know why. I feel as if there is a lightheaded feeling and sort of surreal. I waitress too so with all the moving around I feel as if I am going to pass out. I am 24 y/o and I dont know why I am feeling like this. I feel so disoriented and not with it. Feeling like this makes me not want to do things I use to enjoy and I just sit around most of the time, so I won't feel dizzy b/c when I am sitting don it isn't as bad. My head feels so heavy and I dont know why. I cry practically every day about this b/c I would give anything just to feel normal again you know? And I dont have insurance b/c I just finished school so I can't make a ton of dr.'s appointments. I was tested for diabetes, anemia, hypothryroidism, etc. and I am normal.

I just dont know what to do

Old 12-12-2003, 12:23 PM   #4
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Re: help- dizzy/unstable feeling

It's weird you should mention the "heavy headed" feeling, I had that as one of my chief symptoms last year when the vertigo attack hit me followed by the months of dizziness. I've been ill for 18 months now and never did get a clear answer on why that attack happened or why I was dizzy for over a year and still have trouble with motion, unless it is in fact related to the conditions I've already mentioned above. Don't stop trying to find the answer, though, see an ENT and some other specialists.

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Re: help- dizzy/unstable feeling

SHELLBELL (and all)-
You might be interested in this thread from the Blood pressure Board, that ended up with nothing to do with BP but a discussion on exactly the sensations you are describing. You are SO not alone. Please read the thread, and especially the post I made about the different kinds of dizziness (posted further down the thread on 12-05)....I think it will reassure you.


zuzu xx

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