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General Category => Anxiety Natural Recovery => Topic started by: Sammie on November 26, 2007, 04:09:47 PM

Title: Dizziness/off balance feeling
Post by: Sammie on November 26, 2007, 04:09:47 PM

I have a question. Is it possible to feel a slight feeling of dizziness/off balance feeling daily for six months because of anxiety? Or do you believe it would be more of an inner ear issue?

The feelings are more powerful in the mall, stores, supermarkets and social situations, however I do have it at home or when alone. It is the worst feeling and it is really limiting my life!!!  :-/  I am becoming more agoraphobic. Ove the years I have had symptoms but I was able to deal with them and sort of fake my way through situations but with the off balance feelings all I want to do is flee the situation.

Any thoughts would be helpful. I did see an ent in May and I was told I had a mild case of positional vertigo. I did the exercises and it should of gone away by now. Huummmm


Sammie :)
Title: Re: Dizziness/off balance feeling
Post by: DrFreedman on November 26, 2007, 06:14:10 PM
Dear Sammie,
I can absolutely assure you that this is anxiety related, based upon a sentence in your post, which convinced me unequivocally....

The feelings are more powerful in the mall, stores, supermarkets and social situations, however I do have it at home or when alone.

You may be too close to the situation to recognize it but physical problems, such as inner ear disturbances do not surface in merely specific places (malls, etc.), but anxiety reactions DO.

You are tensing your body, your muscles and you are adding extra fear to these situations. You might not be aware of it but you are, or these reactions would not be occurring. I know because I used to do this myself! When you learn how to stop doing this to yourself, the reactions will stop. They really will.

I know it's difficult to believe such physical reactions could be created out of stress but they are, and they are just as debilitating. They are also easily eliminated.

Do not allow them to push you into agoraphobia. Do not allow them to ruin your day. Take charge of this and focus on looking at what this actually is, not what it might seem to be.

Best wishes always!

Dr. Ronnie Freedman
Anxiety Busters, Inc.
Title: Re: Dizziness/off balance feeling
Post by: mike a on November 26, 2007, 08:01:30 PM

I have the exact same issue. Do you also notice the dp/dr feelings are at their worst when you have this dizzyness? mine most certainly are tied together.I can feel the tense muscles Dr. freedman talks about but can't seem to consciously loosen them(face,scalp,jaw etc)no matter how  I work at it.

mike a
Title: Re: Dizziness/off balance feeling
Post by: Sammie on November 28, 2007, 04:14:43 PM
Thank you both for the replies.

Mike, When I have the off balance feelings/dizziness I do not have dp/dr.
Most of my dr is now gone!!! Yeah!!! I had it on and off for years and never really believed it was anxiety, and now it is hard for me to believe that the dizziness is anxiety. I hope you feel better soon.

Dr. Ronnie,

Thank you so much for your positive words! I have been having a really difficult time :(
I am deep into avoidance behavior. There are so many situations that make me feel dizzy and off balance. When these feelings come over me all I want to do is get out of the situation.  

I am wondering if it is worse in public places not because of anxiety but because when in a mall or a shop the lighting is different and my brain and eyes become over stimulated???? Any thoughts?


Sammie :)
Title: Re: Dizziness/off balance feeling
Post by: DrFreedman on November 28, 2007, 07:50:38 PM
Dear Sammie,
That environment is more stimulating because you have become more sensitized. It's a little like "what came first, the chicken or the egg." The lighting doesn't help but neither does the fact that you are in a state of sensitization. When the sensitization settles down, the lighting will NOT have the same strong affect. You will not be as easily thrown off balance by it. Remember, muscles play a big part in this too. Tense muscles around eyes, neck, legs and back all affect balance. Tension tightens these muscles although you may not be aware when it is occurring.

Also, perimenopause symptoms mimic anxiety. They are very similar and create the same dizzy, out of balance reactions.

Take care,

Dr. Ronnie
Title: Re: Dizziness/off balance feeling
Post by: mike a on November 28, 2007, 09:13:46 PM

Great to hear your dp/dr is gone. What did you find that finally got rid of it?

mike a
Title: Re: Dizziness/off balance feeling
Post by: Sammie on November 28, 2007, 11:58:54 PM
Hi Mike,

The dp/dr is the worst.......very scary, I am sorry you are suffering from it.
Honestly I think there are probably many things that made it go away including good nutrition, vitamins, rest, exercise, slowing down my mind, my thoughts and my nervous system and really.................I finally stopped reacting to it, stopped running from it, trying to study it, understand "IT", analyze it etc... it went somehow went away.
THANK GOD!!! However I am still suffering daily with other stuff :(

I can't emphasize enough to let those feelings come and to let them not dwell in them or let them scare you, just accept that it is anxiety and it WILL GO AWAY!!!!  I know I heard that a million times and it did eventually go away.
I wish you the very best!!!!

Sammie :)
Title: Re: Dizziness/off balance feeling
Post by: Sammie on November 29, 2007, 12:16:43 AM
Dr. Ronnie,

Thanks for the advice and the words of wisdom.
You have always been a ray of sunshine for me.
You have always given me hope and confidence.

I am having a really difficult time right now.
I feel as if I am living this life that know one understands.
I am in major avoidance mode. I have felt this way since last March when the dizziness really kicked in.
I feel as if no one knows how bad I feel. I don't hang out with friends anymore, my husband and I don't really go out to restaurants even though we did go to CA for a month this summer. Everything I do is calculated and there are soooo many things I don't do anymore. My world has become so small When I take my daughter to school I am in and out. I go to the market and I am in and out........hopefully I don't run into anyone I know. I have a hard time standing and talking to people. I can't believe I have been faking it for this long.

The truth is I have not felt good for 8 years. My son was in fourth grade when this all began and he is now a senior in high school. That is so sad to me it makes me want to cry. As you know I have had every test and gone to all the specialists and I simply don't feel good. I am white knuckling it through life. I have tried so hard to get better and I am at my wits end. I am just not functioning at a high level. I am at the point of trying a med, maybe lexapro.

I don't mean to be such a downer, but I need to reach out to someone and express all my sadness and fear. I am so frustrated I could scream. I don't know what to do and I don't know how to get better. I am feeling paralyzed. I know that the way I am living is not normal but I don't know what to do to get better.

Thanks for letting me vent. Perhaps we could talk on the phone one day.


Sammie :)
Title: Re: Dizziness/off balance feeling
Post by: DrFreedman on November 29, 2007, 01:07:47 AM
Dear Sammie,
Don't be frightened. I see a definite pattern and now it makes perfect sense. You may be too close to notice. Give me a call when you would like to set up a session or half session. I see what is going on now.

Best wishes and don't worry,

Dr. Ronnie
Title: Re: Dizziness/off balance feeling
Post by: SP79 on November 29, 2007, 01:14:12 AM
Hi Sammie

Great to hear that your dp/dr has improved, but sorry to hear about your other symptoms.
Title: Re: Dizziness/off balance feeling
Post by: Alvin on November 30, 2007, 01:10:11 AM
It makes me laugh to read some of these posts. This is an anxiety site. Everyone comes here for advice but when they get it they keeping looking for a reason to be sick. I never saw so many people who are dying to be sick. It's a joke. I had anxiety and like everybody else I felt dizzy when I went to stressful places. I think some people will not be happy until they are told they are sick.
Title: Re: Dizziness/off balance feeling
Post by: Blake on November 30, 2007, 01:44:11 AM
Hey Alvin,

I was thinking the same thing. I went to a variety of doctors and did the test route too. Did the meds and the xrays. I don't think everybody wants to see it as anxiety. It took too many tests before I gave up on thinking I was sick too.
Title: Re: Dizziness/off balance feeling
Post by: Sammie on December 01, 2007, 08:21:43 PM

I found your post to be inaccurate and very OFFENSIVE!!!!!!!

A bit of advice...........there are peolpe here who are truly suffering and looking for help.
Try not to make such sweeping assumptions about others, thank your lucky stars that you are feeling better and if you feel the need to help others that are looking for help.............try kindness...........kindness is important and in the long run not only will it benefit others....... you will benefit from it too!!!!!!

Title: Re: Dizziness/off balance feeling
Post by: Sammie on December 01, 2007, 08:24:05 PM

Thanks for your post. I appreciate your advice.............. thanks for sharing your story.
I truly hope you feel better soon!!!

Sammie :)
Title: Re: Dizziness/off balance feeling
Post by: Lynda on December 02, 2007, 12:57:31 AM
Hi Everyone,

I went through a massive amount of these symptoms too. I doubted it was anxiety and fought anyone who told me I wasn't sick. I visited doctors for months. I was shocked and a little angry if they told me it was anxiety. It's hard to take when you surely believe it's a matter of sickness. I took a holiday and thought it all through. When I gave in to it being anxiety it queerly took a turn away. It has been receding ever since. I see Alvin's point when I hold it up to myself. I don't think I'm sick since I turned the corner on this. Everything points to anxiety so that's where I leave it. This turned me around to face anxiety not sickness.
Title: Re: Dizziness/off balance feeling
Post by: SP79 on December 02, 2007, 02:42:19 AM
You know what Alvin - I agree with your point that if you look hard enough you'll find a sickness.
Title: Re: Dizziness/off balance feeling
Post by: Kristen on December 02, 2007, 04:12:46 PM
Wow! This is quite an interesting thread.

To SP79, what makes you think that Alvin was directing his posting to you?

If you think my situation specifically is a joke - fine, laugh.

You seem awfully sensitive for someone who is so certain that their symptoms
are not related to anxiety. What was it that Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet, "The lady doth protest too much"

If you are that convinced that it is not anxiety why do you spend your time here and not an MdDS forum?
Oh wait, people with MdDS don't obsessively scour the Internet for causes for their ever-changing laundry
list of symptoms. That would be something that someone with anxiety would do. Hmmm. Which are you again?

I would also like to point out that you were quick to suggest to Sammie that she see Vestibular Therapist for
her dizziness. Sounds like anxiety thinking to me. Hey Sammie, would you like to rid yourself of the dizziness?
Come up with a new symptom to worry about. It is quite clear to me why you no longer suffer from DP/DR.....
because you replaced it with the dizziness. Don't you think it is unusual that you only have these symptoms in
the mall and other places outside your home or whatever you believe to be your safe place.

I say these things because I have been there too. It is easily recognizable in someone else, but definitely more
difficult to see when it is happening to you because it feels so real.

The doctor you should be listening to is Dr. Freedman. Do you have her program? Are you doing counseling sessions
with her? If not, why?
Title: Re: Dizziness/off balance feeling
Post by: Elyse on December 04, 2007, 03:24:55 PM
Hi Kristen,

The last part of your post is me all the way.

I thought I was out of my mind. I had one symptom for an eternity. I thought I was going to be unreal for life. So when this numbness and dizziness began I was sure it was thyroid. About sixteen tests later I was left with vague answers. This was the last straw. I just about lost my mind.

I was one of the lucky ones who found Dr. Freedman. If she hadn't explained it to me I would still be looking for answers. I don't think anyone knows what anxiety can do. It's impossible to get a straight answer from anyone else. I'm doing great. If I'm not careful and stressed out another symptom will sneak in but I'm ready for it. I don't take it in. It can't get past me anymore. I'll call Dr. Freedman and we'll hash it out and it goes.

Your points are well taken. It's nobodys fault but we all think negative and think we're sick. I did!!!! I'm not doing it anymore. It took too much out of me.