Feeling Unbalance 24/7?
Feeling like walking on a boat
Do you suffer from anxiety disorder? Have you been feeling unbalance, dizzy, nauseous, floating, feeling like you are walking on a boat in the middle of the ocean? If your answer is yes to these questions, then you are not alone, or I may say, we are not alone.
Few months ago somebody in my family was diagnosed with GAD (General Anxiety disorder). I wonder if anxiety can cause this feelings. Sometimes it so unreal, but that person can feel it. It's like 24/7 of feeling unbalance, except when that person is laying down.
You might be in this page because you were searching on this topic and would like to find an answer to this situation. I would like your opinion on this. Please comment if you are undergoing this kind of feeling and if you find a remedy for this condition.
Since this condition is happening to somebody close to me, we, as a whole family suffer with that person. I will be using "we" when ever I mention the situation pertaining to the person suffering from dizziness. One member of the family suffer, all suffered with that person.
It might be all anxiety
But we are not sure
This all started last year, after Christmas, we got a really bad panic attack. We don't realized it at first, we thought we were having a heart attack. We did not call 911 due to we thought, it will go away if we just relax. It did went away and we realized it was a panic attack. That episode came back when we were playing tennis, the same symptoms like having a heart attack, so we decided to go to the emergency. They let us stay overnight and took a lot of testing: heart monitor, blood test, ekg and stress echo test, which all turned our negative. There was nothing wrong and the only findings was Gerd. After knowing that our heart is good, the symptoms disappeared, but was replaced with this unbalance.
We keep on searching the internet about our situation. All the symptoms were been having are all panic and anxiety. We took some few test online regarding anxiety disorder and we seems to have a Generalized Anxiety Disorder. We've been searching the internet for help on how to combat this disorder, we discovered the site of "Panic Away". The site gives a lot of information about anxiety and people voicing their testimonies on how this program had helped them face their fears. After few research and checking of this product, we decided to order the book online.
This program gives you some technique on how to cope with your panic attacks. It is more on cognitive behavioral therapy and relaxation exercises. The Book "Panic Away" comes with 2 audio CDs on how to do the 21/7 exercises, this program helped us not to fear panic attack anymore. The 21-Second Countdown was very helpful in lowering our anxiety level. We don't fear our fears anymore but the physical symptoms is so annoying that we don't know why we feel that way. Can anxiety do these crazy symptoms to your body? Panic Away helps with the fear part of the panic attack but not the physical sensations that goes with it (unbalance feeling).
Get A Check up
We've been to 2 primary doctors, they don't know what is going on. They said it could be cause by anxiety, but they were not 100% sure. We went to an ENT (Ears, Nose, throat) Specialists, they could not find anything wrong. Few weeks ago, we went to an Ophthalmologist to see if something's wrong with our eyes, we got a new pair of eye glasses, eyes seems not the problem. Tomorrow, we are going to a Neurologist to have it check. We will update you with the outcome when the results comes.
Update: Aug 7, 2012:
We went to a neurologist, gave us a bunch of routine testing and we passed with high colors. He thought it is anxiety, but to make sure he wants us to have a brain scan. We are not sure what to do yet, our insurance will not pay for this test.
We don't have a good insurance and our bills are piling, our savings is draining. We would like to know what is the cause of this feeling and how to get rid of it. If you feel the same way we do, please leave us a comment and tell us what action you took that helped you with this situation.
Updated: July 28, 2013 - few weeks ago our GP told us that we have a BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo). We were hopeful because it can be easily corrected, but the Vestibular therapist said, the the test she performed did not show we had BPPV. We're back from where we start.....I am hoping that by writing about this somehow could get to somebody whose been to this situation and overcame it. We need help but I don't know where to go, doctors seems don't know what is going on...
January 1, 2014 - Our neurologist referred us to have a VNG testing to see if there's something wrong with our ears. It was a 2 1/2 hours test. The results showed that we had an Inner Ear Balance Disorder. They advised us to have therapy 2 times a week for eight weeks. After 5 weeks of expensive therapy, our red test turned green, but the dizziness is still there. I guess we have to live with it the rest of our lives...
I want to hear your opinion:
If you have anxiety, would you prefer to take prescription medications or herbal remedies?
I am dizzy, can you tell?
Yes, we feel dizzy and feeling like we will fall any minute, but it never happened. We can still play tennis, run and bike. People don't even notice until we told them. Playing tennis, an opponent could not tell the sensation we've been feeling. The tennis court seems moving and we felt really dizzy and unbalance. The only time we don't feel the sensation was when we really concentrate on our game and beat the opponent.
We've Been Eating Healthy
We love to exercise and eat healthy, we wonder why this is happening to us. Some people we know who don't even watch their diet seems more healthier and feeling better than us. We are so confused.
This lens won a Purple Star award!
I just could not believe it, a purple star award! I was so surprised when I got an email from the Squid team today, September 8, 2012. What a wonderful feeling to be awarded with this prestigious Squidoo award. Thanks Squidoo team for your hard work and for giving this lens such importance. I am so honored to receive a Purple Star.
Here what it says in my trophy page:
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