Vibrating feeling when laying down/sitting down

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   Posted Yesterday 12:32 AM (GMT -6)   

I found an earlier thread on this topic to be very helpful - but would still like to hear from others who may be experiencing this new - and horrible sensation. For the past few weeks, and specifically last 5 consecutive nights, I have felt like there is something vibrating all the floors in my house - no matter where I lay down, I felt it. On two different beds, and several sofas. You can imagine how tired I am, with this unresolved issue.

Today I had the plumber by, and the landscape guy. I've tried every physical diagnosis: is the A/C unit, secured by thin metal straps to the underside of my floor, causing the vibrations? Is the water pressure, or somehow the water to new landscaping, causing this? But it's not intermittent, it's been 24/7 no relief.

The one thing that made me feel 'okay, I'm not crazy' was that I was WOKEN UP at 5 am by what I thought was an earthquake - I live in Los Angeles so this would not be far-fetched. That was yesterday and today, and I know and could hear the sprinkler system going. But when two professionals come, listen to pipes, test various things, and say they don't feel the vibrations...I don't know what to think.

My neighbor said she DID feel the vibration on the bed, and my tenant said he could feel 'a tingling in his feet' from the floors. So I would still prefer to believe it is a real physical thing and NOT caused by anxiety, fibromyalgia (which I was diagnosed with 20 years ago but have been living fairly meds- and pain-free), or anything else.

I am re-starting this post to hear what others have experienced, and how they dealt with it. Maybe I am becoming anxious, but after 5 sleepless nights, you kind of don't know if you're coming or going, what's real, what's imagined, you know?

It feels, as others have mentioned, like a big truck or train is rumbling by, and you feel the vibrations. I don't hear any humming, it's not localized to any one part or side of my body. I do live next to a freeway and who knows? Maybe they are doing some crazy construction somewhere down the line and I am just sensitive (like "The Princess and the Pea"). But really - I want to find this darn pea and get rid of it so I can sleep!

I do have a handyman coming tomorrow, and electrician, but after that it's an exorcist or moving.

Suggestions/advice? Thank you so much. It's making me bat**** crazy. Really mental. Awful tongue

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   Posted Yesterday 12:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Not sure this is any way related...but i had vertigo in the past...thought for sure we were in an earthquake...later the floors appeared to be rippling under my feet....

Its from the inner ear and can be at many levels.

Sure hope you figure it out...and get some much needed rest. I always got some level of vertigo when visiting our local hospital..always thought it was a chemical sensitivity or very old elevators throwing my balance off....

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   Posted Yesterday 10:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,
Have you tried to sleep in a different house for a while?
That way you can see if it happens there too.

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   Posted Yesterday 1:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I will share that several years ago I did get sensations of feeling that my body was vibrating. At the time I had an undiagnosed infection. I really don't know if that was the cause. I only had it a couple times while out at stores. One was a busy mall, it could possibly vibrate. We have only had, and rarely, small remnants of an earthquake.

I imagine all the servicing of your home is quite costly. A weekend away to test a luxury hotel to see if you are still feeling the vibrations does sound good. Do tell us if you figure it out.

It is at least a good thing that it is not painful.


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   Posted Yesterday 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you everyone for sharing your experience and your suggestions. I am spending the night elsewhere tonight, to determine if it's my house or my body! Will keep you informed. Thank you again.

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   Posted Today 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I have it to. For a good long time when I was healthy I got this. I felt like my bed was shaking for a few minutes and then it would stop. Now it's really bad. I have lyme/mold and fibro. I think this is from something related to the ear, it's the only thing I haven't had scanned.

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   Posted Today 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Louise. I did sleep in another house in an entirely different county last night...and yes everythign shook so it's me. Saw my doctor, she had me lay down on the examination table and lift up my hands and there was no tremor. She took a blood test and said something about 'thyroid'. In the meantime, she gave me a strong dosage of Xanax so I can sleep. I am hopeful we will get to the bottom of it.
It has not changed - I am fine sitting, standing, walking, all normal motor activity. It's only when I lie down that I feel the tremors/vibrations. I also feel it may be an ear thing!

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   Posted Today 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi! I get this rarely. I asked a friend once if she felt the "earthquake" this morning annnnd there wasn't one. I also get an inner vibrating feeling from time to time as if my bones were metal pipes that got whacked by something metal so it may just be fibro, but it's really good to get it checked out. I hope you feel better soon sometimes the strange fibro stuff comes and goes with any luck it'll disappear.

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   Posted Today 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had a vibrating feeling whenever I sit down, as if I have my phone in my pocket (I never do). It's the weirdest thing. It's been a week now, and it doesn't matter what I wear. For me, I am assuming a small muscle spasm, but it's so light that as soon as I notice it, it's gone. Peculiar!

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   Posted Today 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been vibrating inside my head for almost three years. It is not visible to anyone. When I am stressed it is much worse. My Dr has me on gabapentin and metoprolol because he thinks it's essential tremors. I have had migraines my entire life and I am almost 57 years old so I don't know if they are in any way related. So maybe it's another fibromyalgia symptom.
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   Posted 9/25/2014 6:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a very slight vibration feeling today, and also seem to be dealing with a flare (rats! I was doing so well...). sad

My ears felt full yesterday, and I dealt with an all-day 'headache' over one eye. I think at least some of it is sinus related, as steaming seems to be clearing me out. I wonder if that vibration would be related to pressure or such in the ears? Thankfully, it's a little better today.

For me, I have a hard time telling the difference between fibromyalgia pain and my sinuses acting up. Then again, I'm thinking it's all somewhat related.  My sinuses have always been touchy, and can make me feel weird---like getting motion or vibration just out of the blue.
Hope you're better soon!  As I always say, fibro is just plain weird.  You never know what it's going to pull on you next! eyes
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Post Edited (Luvzminis) : 9/25/2014 5:29:58 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/26/2014 10:55 AM (GMT -6)   

Have the vibrating feeling -sometimes with a flare.
Annoying + painful
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   Posted 9/26/2014 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had the sensation you describe. I felt like I was lying next to a clothes washer that was on the spin cycle. Mine was obvious, as I could look at things next to the bed and when I was vibrating and they were also. I watched a lamp move across the table was funny and scary at the same time. The Hubby could feel me shaking the bed and took me to the ER in the middle of the night where they ran extensive tests and found nothing. Rheumy said it was muscles shaking when I relaxed. And it went away...thank goodness.

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   Posted 10/15/2014 12:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi bal327, I've been experiencing the exact same thing as you! I thought it was my neighbors for months but I spent the night else where and then had vibration tests done in my home both of which showed that its only me who is experiencing these vibrations when I lay down (I tried sleeping on 5 air mattresses and still felt the vibrations).

Can I ask you if you've had any updates since your last post?

Just yesterday I realized the problem was with me and since then I've been spending hours digging through the internet to try and see what it might be. I also set up a doctor appointment. My vibrations / buzzing sounds have gotten progressively worse over the last 6 months. I tried to ignore it for awhile cause I thought it was my neighbors but now I'm very concerned it could be a serious medical condition.

With you ahead of me by a few weeks can you let me know any information you have discovered about your condition?

Thank you so much!

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   Posted 10/17/2014 7:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there
I get the same thing. For me, the neurologist DX'd it as benign essential tremor. Pretty early stages for me - mostly its very subtle and barely noticable. But it gets really bad when I've overdone things and (shocker) triggered a fibro flare-up. LOL.

I can usually manage thru the shaking while I'm up and trying to navigate the day. Just takes longer to do things and I try to avoid any tasks requiring fine motor skills on those days. The more disconcerting part is when I'm laying down trying to go to sleep and it feels like the whole bed is shaking.

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   Posted 10/17/2014 4:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I often get a vibrating feeling. I think we are just super senstive to things that others can't feel or don't notice. All the electronics in our houses, refrigerator, etc create vibrations. The best sleep I had during the worst of my Fibro was when our power was out for a week after the tornadoes several years ago, no vibration, no low level buzzing in the house, just pure silence and stillness.
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   Posted 6/21/2017 5:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone I am new to this site as well and I have had this vibration for three years now as if there was a vibrator in bed with me and then I thought my boyfriend had a vibrator in bed with us and I know that it sounds crazy but him and I have had problems because I was thinking that then I started taking notice where all I was feeling this feeling and it was mainly when I was sitting down or laying down but would also feel this feeling on the ground. I haven't been to the doctor about this because again for a long time thought it was my boyfriend and then maybe just in the past year realizing that is was something else and I have asked people do you feel that and they would just look at me funny so I didn't say any more. I remember the ground feeling like that and at the same time I felt it a dog we had at the time was just laying down sleeping and at the very moment I felt the vibration in the floor he jumped up running around barking looking at the door. I am very confuse and a little worried about this and when I put it in the search bar for Google and this site came up I had to see if I am really crazy or if someone else was feeling this stuff to. I know I also would look around when I would feel the vibration and I could see the water in the glass on the night stand moving like the lampshade as well I have noticed the cabinets shaking and the curtains so I know something is going on I just don't k ow what it is so if any one has any idea what might be going on with me I would really appreciate your input if not I just might be going crazy after all thanks so much for your time.

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   Posted 6/21/2017 5:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I get a sensation when I put my legs up at the end of the day. The only way I can explain it is that someone is tickling me with cotton candy up both legs for about 10 seconds, stops and starts again. Lasts maybe an hour. I feel like it's a skin thing. I do have spine issues. If you took Toole (sp?) (bridal veil material) and waved it up my legs that's what it would feel like. Sorta vibrating. I'm pretty much used to it but don't have a clue what it is and it does pass, and doesn't hurt. I've asked doctors and they look at me like I'm nuts.


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   Posted 7/16/2017 11:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I have vibrations that happen when I am in bed, I thought my husband was hiding a cell phone somewhere. It caused some issues, he begged me to google it and Apparently it is linked to Fibro. I told my doctor and he looked at me like I was making it up, wrote it in my chart and that's that. I thought I was crazy and cried when I read that this happens. Now that I am relieved at knowing that it's not in my head, I'm frustrated because my doc didn't try to help and I'm so tired.

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   Posted 7/19/2017 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there, I too have experienced the vibrating feelings. They are very unnerving and sometimes downright annoying. In 2011, I was in bed and shaking when I noticed several things across the room starting to shake. I thought I had superpowers and I got a little excited and a more than a little scared. Turns out there had been a minor earthquake and the room shaking was not caused by me. Interestingly though my shaking had started a few days before the earthquake occurred. It was like I could sense that the earthquake was coming.

I can feel and sometimes hear things other people cannot, as I am super sensitive to frequencies. It makes life interesting, to say the least. Some days I am so sensitive, I can hardly stand to be in a car or listen to music. I do have lyme disease and chronic EBV. I am told by doctors that my shaking is "anxiety" or "stress" but I know better.

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   Posted 7/19/2017 12:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I will get buzzing anyplace on my body. Lately I've been getting buzzing on my left arm. I wear an Apple Watch and when the buzzing happens, I check to see if I am getting a message! Nope! Just fibro striking again. 😂😂😂


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