Floating Sensation / Bobble Head

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BobbleHead
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Date Joined Jun 2015
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   Posted 6/18/2015 11:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi! This is my first post - I found this forum while trying to find a cause for the strangest, most annoying and incapacitating sensation I've ever felt.

It started a little over a year ago, on May 6th 2014. I woke up with a hangover - that familiar sensation of unsteadiness and wooziness. This didn't seem odd to me at the time, as I'd been out celebrating the previous evening and been indulging quite a bit. So, I drank plenty of fluids to rehydrate, ate a large meal, and waited for the symptoms to subside, as they always had previously. The problem, as it turned out, was that said symptoms never did subside, and I've since spent the past 13+ months feeling dizzy, like I'm floating almost, and unsteady. In a way it feels like someone has attached a 10lb helmet to my head and gets off on pushing my head around. When I tilt my head forward or backward, this perceived weight is felt in my neck and shoulders, wanting to pull my head down farther. When I stare at a single object in the distance, my vision 'focal point' slowly bounces/floats around the object. The only time I feel relief is when I lie down horizontally. But as soon as I get up in the morning, there's that bloody feeling again. It makes it extremely difficult to concentrate.

I've always been a hypochondriac to some extent. When I was younger I would get these spells where my heart would race and I'd feel lightheaded. Doctor's would tell me I was being a hypochondriac and it was probably anxiety. I never felt anxious, but decided to take their word for it, and over time learned to ignore it. Eight years later I nearly died, because as it turned out I actually had a rare form of tachycardia caused by rheumatic fever at a young age, which over time developed into cardiomyopathy. I was 22 when I received the diagnosis, and ended up having three surgeries. If my girlfriend at the time had not made me go to the doctor, as I was still attributing these spells to anxiety, I'd probably have been dead a week later.

The moral of this story is that I'm somewhat skeptical now when people attribute physical symptoms to anxiety. I have cardiophobia - an increased heart-rate really freaks me out - but generally I don't feel anxious at all. Just unsteady and off balance, all the time. I've gone over the night before this started, over and over in my head, trying to see if there was anything that could have caused it, but nothing stands out.

I've been to several doctors, including an ENT, and all I've learned is that I don't have any inner-ear related issues. My hearing is close to perfect, and I don't experience Nystagmus when testing for BPPV. I'm supposed to see a neurologist in a month, but I have a feeling they won't find anything either. And in the meantime I'm supposed to go to work, be social, write complex software and be able to think clearly, all while feeling like there are goldfish swimming around in my brain.

If anyone has any advise whatsoever, please assist - I feel like I'm going mad, and this sensation has caused my life to go on hold, as I find myself constantly avoiding scenarios that make the sensation worse, which is pretty much anything except lying down.

Here's some information about me, if it helps:

I'm 31 years old, male. 5'9", 145 lbs. Healthy diet, incl. fruit, veggies, nuts, meat. Generally I don't take any vitamins, unless I feel a cold coming on. I vape with an e-cigarette, 12mg nic, and have since 2012, before which I used smokeless tobacco. I drink alcohol at least twice a week, and I usually consume 2-6 drinks at one time. I do not engage in any recreational drug use. I am not on any medications. I do have allergies, but I do not take allergy medicine as I find the side-effects less bearable than the allergy symptoms. I generally get 6-7 hrs sleep a night, though I only truly feel rested after 9hrs, which I manage on weekends.

Thanks for any feedback - I'm really happy I found this place

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Reepin
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   Posted 6/18/2015 12:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi BH - First of all, this is a marvelous website and there are many great moderators who have sensible answers and suggestions.
Secondly, if there is nothing physically causing your dizziness, then one might surely say that some form of anxiety could be causing it. Many of us who deal with anxiety issues on a daily basis have had dizziness that has no real physical cause. I have had it for a week at a time - never as long as you. Usually it helps me to focus on something - and driving seems to negate the feelings. The dizziness itself can cause anxiety and sometimes panic attacks.

It might not hurt for you to check out the suggestions at the beginning of the forum. I'm sure that you'll soon hear from one of the fab moderators.

Chill out - don't drink so much - maybe a drink or two, but not 6! Doesn't help at all, believe me.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 6/18/2015 12:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi BobbleHead (Lol screename!) and welcome!

Sorry to hear of your recent/ongoing symptoms.:( Miserable I know...

It sounds like you have ruled out anything physical as to your issues...and are on the right track in thinking this could be anxiety related.

One thing I'd like to be clear on...

You have been cleared by your cardiologist as far as your heart condition goes? I am guessing you had a catheter ablation to correct the problem...and am now considered healthy from a cardio standpoint?

If so, I would suggest seeking to treat your issue as anxiety, and see how you do.

Alcohol over consumption can be a catalyst for many people. It is as if the anxiety is a pre-disposed condition that gets triggered by substance abuse...whether it be alcohol, caffeine, or even tabacco. I have read numerous similar accounts.

Have you considered trying an anti anxiety med to see if that stops the symtpoms for you? How about self-help techniques and/or therapy?

Theses are all considerations you could look into...

...and in fact get started with the self-help today if you like!

At the top of the main page, you will find our Resources. The breathing and meditation techniques found there could bring you pretty fast relief. Practicing these daily can make a real difference in how you feel due to anxiety symptoms.

Give them a try, and set up a consultation with your GP soon to really get a plan of management going.

Wishing you answers and relief! Post with us anytime for support.

Scaredy Cat
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AngelLisa
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   Posted 6/18/2015 6:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi BobbleHead, You've already received great advice from SC and I fully agree with her, But I wanted to stop by and welcome you to our anxiety forum. This is a great community of very caring people, so stick around and let us get to know you a bit better. :)

All my best wishes for a resolve of your issues.
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BobbleHead
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   Posted 6/19/2015 9:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the warm welcome everyone! I'm certain this will be a good resource for me, and hopefully I'll be able to offer advice in the future!

I haven't necessarily ruled out a physical cause, as I'm yet to visit a neurologist, and had not had any brain-scans...so it's still a pretty nerve-wrecking time. But you'd think if it was something physical in the brain, the onset would be gradual, and not over night, and it would come a wide variety of other symptoms. But who knows. The strange things is that I do experience relief sometimes at random intervals...some times three days go by without any real dizziness, and it's bliss. I also tend to not experience it while driving, or while drinking - I'm sure the latter is due to my inebriation distracting me from my normal state of dizziness, and sometimes surpassing it - like stomping on your own foot to relieve a toothache, lol.

I suppose I'm just really trying to find out if anxiety could in fact cause this dizziness/floating feeling I have constantly, especially because I'm generally not an anxious person and I already have several coping mechanisms for my cardiophobia. Is there such a thing as sub-conscious anxiety?

For ScaredyCat:

"You have been cleared by your cardiologist as far as your heart condition goes? I am guessing you had a catheter ablation to correct the problem...and am now considered healthy from a cardio standpoint?"
-Yes, yes and yes.

"Have you considered trying an anti anxiety med to see if that stops the symtpoms for you? How about self-help techniques and/or therapy?"
-I'm not a huge fan of any sort of medication, so I generally try to stay clear, especially if I haven't been diagnosed. I might be open to it if anxiety does indeed turn out to be the problem, but the side-effects really rub me in the wrong way.

Thanks!

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 6/19/2015 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
B.H.

I understand your apprehension...you are not alone in being concerned with any Rx s/e's...

Therefore, trying self-help and/or therapy techniques is a great step to take to see how you respond with these options.

Here is the link to our Resources. Check out the stress relief exercise, meditation and other coping strategy links.:)
 


Keep posting with us if you find it helpful...we are glad to have you join us, and yes...both giving and recieving support is a benefit of being part of a community of understanding peers!

S.C.
Moderator:Anxiety/Panic

"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

FB4225
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Date Joined Sep 2017
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   Posted 9/26/2017 8:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I realize this is an old posting but if you receive a notification for this, Bobblehead, was this problem ever resolved? Thanks.
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