Does Anyone Feel Off Balance?

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   Posted 10/7/2006 6:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning All,
Just wondering if anyone gets off balance with there PA, sometimes I feel if I am walking I am just going to fall over if I don't hold on to something, or if i am standing I have to lock my knees in place, it's a horrible feeling, I go through the whole thing of it's a stroke, heart attack aneurysm etc. I just get so off balance and then my heart starts racing and off we go. walking down the hall I have to hold on to the walls it's scary and I am starting to believe that there is something really wrong with me. If anyone else has this could you please respond. also has anyone ever just been like sitting watching TV and bang you cant breath or your heart starts racing out of the blue, I try to talk my way through it but sometimes I just end up sitting on the bed with my paper bag knowing I am going to die. I hate this PA I just want to be normal.

I put the subject in and removed the other post.

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   Posted 10/7/2006 7:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Morning .......yes many times I feel like I am totally off balance and I know it is to do with my A/P but I have become so use to it I just go with it now
I have so many other things that go on because of this dang Illness that one is on the low side for me anyways
You may wantt to get checked by an ENT specialialist just in case it isnt from the A/P I did and that was ruled out ( my ears nose and throat ) as ear infections can and will cause havoc with your balance / equilbrium
You take care
Also I think this heart thing happens with most A/P peeps it is something we have to deal with I do alot of deep breathing and relaxation techniques...........for me it helps

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   Posted 10/7/2006 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   
my last panic attack happened out of the blue. i was talking on the phone with my best friend and bent over to pick something up off of the floor and boom. my heart felt like it was in my throat turning flips and beating so fast that i was for sure i would pass out. i was shakey and weak for the rest of the day. your mind is a powerful thing.

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   Posted 10/7/2006 2:20 PM (GMT -7)   
YES!!! Wow, I feel like you know exactly what i have been through. Yes, I have felt everything that you just mentioned in this post. I went to the grocery store with my sister 4 days ago and with all of the bright lights, ppl walking by seemed as if they were moving to fast and talking to loud and then I just got his horrible feeling that the exit seemed too far away... so i got out of there by holding on to the aisles as I was leaving... i thought that i was going to pass out and die in there! Ugh!
 I do the paper bag thing a lot. There is one under my bed. Ugh! I hope that you are having a good day.

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   Posted 10/7/2006 5:00 PM (GMT -7)   
YES!!! Me too! I've been really bad today, maybe because I caught a cold. I hope you feel better soon!!!


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   Posted 10/7/2006 6:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I am right there with everyone on this. I can sometimes tell when I may have an attack but I must say 90% of the time it just smacks me like hitting a brick wall. Most of the time when I am driving or when I am trying to rest with nothing particular on my mind. And yes I have the balance issue as well; really bad after an attack. I feel totally out of it and even get tunnel vision at times. I have also had the same fears as you do - stroke, heart attack, blood clots/aneurysms and I can tell you this; hopefully it will put your mind at ease somewhat. I have had tests run on me for ALL of these things only proving that absolutely nothing was wrong with me physically. Even knowing this I still struggle with anxiety/pd. So I wish you well - you are never alone in this. Keep us updated and keep up the posting. I'll be praying for you! panicinID

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   Posted 10/7/2006 6:20 PM (GMT -7)   
A lot of the meds have the side effect of causing dizziness and for me I already have a balance problem (due to the inner ear) so have walked into walls a number of times.

My anxiety normally hits when I sit down to relax, once I stop moving my brain gets a chance to come in with the negative talk and boom I'm so conditioned to it now I'm off into an anxiety whirlwind within minutes. I can't wait to start my CBT.

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   Posted 10/7/2006 11:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I too know exactly what you mean about being unbalanced at times of PA..sheesh it's scarey stuff...making sure that you are breathing in and out through your nose helps...esp. when in public places when you dont want everyone knowing about your PA prob. and gives you a chance to pull yourself together sometimes lol!
Have you read "Living with IT" by Bev Aisbett. I have found this to be a tremedous help to me at times.
Hope you are feeling better soon.

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   Posted 10/8/2006 1:01 PM (GMT -7)   
hey, im so glad ive found other people who have that feeling too. I seriously feel astho i could fall over because i feel so out of balance. I always get cloudy thoughts too, astho i cannot think straight, that makes me panic im going mad or developing a memory loss disorder, does anyone else suffer with a really cloudy feeling in the head??

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   Posted 6/23/2014 11:54 PM (GMT -7)   
for me it almost feels like im on a boat or something. i notice that i tend to get more dizzy and feel off balance when certain factors come into play... high altitude, heat, and sinus pressure/mucus presence mostly. like today it was bad, and then i remembered i spent the morning coughing up snot and rubbing my forehead from a stuffy nose. it was hot on top of that. maybe these things all affect my inner ear? ugh...

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   Posted 6/24/2014 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi M.J. and welcome!

Glad you have found us here...and that you can relate to some of the topics that we have.

We all deal with the same issues...though sometimes different anxiety manifestations...but like you, I found H.W. by looking up a specific symptom. (dizziness being one of my long time challenges)

Since this is an old thread however, I do encourage you to start your own post of introduction if you feel comfortable doing so.:)

In this way, you will not get lost in the shuffle...and more people can recognize you as a new member and welcome you.

Post with us anytime with concerns, for information and the best part...understanding and support!

Talk to you soon,

Scaredy Cat

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   Posted 6/24/2014 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello MJ and welcome to HealingWell.  I look forward to getting to know you better.
SC mentioned starting your own introduction thread; this is done by clicking on the 'new topic' button which will open a new thread for you to post your introduction. This will help members see your first post.  It is best to start your own 1st thread rather than attach it to an old thread that way you will get more responses.

Once you get up and running within the forum it is always good and rewarding to respond to other post's and reach out to other members to offer support and advise when you can. It is always good to know you are not alone and speak with others who have Anxiety and Panic disorders.
I hope you stick with us as we love new members and the support here in the forum is irreplaceable.

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   Posted 4/18/2017 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow I feel everything‚Äč that's been mentioned off balance cloudy thinking I'm having a heartattack stroke anyurisum brain tumor. I had lots of test done . They all came out normal. But sometimes I think maybe they missed something. It's very difficult. Living like this . 6 months ago I was normal and then my panic attacks got worst. Before my attacks would only last 15 seconds . Now they last much longer . Feeling nervous all the time sad trust me I feel your pain. I wish it would just go away..

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   Posted 4/18/2017 1:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Denz and welcome!

I am sorry to hear of your current challenges...I know how this feels. sad

Have you discussed a treatment plan with your doctor yet? If not, and it is possible, I urge you to do so.

For now, please see our Resources at the top of the main forum page here for great self help material to get started on right away. We have links specifically for health anxiety that I think you would benefit from.

Post with us anytime...starting a new thread of introduction for yourself when you feel comfortable doing so!

Nice to have you join our group. smile

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   Posted 4/18/2017 6:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes I'm in the exact same boat. Very un balanced knees feel like they are about to lock up.. I always feel like its balancing more to the left and when I'm walking it causes me to go close to the edge of whatever side I feel unbalanced. Holding someone helps. But I just go with it now it totally sends me into great panic though. Worst symptom
In the end all will be okay ??anxiety does not define us.

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