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Getting Frustrated!!!

rachel913
rachel913

Professionals tell me my constant lightheadedness/off balance/drunken feeling will go away once I face the anxiety head on and try to live a normal life. WELL I'm working part time despite how I feel, pushing myself to do things I wouldn't normally do, and bringing positivity into my life rather than dwelling on the negative.

And the symptoms/sensations are STILL the same!!! How can this be anxiety.. ugh.. I'm feeling defeated today.. ☹️

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Did someone tell you you need to live a normal life?!! That is so rude sounding to me. You are living a normal life except for your difficult symptoms. I know you are trying your best and I don’t think you are causing the problems. I’d try seeing someone else for a second or third etc opinion. What do you think?

rachel913
rachel913 in reply to Starrlight

All doctors and family members tell me I need to live a "normal lifestyle and routine" in order to get better. And when I do, I still feel this way. I'm seeing a new GP on Thursday for a different opinion. And this facility told me they do NOT treat anxiety disorders to maybe they'll take me seriously. I'd like to think allll the doctors I've seen aren't a bunch of idiots, but it's hard to believe when I'm living with these constant symptoms. But although... after all these years I think I'd be getting progressively worse if it was something serious, but I've stayed the same.

Starrlight
Starrlight in reply to rachel913

That’s so interesting. I really feel for you. I will be praying that you get a diagnosis.

rachel913
rachel913 in reply to Starrlight

thank you Starrlight ✨

Starrlight
Starrlight in reply to rachel913

No problem and please pm me any time okay? You can get things off your chest. I’ve had some of the symptoms you do and I believe the medications I was on were causing it, like I’d see ina blurry pixelated sort of way, get lightheaded, have to move around slot like really restless, get afraid feeling...and I went off of buspar and eventually went off ability and I feel better. What meds are you taking if you don’t mind sharing?

rachel913
rachel913 in reply to Starrlight

thank you lovely, you can message me anytime as well :) i've been on 150 mg pristiq and 2 mg of abilify. i couldn't leave my house before these medications and was practically bed bound with crippling panic attacks/SEVERE symptoms. I'm able to do SO much more than i was before without these medications, so they have helped me to an extent but these frickin symptoms are what's stopping me from moving on with my life.

Starrlight
Starrlight in reply to rachel913

I can relate. I used to be worse off than I am now but I still wouldn’t be able to keep up with a job, I always get way stressed my symptoms get worse and I endvip in the hospital. I am so glad that those meds have helped you. I have recently gone on Paxil which is really helpful.

P.s. let me know how it goes at the other doc’s.

rachel913
rachel913 in reply to Starrlight

thanks hun, i'll definitely let you know how it goes. i'm glad the paxil is helping you! plus i have ZERO sympathy/support from my family at home and get yelled at/put down constantly. told i'm a joke, a disappointment, to suck it up, deal with it, move on... I'M TRYING. sooner or later i'm going to just break or give up... and i'm scared of that happening.

Starrlight
Starrlight in reply to rachel913

Woah I am scared of that too! Even though I have support from people close to me, it’s still hard as hell. Don’t worry, we will make it I believe. Don’t listen to their negative talk if you can help it, just let it roll off of ya.

jimstitzel
jimstitzel in reply to rachel913

My family has basically been the same way. It sucks when even your own family doesn't understand or show sympathy. Tune those words out as much as you can. Know that it's NOT all just in your head, that what you're feeling is real, and keep fighting through until you find a doctor who takes you seriously and treats you with the compassion and understanding you deserve.

rachel913
rachel913 in reply to jimstitzel

thank you.. and who knows, it really might be all anxiety but it might not. i just don't know what other kinds of tests i could even have done at this point.. maybe just more extensive bloodwork. again. lol

Those professionals are idiots. I assume you're on medication for your anxiety. I'd recommend getting a second opinion from another doctor/psychiatrist, if at all possible. Might even consider getting a physical and bloodwork done, just to rule out other causes. I know for me, I found out I had high blood pressure, which was mildly exacerbating my anxiety. It maybe you just have the wrong cocktail of meds and need to try something else. Any professional, though, who tells you those symptoms will persist until you face your anxiety head on probably doesn't have a clue what they're talking about.

I hope you find some relief.

rachel913
rachel913 in reply to jimstitzel

Thank you! It's so hard to be told it's all in your head when you try your hardest everyday to get past this. I'm seeing a new doctor at a new facility on Thursday for yet another opinion. I've had SO much blood work and tests done already but it can't hurt to get yet another opinion. It might be all anxiety, since I do have severe anxiety and panic disorder, but it's hard to believe anxiety can cause these constant physical symptoms for years at a time with NO relief whatsoever.

jimstitzel
jimstitzel in reply to rachel913

I switched to a new clinic and a new psychiatrist this summer. During the intake interview, they changed my anxiety diagnosis from generalized anxiety to Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia. Anxiety CAN cause the symptoms you describe, but it shouldn't be doing so 24/7. My new doctor actually put me on Lamictal, which is a mood stabilizer, since the high dose of klonopin I was on wasn't doing anything, or at least not enough. It's made a HUGE difference. My guess would be you're basically getting the brush-off from your doctor, so hopefully this new doctor will be more thorough and sympathetic. But never should a doctor be telling you to just face your anxiety. That's tantamount to telling you to just suck it up.

rachel913
rachel913 in reply to jimstitzel

i agree completely. i'm looking forward to seeing the new physician on thursday. :) i'm sure it's nothing life threatening since nothing has ever happened to me, it's not gotten worse in 3 years, and my normal tests/head scans/heart ekgs are normal. but whatever it is, IT SUCKS!!

jimstitzel
jimstitzel in reply to rachel913

I have no doubt. I hope you can finally get some relief. I suspect it's some combination of your anxiety and your meds. An adjustment may be required to even out the lightheadedness and dizziness. Good luck with your appointment, and I'd love it if you'd message me after to tell me how it went.

You're also welcome to message me anytime. I've been fighting my own battle for years, so I'm very sympathetic to what you're going through right now.

rachel913
rachel913 in reply to jimstitzel

i'll message you!

Girl I'm right there with you today!!! I feel like really disconnected from reality... Went to the doc Thursday only to be told my health is normal and fine... My brain feels like its falling out how is that normal!? 😭😭😭

i feel the same.. it's SO strange! i hate that we have to deal with this :(

I know just when I think I’m healing and get a day of feeling better I go and get an extremely bad day where it’s hard to function and think clearly and i feel defeated I just want to give up but I live for ones I ❤️

Well, I wish they would tell us how to do that. I have been suffering for 3 years with this crap. Yes, I would love to face it and get better. Yes, I would love to just get hold of myself and calm down. Yes, I would love to go back to the happy go lucky person I was before the panic attacks started. I know how you feel, I was dizzy and off balance for over a year. Thank God that has gotten much better. Now I feel nauseated most of the time. I just can't believe this can be just anxiety.

Hi Rachel,well done for getting some work 🕊✌🏼🌞🍀

Hi! I remember once feeling like I walking on marshmallows for four months with strange ocular issues regarding depth. I went to the eye doctor, regular doc, ENT, and then was told it was probably related to anxiety. I remember thinking no way! And I am not sure it was 100 percent was, but fast forward to today and I feel much better. This off kilter feeling happened right after I told myself, “from this day forward I am going to challenge my fears!” I walked outside and it was like I was on the moon. I was so upset because it was the last thing I wanted or needed. I think it could be your body’s reaction and your minds reaction to challenging yourself to move forward, but you can do it!

rachel913
rachel913 in reply to Tikirob

thank you.. it's hard to believe all these symptoms can be caused by anxiety when im not always anxious. even though i am constantly thinking and worrying about how i feel.. it's just very hard to accept especially with health anxiety.

Tikirob
Tikirob in reply to rachel913

I know what you mean. I was in my doctors office calm and telling him, “but I am not anxious right now!” and wondering how anxiety could effect me if it was not an immediate panick like feeling. I think anxiety is continually a process for people like us. Hope you don’t mind me grouping all anxiety people together. I think it’s just normal and if I wasn’t anxious I wonder how it would feel. I really don’t have much to compare it too except for when it’s really bad. The few times I have taken kolotopan it’s like someone let me off a ride and put me in a warm bed. I just want to go to sleep with the comfort of not having to worry.

I am new to this support group, but I wanted to reach out since I saw your post. I recommend that you set up an appointment/get a referral to see either an ENT or an otologist. While your symptoms of lightheadedness/dizziness/off balance feeling could be anxiety, it could also be an inner ear issue. So often doctors blame anxiety for everything....dizziness..stomach issues...etc. But its not always the cause! I was told by many physicians that my stomach issues were anxiety when really it was gluten sensitivity. Anyways an ENT/otologist can look into ear issues, might be helpful even if it just rules it out. Hope this is helpful! :)

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