I just feel like I am absolutely going crazy and can't seem to get answers. I have had GAD for many years, all stemming from panic attacks in my teens.
Six years ago I suffered from major anxiety while living alone and developed vertigo. This off-balance feeling and an inner rocking sensation. It dissipated after two weeks.
Then I met my now husband and we moved in together and the off-balance feeling returned. I slowly forgot about it, reclaiming my life and felt fine. In between all of these times, however, GAD was there. I would focus on health and had major health anxiety.
I recognize that I have GAD, I am not in denial. But at the same time, I just don't understand why this is happening. I am 10 months post-partum and in the last couple of years have become self-employed. When I was 2 weeks postpartum I started to work again. I have been going non-stop ever since.
Now in the last 3 months this crazy anxiety constant vertigo feeling is back. My day starts off normal, but then while at the computer or just sitting speaking to clients, I can get this drowning feeling. Like not enough oxygen and my head begins to spin. I quickly look away, start deep breathing trying to not to panic and the feeling subsides. This happens like 4-5 times a day. And in between, I am so anxious, scared, confused and looking for answers.
Then, when I finally think I have it figured out, ( a chiropractor thinks its cervicogenic dizziness) I start analyzing thinking it couldn't be that! So I start doing some physiotherapy and think I feel better until last night. I am in bed on the computer doing some work. I shut the computer, lie down and start taking deep breaths. I turn my head and all of a sudden I am whirling like I am on a violent roller coaster. I sit up, deep breath and panic. It goes away. I sit in bed depressed.
This morning I wake up, plagued by the events of last night, wondering what could it be?? How can this be anxiety, how can this by neck?? How??
So, I watch a Youtube video of physiotherapists talking about BPPV. It kind of sounds like me. I do the activity and immediately get the spinning sensation, so I think, "Ok, it's BPPV".... I do feel unsteady after each episode! So I tell my doctor and she says it does sound like it (She doesn't know my anxiety history).
So then, I get to work, meeting with people feel fine. They leave, I am on the computer not turning my head and all of a sudden i feel the rush coming so I turn away and start deep breathing!!
Does this sound like BPPV? How can anxiety make your head whirl on change of position even when you feel everything is ok and are not particularly anxious at that time.