Elevator Floating sensation

Elevator  Floating  sensation

Hello can some one help me im having a very bad elevator feeling when i walk or even stand still its been going on for months i had a mri and a ent all test came back negative my iron was low so i been on iron pills for months and i still have the same feeling some days it mild elevator sensation some days its worse i am a femail 34 years old this taking over my life all i want to do is sit down and im starting to feel it when i sit as well


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  • Sparkt31, Hi, you are not alone in that sensation. Only the description of the feeling is different. I remember those days of feeling unsure of every step I took. The floor seemed to move beneath my feet. For me it was the sinking feeling of walking on a trampoline, sometimes a rocking boat. Standing still was just as bad and as for sitting, I felt I had to rock in order to keep my balance. It's anxiety at it's finest, playing it's mind game, taking control over you. It may be uncomfortable but not dangerous.

    Ways that you can get control back is to allow it to happen without expressing any fear. Fear only allows the adrenaline to increase. Accepting that it is anxiety and not some dire medical issue will allow the feeling to float past you. When we are afraid, our nervous system goes into overdrive which increases the tension of our muscles throughout the body including the tiny muscles down the ear canal. As those muscles tighten, they squeeze so hard that it throws off our balance system. You want to rid yourself of that feeling whether walking, standing or even sitting, by deep breathing. Deep breathing will allow your mind and body to calm down and give you back your control.

    As you put one foot in front of the other, imagine it being on planted ground. The ground is firm. You are not sinking. You are safe. As you body becomes more desensitized to this feeling, it will disappear. Breathe Sparkt, Breathe your way through this feeling...xx

  • Excellent reply !

  • Hello agora1 yes I do that and it dose work at times but some time its so bad where I try so hard not to think about it but that drop of a elevator be so intense to where I be wanting to sit but I'll try very hard not to think about it when it happen and I'll let you know the result thank you for your response

  • I have anxiety disorder and i definitely can relate this happens to me every once in awhile it used to happen very frequently but like they said once u except it and tell urself your fine it disappears before you know it & yes deep breaths & cold water helped me to over come it once it happened and my mind started to ease its self once i was told by multiple doctors that i am healthy and its my anxiety in full effect

  • Yes Destinyweathers I need to except the fact its part of my life and move on with my day and hope it goes away I just want to go back toa normal life thank you ill keep you posted

  • You will get back to normal in no time! Prayers for u honey

  • Thank you I hope so !

  • & yes definitely keep me posted

  • f you have a problem absorbing iron then you may have problems with other minerals and vitamins

    have your B12 and folate levels also been tested?

    this is a link to the symptoms of B12 deficiency (folate very similar)


    if other things on the list make it seem likely then please take a look at the PAS forum on health unlocked - the test for B12 isn't the most accurate in the world


  • Hello my iron always off and i wwnt Iin that site you posted and i have alot of those symptoms ima ask my doc can she check me to see if i have that disorder thank alot Gambit62

  • Have you had your ears checked out ? Sometimes the inner ear can shed one of the little granules which can upset the balance...it settles down eventually but you could ask to see an ENT co sultant or get some pills if that's the problem..(..if you get car-sick or get sea-sick, or drunk ;without the good bits) it's a bit like that feeling.......I would call it "disorientating"

    Ah...I've just read Agoras post......yes I think she's right...good luck....

  • Maribee, you are right about Sparkt31 seeing an ENT. Sometimes crystals can be the problem with feeling dizzy. Good name for it "disorientating" x

  • Oh god i experienced this when i stopped taking my meds cold turkey. NEVER AGAIN x💜

  • Horrendous is defo the right word 💜

  • Hi Spark, this is a classic agoraphobic sensation and rest assured it is very common. I still get it when under severe stress and my sister (aged 60) never goes in lifts now but always uses the stairs. She just finds a way round it. That's not to say you will always avoid them. Agoraphobia is often misunderstood and people think it means you never go out but it literally means fear of the market place as you probably know but it is even more then that. Unnatural or stressful environments with a lot of visual information eg supermarkets can make it worse. Think of it as a kind of visual overload which brains find it hard to cope with especially under stress. I have found that the 'rocking and swaying sensation' can be generalised to other situations eg standing in queues is a classic example and is another reason why agoraphobics avoid supermarkets as well as all the visual noise. For me and many others with agoraphobia the off balance and unsteady feeling on our feet especially in public makes us fear collapse and something terrible happening. With age I have learned to notice what my triggers for it are. People say don't avoid situations but that doesn't work for me. Avoiding them until you are more relaxed has worked for me best but everyone is different. When I was in a really stressful job years ago was what really triggered mine. In fact it wasn't until after I left the job that all the stress and panic attacks caught up with me. I felt drunk when I was walking out and had to clutch on to my head. Even now, I need to be near walls and if in a public place eg cafe have to have a wall behind me. But you can learn to manage it. My best advice would be to talk to someone eg GP, counsellor about it because it's very common and then find a solution that works for you which might be talking therapy, medication or some sort of relaxation technique. Or even all three! When people talked to me about deep breathing I tried practising it but because something else (stressful job) was causing it, it only had limited effect. But those techniques are useful when you are in a more relaxed state to be able to prevent or keep anxiety at bay. Hope this helps. Most of all be kind to yourself. x

  • Hi FoggyMoggy, a very interesting response. I wish I had read this years ago, I might have been able to avoid 5 years of Agoraphobia where I was house bound. It started with the ground moving under me and escalated to severe anxiety and then agoraphobia. No one ever explained that to me. Thanks for your input. I find I learn everyday from others experiences. Have a great day! x

  • Thanks Agora. I have just learned things as I've gone along. My sister had it first when she was 18. She is now 60. In the 1970s nobody talked about it, I know they don't much now, but there was no internet, or support around then much. I think she was put on tranquillisers. I got it at a similar age after having medication which took my blood pressure down too quickly and I fainted in public! I was then terrified about fainting or getting the same sensation again and so it generalised to so many situations. It is natural to want to avoid stressful places that make our balance feel threatened. But a lot of the literature says if you avoid it, you will make the fear worse. That might be true for some people but my own experience has shown otherwise. I remember having a terrible phobia about going to London where I used to be able to go. So I avoided it while I was going through the worst but then when I was more relaxed I went with my sister. It was really good because I had a Plan B and she understood and I felt I could back out any time. But I didn't. And so I felt really good and empowered about going that time. If I'd have gone in a stressed and anxious state that would have only exacerbated it! I hope you are feeling more able to deal with it anyway, Agora. x

  • Hi FoggyMoggy, You are right in that everyone finds what works for them. It was a long and lonely struggle finding my way out of Agoraphobia but I did it. I left anxiety in the past and will never allow to take over my life again. I stay positive and try living in the present. I wish for everyone to once again find themselves. It's an incredible feeling. x Thanks for your well wishes.

  • Yes foggymoggy i think I am stressing so much worrying my self thinking about my health trying to diagnose my self constantly worrying on why this is happing to me I focuse on that so much

  • Hi Spark, indeed, and worrying always makes things worse, though it's hard to switch off, it sort of feeds on itself which is why it might help to get some other help to break that anxiety loop, whether counselling, medication in the short term or relaxation. Please be assured though, that it is very common and you are not alone. People have come through it. When I first had it I'm sure i did everything in my power to fight it but once I accepted it was happening and part of me and a normal response to fight or flight I felt a bit better about it. By accepting, I don't mean giving up. Just learning to live within my limitations at that particular time and not to beat myself about it. Wishing you all the best. (((Gentle hugs)))

  • Hey foggy i will try self healing before i try medications my doc gave me bysprone she said its the lowest anxiety med with no side effects but i have no took a single one yet i dont want to be depending on no med every day of my life i will do what you said and keep my mind at ease and hope it will pass it happens bad at work i keep working tho and i Google stuff about my health alot and all my semptoms it says m s, cancer anxity, vertical, BP drooping then my mind really gets to going every time i get that elevator sinsation my head will get tight in the back and their i go picking up my phone google my symptoms but ill try hard to do what you said hopping for better days for people with this stuff ill keep you up dated foggy if you find more cures let me know

  • Hi Spark, I understand you not wanting to take meds because they can cause side-effects and people can get dependent. I guess I meant just through the difficult times. But usually doctors prescribe them and say take every day. But I now only take them occasionally so I don't get addicted. Not everyone can do that but it has always worked for me! But did you say to your GP that you didn't want meds? You could dry just taking a half if you can. I was like that with Seroxat, was prescribed it and took ages before I'd take one. Then spoke to a pharmacist and he said it might help you feel better so I took the smallest dose.

    Also Dr Google is the worst!! You look them up and then convince yourself you have the worst thing, when all you were doing was looking for reassurance. I have so been there. That is part of the anxiety though, fearing you have the worst.

    Other things that help me is absorbing myself in something I love. If you love eg reading, painting, writing, music, crafts etc. You get absorbed in them and can forget for a while. Best wishes x

  • Hi Sparkt31, I think I misread the feeling you are experiencing. I took it as feeling the floor beneath you sinking with each step you take. After re-reading your post and the continued problem you are having with this, I realized what you are feeling is the fear of fear in your stomach.

    That dropped feeling is purely "high anxiety". It may have started out as a true fear of something and has now escalated into being afraid of the fear itself. At this point, high amounts of adrenaline are playing a big part in the continuing cycle.

    It's an "excitement" response that can be controlled and eventually eliminated by deep breathing. Deep breathing can be used for every aspect of anxiety. By doing it properly, it slows down the nervous system and our breathing which in turn can bring everything back to a more relaxed feeling.

    I use YouTube and listen to Relaxation and Deep Breathing whenever I feel this "scared" feeling starting to over take me. It is the same as that sinking elevator feeling. Take some time aside for yourself. Bring your shoulders down, sit up straight with a pillow behind the small of your back, let go of your thoughts for a moment and BREATHE...Slow and calm breathes will begin to alleviate that sinking feeling. Remember it is not a one time fix but a new way of approaching each day.

    Again, I am so sorry I misinterrupted your post. I hope you give me a second chance and try this. xx

  • Yes agora1 i will try the relaxing tips you gave Ill let you know the result I don't tell people what I'm going through because they will think I'm crazy until it happen to them but I feel comfortable because I'm talking to people going through or went through the same thing

  • You sound just like me.... I've posted about the elevator feeling too... check our my post and see if it's the same feelings

  • Yes i read your post several days ago the same thing i have going on how are you treating the feeling i have had this going on for a few months this is so irritating

  • Honestly I'm not having those dropping feelings as much, but I'm constantly lightheaded though.... the symptoms get better if I take mind off them and stop googling lol... I do crafts or draw and I have tohave my music and my headphones it's a must... :) best of luck hun. Message me if you want to talk one on one.. hugs,😉

  • Yes I have the lighthead stuff as well it feel like no oxygen getting to my brain when this happen and ima try my hardest not to Google becous Google will have all your symptoms under every cancer their is thank you for responding we can message each other as well

  • Also what exactly had your doctors told you??? Just anxiety

  • My doctor send me to get mri E E G and I had a ultrasound on my heart as well back in 2015 and i wore a heart monitor for a week all negative just low iron but the number was only 11 and a normal iron level for a 34 year old is 12 somthing so it's not that low she still have me iron pills so the stuff is still happing and I been on iron for two months now she don't know what wrong just like I don't o yeah I went to ent as well and normal went got eye check needed glasses eye doc said but I wore them for a day and I had a split head ache an I seen horrible with them on I don't need glasses u read every word on the board he still gave me a prescription so I'm just waiting for the symptoms to disappear on their own I just hope I don't pass out that would not be good so sad !

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