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Suffering from CONSTANT lightheadedness/off balance/spacey/dizziness sensation

Hi there, I'm 24 years old.

I have suffered from health anxiety, depression, mild OCD, PTSD, and agoraphobia for the past couple years. Only the past year have I been consistently dizzy/off balance/lightheaded/spacey 24/7 without any answers with no other diagnosis than anxiety and depression. It's like I'm constantly moving internally but nothing is moving externally, I suppose. I have had all tests possible done - Blood work, CT scan, ENT tests/hearing tests, PCP visits, Eye doctor exams, hormone testing, Hospital visits, Urgent care visits, numerous EKG's, and a chest x-ray. I am having an extremely difficult time accepting anxiety and depression as the root cause of this consistent feeling that will NOT lift. I can't accept the fact that I have nothing wrong with me when I feel awful 24/7. For about 6 months I had constant debilitating panic attacks which have seemed to have lifted once I started taking Escitalopram, but the dizziness feeling is still there. I have been on Escitalopram for almost a year. Looking for support, advice, or to find people who share similar experiences. I can't live like this anymore. I have withdrawn myself entirely from social outings, restaurants, and I am in my room a lot of the time because laying down seems to be the most comforting position for this feeling (even though it never lifts entirely). Going into stores is a very minimal and quick outing, I recently just got offered a job and start this coming Monday and am terrified I won't be able to do this because of my lack of social engagement over the past year along with these debilitating symptoms and anxiety. Can anyone PLEASE share similar experiences or words of advice, I would be eternally grateful.

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Welcome rachel913 to the Anxiety Support Group. You will find that all of us can relate to your symptoms and what you are going through. I went through severe anxiety and agoraphobia and know how scary and difficult it can be. Test after test and nothing but Anxiety as the diagnosis. I too am on Escitalopram and have found it to be an excellent drug for me with no tiredness. I understand everything you are saying from the stores, restaurant to pulling away from social gatherings. Not trusting our own bodies anymore. Let me tell you that this isn't forever. With the help and support of the forum you will learn different methods of conquering anxiety once and for all. You will be a better person for having gone through this.

Take one step at a time, we will help you through. I have a whole bag of tricks that I used to get me where I am today. Back out driving, socializing and feeling comfortable in my own skin. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Don't want to bombard you with a lot the first day. But know you are never alone, we are here for each other 24/7. My best to you Rachel xx

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Agora1,

Thank you so much for taking the time to reply to my post. It is completely discouraging with the negative test results.. it's almost as if I want there to be something wrong with me so there is a distinct and clear diagnosis with a quick fix, but there never is with this. Escitalopram is great, it has curbed my panic attacks almost 100% but I unfortunately am tired on it. But I'd rather be tired than freaking out in utter panic all the time ha ha. Once again, thank you for your response xx

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Stay positive Rachel, it will get better. I remember feeling the same in that none of the tests showed anything significant. Afraid of something serious but yet wishing it were something that could be fixed.

But you know what? Anxiety issues can be fixed by Acceptance. Accepting that what we are sensing is all coming from the negative thoughts in our mind. I refer to it as the Anxiety Bully. He lies in order to get us to believe we cannot go out, we cannot socialize. The dizziness, swaying like on a boat are all a game to this bully. Those negative thoughts can cause all kinds of physical interactions known as the Mind/Body Connection.

Physically what happens when we fear fear is that the adrenaline spikes causing these odd physical sensations. We hyperventilate, we mouth breath, we are forever in a tense state exaggerated by oversensitized nervous system. When we feel off balance, we brace ourselves, jutting the head and neck forward, shoulders up to our ears, either holding our breath or shallow breathing and then we wonder why we are feeling lightheaded.

There is so much more that others will get into as well as myself. But for now, know that it is not a hopeless cause. You will be okay. We are all together in this and together we will all go forward. Hugs, xx

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I couldn’t believe my gp who said all my physical symptoms were anxiety. How could that be possible? He’d missed something. I was dying from some awful illness and he wasn’t listening. I reluctantly started sertraline which took its time to work but I feel better. Like you, from being an outgoing extrovert person, i retreated in my bedroom and spent hours inputting my symptoms and finding illnesses which terrified me. I am a teacher and I felt so unbalanced and nauseous I couldn’t continue. I have a month off and everyday is a bit better. I went out for lunch with my daughter yesterday and enjoyed the outing. I note how I feel everyday on waking and I can see progress.You will get there. Have faith.

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Google is my best friend and my worst enemy at the same time.. I've resorted to the internet because I simply do not believe my gp as to how these symptoms are solely anxiety based, even when I don't feel physically anxious all the time anymore. Best of luck to you on this journey xx

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I feel like doctors say it's anxiety to make things easy on themselves, I know its a broad disorder and it is probably related in some way but it really doesn't help..

I can really relate to what you have posted but I'm in and out of panic attack right now so cant type much.

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I have the exact same issue. My panic attacks are held at bay by my meds but I still have this annoying swaying on the boat feeling most days. I do function pretty well with it since I accepted it and it does not lead to panic. However I would love to get rid of it since it does make me nauseous and exhausted. I noticed that when I am standing I am always wanting to hold onto things which is pretty bad considering I am a PT. You are not alone and just know this is just a feeling and try to distract yourself as much as possible. I thought I couldn’t go back to work and now I have besn back to full time for about six months.

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Wow, I can relate so very much. Whenever I'm walking around I try to rest on things or hold onto whatever I can. Even when I shower I hold onto the top of the shower bar for comfort. I've never once fallen, but it's the constant swaying/boat like feeling makes me so uncomfortable and makes me not trust my own body. I am truly exhausted all of the time. That's amazing you've been back to work for about 6 months, congrats! xx

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Thanks. We should def let each other know if we find any answers to this swaying feeling.

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Same here :/

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I can relate in every single way .

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