i am new here, but i promise not to be that person that signs up and posts one time. i am glad to have found somewhere i can type, help others and hopefully get some help as well.
seven years ago, i was diagnosed with panic disorder and health anxiety. since then, the panic attacks are few and far between - but my health anxiety has remained. i do not take medications and refuse to do so. my health anxiety revolves around medications (i have had so many allergic reactions in my day so this is why) and seeing a doctor. i haven't taken any medications in well over seven years, not even over the counter. the same goes for visiting a doctor - i haven't been to one in over seven years now.
the past couple of weeks, i have had these...dizzy sort of spells. i'm not talking room spinning, need to hold on to the walls type of vertigo - but almost like a feeling of being on a boat. this does last pretty much all day off and on whether i am sitting, standing or laying down. i am not sure what it is, but it's getting to the point where it's making my anxiety pretty bad. i also sometimes feel like i am sinking into the ground. i saw a few posts on here about people having similar feelings of sinking into the ground, but the comment sections didn't really go into it - they more so went into anxiety, etc.
like any other anxiety-riddled person, i have searched the web and found some posts only to find that nobody ever updates their posts or just lets everyone know what it was, if it passed, what it could be - that sort of thing. i also came across videos on youtube where people say this could be something called BPPV and they have a few moves you can do to try and stop it. i have been doing these moves and nothing has helped. it hasn't gradually gotten better or worse, it's just sort of there and a pain. not to mention, it's causing me to be afraid to leave the house - although i do force myself to do so anyway...just not as often as i normally do.
even as i sit here and type this, it feels like i am sinking into the couch. i told my husband to watch me for 20ish seconds the other night and told him to see if he saw me swaying when i just stood still. he said he didn't see it, but when he went to work, i recorded myself on my phone and stood for 25 seconds and didn't move - but i could see myself sort of swaying in the video.
i would love to hear any feedback from you all here. is this normal? i know a lot of people are going to tell me to just go to the doctor but please understand that with me, that us much easier said than done and i probably won't. about five years ago this happened to me but MUCH worse and it went away after a few months. just hope i am not going through this for months - but again - it was MUCH worse...like hold onto the walls worse.
i appreciate you for answering! thank you!