Last night was rough, had to fight hard not to pass out. I'm sick and tired of this. I always feel lightheaded, foggy at times, off-balance, with occasional dizzy spell so heavy that I feel like I'm gonna pass out. I've never been officially diagnosed with anxiety, depression or panick disorder eventhough my GP prescribed me Wellbutrin which I never took, cause the side effect is Dizziness.
I figured heck I'm dizzy as it is and I'm trying to figure out the cause, so why adding more pieces to the puzzle. I know I'm under a lot of stress. It all started 3 years ago when I passed out at the check out line. Squad came checked me, minute later I was good enough to go home. Saw my GP next day, run a few tests, did a cat scan all came out neg. 3 days later at work, I started feeling dizzy again, couldn't breathe, felt like I was gonna pass out, called the squad again, checked me and minute later I was feeling ok again.
So I decided ok enough is enough, I drove myself to the hospital all shaky and all. I was admitted and a million tests later all came out negative. They sent me home next day with diagnosis " Dehydration".
Well that was the beginning of my climb to calvary, my life has been h#*l eversince. I can't go to the big box store without running out a few minutes later. I can't stand in check out line without feeling I'm gonna pass out. I don't go out unless I really have too, like work and short trips here and there. I become heat intolerant, exercise intolerant, I have horrible nightmares most nights, and I wake up with my heart racing. Numerous time I have to pull over when driving cause I feel faint.
I'm seeing a neurologist mid oct, for I'm affraid there may be some wrong with my head. I just want it to stop, I just wanna be normal again. I actually wish my docs would come out flat and say you have anxiety problems. I'm left guessing. I'm thinking of going to see a pychologist. I'm writing this and those dizzy spells are coming and going.
I'm sick of it all, I cant stand the fogginess, the unreal space out feeling, the fainting feeling, the dizziness, the floaty off-balance feeling when I walk, the smothering feeling, the impemding doom. Sorry I was so long... Does anybody ever feel like this or is it just me? Is that what anxiety and panick disorder are like?
sounds like a panic attack. do not, not, not read side effects. everyone is diff. i suffered this until prozac helped, but i cant do social situations still. takes time. you might consider searching for the root reason causing this.
Sounds like typical anxiety/panic attack symptoms. If you've been checked out like you so thoroughly have been then there is nothing to worry about. Not even in the slightest. Anxiety and panic attacks are uncomfortable but that's it. Oh and I promise you that you will not pass out. It's impossible. In order to faint your blood pressure has to drop. When you're anxious your blood pressure rises so you wont faint, fall over, or even stumble. You'll be fine. Just know that the symptoms will pass eventually.
I think I know the root cause, chronic stress and divorce. But it wasn't until I started having physical manifestations that I realised something is very wrong with me. 3 years searching why I'm so sick, and doctors cant find a diagnosis. Granted after numerous visit to my cardio doc, he told me I have a mild condition of MVP (mitral valve prolapse) and that it's stable and not the cause of any of my symptoms.
HesAPooka, it's comforting to hear I will not pass out during those attacks, because that's my number 1 problem/weakness. You see that's how it all started when I passed out once and it's been hell eversince. I've not passed again after that, but everytime I get a dizzy spell, I freak out, the ground seems closer to me and my heart starts racing. I do do the breathing exercise, I survive some, but sometimes I ended up having the full panick attack no matter how hard I try.
Paramedics checked my blood sugar at the time and it was ok. They checked my oxygen level, that was ok. 3 days later at the hospital their diagnosis was dehydration.
It was early morning, I had a light breakfast, a cup of reg coffee, I had a vigorous work out the night before and my ex was talking a storm at my head in the check out line. So which one is the culprit, I am not sure. Till today I'm not sure exactly why I fainted, but it was an ugly feeling.
i am your twin!!!! my biggest fear since passing out is passing out. i avoid everything and get dizzy all the time to where i don't want to do anything for fear of it. i force myself each morning to exercise and shower but its reliving h*&*(&ll over and over. I have been reading and meditating and doing alot to try to help myself. "So Be It" is my mantra. Do it anyway. but i was agorophobic for quite some time due to this. I am learning, so very slowly, to accept this is how it is and do it anyway but it *****, it shouldn't be this way but I figure i can fight or accept, Tolle's the power of now is helping me to lessen the fear and "Feel the fear and do it anyway" book is helping too. at least i am going places again
Well dehydration can certainly cause a decrease in blood flow and blood pressure which can lead to fainting. So don't worry about it happening again. Especially from panic and anxiety. I used to feel like I'd pass out as well when I first started getting anxiety, but I've seen so many cardiologists that's the least of my worries now.
I've been doing just that, the "so be it" attitude, that's how I manage to still hold a job, make short trip to grocery store, gaz station etc... but it's no way close to living a normal life.
The constant lightheadeness is kicking my butt. I'm always off-balance and it makes me wonder if it's physiological or just anxiety. Reading the posts here actually convince me a bit it's just anxiety... which actually calms me a bit.
But I'm seeing a neurologist for the first time next month, I'm hoping they find nothing wrong with my brain, then I'd definitely be sure it's just anxiety. If that's the case then I'll pack up, get on the anxiety road and begin that journey.
You really sound like youre having the effects of depression. Im not a doctor, but I had it. Takes over your life and you dont know who this person is. I felt distant from things i loved, dizzy, saw black dots which took over my vision, lightheaded upon standing, always always tired, and moving was a task. Divorce can do that. I wasnt married, but I was with someone for 4 years and we had a civil court break up and im still not the same person. It bothers me that i feel that defeated.
i am anxious to hear what the neurologist says, i agree its no way to live but those tricks above are just my way to cope until maybe just maybe it goes away. today has been super rough for me. felt faint this morning and have not done much all day for fear of passing out. time to heed my own advice and do it anyway, ugh, so much easier said than done but if you can do it so can i :) i got caught in the "something real is very wrong and i think i am really going to die" getting those feet moving with that attitude is rough. got out my "inside Buddha's brain" book to do some meditations. that did help some.
That's me.... always on the side of the road feeling faint....always feel heaviness in the back of my head like im going to pass out.... wake up heart racing really fast.... hospital tests found nothing..... dealing with the feeling right now.... don't know what to do anymore... crying sometimes weirdly makes me feel better... shortness in breath... fear it may be something the doctors will never find.... the thought of passing out brings on the symptoms worse... the "what if" question constantly dance in my mind...Ex: What if the doctors never find it and its too late and I die and everyone says "Oh she told you something was wrong"...or What if I pass out right now with no one around... I tried vitamins.... drinking water makes me feel a lil better... minor colds feel deadly
hello I have suffered from anxiety/panic attacks since last april, this morning i had the same experience of black spots taking over my vision and i felt as if I were going to pass out, I have never had this happen before. I noticed you have experinced similar things. The first time it happened i brushed it off thinking it was attributed to not getting enough sleep but when it happened a second time it really freaked me out I called a nurse hotline and they said could be low blood pressure or low blood sugar. I do not feel depressed did you ever find out what was causing the spots? Any insight would be greatly appriciated
Hi all, im new here but just want to say that i permanently feel dizzy-ish n almost off balance, just not quite right, i have been diagnosed with anxiety and panic etc.. must say im to afraid to even try these meds that they have prescribed me! there just sitin gon the side!
i read on the net about other people experience and wow some ok but others are awful!
as for the spots in the eyes i have had them years and that for me is called ''floaters'' made much worse in very clear skies or bright lights..
I have also had every test under the sun and again all come back fine so i guess the meds are the only thing for it? ''make or break''
I myself have dizziness all day every day, some days are good, some are so bad that i dont want to go to work, but i have to pay bills, i suffer also from depression and get a mixure of anxiety symptoms ei: chest pain, dizziness, numbness of left side, feeling of doom, alone because my peers around me just think i need to relax... i went to the emergency room 8 times in 3 months because i thought i was having a heart attack and thought my dizziness was a result of my heart not pumping the blood to my brain properly.. and all tests were negative and they state its anxiety and or vertigo.. so Im just left with unbaleivable medical bills and anxiety medication... guess i would rather have this anxiety than really having heart issues... we will fight this overactive brain issue:}
i'm going though this right now. but this is on a good day. on bad days my mind would drive me crazy with negative thoughts. as a child i always worry at times but now its 20x worse! its like i can't have a normal day anymore.
like all today i felt somewhat dizzy, light-headed, and unbalanced. plus my vision seems foggy too and sensitive to light all the sudden.
i also had the chest and armpit pains going on for a month now. i really believe that was from stress because the day i started having them i only had a few hours of sleep, got into a big argument, and was a emotional wreck at work, my eyes were so red that day from crying.
but today the pain seem to went down a lot, i can barely feel the pain.
i can't wait until Monday, this will be my first therapy appointment. Hopefully he/she can help me out!
I have the same issue, feeling on edge all the time worried about having another panic attack. My psychologist says it's common for the fear of a panic attack to cause a panic attack. It always seems to occur at the most inconvenient times, at work meetings, while driving, in a movie theater. Seeing a psychologist helps and I recommend it. It's comforting to be validated by an expert who will confirm you aren't crazy. Also, I was prescribed Xanax. Just the act of taking the pill helps me feel better, although the side effects are not so great. Also, when I feel an attack coming on, I try to take deep breaths and keep myself busy. At home, I do house work. In work meetings, I take notes like crazy when I feel an attack coming on. Just know that this is a physical condition caused by the fight or flight instinct in the cave man part of your brain, according to my psychologist.
Hi Coconutboy, I’m not a medical professional but I would bet my last dollar that you’re hyperventilating (overbreathing) as a consequence of your anxiety. Here is a list of some of the symptoms of hyperventilation. (Note: when you feel yourself getting dizzy try to slow your breathing down.)
• Passing excess gas
• Pressure sensation in the abdomen
• A feeling of being outside yourself
• Seeing images that aren't there
• Feeling as if you can't breathe
Im 27 years old and I don't ever pass out, but i do have the dizzyness /lightheaded feeling all day every day and the doctor says its anxiety, not a fun time thats for sure, not being able to eat properly not wanting to do anything but we do cause we have to... Im glad to see that im not alone in the world with this crap, I too wish it would just POOF be gone, but thats some wishful thinking, this all started almost a year ago.... I see lots of people that say they have being dealing with this for YEARS, like really years? why does it take so long to get rid of anxiety.... I have had an ECG, blood work, blood pressure all checked and guess what, came back fine I havent had a MRI or anything, my guess is it comes back clean, the doctor says its all symptoms of Anxiety... I want the dizzy / lightheaded feeling to go away I can deal with everything else its the annoying feeling of that motion all the time... I am now on Wellbutrin right now and only have been on it for a couple of days so who knows... I am the type that would not take meds for anything and laugh at people that would, but I guess its true Karma does come back sometime and bite you in the @$$ cause look at me now.... I do really hope it gets better from here cause it makes me feel like im going insane... :(
Iv been diagnosed with anxiety I get the rapid heartbeats the panic feelings but the worst is the constand lightheadedness its ruling my life iv seen 22 doctors. I'm just still worried will it ever go!!!!
2004 I black out crossing a busy main Road in a city center, Just before it happened, I had two really funny sensations in my head, the floor came up to me, wasn't a nice feeling. anyway next thing I knew I woke up in hospital with a very sore head and my front teeth knocked out, not a pretty sight. I had all the normal tests and everything was fine, they kept me in over night just to be sure. They discharged me and I went home felt ok, couple of days later I got the light headedness a feeling I was going to black out again, I thought oh no not again, that sensation of passing out stopped, I went to see my Doctor and of caorse went through all the test, bloods, mir ecg, scans, ENT, everything was coming back clear, so they have put it down to anxiety, I know its not that, it something else, I have good day and bad days, Going into super stores with bright lights tend to start the passing out feeling off, so I have to get out quick, I have had these feelings every single day for 9 years and its grinding me down, I want my life back, I have to force myself to go place's, and at the same time I put off going place,s I have gone back to my doctor this year to do all the tests again if need be, but this year I'm going to try and get to the bottom of it, Nothing they give me has eased it or made it any better. fingers crossed I get sorted out this time.
Hello, I hope i can help since i am getting great info from you all. I am on my period now, it has been day 2 but the symptons started 3 days prior. I feel slight pressure on my head by my temples, fogginess and a strange wave in my brain as if i am going to faint. I drink 3 16 oz bottles of water a day, eat healthy 85% of the time. I do not feel anxious at all, :( I had anxiety in the past, insomnia attacks. which i do get an insomnai attack right before my period every month. I just ruled it out to be hormonal. Now my period lasts 7 days so I have to wait for this weekend to see if this feeling goes away. if so then maybe it is just hormonal!
I just called my gyn and I am waitng for the nurse to call me back to see if they can run some hornonal test. my primary dr. refered me to a neurologist not my gyn! I will keep you informed but for now this is a very scary feeling and i am prayng to god it goes away and I don't to have to live my life with this feeling on a daily basis ;(
to pass out in panic attack is rare but not imposible.Say something only if you are absolutely sure.Imagine he faints and thinkw he ll die cause he read here itw not possible to faint with panic attack.Even with stress condition someone can faint.
stop drinking or eating anything with caffeine.stop smoking if you smoke, and dont drink alcohol.
If you can aford to go on holiday far away probably all this will disapear even if you smoke there or drink little which will proove to you that itw all psychological.Thats a great profit cause panic disorder develops as we are afraid when the next will happen but also cause we fear some serious disease is there and doctors cant find it.On holidays join a class to study anything.Like painting,cooking or martial arts.anything.especially if you go alone on holidays. Try to be social as much as posible.Avoid staying at home to much.DONT THINK OF NEGATIVE things.When the feeling comes dont get scared ,just take breaths feeling the stomach than the lungs and exert opposite.usually this minnors the symptoms or it even does not let the panic develop at all.if it fails let it travel you.it cant harm you although you feel you are dying.I know its hell on earth what someone feels during an attack.I suffer myself.
WOW, it is so great to have stumbled upon this post. I have been experiencing the same exact symptons now since September 2012. It all started after I attempted to run a 1/2 marathon for the first time. I made it 2 miles before I almost collapsed. I was able to get help and sit on the side of the road and never actually passed out. I got taken to the hospital and was treated for dehydration and then sent on my way. I have seen a plethora of doctors and had every test imaginable- CT Scan, every heart scan, blood tests and an MRI of the brain. Everything came back normal with nothing to worry about. Each MD came back saying that it is all anxiety and I just need to work through it. Going into box stores, overly crowded places, the mall, convention centers etc. is pure he**. Sometimes I am able to cope through it and am able to stay, others I get so overheated and lightheaded I need to immediately leave the store. 95% of the time once I leave the situation I feel a lot better. I REALLY would like to find a way to get back to a normal routine, I used to be super super active but now all I want to do is stay at home where I am most comfortable.
I have these EXACT same symptoms!! Have to pull over because I freak out when I'm driving because I feel like I'm going to pass out!!! It's allllll day long!! Can't go into stores, nothing! I have put things back I really needed because I stood in the line behind 3 ppl and I could feel it coming... So Ieft! In a hurry! Doctors have told me I have severe anxiety disorder and severe panic attacks and they get even worse if I'm tired!!! But I'm not convinced that's what it is... Did u ever get any results from seeing the neurologist?
@ Lil momma, I have the same thing... I cant drive unless I have someone with me because I get dizzy and I cant go into stores alone either. My heart starts pounding and my face gets hot and then I get the dizzy spaced out feeling and I have been to the Dr and they say its anxiety. I had a hard time believing this 2! I have even been to the ER and had test and blood work done and they all say the same thing. I know I have a lot of anxiety but I was thinking maybe I had low iron or my hormones were off but they say its all anxiety! Have you ever heard of the Midwest program? Well I ordered it and I have learned so much from this. I have met a lot of ppl on there web site that have the same things wrong with them. Try going to Midwest Center for stress and anxiety and get on the forum and read. Are you on any meds?
I feel the same before a month ago, any time get engulf with dizziness and feel down, loss my interest in doing any thing. I have going for severe blood test, CT scan, vitamin and calcium check. I was digonise with lack of vitamin D3 with high cholesterol and calcium. In the mean while I did several changes in my life style like eat healthy food with plenty of green vegetable and fruit. The most important thing which I did is to pray to my almighty god and trust over him with positive wives to cure. Now, after having various medication of lack vitamin,calcium, cholesterol with anti anxiety and with high trust in my almighty god in namaaz. I am able to overcome the situation. Now, I have few symptom left with me rest life is normal for me. I know these disease will not sure short medication but Be touch with your almighty GOD and ask for cure by heart, you will see one day you will be back into your normal life. Believe me this is the best way to overcome with the anxiety and depression. Because you are suffering with the same. GOD is Great....
I would really appreciate it if you could let me know what the end results were. I have a been having your EXACT symptoms and it's killing me. Please find the time. MY email is ***@**** (there is a Z at the end of wolveZ)
well i was on demerol for pain of and on for 6 years now,'
but now i have this feeeling that i going to faint i of balance ,my left hand have thingeling in it ,have some cramps in mu left side ,warm feeling thru my body and my tongue gets this strange feeling .i cant sit or stand in one place when i get this feeling i have t o walk or go lie down.
can go no where i realy dont know what else to do
You sound like you may be having some type of seizure. Have they checked you for that? Also I have started having these crazy feelings of passing out as well. I don't have to be doing anything abnormal for these symptoms to come on. I can just be sitting down and this feeling of warmth will come all over me and things seem to start distancing themselves a little bit. Then I panic and my heart races. I even have my mouth to get real dry sometimes when I have these episodes. I have never actually passed out from this but it is a terrible feeling. It scares me because I am alone at home with my 5 year old during the day and I'm afraid something might happen to me while no one else is here and he will be all alone. And driving even a short distance scares me because I'm afraid of killing everyone in the vehicle with me. I have had anxiety/panic attacks since I was a child and I'm 33 now. So I don't know if this is part of my anxiety getting worse or what. I have had ekgs and blood work done but both came back clear and normal. So if anyone can help with information please do.
Happy to find this, I get the same symptoms. First time it happened, I had a little cramp/discomfort in the heart. I feared it could be a little heart attack, I searched for the symptoms and reading about them made me panic (I now believe). Started the lightheaded, off-balance, feeling like I'm gonna pass out. I thought I was really having a heart attack, called 911, got to the ER in ambulance. There I got some EC done and it appeared fine so I got put in a waiting room forever (thanks to a slow but free health system). I left not knowing what I had, but knowing my heart was fine enough for the doctors not to be concerned about it.
I the same symptoms everyone is describing again last night. Went to the ER again, in taxi this time, and patiently waited until I got another EC done, various blood tests, some radiography of the heart. All came out negative (except two more blood tests no related to the heart which I'm waiting results for, due sometime in May).
Like someone else said, I'm happy it doesn't seem to be related to the heart. I'm 33 and the single idea of having heart problems would mess me up. I'm a dude, so I'm not investigating the hormones hypothesis.
So there's anxiety. Could it be? Why not, I'm not immune to that, but I'm not the type of guy worrying about much stuff at all, it's just weird. But anything blood related can indeed create a panic attack in me, so I'm wondering... would I have had this at all if I didn't read about heart attack symptoms in the first place? I was reading about blood flow i the heart and what not, it's very possible that this triggered the first time. But now that I know that my heart is fine, I keep thinking that I'm now actually anxious that the anxious attack will come back... I'm afraid to be in a psycological loop that I can't escape from even if I'm aware of it.
I've had the symptoms all day, have them now as I'm writing this. I do not discard the anxiety possibility, even if it's unlike me to be anxious, I've taken an appointment with a psychologist who is specialized in helping people with anxiety. We'll see how this goes. I feel for all of you who have been feeling these symptoms regularly for years. I hope I can find a way out of it and share my process with you. But perhaps this is naive and today is simply the start of something that will change my life for quite some time. I better get used to it.
So good to read from all of you, seeing how we are all fighting the same battle. We can certainly learn from one another.
I did go see the neurologist and he did a battery of tests. He didn't really find anything pertinent to my issues. ( Just more bills ). I did insist on an MRI and he did. The result was neg. That was a huge relief for me, at least I know I don't have a brain tumor.
Following that I decided I was gonna have to do this alone, because clearly this whole thing is definitely anxiety. I started learning to push thru my day to day activity ignoring my symptoms. I even decided to take a break from reading anything anxiety related, living my life the way it used to be.
That helped a bit, the huge panic attacks subsided, but the anxiety symptoms didn't stop. It was very very difficult walking to target or walmart trying to ignore the floaty off balance feeling, the lightheadeness etc... I just made a conscious decision to shop thru it all. Mentally, It hurts me horribly seeing how other people in the store going around about their business (no biggy)... while for me it's the test of time. It reminds me of how I used to be, and humbles me to appreciate things that I once took for granted - simple task of shopping.
I've had good days and have had bad days. I realized this anxiety thing is not gonna go away. Stress and anxiety go hand in hand, and here on earth we're not immune to it. I'm just learning better way to cope with it. It's a long process and I'm taking it one day at time.
Anxiety attack or ask them to give you a halter monitor. Have you had a heart monitor? Could be that your heart is doing crazy things but it isnt when you are checked. Wear a heart monitor to check. However, if nothing shows then I would begin working on some techniques to lower your anxiety. Anxiety is a crazy thing.....does not mean you are crazy but the symptoms you are feeling ARE REAL!!! there are also vedic astrologers who can look at your horoscope and tell you what health issues you may be having!!! Sometimes trying the unlikely can prove to be worthy!!!
Haven't read all the comments but have you checked you're inner ear. I'm experiencing this now it just started a few weeks ago and I just want to see the world clearly again. I haven't had a lot of tests done due to cost, but I'm going to see and ent specialist soon to see if I have some deep inner ear problem which apparently can cause the lightheadness dizzy vertigo feeling you describe, combine that with anxiety and it's a recipe disaster
I started having similar symptoms 9 years ago, and I am an anxious person. My doctor said it was anxiety, but somehow it just didn't make sense to me because I was really feeling this in stores, or trying to go down an escalator. I finally had a particularly bad dizzy day and ended up seeing a specialist who diagnosed me with Meniere's disease, a disease of the inner ear. I have also experienced extreme vertigo in the form of benign positional vertigo, small crystals in the inner ear.
Fast forward to a couple of months ago, and another bad vertigo spell, which sent me to a physical therapist. She listened to my saga and she thought I had vestibular migraines, which shocked me as I wasn't really a headache person. I was sent on to a neurologist who thinks so,too. The jury is still out with me, whether I have Meniere's or migraines, but a lot of the symptoms are similar.
Bottom line: there are lots of strange subclinical symptoms with an inner ear disorder including anxiety and depression. Feeling like you are "floating" off the road when driving, difficult driving down long curvy roads, trouble in the big stores and warehouse stores, or standing in a crowd of people, or in line. Light sensitivity, noise sensitivity, easily motion sick, things like that. Sometimes I feel like I am in a fog and can barely understand conversations, and it's always when I am feeling off balance.
Try this: stand in a corner (in order to catch yourself). Put one foot in front of the other, heel to toe. Arms down to your side, and close your eyes. If you have trouble standing upright and have to grab on to the walls, you may well have an inner ear disorder.
Anxiety plays a big role in our lives, but it isn't always anxiety that causes our symptoms
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