I think there may be some comfort there for you to know what causes your floating sensation. Find a microscope and take a look and prove me wrong. lol god help us. You already knew that because once your nervous system is in fight-or-flight, your “floating” increases. Go and put yourself in the most controllable situation (where you feel you can opt-out any time without feeling embarrassed or punishing yourself for it) right now. I have experienced gory visions of my death, visions of mutilations, every form of hallucination imaginable, delusions, the continuous sense I am dying, visceral sensations like I was on a bad acid trip… I have even had the archtypical experience of demonic possession. I lost many job opportunities because of this dreadful problem. I moved out of my home thinking it would help and it did. Its part of my hubby and my life. Manu, (1) what type of physio exercises did u do(if any pdfs). This rhythmic swaying or rocking sensation. (2) what kind of psychologist/therapy did you do A little girl came out of my closet and walked right up to my bed. How are you trish ?Areyou Still bouncing or floating all the time? © 2011- 2021 Ummm. You climb into bed, get comfortable and cosy, start to feel your brain slowing down … and then suddenly you experience a shocking falling sensation. I started worrying and stopped enjoying life. I wasn’t relaxed at all. Two months after that by taking Imipramine I was get improved but later I have got in situation as you named “Floating Anexiety”. You want to make sure that you are in good health and that the floating is not a symptom of something else. They thought it was my heart at first…. I do relate my floating to having a nervous system that is in hyper-arousal which is aggravated by anxiety, stress and overstimulation (which happens when I get tired). My goal with the bedroom was to make it feel like youre floating on a cloud. https://www.mountsinai.org/about/newsroom/2014/new-treatment-successful-for-rare-and-disabling-movement-disorder-the-mal-de-debarquement-syndrome-mdds I hope you find some answers through your doctors. (3) Name of SSRI’s that you used(4) Did u stop taking SSRI’s Now. Others may have more suggestions on what they’ve tried that has helped them to find relief. More so when he goes for a walk.He did suffer severe trauma and anxiety attacks .He does not have them anymore . For some reason my symptoms just about VANISH in the evening and the closer I get to bedtime, they basically are gone!!! For me, it is because my eyes are what I rely on to verify my reality (i.e. I understand the need to escape from the anxiety. And even now, having this sensation for 6 1/2 years (I an NOT saying it will be that way for you) and having adapted to it, I still want it to stop. Colby, thank you so much for leaving your comment. I immediately wake up. Hi everyone, I’m sorry you all have to deal with this problem. I truly believe the anxiety meds screwed my head up for life. Still healthy and alive. My ears don’t block frequently but they do block and I’ve always attributed that to my jaw tension. I remember having this light feeling before falling asleep quite often, but it never felt like dying. “I looked across at the TV, which I always leave on when I sleep,” she says. I heard for others it’s helping..but gluten is almost everywhere..but in my situation I think nothing will help.. My head gets hard and sometimes I have pain in my head. I never found it helped with the floating/vertigo but I have found that both get worse as I reduce my dose. My floating is tied to the tension in my muscles, especially around my shoulders, neck, jaw and head. I am 22 and have always had an issue with lights – always effected me in a minor way but then I hit the beginning of this year and it has been so intense as it was effecting me at work and when I go to shopping centres etc. I’m like dammit, no, I WON’T let this control me. Mirium this is EXACTLY how mine started, exactly as you described! Around May 2017 it started to subside although I still had anxiety issues and felt out of breath and over whelmed a lot. (I know, just try to keep an open mind). Good luck everyone, I have had exactly the same thing, it is completely relentless. Don’t give up. It’s driving me crazy but it’s always, always much better when I know it’s common anxiety symptom. I have been suffering from this for 3 years. I find that I am no way near as anxious as I was months ago and I am not thinking about the balance being there like I used to. I have a strong sixth sense, am freakishly self aware and have been doing energy work since 1999 so this is all very comfortable to me. I am experiencing this and I thought I was the only one! Mindfulness and/or practicing to observe the thoughts/vision in a detached manner helps A LOT. The typical response I receive when I tell people I’m floating is they think that must be fun… like a good acid trip or something. The plane goes up and down and that feeling doesn’t go away after leaving the plane. This heated waterbed keeps you dry but makes you feel like you’re floating By Jenny McGrath May 9, 2016 If you really want to, you can buy an at-home sensory deprivation tank. I am considering going on klonopin again to help me with my new (and really first) real effort to beat my anxiety since I have gained so much knowledge and resources recently, but my symptoms are often so bad it’s hard to implement my strategies. Thank you Trish and I hope everyone can put their minds at ease. My floating sensation is something very different… a feeling like I am standing on a floating dock, not spinning. I made it through 7 years of madness (which started at the same time as the floating) which was the most grueling and terrifying situation I have ever been through but all this chronic illness (including the floating), it’s almost at the same level of distress. Practicing mindfulness is very important. I’m still reading the comments. Shaman? I had a massive panic attack that night and had to go to the hospital. I was positioned laying on my back exactly like I was on my bed but I was in the air. Acceptance is a powerful thing. Few resist and suppress and dig in quite the way I do. The will send you the test and all you have to do is send it back with your urine. I say I’ve read about that like thousand times but this time is different for some reason. So awful, i know how youre all feeling! What you are feeling about having this sensation is valid. There is no doctor or tablet for these symptoms. Ignore it. my GP does not have the idea of it’s effect on chronic dizziness. Something like that happen to me only once though. I typically will take a few ibuprofen which helps. xoxo. ), it can and does get much less and almost disappears, I have a support network I can turn to for help, and it motivates me to find the best way to live and love life. Yeah, spinning is uber scary especially when you are already hyper vigilant to the sense of floating. Brain works in mysterious ways. I ‘ve been suffering with this past 3 years but lot better after making many life style changes. I have a history with PTSD and I find so much of my trippy experiences are coping mechanisms for when I feel unsafe or triggered. The sensation lasted for about 10 seconds, and because Gerlach, 45, had been prone to bouts of motion sickness in the past, she dismissed the episode. Good luck. If so, I need more of it. I wake up some days feeling as though i never slept. It was weird I tell ya, felt like I floating, yet I was actually moving. I accidentally stumbled across a pdf on Persistent Posturo-Perceptual Dizziness So those who have if for days and not hours need immediate and intense therapy to surface any trauma and work to heal and deal with whatever it was, Trish I wrote a long explanation but the true name for floating is clinically called depersonalization . It takes a lot of hard work and practice. Yes I do, but now I know what to expect and how long it will last. I wasn’t hungry. I have had sleep paralysis many times. I know this might not be the solution to everybody, but i need to stress that our minds do crazy things and that my previous issue of the balance being something possibly physical, had now turned into something that was psychological, leading to anxiety, which kept it there constantly. This is a horrible thing and people around you including Dr’s act like you are crazy. I’m 22 years old and feel like I’m dying soon. Debs. But I was in a position to be okay with that for it was 8 years later and I had learned to accept it. I have terrible anxiety and I was wondering if you ever experienced these symptoms: When I walk, the ground feels like it’s bouncy and uneven like. xoxo. If you need the information contact me. I went to a head and the best doctor in town who did a complete full evaluation and again, strongly suggested this was not physical, and he then lead to this being a pyschological issue. GOD BLESS, Horrible feeling. They subside after a bit. Being in church. The last 2 years it has been very minimal. especially on the left side, its very stiff and sore if I try to move my head especially to the left side. My neck is sore today and I put on an icy-hot patch and will take some motrin in the event my neck is inflamed. Thanks for stopping by and giving us an update, John. It released my sore muscles and really relaxed me. Not only does it happen with one mattress, it happens with them all! Instagram would be a useful hangout. I grabbed my teacher bc I was sure I was about to hit the floor….. they called my boyfriend to come and get me. Nothing has helped me. Hi Trish I can not believe I am not the only one this is happening to. Do you believe it is anxiety that is causing the sensation? You can also subscribe without commenting. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. English is not my native language. This is chronic tension and myofasical pain that has developed as habitual from anticipating that I may experience trauma again in the form of vertigo. I’m following up with them. I am in South Africa, so its like ALOT of money to spend because our rand is so little here. I felt the waves and the water-texture, it feels as if I were floating on a pool; and it doesn't stop even if I try to feel the pillow or the sheets. But I found through accepting it, that I was able to take a step back from it and really learn what triggers it, what makes it better, and the patterns. I went to the emergency room 3 times trying to describe what was going on. The floating sensation or feeling unbalanced is often associated with vertigo or an inner ear infection that can cause imbalance. I have had this floating anxiety for 5 years now. I also started taking a Vitamin B complex with Vitamin C and also fish oil capsules. I suggest that you discuss this with your doctor and get tested. I finally have found myself a job when I’m working I don’t notice it till I walk away, on break when I sit down my body feels awful lots of floating feels like I’m bobbing up and down. I was also eating a lot of greasy doughnuts and a lot of take-out at that time. She is 23 and married with one child. It may be really helpful to have the tests and see specialists that can confirm your good health. This removes most of the anxiety around the sensation for me and doesn’t limit me from what I want to do. Probably it’s the same for other unusual or unknown experiences, if they are bad or nice. – When i walked about it almost felt like my legs were giving way for a split second. The intensity of this tension effects the intensity of my floating and vice versa. I found that flying or boat rides, the up and down, cause floating like the mold does. I do have a couple of suggestions to try if you feel comfortable with it (and only if you feel comfortable)…. It still can be horrific 8 years later. I was stuck with it for a while, it felt like I was living large chunks of my life behind a glass window, free to see everything in great detail but feeling completely detached from it. I know how horrific this feeling can be and how much it can take over your life. Wld love to be rid of it and not think about it at all. It will help take the edge off your fear of dying. It took many months to feel better after that, but the floating went away. These doctors have no idea whats going on. Thank you JB for your comment and offering hope to others. found my favorite swing and swung like the best of them… when I woke the next day.. no floating no spinning… smiling, happy for one month. Yet the spinning didn’t start until I took 10 airplane flights, lived in another country, used the elevator everyday, used the spiral staircase every day. I will also say that I cannot recommend highly enough Bev Aisbett’s book “Living It Up”- it has given me so many useful tools to cope with this. When they looked in my ears they said my ear drums are severely scarred as if they have been popping and have a lot of pressure behind them. I’m sorry I couldn’t be of much more help. This time I am taking a lower dosage and I’m giving it another chance because I’m so determined to get rid of this problem. I guess it is difficult to tell people what your experience is especially if they have no idea about it. Though I do use an advance form of EFT called Matrix Reimprinting which I find much more effective. I am not sure what to say re going on a cruise. – like my body was slightly jolting or moving/swaying/wobbling (worse when i leant forward or was standing up) Currently working on finding the right treatment but it’s so hard. John , Thanks so much Trish for the response. – Another neurologist lady had a stroke, lost the ability to put pixels together to make the world/think, took years to regrow it, wrote My Stroke Of Insight to describe the journey. I’d suggest anyone with this feeling to get their ears checked. The feeling I get feels like I’m floating, on a lift, on a boat, tipsy, or kind of jet lagged. I did not believe this would be the case, as it does feel so much like a physical problem. I had been having this for almost 3 years. There are few things I want to mention if/when you wish to try and put your mind aside and let your body move as it wishes: – find a place where you can be alone and FEEL SAFE. I know what you mean about the high ceilings and looking up. I will add vestibular migraines to my FAQ at the bottom of my post. you have POWER over the feeling, you have power over your mind, acceptance and realization is the first step to recovery. My niece use to take a pill for depression but didn’t’ like the side effects so she switched to weed and swears by it. I have ADD and the extreme anxiety that goes along with it. If not, it was only one step being knocked off the ladder and I’ll be back to finding out how to fix this floating feeling. And I have come through that by working through my traumatic experiences, both little “t” and big “T” trauma as they are all important. I did in the beginning though because the sensation is very disorienting. 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