IrishMonkey92

Rocking/Swaying/Boat/Dizziness

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I have to ask, and it scares me, the fact I can't find many topics on these symptoms of this forum. 

I see plenty of Benzo withdrawal people with these symptoms. However I know only of one thread started by Squirrel, which has just died in terms of activity. Squirrel has vanished also - does anyone know what happened to them? 

I'm looking reassurance that people with anti-depressant withdrawal (protracted) do experience this symptom of mine that I've had going on 13 months now. 

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I experienced this for a couple months, like I drank a fifth of whiskey. It seemed to stop randomly, I forget how long ago though.

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Hi irishmonkey,

What symptoms are you referring to?

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According to the scientific literature, dizziness and vertigo are the most common withdrawal symptoms.

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I'd like to know if others are experiencing this as well. I'm going on a year of dizziness and now 5 months of rocking /swaying /boat feeling

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I've had these symptoms for 8 months so far.

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I'm so sorry to hear this. I have an appointment with a vestibular specialist next week, but I am thinking about cancelling. I think its going to be pointless, and the bill is going to cost me at the very least 1k with my insurance :( Im so sick of this crap, but I also truly believe this isn't going to be forever. 

 

Sometimes I just get so scared, like I think what if it gets worse, what if this never ends? But then I realize that there is a chance of it going away forever, and getting a little better each day. 

 

I often wonder if this is even withdrawal, but this came on 2-3 weeks after quitting celexa, and I did not have these issues before it. I suffered bppv while pregnant, and right before the dizziness came on, but I know what that feels like, and it goes away after 2 weeks with epley. This is different. I feel the pressure and congestion in my ears, and like Im on a boat. 

 

Are your ears congested at all Aelius? 

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I'm so sorry to hear this. I have an appointment with a vestibular specialist next week, but I am thinking about cancelling. I think its going to be pointless, and the bill is going to cost me at the very least 1k with my insurance :( Im so sick of this crap, but I also truly believe this isn't going to be forever. 

 

Sometimes I just get so scared, like I think what if it gets worse, what if this never ends? But then I realize that there is a chance of it going away forever, and getting a little better each day. 

 

I often wonder if this is even withdrawl, but this came on 2-3 weeks after quitting celexa, and I did not have these issues before it. I suffered bppv while pregnant, and right before the dizziness came on, but I know what that feels like, and it goes away after 2 weeks with epley. This is different. I feel the pressure and congestion in my ears, and like Im on a boat. 

 

Are your ears congested at all Aelius? 

 

Hi Kalinia,

 

I described my dizziness symptoms and how it started in IrishMonkey`s introduction. I`d like to add that worsening of the symptoms began after abrupt withdrawal of Venlafaxine. I also never had this issue before pills. In the past I had BPPV twice. That was something completely different. It happened in the bed and took a while. It went away in a few days after I did epley manuevers.

I don`t feel any pressure in my ears and my hearing is good. Only after taking Mirtazapine I hear a weird noise in my ears. I`m considering a visit at ear specialist`s, though.

I`m also wondering if this is a withdrawal symptom or it`s a psychogenic dizziness. As my psychotherapist says, I can`t do anything about it in boths cases. There is no special cure for it. Only time will show. In the meantime we must not focus our attention on it and feed our fears. It`s easier said than done especially when it`s been taking so long and it`s life ruining but it`s a simple truth.

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Thank you for writing that. It truly makes sense, and is a wonderful way to think. I often imagine, if I didnt have the anxiety, would this still rule me as it does? Anxiety makes things a million times worse! I wish you nothing but a lifetime of healing , happiness and getting better and better each day! All the best! :) 

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Thanks for your wishes, Kalinia. I'm not good at coping with this kind of dizziness. Actually I think about it most of the time. I had it regardless of anxiety. Now I'm in a withdrawal and my anxiety is still strong.

How long have you had this dizziness? Sad thing is nobody knows when and if it disappears. I still have fear it will be forever.

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I know, it is really hard to deal with :( I find that if I shake my foot or leg while sitting still, it helps me not notice it as much, since my body is in motion as well as my mind. I have had it for a year now. It started as general dizziness and ear pressure after a bppv attack  in February of last year. This was also 2 weeks after quitting celexa.  In october I had a severe moment of anxiety, and on came the in motion, on a boat, swaying in a pool on a raft feeling. 

 

I feel that since we did not have this before the medication, that we just have to heal. Its not going to be forever. We will get through this. Have you though about trying vestibular rehab? I hear that can help with dizziness. I am considering trying that. Its just hard to believe this cant be withdrawl related since I have never had ear pressure or dizziness until a few weeks after stopping celexa. 

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I'd like to know if others are experiencing this as well. I'm going on a year of dizziness and now 5 months of rocking /swaying /boat feeling

How soon after you stopped Citalopram/Celexa did this symptom start - did it happen sudden;y out of the blue, or did you take a panic attack which brought it on, like me? Are you any better? Has the sensation changed at all?

 

Does anything make you better, or do certain situations or times make you feel worse? I do feel better in the morning, then it starts getting bad around 12pm. 

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It happened about 3 weeks after stopping celexa. I had a Bppv attack and then general dizziness and progression of ears becoming super congested.

 

I honestly am not sure if I'm any better or if I've just become a little more used to it. I hate the new rocking boat sensation though. That has only been since October after several days of a ton of stress.

 

Mine is consistent. I notice it when I'm still. I don't notice it much when I'm in motion. Some periods of time definitely worse than others.. And then some days where it's way more manageable

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I think that vestibular rehabilitation is worth trying. My cousin who`s been on ADs for 17 years has mild balance issues from time to time. She do excercise to intentionally improve her balance.

Kalinia, have you seen any doctor due to your balance issues? Your problems sound like a true vertigo.

BPPV and panic attack can trigger psychogenic dizziness. I was originaly positive for vestibular test.

When I think things can`t be any worse, I developed tinnitus in my left ear. Really amazing!

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I had this pretty badly and didn't go to the doctor because I put it down to withdrawal. Turns out that I had an ear infection in one ear and a bunch of hardened wax in the other. I had antibiotics & my ears syringed and it sorted the dizziness.

 

I still get that dull, plugged ear sensation from time to time.

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Well I just went to a vestibular specialist yesterday. What a waste of $1200. Several hours of tests that sucked! Induced dizziness. Saw the Dr for about 6 minutes after. All tests can back normal ( I still have to get an mri but Dr says pretty much guarantee it will be normal.)

 

So in that time period this specialist who is supposed to be THE dizzy Dr to see, told me that he has no idea what is wrong with me. Said he sees patients all the time who are like me but has no idea what's causing it. He told me to take. Klonopin twice a day! He said don't read about klonopin online to just take it! And take more if I need it. That I won't get addicted and will be totally fine on that small of a dose. Oh and I have options! If that isnt adequate I get to try zoloft and then if that isn't adequate I get to try celexa again! ( because my body may simply need it)

 

Ugh.

 

As soon as he offered klonopin I was done listening. My husband was there too. He Is also suffering terribly since quitting celexa a year ago. We both just looked at each other defeated.

 

I asked him if he thinks this could. Be Withdrawl. He said good question but he's never seen WD last this long.

 

Overall I'm glad I don't have any of the big Issues those tests can find, but I'm also very upset I paid so much to simply be offered drugs.

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Wow, $1200 flushed down to the toilet! It took several hours? What tests did they do? I spent around 30 minutes at specialist neurologist`s. Luckily in our country it`s covered by health insurance.

OMG, I`m not suprised he suggested Klonopin! It`s a vestibular supressant and strong anxiliotic. It`s simply nonsence you won`t get addicted. My psychiatrist told me I couldn`t be addicted to 0.5mg and it wasn`t true. Did the doctor tell you what to do when Klonopin stops working (when you hit the tolerance)? I bet he didn`t. I`m pretty sure if I hadn`t taken Clonazepam, I wouldn`t have balance issues today. I`ll never take it again, I don`t want to risk memory impairment and dementia when I`m old.

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I had to wear goggles and spin in a chair in a dark chamber thing. Then some rotational position testing.. Then balloons in my ears filled with cold and hot water (ugh) and an extensive hearing test.

 

Sadly the 1200 is after my insurance! Crazy huh? And I still need an mri! Ugh.

 

Nope he just said take it and stop whenever I want! Crazy!

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I haven`t been through such a sophisticated testing.

Ha ha, stop it whenever you want! Addiction to Clonazepam can occur after two weeks of regular use. I was tempted to take it to find out if my balance issues go away. I told my psychotherapist that if it doesn`t dissapear till the end of this year I will take it again because I don`t want to live with dizziness. He replied I wouldn`t do any help to myself. He also thinks that I`ll be doing better off all medication.

Anyways, it`s good all the tests showed up negative and I wish there will be nothing on MRI.

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I'm really sorry you are struggling. This is such a hard thing to cope with. I recently took up ddp yoga and it is helping a lot with mental stability. I find keeping active helps take my mind off of the dizziness. Of course if I'm in a bad wave then nothing really helps besides time.

 

Yah it's crazy how he thinks these pills are Oh so safe! What a joke. It makes me really sad thinking of all the people who go to him and end up addicted to these pills and suffer.

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I had the dizziness, sea legs feelings for about three or four months last summer / fall. It only got better when I started practicing meditation, to calm down my overactive mind. I truly believe that, as well as some other pesky symptoms I had were actually attributed to anxiety. Without the Paxil in my system after 14 years, my anxiety was a constant undercurrent. I'm glad to say I no longer have thiseeling, I know how scary and frustrating those symptoms are.

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