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UselessSpork

Actually, stupid unexplainable dizzyness/woozyheadedness/blurryvision is part of what started me on this stupid AD journey. my story is all explained in my signature, but i will say my woozyness has been aggravated again by this whole tapering/withdrawal thing. Yeah im still dealing with it... but at least it has never gone back to as bad as it was. So i can kinda relate to having some fun unexplainable woozyness where no test is conclusive! yay!

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iquit

YESSSSSS imac!  I get this!!!  You explained it perfectly too.  I got it A LOT while tapering.  In fact, I think these are my body's version of a brain zap.  I have never gotten the traditional "zap" like some explain, but rather a momentary jolt of vertigo/lightheadedness.  They scare the carp out of me, because I always wonder if it's like a precursor to passing out.  I have never passed out, but I imagine that is what it would maybe feel like right before?  I don't know.  Have you ever had traditional brain zaps?  And if not, do you think these maybe could be it?  Not sure if you still would have zaps this far out though?

 

Lost, you explained it so well too... I can't tell you how many times I have been just standing there, and it's like the earth tilts.  And, I think whoa... I'm going down!  I never do though, just feels like it.

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imac

YESSSSSS imac!  I get this!!!  You explained it perfectly too.  I got it A LOT while tapering.  In fact, I think these are my body's version of a brain zap.  I have never gotten the traditional "zap" like some explain, but rather a momentary jolt of vertigo/lightheadedness.  They scare the carp out of me, because I always wonder if it's like a precursor to passing out.  I have never passed out, but I imagine that is what it would maybe feel like right before?  I don't know.  Have you ever had traditional brain zaps?  And if not, do you think these maybe could be it?  Not sure if you still would have zaps this far out though?

 

Lost, you explained it so well too... I can't tell you how many times I have been just standing there, and it's like the earth tilts.  And, I think whoa... I'm going down!  I never do though, just feels like it.

Ew. This is the kind of dizziness you get too? It's rare for me but lately with the return of this kind of head wave for me, I've been getting episodes of this. Even half of it happening. Feeling like my balance and sight and brain are unstable ( hard to explain) but not quite having the room spinning deal. Yes, I had SEVERE brain zaps for almost 2 years after I stopped taking omega 3's around 18 months off ( for sone reason they never bothered me) Omegas completely warded off my brain zaps. Funnily I woke up one morning with tones of brain zaps again last week. It's been at least 6-8 months since I've had any. Iquit, yes, I've actually been telling someone that it almost feels like this sitting dizzy episode I get is a new kind of brain zap. It almost feels like a slow motion kind. Like my zaps have morphed / mutated into a new version. I am also getting the types of brain zaps when I move my eyes. It almost feels like sometimes when I move my eyes, they stutter. Have you ever touched your tongue to a battery? That's EXACTLY how my brain zaps have always felt. I think these dizzy things feel like I'm going to pass out or fall over though. The zaps never made me feel that way. They just feel like a quick pause. If that makes sense.

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Petunia

I've had the sudden dizzy/lightheaded feelings at times, when sitting down and standing/walking, usually lasting a few seconds.  I've also had days where I've felt dizzy and light headed for hours, usually corresponding with an increase in other symptoms.

 

When I used to travel and would get jetlag, one of my symptoms used to be a sensation that the ground was moving under my feet, like being on a boat.  I've seen the term 'boaty' on a benzo board and was thinking this might be what this sensation is called.

 

I haven't had this boaty kind of dizziness in withdrawal, but I wonder if anyone else here would describe their sensations like being on a moving boat.

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imac

On benzo buddies. It's a great thread. They call it floaty boat. I've certainly felt this too. Like being on a boat and the ground swaying. I like to also describe it like when you are in a car and it's not moving but the lets say another car beside you moves and you get that Wierd feeling like you're moving. It's kind of a floaty boat feeling too.

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dalsaan

That's a key signal to me that I have dropped to much - the floaty boat feeling.  I can really relate to that term because I do get motion sickness and I have described this as motion sickness on dry land - complete with nausea

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iquit

Floaty boat... That's what I have EVERY day. Great way to describe it!

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Vanessa

Had to taper and quit Pristiq in 2.5 weeks because I just found out I'm pregnant. Its been a week and it's been rough. My mood has improved and is more stable, thank goodness. Earlier this week I honestly thought I was going to die. My worse symptoms are dizziness (vertigo), night sweats, poor sleep, and Horrible GERD issues. Trying to do yoga and exercise to keep myself balanced.

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iquit

Congratulations on the pregnancy, Vanessa!  Yes, that all sounds familiar!  Hang in there!!!

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antidepressantsNoMore

dizziness was one of my worst symptoms during my time of w/d. It seemed like it lasted forever. People thought I was going crazy. I thought I had some neurological diease like MS. The dizziness caused major social anxiety and lead to panic attacks. Dizziness was my worst symptom as well. I know how you feel. It suckssss! Hang in there. Take some magnesium to control the nerves. Drink a lot of water.

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iquit

YES antidepressantsNoMore!!! I could have written your post. How long did it last for you?

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antidepressantsNoMore

YES antidepressantsNoMore!!! I could have written your post. How long did it last for you?

 

The dizziness lasted a while, probably 14 months because I stopped a/d cold turkey. I had a lot of weird neurological symptoms. I still have those damn eye floaters but that's about it, no more dizziness.

 

I went to my general physician and talked about w/d and these symptoms I was experiencing, especially the dizziness and the doctor looked at me like I was crazy. I kept going and annoying the doctors because I had so many weird physical symptoms related to w/d and they finally brought in a neurological specialist who examined my optic nerve, which is affected by those who suffer from MS, and is often the first thing to go wrong. It was fine.

 

Both doctors ordered me to take a drug test and thought I was high on pot and being paranoid! I was so angry about it but let it go.

 

YES, w/d cause these symptoms. They can be VERY serious. Hang in there. Try any method or technique which helps you relax as long as it is healthy.

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iquit

Thank you for the reply!  I have actually had a friend with MS tell me I should get tested for MS because of my symptoms.  I think I have had the dizziness on and off for so many years because I basically CT Paxil twice, and then started Lexapro and was on that for years.  I had a VERY slow taper off the Lexapro, but now with nothing in my system, I think my brain is just trying to adjust to the 12 years it had some sort of SSRI in it.

 

I have terrible eye floaters too.  Luckily my SIL is an optometrist and she said it's nothing to worry about.  And, I know EXACTLY what you mean about doctors looking at you like you are nuts.  My doctor referred me to a balance center, but I am hesitant to go.  If this is WD related, I just need to wait it out.

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antidepressantsNoMore

Thank you for the reply!  I have actually had a friend with MS tell me I should get tested for MS because of my symptoms.  I think I have had the dizziness on and off for so many years because I basically CT Paxil twice, and then started Lexapro and was on that for years.  I had a VERY slow taper off the Lexapro, but now with nothing in my system, I think my brain is just trying to adjust to the 12 years it had some sort of SSRI in it.

 

I have terrible eye floaters too.  Luckily my SIL is an optometrist and she said it's nothing to worry about.  And, I know EXACTLY what you mean about doctors looking at you like you are nuts.  My doctor referred me to a balance center, but I am hesitant to go.  If this is WD related, I just need to wait it out.

 

Yeah the eye floaters are a symptom of w/d. I had an eye test done during w/d because I was freaking out so bad that something was wrong with my vision/brain. 

 

My w/d were CT too. I stopped other A/D CT and never had any w/d close to this. However, when I stopped prestiq (SNRI) CT, the w/d were as follows:

 

Brain zaps, followed by extreme anxiety (panic), than tiredness so bad lasting for a year where I couldn't even function, eye floaters, vision changes, insomnia, dizziness, lightheadness, rebound "depression", anger, no self-esteem whatsoever, personality changes /social anxiety and fear. I don't even know how some of you even functioned during w/d. I could barely function for a 2-3 year period of my life. I was a basket case for a while and I hate to admit that especially since I am starting to feel better now.

 

I'll never touch A/D ever again.

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jac84lp

Hello Everyone. I was on 20mg nortriptyline for 6 weeks. I tapered off the drug over a 1 week period due to it's side effects (increased heart rate, muscle spasms and hair loss). It's been 2 weeks since I stopped taking the nortriptyline and I am still having a very rough time dealing with withdrawal symptoms. I constantly have this rocking, swaying motion that I feel in my head and body as though I'm on boat that's bobbing up and down, left and right, forward and backwards. Although this seems similar to vertigo, things around me in the environment are not spinning. I just feel like my mind and head is always rocking ever so slightly with the beating of my heart and with every breath I take. I should note that I had and am still dealing with constant rapid heartbeats throughout the day with heavy and shallow breathing since I stopped taking the drug. This constant rocking motion in my head makes me feel dizzy and nauseated. Has anyone here experienced movement problems during withdrawal? If so, does it go away and how long does it take for it to go away? It's very bothersome. It greatly hinders my concentration and focus. I'd like to hear from anyone who's had this experience. Thanks.

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darktimes

Just reading through this thread gives me a lift this is the one symptom that is the worst for me its just there all the time when i have a window its gone but just comes back again . Still have low white noise feeling in head Also .

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shelby

Did this get better for anyone?

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jac84lp

Hi Shelby. I'm going on 9 weeks of feeling like I'm on a boat that's bobbing and rocking 24/7. So no, my balance has not improved and seems to intensify with anxiety.

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laineyk

I am 5 months off and the symptom that seems to be unrelenting is the almost constant dizziness

 

I am going to start tapering off lorazepam because I feel that it is making everything 100% worse

 

just wanted to hear from other dizzy people and what did they do to cope

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pocketnurse

I have had balance issues whilst withdrawing from escitalopram. I could say dizziness too but for me it has been more a movement sensation almost like someone is swinging me from a rope or I am sitting in a little boat bobbing up and down on the sea.

 

I sometimes have problems driving too particularly if it is a long journey or I am tired. It is like motion sickness like I sometimes can't work out if it's me in the car moving or the road (I obviously know its the car) like an optical illusion. Lots of people have "dizziness" although it is a term used for different things by different people, some feel spinning and some lightheadedness. Try not to worry about it as the anxiety may make it worse. It can be alarming I know but it will pass with time. 

 

Tiredness makes it worse so get plenty of rest and sometimes rapid movement of the head. 

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KimD

I have been off Celexa for 2 months now after a 2.5 month tapering period.   Of course my initial withdrawal symptoms were the awful dizziness, brain zaps, insomnia, anxiety and panic, inappetance etc etc which lasted for 2 weeks or so.  Since then I have had dizziness off and on almost every day, in addition to anxiety, shortness of breath, tremors and just general feelings of "unwellness."  And lastly I'm feeling joyless and like I am living a shell of a life.

I don't have any particular advice for you, but I just wanted to say that I know what you're going through and I empathize!  Out of all my symptoms, the dizziness is the least bearable.  

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laineyk

I made a mistake its 5 months on Oct 2nd

 

each month off I seem to get sicker...and the off balanced feeling is HORRENDOUS

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dalsaan

Mine was like what pocket nurse describes - a kind of motion sickness feeling. When it got bad I took some motion sickness tablets and ginger if I was nauseous. It helped. Does it make you nauseous? Is yours like uneven movement or a real,spinning aroud?

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Petunia

Here is our dizziness topic: Dizziness, vertigo, lightheaded, etc. - Symptoms and self ...

 

There is a lot of discussion, information and suggestions about this symptom already collected in this thread. Please search for existing topics and add to them rather than start new ones. This keeps all the collected wisdom and experiences together in one place and easily accessible through searches.

 

The search function on this site doesn't work very well.  The best way to search this site for specific information  is to use Google. Type in survivingantidepressants.org then the symptom or information you wish to search for.

 

If after searching, you can't find what you're looking for, please start a new topic.

 

Also see What to do for dizziness, queasiness, nausea

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ShortStraw

Anyone having any improvement with the dizziness? Mine seems mild compared to many, I still feel comfortable driving/working (supermarkets are a little challenging though), but if it would just go away things would probably be a lot easier to deal with. It's just so distracting.

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laineyk

First may I ask Short straw, you took Lexapro for 2 days and you think you are in w/d????? I am so confused

 

anyway I must say the WOOZY/ OFF BALANCED/ DIZZY is my worst symptom now. I keep miscalculating how long I have been off this  #$%&  but it will be 5 months Oct 9th  and  this has gotten worse with each passing day it seems.

 

I am finding it hard to do just about anything....

 

I also made a huge decision to taper a very little off my lorazepam and will hold that for awhile in hopes that the dizziness will get somewhat better

 

Whats worrying me is I am becoming afraid to drive or pretty much do anything because of my head feeling all squished and whacked

 

just wanted to read that I am not alone

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laineyk

I am really fried I have not been off the Zoloft for 5 months until Oct.9th!!!!  what the heck?

 

I also tapered .15mg off the lorazepam three days ago...I won't taper anymore until hopefully this dizziness subsides some.

 

waiting on neurologist to make a appt. but at this rate it will be next summer before I get in/ to see him

 

 

head just feels so squishy and whacked....My gosh maybe I should have stayed on the poison

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laineyk

dalsaan, mine is not vertigo (spinning) mine is woozy/off balanced feels like I am on a tilt a whirl...no nausea thank God

 

but by far the worst symptom I have right now

 

afraid I will stumble and fall its so bad

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dreamspirit

So taking antihistamines and anti-viral drugs are bad? I've been taking Zyrtec for years now and I take a anti-viral when needed.

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primekittycat

Dizziness is my number one withdrawal symptom. When I went off last year (pretty much cold turkey by advice of a psychiatrist), the dizziness was sudden and never abated, even when waking up in the morning. :( this went on for over 3 months, couldn't drive to work, etc. I was convinced I had a brain tumor because it also came with bad headaches at night. Neurologist thought it was my anxiety coming back (uhh, I had never been dizzy or had headaches before?) Went back on effexor and felt fine after a couple weeks. As I taper, I get those dizziness symptoms (but not half as bad) for a couple days. I tell myself that I can handle it and I'm not actually going to fall over or anything. Helps to know that nothing is wrong and it is just your body healing.

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laineyk

I just had an MRI this morning because the dizzy /woozy feeling is UNRELENTING. I need to know for sure its not a brain tumor

 

5months off this "CRACK"   and I am still so unbalanced

 

why oh why did I ever take this drug for so many years?

 

 

when will I be well again...well enough to start tapering the lorazepam

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Jlynn

I am worried I am going to be dizzy and swaying for the next two years or more as I go through my taper. If I waited for the dizziness to subside before dropping I am not sure I would get anywhere. It is by far the most irritating symptom I have had with this round of tapering. I have not found anything that works for getting rid of it. We are going on a cruise next month, maybe being on a boat will give me some relief since that is what I feel like on land, 

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laineyk

MRI was clear...I have  had BPPV since my 30's and prior to that bouts of dizziness...so this is not new for me. What is new is that its daily and its never ending now

 

I may have Migraine associated vertigo...seeing neurologist in Nov.

 

I will say though whatever is happening it all became a nightmare once off the Zoloft

 

been crashing ever since.

 

that stuff has really left a dent in my fender (brain)

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primekittycat

MRI was clear...I have  had BPPV since my 30's and prior to that bouts of dizziness...so this is not new for me. What is new is that its daily and its never ending now

 

I may have Migraine associated vertigo...seeing neurologist in Nov.

 

I will say though whatever is happening it all became a nightmare once off the Zoloft

 

been crashing ever since.

 

that stuff has really left a dent in my fender (brain)

 

lainey, so glad it came back clear (like I suspected). the neurologist also at first thought that I had migraine associated vertigo even though I'd never had a migraine before - and can a migraine really last 3 months, and be 24/7? I took the migraine medicine he prescribed once to see if it did anything, and it did nothing. When I told him that I got off Effexor a few months earlier, he immediately blamed it on my anxiety 'coming back'. Nope, it was protracted withdrawal syndrome. I'm not sure if it's too late for you to reinstate something in order to feel normal again. 

 

Since you do have BPPV, have you tried taking meclizine? You can get it OTC as Dramamine. This did nothing for me in withdrawal, but if it's your BPPV it should help.

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Happy2Heal

I don't know what the heck happened but I was suddenly hit with a terrible episode of some kind of dizziness or vertigo and bad nausea

 

I was afraid I was having a stroke. (Ok my aunt just had one so it's kind of on my mind, plus I have a high risk of stroke as I have afib and a history of PE and hypertension)

 

I called the nurse hotline cuz if I go to the ER and it's not a "real" emergency my insurance can refuse to pay

they said that what I was describing was not "emergent"

geez ppl couldn't ya just say it doesn't sound like an emergency? my mind gets so muddled I kept repeating that word, and asking her what she meant, and she just kept saying, it's not emergent

well, thank you very much, miss smarty pants, I'm glad YOU know what that means, but repeating the same word over and over did not explain much to me with my scared and addled brain

smh.

 

I can actually recreate the dizziness by putting my head down, bending it as if I'm going to put my chin on my chest (I dont need to go that far to recreate the sensation)

 

the nausea seems both related and un related, I dont 'get nausea from bending my neck

 

I am trying to sort out, is this a WD symptom or something to do wiht the cervical spinal stenosis?

 

i have had dizzy spells since last Spring that the dr has not been able to diagnose with more than something tentative (she thinks it's vagal, from a sudden drop in blood pressure)

but she never did the testing she said I should have (a 24hr blood pressure monitoring)

 

wow, what a crappy night.

I still feel really awful but in ways I can't even describe

 

I'm glad I do not  appear to be having a stroke but wow, this sucks

I had such a great day, to have a night like this is discouraging

 

 

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