Anxiety symptom or side effect of meds?

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I know that with anxiety it is common to feel unsteady on your feet but mine is so bad that i feel like i'm going to lose my balance and fall over.

In the shop i rarely feel able to let go of my husband's arm, i cannot stand still and concentrate on things on the shelf and i feel very spaced out with it too.

I had thought this was part of my anxiety and worsening agoraphobia but 3 weeks ago my diazepam dose was increased by 2mg per day making a total daily dose of 20mg.

Now i am thinking it might be that increase making mefeel so unbearably unsteady, i have just stood in my own kitchen feeling like it, no other anxiety symtoms at all.

So i was wondering if anyone could explain their own feelings of unsteadiness purely because i am trying to work out if it is the anxiety doing this or the increase in meds.


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    Hi bellaluna

    I have had anxieties to where I have felt unsteady on my feet and part of it is medication to besides the anxieties 

    You should ask your doctor if you can lower your medication to see how you feel 

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      Thank you, i know it can be anxiety but i do suspect the increased dose is part of the problem.

      I will speak to my doctor, reducing needs to be done carefully as diazepam is addictive but i will get some advice from her, i can't cope with feeling so unsteady, it makes me feel more vulnerable than ever.

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    The constant dizziness is what is really getting to me at the moment and I'm on no meds. I feel so spaced out, almost as if I'm walking on sponge, however I seem to be able to balance fine.

    Mine seems to be mores triggered when I'm out, but I get it at home too, I'm beginning to wonder if it's something to do with my inner ear or sinuses because my right ear is always popping and stuffy and a bit painful, do you get anything like that?

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      I do get a lot of ear popping and stuffiness yes, my GP said it was fluid from my sinuses and would disperse naturally but really for that kind of issue i think it requires an ENT doctor because the tests they can do are better than a GP can.

      I have had the dizzy feelings with anxiety before and felt things like the floor is moving slightly but never anything like this with the off balance and unsteadiness.

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