Hello everyone. Every night before bed I feel like I'm rocking in a boat and very spacey. It prevents me from sleeping cos I will almost jolt myself up to prevent myself from "dying". I dunno what it could be. I'm so scared I'm going to see a doctor tomorrow. Hopefully I'll be diagnosed with something. I'm just so tired of feeling so anxious and out of control.
Dont want to disappoint you, but its NOT your soul travelling. Its classic Anxiety. It is unpleasant, but certainly nothing to worry about and 10000000000% you will not die. Make you a deal if you die I will give you my car!!!!!
Tell your doctor, they will reassure you its a bit of anxiety and it will pass as quick as it came.
Anxiety has and never will kill you, its unpleasant. Keep moving, keep busy, sing out loud, dance anything to take your mind off it and it will pass. Its only sticking around because you are thinking about it and giving it the time of day.
Speak you doctor, get the reassurance you need, then move on. Hope that help, I think everyone on this site has been there.
Hi there. All the symptoms you describe are what I had when I first had panic attacks. Sometimes I was certain I would fall out of bed or off a chair as I felt so spaced out / rocking. It is the constant adrenaline racing round your body that is causing this plus the numbness in feet/hands ( this is known as tingling in the extremities and when panic is very strong can be felt in the nose and face too ).
Hopefully once your doctor has confirmed it is anxiety disorder you will be able to accept you are not about to die and that you can and will get better. Also if you doctor recommends temporary medication to help you in the early stages don't dismiss it as obviously it's better to go without medication but mine was so severe I needed that extra help and was glad I listened took my doctor and not my friends advice.
Read up as much as you can about panic disorder and learn who to breathe properly , this will lower your anxiety level and ease the symptoms .
It is not easy but with determination and patience it will get easier. Don't give up when you have a set back which you probably will as the fight is definatley worth it to start to feel good again.
Lots of luck to you
Hi there! Thank you for your detailed message! I've actually been dealing with anxiety and panic disorder for the past 3-4 years now. 2012 and 2013 I was virtually anxiety free. But since August I've been feeling so anxious, suffering from all kinds of symptoms. I've been to all kinds of doctors and healers etc etc. They've all helped in their own way, except this very strange floaty, drunk, falling, on a boat feeling. It makes falling asleep so difficult. I just want it to go away. I'm going to my GP tomorrow and hopefully she can figure somethibg out, maybe there's somethibg wrong with my ears. I've completely changed my lifestyle cos of my anxiety, I've stopped smoking, drinking, eating wheat, eating red meat cos they all triggered me in some way. But thank you so much for your support. It means so much to me that there are people out there willing to listen and help. ❤️
I have the same things happen and so glad I'm starting to get it all under control, but I still have the feeling of being off balance, it's like when my eyes kind of shift a little as if a feeling of shaking side to side, but it happens in my head instead. It feels like I may fall but I don't. It all started with fluid and a ringing in my left ear last April. Looking back I wish I would not have panicked so much that it may be a brain tumor, the worst parts came after and it's all from worry. After the brain MRI was clear, I was relieved, but still had high anxiety and found I suddenly had to get my heart rate under control. I was constantly checking because it was I high all the time! Im assuming this was from the anxiety of the health scare. I was feeling depressed a, then the dizziness came and now a feeling of not being able to breathe that started in August, I feel something in my throat, but nothing there this is almost constant. I have had nearly every test more than one and only thing any Dr can come up with is anxiety. I also now enveloped cfs..I started taking natural supplements and dynamic greens, so I hope OCR time this will help. Good luck to you! Praying for answers and healing!!
Thank you so much! I went to see a homeopath and he has given me a remedy for shock which he thinks is causing my anxiety. I've gone through lots of stressful traumatic events over the last couple of years, and I probably haven't been dealing with it properly. So im going to take this remedy and start going for therapy again. I hope everyone who suffers from anxiety can sort it out! Love and light x
I have had lots of really stressful events too, along with having 3 teenagers, which doesn't help the level of stress and worry go down very easily. Good luck to you! I have a question, has anyone had chronic breathing issues, even when things seem calm? I had my lungs, heart n oxygen checked back in September n everything was ok except my spirometry test was a little low, Dr said it wasn't too bad but probably just from being a former smoker, my oxygen was at 100%. He didn't seem to think heart or lung issues. But, why am I having breathing issues even on greats, happy stressless days? I feel they're missing something. Or maybe it's because I'm focused on it. I know when worried about my heart rate, it went up, now I rarely think about it and it's regulated. I know thoughts control a lot. I just choose to trust Jesus, that's all I can do.
I just recently had a similar situation about 3 hrs ago and I want to tell you that your not alone at all. I am a 25 yr old man with a pretty good bill of health yet I always feel like my days are numbered. Im a very anxious person myself and for the last yr or so I have been dealing with moderate anxiety starting with my first panic attack last summer. Prior to my panic attack, I was fired from my job, and my girlfriend who was pregnant at the time miscarried. Stress levels were raising yet I always maintained my mental stability strongly through it all. I was always able to surpress my emotions, especially in public or around family and friends yet deep down I was begining to feel bad about myself. I felt as if nothing was going right in my life and that I was hopeless.
One day last summer I was over a friends house and I was all alone. She had gone to work and left me at her apartment. It was there where it all hit me at once like a speeding train. I was being visited by all the negative thoughts and I first started feeling my heart begin to race. before long I started to fear that I was having a heart attack and then came the inpending doom and all the classic panic attack symptoms. This eventually subsided but during this bout, I thought for sure I was dying. This has happend to me a few times after that also with the worse case being in late November when I was slipped an LSD laced candy chew. This sent my anxiety spiralling out of control as well as my mental stabilty. I totally lost focus and felt as though I had in fact died. I had to be hospitalized to calm me down and since then thing's have been really hazy. I was attacked by a Pitbull in December as well and was hospitalized for about 2 weeks. While in the hospital I was mostly always sedated therefore I couldnt feel the head pain I feel now adays. I did however, begin to have strange dreams.
When I was released from the hospital, I was instructed to take Zoloft to help with my anxiety. This only made me feel like a zombie, with zero emotion. I would also have a really hard time getting to sleep. It would feel like I was falling backwards. I would hear a sizzling sound as well and my heart would ache. Often, I would jolt awake when I finally did fall asleep and it was very distressing. I was feeling like nothing was working and that I was going crazy. These feelings slowly began to subside but about a few weeks ago they started to present themselves again, stronger than before. (I would also like to make note that I stopped taking the Zoloft so that could possibly be the reason).
Which finally brings me to the topic of discussion.Sorry if I talked you to all to death with my backstory . Anyway, yesterday I woke up at about 8am for a dentist appt. I was prompt and on time and was out of there by 10am. It was a really warm, bright sunny summer day and from the looks of things, I was on the start to a good day. I took a bike ride through the park and did a little shopping also then headed back home. I arrived at home at about 12:30pm. When I got home I layed across my bed to relax and ended up falling asleep. I woke up to a missed phone call at about 6:30pm. I tried going back to sleep but was wide awake. I knew then that I would have trouble sleeping later on that night and I was right. I tried to get back to sleep through out the night but nothing was working. I tried to watch a movie until I fell asleep and even listened to music. Nothing worked. Finally I fell asleep but due to a random phonecall I was jolted awake at 3:30am this morning. I talked to the person on the phone for about 5 mins, trying to get them off the phone. This didnt work however and what I thought would be a 5 min convo would become an hr long. I finally ended the call at 4:45am and tried to go back to sleep. Once again I was wide awake, only this time I was feeling heavy headed. It felt as though I had on a football helmet and this tension only began to get worse as time progressed. I tossed and turned but I could not fall asleep to save my life. I remembered I had a few Percusset pills left over from the dog attack so I took one in hopes that it would calm my head tension and possibly put me to sleep. about 30mins later I began to feel it working. I was losing the tension feeling and starting to get sleepy. As I fell asleep I noticed that my whole body was going numb however and I started to freak out. It felt as though I was paralyzed. I couldnt even talk. I was afraid that my heart wasnt beating also. I fell asleep finally at 6am only to be jolted yet again after a strange dream where I was hearing multiple voices and feeling as if my soul was being sucked out from my body. And here I am. Sluggish and sleepy yet afraid to go back to sleep. This clearly isnt new to me yet I am afraid of what I am becoming. I just wanted you to know that you arent alone on this. I am currently seeking all the help I could get on this situation and I hope you find help as well Katrinkels.
You dont need to be scared, its a classic sign of anxiety
I developed anxiety when i was 14, one night i went to bed and it felt like i was on a boat rocking from side to side, or the floor was falling away from me.
I still have these feelings, after years and years of medicine, CBT, but i can control it.
And so can you, you dont need to be scared- it wont and cant hurt you.
You can use it to become stronger, face up to it and dont let it bring you down anymore. The feelings of "im losing my mind" "i have no control" are so normal, you dont need to worry. Just keep your head up, stay strong and you will get over this
Hi everyone. I have had panic attacks I'm the past but 8 have never felt like I have for the past few weeks and it seems to get worse and worse. I started with dizziness which the docs say is vertigo. Then came the chest pains and heartburn, feeling of doom as if I am dying, lump in my throat (however there is actually a lump in my throat that I can feel with my fingers), stomach pains, back pains, tingling sensations, feelings of falling sensations over my entire body, sweating, and of course I don't get much sleep and unfortunately my boyfriend doesn't either as I spend most nights up crying thinking I am going to die. I have been to so many doctors and each one says something different. I don't know what to believe or what to even do anymore. I am terrified that something will happen to me and I will leave my 2 sons without their mom and my youngest without either parent as his father passed this past December one week before Christmas of a heart attack at age 42. That intensifies my anxiety because he was just so young. All I do is pray and pray for the Lord to help me through. Does anyone have any suggestions on any specific doctors or therapist or anything? I have been under an extreme amount of stress lately and I know that is probably why I am so bad right now but it's ruining my life and I don't know what to do. Thanks for taking the time to read and please if you have any suggestions I am willing to consider any and all possibilities to help myself get better.
Reading these messages has helped me so much I have suffered with anxiety and panic attacks for about 4 years and know the symptoms you all describe so well. This afternoon I had an attack and started searching the wb for answers and find this site just reading that there are other people who know what I am going through calmed me down. My partner is amazing but it is hard for h
Him to understand what it is like. It's just so scary sometimes and I am always scared it is going to be something worse and that I might die. I have good months and then just get hit with it bad and it can last for weeks just want to feel normal again I miss it. I think this website will help it's amazing how much u can get from reading there are people who know.
Im sorry i dont even know if im writing in a right place...im having a worst fricking feeling ever ...i feel like im loosing my mind and my chest is hurting and i dont wanna die...but how to stop this scary ass feeling...hard to breath...4th day its not ending..had a low blood pressure then high,then normal but feel light headed,weak and scared all week how to stooopppp it....oh my god...
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First of all definitely see your doctor about this issue.
To me this is EXACTLY what happens to me prior to lucid dreaming and many thousands of other people prior to falling asleep/ lucid dream.
When you slowly start to fall asleep your brain will put your body in a state of sleep paralysis, usually this accurs right after your consciousness has switched from awake state to sleep state but with some people it will accur prior, like myself. It does this so when you are dreaming of say running, your real body doesn't actually get up and start running until you hit a wall.
Hopefully you aren't diagnosed with anything, but of course your doctor will be more than happy to throw zanax down your throat.
I've had this since I was a kid, the feeling will start off feeling like I am rocking back and forth and my vision will start to darken, then eventually my hands and feet will start to tingle and eventually go numb, at this point it always scared the hell out of me and I would have to force my self as hard as I could to snap out.
Years later I had an encredible lucid dream that absolutely blew my mind, after doing research and reading forums I realized what had been hapenning to me all of these years. My case and I believe your case is a bit rare, but my body would simply fall asleep before my mind makes the switch to sleep mode and the effects are very real and scary.
So since then I've utilized this rarity to help induce lucid dreams, which works 8/10 times. It took a bit of time to get over the fear of "dying" and all of the other effects including hypnagogic hallucinations that accur just before falling asleep, but the result is a state of dreaming while still awake, which has been one of the most exciting experiences I've ever had. Of course taking zanax will make it almost impossible to experience the amazing lucid dream.
Hey. I've had similar extreme feelings like this as well. I write now because last night I was jolted awake (from sleep) feeling like my soul was being sucked out of my body. I was floating and confused. I took a deep breath and realized I was sleeping on my back, which is not normal for me. So I turned over on my stomach and fell back asleep.
I think I do not breathe as well on my back, I have woken up gasping for air as if I stopped breathing for a good minute. Maybe a type of sleep apnea. This creates adrenaline and anxiety as well. Just another thing to add to the list.
What I feel helps with all of the anxiety attacks is thinking about what brought me there, and it is usually the thoughts about death. The fear of dying. So, in order to lessen my anxiety for good I am learning to be okay with the thought of dying. It is hard,
I do not want it to happen, being a 26 year old who enjoys her life, but there is also a 100% chance that I am going to die, as with everyone else, and this sureness stresses me the most.
Sometimes I've even feared that If I learn to be okay with dying that right when I accept it, in that moment I will die. Which produces another panic attack and sends me into a tornado of fear and confusion. I think I'm confused because I am in fact, not dying.
I have not died yet and I have experienced many many times where my mind actually believed I was dead. Being alive, that is the biggest fear one could have.
So, I learn to have faith(Strength, courage and hope) that my automatic body functions, like the beating of my heart, are strong and will do there job well into my 80s. Learning to have faith in something, whether it is science, God or the universe helps you trust yourself. Learning to be brave when thinking about dying helps you learn how to actually live.
It is no easy task learning to accept the concept of death but I know people who are brave when thinking of the thought and they seem more free than I could ever be. So I try, I try every day to be brave and to accept the unknown for I understand all my anxiety comes from the fear of death.
Thought this might help someone. Examine your thoughts and face your fears, know that they are just thoughts, do not judge yourself for thinking them, just accept them and question why or how you can change your future thought processes to one of bravery and strength.
Be consistent and do not give up, it takes a lot of consistency to change thought patterns and in order create new leading neuronal pathways. Dig that pathway of health, strength, faith, positivity and you will feel more free.
Good luck to all.