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If ears have checked out ok could anxiety make you feel off balance when sitting and standing even when on toliet I take 20mg of celexa (citalopram)?

If ears have checked out ok could anxiety make you feel off balance when sitting and standing even when on toliet I take 20mg of celexa (citalopram)?

Yes: Anxiety can cause nearly any physical symptom. Also it can make you interpret any physical sensation as a serious medical problem. Dizziness/unsteadiness is certainly one of the experiences an anxious person may have -- and can feel more intense because of worrying. Your primary care doc can check your blood pressure for orthostatic changes & during bearing down motions as on toilet. ...Read more

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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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Could anxiety cause balance problem?

Could anxiety cause balance problem?

Anxiety: Possible, if accompanied by other anxiety symptoms & u have no medical problems to attribute to the balance problem. ...Read more

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I have anxiety. Can I get off balance feeling daily from it without actually having an attack?

I have anxiety. Can I get off balance feeling daily from it without actually having an attack?

Anxiety attacks.: Attacks of anxiety and panic can vary in their manifestations, so I wouldn't doubt that this off balance feeling COULD be due to anxiety. This doesn't mean that it IS due to anxiety, but it COULD be due to anxiety. If it persists, get it checked out to be sure. ...Read more

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Can anxiety make u feel off balance or unsteady daily?

Can anxiety make u feel off balance or unsteady daily?

Yes -- Anxiety: Anxiety can make you feel all kinds of things, including dizzy or off balance. It would be a good idea to get a checkup with your family physician, though, to rule out anything else possibly going on at the same time. ...Read more

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Can anxiety make u feel off balance but more in the head?

Can anxiety make u feel off balance but more in the head?

ANXIETY/DIZZY: Absolutely–anxiety often presents with somatic complaints including heart racing or palpitations, shortness of breath, sweatiness, abdominal discomfort, diarrhea and dizziness just to name a few! However, it is best to have this checked out by your physician before to anxiety ...Read more

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Can anxiety make u feel off balance n weird feeling I pass Romberg n everyone says I walk fine?

Can anxiety make u feel off balance n weird feeling I pass Romberg n everyone says I walk fine?

Indirectly, yes.: Anxiety is anticipation of something frightening that isn't imminent. Like fear, it can activate the flight, fight or freeze response which triggers stress hormones. These hormones increase your heart and respiratory rate. If your respiratory rate exceeds your body's need for oxygen, you can experience symptoms of hyperventilation syndrome, some of which you describe in your note. ...Read more

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I've been in bed for a month cause I've been off balance and no dr knows what's wrong. Walking gives me anxiety. Would laying around linger imbalance?

I've been in bed for a month cause I've been off balance and no dr knows what's wrong. Walking gives me anxiety. Would laying around linger imbalance?

Exactly 1 month?: Did you start to feel "off balance" before or after you became bedbound? Lying in bed excessively will cause deconditioning to occur in several different bodily systems including the vestibular or "balance system" so the longer it takes to figure this out the worse your equilibrium could become. Have you seen a neurologist? Are you anxious walking due to fear of falling or passing out? ...Read more

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I have anxiety to the point where I tune out the rest of the world. I also notice I have a balance issue, which adds stress. Could this be serious?

I have anxiety to the point where I tune out the rest of the world. I also notice I have a balance issue, which adds stress. Could this be serious?

See doctor.: Anxiety and balance issues may or may not be related. Anxiety is a very treatable condition and you need to see your doctor, perhaps for referral to a psychiatrist to handle this problem. Balance issues can be related to medications, inner ear problems, blood vessel disease, and other reasons, so your doctor will do a complete neurological examination to see why you are having balance issues. ...Read more

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Why am my constantly being plagued by a variety of symptoms that come and go, resolve in a few weeks e.g. palpations, lightheadedness, balance, anxiety?

Why am my constantly being plagued by a variety of symptoms that come and go, resolve in a few weeks e.g. palpations, lightheadedness, balance, anxiety?

Anticipatory: Anxiety is a sub-type of anxiety disorder. You should have a complete medical exam and blood testing and certainly you need to see a certified psychologist for ongoing CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy). A team approach including physician. therapist and possibly a social worker is a good starting stategy for mental hygiene. ...Read more

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Anxiety makes me feel dizzy/off balance, would an ssri prevent this happening?

Anxiety makes me feel dizzy/off balance, would an ssri prevent this happening?

It's unlikely: Ssri's can help anxiety, but dizziness and loss of balance are more likely a problem outside if depression. Anxiety and loss of balance may be a cardiovascular problem or a lack of good blood flow to the brain. In those cases symptoms of dizziness and loss of balance could occur. If treatment with an ssri relieves the anxiety and the other symptoms also that's the answer. If not consult your dr. ...Read more

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Hit head about 2 days ago and I feel off and have a moderate headache and some anxiety and have been off-balance?

Hit head about 2 days ago and I feel off and have a moderate headache and some anxiety and have been off-balance?

See your doctor: For assessment and reassurance, can be just anxiety, but need to rule out any abnormality, best wishes ...Read more

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Dealt with anxiety for 3 months by stages. First nervous then panic attacks. Now those symptoms gone but feel out of balance. Is this possible?

Yes: Symptoms of anxiety wax and wane, imbalance and dizziness can be signs of anxiety. However, anxiety itself can be secondary to another physical problem. So before a diagnosis is made you need to be evaluated by your physician, if determined that anxiety is the primary problem then you need to see an Anxiety specialist and treatment is effective and available. Good luck and feel better ...Read more

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drs. Say anxiety when symptoms of headache, stiff back an balance trouble ect. Autoimmunne it feels like comes an goes all day an at times severe?

Unclear: Your symptoms are unclear but if you have headache, stiff back and trouble with balance, you need to have a check up as soon as possible. Unlikely to be anxiety. ...Read more

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How would anxiety cause you to be lightheaded a weird type all day for 6 yrs sometimes swaying off balance feeling more symptoms to? Scared about it

How would anxiety cause you to be lightheaded a weird type all day for 6 yrs sometimes swaying off balance feeling more symptoms to? Scared about it

Concerning: I would get an examination from a primary care physician to discern whether or not this is something to be worried about. Most likely okay but your symptoms appear to be prolonged and severe. ...Read more

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Can stress or anxiety cause balance problems?

Consult your doctor.: Stress and anxiety can impact your body's functioning in various ways. It is possible that the difficulty you are experiencing is related to stress levels, however, stress is not the only thing that may account for this. If you have not already done so, I strongly encourage you to speak with your primary care physician about your concerns to rule out any underlying medical issues. ...Read more

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Have meineres anxiety/agorophobia due to this and possibly ptsd. I am always off balance and am fed up, don't want daily pill.

Have meineres anxiety/agorophobia due to this and possibly ptsd. I am always off balance and am fed up, don't want daily pill.

Meniere's disease:: Inner ear disorder causing vertigo (episodes of feeling as if you're spinning). Valium and promethazine may help vertigo and anxiety. Vestibular rehabilitation therapy might improve balance. Psychotherapy re anxiety management strategies may help. A Meniett pulse generator applies pulses of pressure to the ear canal through a ventilation tube. Limit salt and manage stress. Best regards for relief. ...Read more

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Constant off balance and feeling strange in my head kind of dream like. Is this a symptom of anxiety? Have had multiple test ran.

Constant off balance and feeling strange in my head kind of dream like. Is this a symptom of anxiety? Have had multiple test ran.

Possibly: Consider CBT therapy. You can seek one who can help you decide and can help in an appropriate medical referral if needed. Moreover, you can learn skills to manage and avoid anxiety. If you need Rx, it will work better in combo w/ Tx. ...Read more

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Feeling out of balance doctor says it's my anxiety and nothing else. Been tested for everything and all normal. Can anxiety cause this?

Feeling out of balance doctor says it's my anxiety and nothing else. Been tested for everything and all normal. Can anxiety cause this?

It depends...: ...on what you mean by "out of balance." That's like saying you feel "unwell." It's so nonspecific that it offers no clue to a doctor about where the problem is, if anywhere. It can mean anything and nothing. Can you be more specific? Actually, a lot more specific? ...Read more

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Can anxiety make ur head feel real funny kinda weird sometimes like u hit funny bone but in head n can it make vision funny off balance feeling shaky?

Can anxiety make ur head feel real funny kinda weird sometimes like u hit funny bone but in head n can it make vision funny off balance feeling shaky?

Talk;behavior ch: Gen. Anx. Disorder manifests in excessive fear in many circumstances. We all are anxious at times, it can keep us alive, but when it is triggered too easily we may experience panic attacks, i.e., physical symptoms such as pounding heart, sweating, light headed, hard to breathe. Such attacks are self-limiting but frightening. Help is available through a mental health professional. See doctor. ...Read more

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How can someone tell if their symptoms are anxiety related or from a real disease? Example: nausea, dizzy, off balance.

Those sound like: Anxiety. They are possibly present in real diseases, but not likely w/out other symptoms (or less visible signs). This is a loose general rule of thumb - no guarantee - but, if they pass on their own under different conditions - a phone call, a task, an amusing entertainment, etc., they are not likely to be disease. If you can't be relieved by circumstances, give it 1-2 days and call a Dr. Best! ...Read more

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I am post men. An lots of terrible symptoms. Cant take HRT or drugs for anxiety. Balance trouble, headache, back stiffness, help?

It's been awhile: I've noticed your questions for awhile now and I see how difficult it's been for you. Since you can't take the usual meds, I'm really urging you to have a good psych eval and follow up w/ the right talk therapy to learn skills for managing for health and emotional challenges. An eval will point to the best plan for you. Hope it works out well! ...Read more

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What to do if I have recently been diagnosed with anxiety and depression and I'm just wondering if my loss of balance is from either of these?

Get treatment: See a psychotherapist and/psychiatrist for your anxiety and depression. There are very effective treatment for these disorders. As far as your balance, it could be related but not necessarily. Get a physical work up along with therapy to make sure you are taking care everything properly. Best wishes to you. ...Read more

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Need help with anxiety during post menapause. Balance an stiff back muscles ect. Tried everything nothin seems to work estrogen dominant. Help?

Need help with anxiety during post menapause. Balance an stiff back muscles ect. Tried everything nothin seems to work estrogen dominant. Help?

There is a: Condition called involutional melancholia that happens with menopause and this is characterized by depression and can have associated anxiety. Talk to your gynecologist who can refer you to a psychiatrist plus your gynecologist can make sure that HRT may also be needed, if appropriate. ...Read more

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Anxiety is up I guess my heart beating fast can that make u feel weird n like u swaying kinda off balance scared inner or tumor dr say just anxiety?

Anxiety is up I guess my heart beating fast can that make u feel weird n like u swaying kinda off balance scared inner or tumor dr say just anxiety?

Anxiety: Your doctor knows you better than we do and I believe based on what you've reported and your mental health history, you are experiencing an exacerbation of your anxiety disorder and should be seen by your mental health provider. ...Read more

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Blurred/unreal vision. Feels bit off balance at times. Very active at job. Vit d was @5. Anxiety meds & vit d suppl didn't help. What's else is wrong?

Blurred/unreal vision. Feels bit off balance at times. Very active at job. Vit d was @5. Anxiety meds & vit d suppl didn't help. What's else is wrong?

Need to see neuro.: You should see a neurologist first. If everything else is normal your psychiatrist should evaluate you for derealization and depersonalization disorder. Best wishes. ...Read more

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For the past couple days been feeling off balance, pain in temple area. Diangosis in the past anxiety. Normal bp&hemoglobin what are the probable causes?

See a neurologist: Could be something simple, inner ear infection, or even your anxiety. However, in order to rule out anything more serious, check with your primary care dr. Better yet, see a neurologist. Take care. ...Read more

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Anxiety bad switching 100 to 50mg of zoloft (sertraline). Amitriptiline 10mg substitute b/ headaches at 100mg of zoloft (sertraline). What is best balance = to 100 zoloft (sertraline).?

Be careful: This is a mix of a tricyclic antidepressant and a selective serotonin reputable inhibitor. The most important principle is very cautious introduction and very slow escalation in dose. The potential for qtc prolongation is elevated in this scenario and an ekg might be a precaution in dose adjustments. I would be surprised if you need more than 10 mg, 20 mg or 25 mg of amitriptyline. Talk to your md. ...Read more

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Can anxiety causing my tight chest, neck, head, back and shoulders along with off balance feeling and feeling hot?

Can anxiety causing my tight chest, neck, head, back and shoulders along with off balance feeling and feeling hot?

Anxiety shows itself: In may ways. Once can mentally obsess over things that frighten the person or do behaviors to keep danger away, e.g., ritual behaviors, checking and re-checking. Physically there can be heart palpitations, shortness of breath, sweating, sleeplessness, etc. Please go to a mental health professional for support if you think you have an anxiety disorder. See doc first to rule out medical issues. ...Read more

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I've been dizzy/ off balance for the last 7 months, crackling noise in ears, and very bad anxiety. What could be wrong?

I've been dizzy/ off balance for the last 7 months, crackling noise in ears, and very bad anxiety. What could be wrong?

See long answer: Dizziness is a very general symptom. Ear dizziness usually only lasts for a few weeks. It can be symptom of central nervous system or heart or blood vessels or emotional system. You should see doctor. ...Read more