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Dizziness

These are descriptions of how individuals experienced various symptoms during withdrawal. While everyone's withdrawal is unique and symptoms will be different for everyone, it may be useful to know what others went through.

All withdrawal symptoms can be caused by things in addition to withdrawal. If a symptom is persistent or you are worried by it, it is always a good idea to get it checked out by your doctor to ensure nothing else is going on.

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Definition: (n) A reeling sensation -- feeling as if you're about to fall

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What I've Felt:

"You feel as if you have the bed spins from a night out drinking, or as if you've just run a three-mile sprint on a blistering July day, and your body is spinning from dehydration. You feel a bit "motion sick," even at rest, and nauseous as a result. You feel a gentle swaying motion pushing you back and forth, or side to side, giving you a bit of a seasick feeling. You may feel like your body is stable but your head is spun, or that your body is rotating on some hidden axis while your head remains fixed."

"I've had all the permutations of dizziness described above, but the best way to frame it is this: I felt like I was standing atop the globe and that it was careening rapidly through space beneath my feet, which somehow, miraculously, stay anchored. I felt like I was falling, and had to brace off of walls, chairs, desks, tables, and handrails as I made my way through the world." - Matt

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What I've Felt:

I have found this to be a recurrent problem taking a number of different forms. At worst it has been an intense vertigo like experience as I turn over in bed. Mostly it is very short maybe less than a second bouts of just feeling like either I or the world moved. It can also be more generalized just feeling a bit off balance. - Anthea

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My Coping Strategies:

bullet Acceptance
bulletLie on your back and cover your eyes with an eye pillow
bulletRest - don't push yourself too hard

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Disclaimer:  The information contained in this website was not compiled by a doctor or anyone with medical training. The advice contained herein should not be substituted for the advice of a physician who is well-informed in the subject matter discussed. Before making any decisions about your health or treatment you should always confer with your physician and it is always assumed that you will do so.

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Last updated 21 July 2020