Written by Trish
I was so confused by what my senses had revealed to me that I started to shake.
The only explanation I could find is that aliens had landed in my backyard.
I needed to lie down before I collapsed.
The next day I awoke I was “floating”.
“Floating” is a sensation you can feel either with your whole body or parts of your body.
What it is not is vertigo or dizziness.
It can be constant or intermittent.
It is triggered.
Who’s talking about it and who’s not
Not a lot of people are talking about it in a clinical sense.
Not overly reassuring in my opinion.
A day in the life of a “floater”
You wonder if you are going crazy.
You think you have some horrific disease that is altering your brain.
You worry about it all the time.
You begin to distrust your body.
You start to become a hypochondriac.
Consulting the professionals
Nothing is wrong with you.
You try psychotherapy, alternative therapy, anti-anxiety medication.
You still have the floating sensation.
You find yourself asking “when will this bad trip end?”
What you can do about it
Get treatment for your anxiety and learn how to manage it.
- work to accept that there is nothing wrong with you–you are just right the way you are;
- work to let go of wanting to put a label on it and to “cure” it;
- try not to get stuck in how unfair it is. See it as an opportunity to learn more about yourself;
- work to accept that this is how things are right now.
Begin to practice the following:
- focusing on the present.
So this is what you need to do right now…
Pledge gratitude to what you will learn: patience, acceptance and compassion.
I’ve compiled stats from the 500+ comments
(Last updated: September 2021)
|Feels like floating in air/buoy in the water/moving up and down/side to side||21.6%|
|Body parts/whole body feel numb||5.0%|
|Tension/pain in areas from upper back to top of head||4.6%|
|Feel as if dying/going to die/have a terminal illness||3.9%|
|Feel disconnected from body||3.9%|
|Goes away for awhile then comes back||3.5%|
|Feel unbalanced when walking||2.8%|
|Feel high and drunk||2.5%|
|Moving head/eyes/neck triggers sensation||2.1%|
|Pressure in head||2.1%|
|Feels like the ground is moving||1.8%|
|Worse when sitting/standing still||1.8%|
|Feels like brain is shifting side to side||1.4%|
|Limbs feel weak||1.4%|
|Moving legs makes me feel the sensation||1.1%|
|Worse after high stress||1.1%|
|Sensation starts a few hours after waking||1.1%|
|Rapid heartbeat/heart palpitations||1.1%|
|Worse when lying down||1.1%|
|Worse after working out||1.1%|
|Head feels like it’s filled with cotton wool||0.7%|
|Scalp is tight||0.7%|
|Visual disturbances / everything looks slanted||0.7%|
|Feels like the bed is moving||0.7%|
|Worse after eating high carb and/or greasy foods||0.7%|
|No control over limbs||0.7%|
|Worse when driving||0.7%|
|Worse with sinus/ear infection||0.7%|
|Hyper-aware of every sensation||0.4%|
|Worse when around mold||0.4%|
|Turn over in bed and feel off-balance||0.4%|
|Sensation is worse when lie on belly||0.4%|
|Only occurs when walking||0.4%|
|Electric shock sensation||0.4%|
|Like a force is pushing||0.4%|
|About to fall off a cliff||0.4%|
|Pulling on hair||0.4%|
|Worse in the morning and early afternoon||0.4%|
|Blood sugar crashing||0.4%|
|Stressful event/high stress in life||10.5%|
|Mal de Debarquement Syndrome (or MdDS)||5.3%|
|Anti-depressants make it worse||3.5%|
|Started when taking anxiety meds||2.6%|
|Travel on an airplane||1.8%|
|Reduced/stopped anxiety meds||1.8%|
|Long term Vitamin B12 deficiency||1.8%|
|Persistent postural-perceptual dizziness||1.8%|
|Candida and mould||0.9%|
|Rapid weight loss||0.9%|
|Electro-magnetic field sensitivity||0.9%|
|Cervical or cervicogenic vertigo /cervical or cervicogenic dizziness||0.9%|
|Minor head injury||0.9%|
|Long term Vitamin D deficiency||0.9%|
|Fluid in middle ear||0.9%|
|Trauma or whiplash to the head||0.9%|
|Long term depression||0.9%|
|Chronic Fatigue Syndrome||0.9%|
|Chronic Fatigue Syndrome||0.9%|
|Depleted immune system due to disease||0.9%|
What Helps to Manage and/or Lessen the Floating Sensation
|Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)||3.4%|
|Eat lots of protein||2.2%|
|Maintain low stress level||2.2%|
|Cutting out foods that you are allergic/intolerant to||2.2%|
|Better when in a car||2.2%|
|Vestibular rehabilitation therapy||2.2%|
|Walk every day||1.1%|
|Wake up by 9-10am at latest||1.1%|
|Therapy to heal trauma||1.1%|
|Avoid recreational drugs||1.1%|
|Positive self talk||1.1%|
|Better in the morning||1.1%|
|Drink a couple of beers||1.1%|
|Better when swimming||1.1%|
|Rocking back and forth||1.1%|
|Homeopathic remedy Phosphorous (consult with a Homeopath before taking)||1.1%|
|Requip (medication/dopaminergic agent)||1.1%|
Possible Cures (reported by 8 commenters only)
|Managed anxiety through therapy and/or psychotropics||4|
|Adjustments by chiropractor||1|
|Gluten free diet||1|
|Medication for disturbance in chemical balance||1|
|Moved out of home with black mould and strengthened depleted immune system||1|
Cartoon credit: Trish Hurtubise
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