When I walk or stand I feel like something is pulling me down into the floor or someone is pushing me down into the floor. My feet are melting into the floor, the floor moves or bounces, sometimes I feel like I'm swaying. It gets so bad to the point where it becomes dizziness and my brain feels like it's moving around in my head. Like it's shifting. Sometimes I can feel it in my eyes when my brain shifts. Everything around me looks surreal. I feel as if I am actually going to fall.
The other terrifying thing that happens when I walk or stand is i get heart palpitations where it feels like a huge lightning strike has hit my chest and heart area followed by my face flushing hot and sometimes goes all the way to my head. It literally feels like my chest is dropping into the ground. It catches me off guard because it comes completely randomly. And all of this comes in episodes, the issue is recently I have been making myself extremely anxious/nervous by anticipating these things to happen when I walk to the point that when having to walk anywhere outside of my house I have to take Xanax. And I know the anticipation of the dizziness/vertigo/palpitations just makes it that much worse, if not causing it. It's a vicious cycle.
Palpitations didn't start until 2 weeks after lowering from 60 to 50mg cymbalta. Have been off-balance since before starting cymbalta which is why I started it. It only made it worse then after trying to lower it made it much worse. After about 6 weeks I was at 45mg and actually had about a week of no vertigo or palpitations. So I lowered to 40mg, and like clockwork.. 2 weeks later it's back.
I've been on Prozac 20mg for 17 days in order to offset the cymbalta withdrawal. The anxiety from starting Prozac is just making the vertigo, off balance, dizziness, anxiety attacks, headaches, worse. I know once I make it to atleast 4 weeks on Prozac it should start to kick in hopefully. Ever since I started the Prozac 20mg it has definitely make the cycle of anxiety and all of this worse.
Am hoping for some words from someone else who has tried the prozac bridge? Or anyone else who has had any of these awful withdrawal symptoms.. thanks