Ground Slipping sensation

Hi All,

For the past week have been suffering with this extremely unnerving sensation whereby when I am moving from a stationary to a mobile position I get the feeling the ground has just slipped or moved from below me. This has been happening on quite a regular basis over the last week and I am not entirely sure what’s causing it.

There are a multitude of possibilities but nothing that I haven’t done before e.g. weather changes / stressful situations at work / anxiety / heavy weekend etc…

I had this at the very beginning of the illness but it was literally only once and it didn’t happen on a daily basis like it has been. One thing I did do a week ago, which I think is highly unlikely but a possibility… I had a very heavy leg work out in the gym… is it possible that I broke down a lot of muscle and my legs are rebuilding and this has thrown me off somewhat in the process?

I really hate this sensation. I can deal with the rocking and sensation of unsteadiness, but the ground slipping just leaves me feeling like I am going to fall at any given moment…

Hi Richy,

I occasionally experience something like that, but it’s more of a sudden, quick change from the usual rocking or bobbing pattern- kind of like my head is trying to do a quick spin or jerk, but it doesn’t quite get there. Almost like a whoosh and then it’s gone kind of feeling.

Do you have any ear symptoms like tinnitus, a clogged ear sensation or hearing loss?

KL

Hi Kennedy,

Lately I have had quite a few ear symptoms, ear pressure and even ear pain over the last week. I wonder whether its linked… normally I don’t have ear symptoms

I get this a LOT–especially when I am tired. I HATE IT. I’ll lean against something and it will feel like the wall moves away from me or like someone pulls the floor from under me. I get this symptom often–it is probably one of the most commone ones for me. I’ve finally come to recognize it for what it is and to be able to tell myself–aha–I’m tired. Need a bit more sleep tonight if I can get it.

Not a fun one–but not a constant one thank God…

Have you thought about popping into a clinic just to have someone take a peek at your ear? It would be interesting to know if your eardrum is retracted.

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Have you thought about popping into a clinic just to have someone take a peek at your ear? It would be interesting to know if your eardrum is retracted.

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i suppose I could pop to my GP, they have an ENT there. There is certainly something triggering this spike in symptoms. What would make you think the ear drum could be affected? the pain?

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I get this a LOT–especially when I am tired. I HATE IT. I’ll lean against something and it will feel like the wall moves away from me or like someone pulls the floor from under me. I get this symptom often–it is probably one of the most commone ones for me. I’ve finally come to recognize it for what it is and to be able to tell myself–aha–I’m tired. Need a bit more sleep tonight if I can get it.

Not a fun one–but not a constant one thank God…

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Has it ever made you fall Dolf?

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Have you thought about popping into a clinic just to have someone take a peek at your ear? It would be interesting to know if your eardrum is retracted.

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i suppose I could pop to my GP, they have an ENT there. There is certainly something triggering this spike in symptoms. What would make you think the ear drum could be affected? the pain?

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Yes, the pain and ear pressure… Have you recently had a cold, been on an airplane or had environmental allergies?

Close but no. You know those weird body jerks you get right before you fall asleep? I’ve had that reaction once or twice as I’ve “adjusted” to a movement that wasnt really there. Ahem. Embarrassing.

Don’t know whether to laugh or cry… in visually stimulating environments I am walking like a penguin because the ground feels sooo unstable! this is insane!!!

Good Lord–don’t cry :frowning:

This is an episode combined with the Topamax surely? arghhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Richy,

Just a thought: Read the link in Jem’s post below about Tonic Tensor Tympani Syndrome, and see if anything rings a bell for you…

KL

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I had this before the Topa–

don’t know about the ear thing–could be–haven’t read beyond this thread…just sayin–it may or may not be topa related, but for me, it was there before.

After I had appendicitis-surgery in April I had this sensation all the time for a month. Couldnt shower without sitting down because I would fall over. I also couldn’t look out anything but a small window during that time because I got very dizzy from all the visual information literally “rushing” towards me.

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After I had appendicitis-surgery in April I had this sensation all the time for a month. Couldnt shower without sitting down because I would fall over. I also couldn’t look out anything but a small window during that time because I got very dizzy from all the visual information literally “rushing” towards me.

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Hi Mikael,

That is exactly how I feel. In visually stimulating environments I feel extremely unbalanced with a lot of ground slips!

Do you put it down to the stress of the operation?

Hi Richy:
I had a similar sensation. When I walked it felt like I was going to go sliding down and I would struggle to maintain my balance and it felt awkward that I would have to walk so slow and look at the ground. It comes and goes. I now get this sensation like I’m am sinking. I will be walking and out of the blue I feel like I am sinking, it’s really strange.

Katie

I get this too - accompanied by a travelator feeling, like at an airport, suddenly i’ll be walking and feeling like everything is rushing towards me and i’m moving backwards… or vica versa… this does come and go- although it has been solid since my neck injury xx

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After I had appendicitis-surgery in April I had this sensation all the time for a month. Couldnt shower without sitting down because I would fall over. I also couldn’t look out anything but a small window during that time because I got very dizzy from all the visual information literally “rushing” towards me.

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Hi Mikael,

That is exactly how I feel. In visually stimulating environments I feel extremely unbalanced with a lot of ground slips!

Do you put it down to the stress of the operation?

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Yes the operation made me worse. I did recover a bit after the surgery but then ive kept getting worse slowly but steady again so I have little hope left.

so the ground slipping seems to have calmed down a bit but the ground still feels a lot more “spongy / trampoline like / marshmallowy” than it normally does. I am hoping this will go to over the next week or so and i will revert to baseline and just the normal dizziness!

Amazing how much I realise now that I actually miss my baseline and in some ways it was not ‘as bad’ as things can get…