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Problems With Elevators

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I just recently moved from our home into a condo unit on the 13th floor. I am finding that if I ride the elevator too many times in one day I am starting to get dizzy. Has anyone else had this experience?

Maggie

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I have always had problems in elevators, I think it is one of my earliest symptoms. It is also the location of my first near syncope episode when I was 13.

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I am exaclty the same, from around the age of 12 can remember getting out of a lift, and feeling like the floor and your legs were made of rubber. I am pressuming its lack of oxygen to the brain against the extra problem of gravity the lift is causing.

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I used to avoid elevators because I'd feel so lightheaded. I can't do that anymore though because Stairs seem to bother me now.

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I have problems with elevators too. It has only been in the last 6 months. I avoid them when I can now but its hard because stairs give me really bad tachy. I seem to need to choose between feeling dizzy and unstable or tachy...i tend to choose tachy. It goes away faster. I agree with diamondcut that it has to do with the gravity. The longer (level) I have to be on the elevator the worse it seems to be.

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They make me dizzy, too. I've always hated elevators because of how weird they make me feel. I used to think I just had a weird phobia before I realized that most people don't feel like that when they ride in an elevator.

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Yes, I have issues with elevators! I have to use them at work and it's horrible. Once I step off, I kind of have to stand there and gather my composure before attempting to move and even then, I still feel extremely lightheaded.

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Thank you for all your responses. It took me some time to figure out why I was getting so dizzy when I have never had this before. Here I moved from a big home on 10 acres to downsize to a small condo so I wouldn't have so much to maintain. Now I find I can't leave my small condo too many times in a day or else I have to deal with the dizzy part. I thought I was making such a wise choice and now I face this problem. Oh well hopefully my body will adjust to elevators, I don't think I could walk up 13 flight of stairs although I have looked at the stairwell and thought it over!!!!

Maggie

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Might be a silly question, but...would crouching or sitting while in the elevator help?

I have the same problem and I'm wondering if this would help me too next time?

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I discussed this with my dance instructor and he stated the reason for me getting dizzy he thought was from the force of the elevator going up, which in turns drains the blood from your head faster then normal, thus the dizzy spell. It wouldn't make any difference sitting down, but I was wondering if I layed down in the elevator, that way keeping my body level would that help, but then again do I really want to lay down in the elevator where everyone is walking? I really don't think so, unless maybe I took a mat with me to put under me. Then I thought of what if I met someone getting on the elevator and I'm laying down, how does one explain that? Anyone have any suggestions?

Maggie

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Huh, I never really thought about why that might happen, the gravity thing makes a little sense. What about on the way down though? I've always felt dizzy going both ways.

I know that I wouldn't be able to crouch or sit because standing up would be even worse than the effect of the elevator, but I have found that just sort of slouching/leaning to support myself on the walls helps a little bit. It's my instinct pretty much anytime I start to feel dizzy or faint, but it seems to help keep it from getting too bad, and it's a fairly good place to regain composure so I can actually walk off the elevator.

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Maggie, I've tried sitting many times and your dance instructor is right it doesn't help. It's a little better in that if I'd faint I'm already seated :)

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I'm like Katybug in that elevators, escalators, and sometimes even the stairs will mess with the motion part of my brain. My vision also gets out of whack and I feel like I'm not really "there."

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You can try looking straight up at the ceiling while in an elevator and see if it helps. Some elevators are worse than others for sure!! I helped my brother move in and out of his dorm this summer and that elevator was AWFUL. 3 times going up and down and I felt like I had been on a boat all day long!

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