the world tilted under me

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redgiant

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Cantonese, Hong Kong
Hello, the background of the following scene is that "I" was shocked when I found out my mother's secret from May.

"I had a million more questions, but May set down the box of crackers and got up slowly, starting to sniffle. Something about my mother had set her off. "I think I'll go out to the wall for a while," she said. And that's how she left me, standing in the kitchen, hot and breathless, the world tilted under me."

Source: The Secret Life of Bees"

I would like to know the meaning of "the world tilted under me". Does it mean "shock"? Thanks~
 
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