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Strange feeling due to virus infection?

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  • Posted By: SkyEnd18
  • May 29, 2008
  • 02:19 PM

Hello, I hope someone here can help me, I really don't know what to do anymore.

First of all, I'm male, 18 years old, never took any drugs or drunk alcohol.

It all started about 6 weeks ago when I came home from school at Friday, I had headache at the back of my head and felt not really well all over.

At first I didn't worried about it and continued with my daily life.

When I woke up on Saturday the headache was gone but I suddenly had a slight earache in the right ear. Well I still didn't worried about it but then when I watched TV that evening I started to feel really strange.

I can't really describe it, everything felt so unreal, as if I'm not fully awake or something...

I thought it might be just because I'm tired or something and went to sleep but it persisted.

The night from Sunday to Monday I woke up at night because I was shivering and sweating. After a while I calmed down and could sleep again.

The feeling was still not gone and I still had a headache at a specific point, at the back of my head slightly at the right side.

I really got worried and went to the doc on Tuesday right before school. Well my doc naturally wasn't there at that time but I took a standard blood test and then went of to school.

The next day I got a call from the hospital which tested my blood and they said everything was fine.

Of course I was happy about this but I still had this strange feeling and the headache now and then.

A few days later my thighs started burning and my feet felt numb.

Needless to say I got worried again and went to the doc the second time, this time I spoke with him and explained my symptoms, well due to my burning thighs he made a reflex test which was ok and said I have most likely have a virus infection and my body would take care of it by itself.
I not really told him about my feeling because I feared that he might send me to hospital, which I totally can't do at the moment since I right before my A-Level Qualification...

Well now I'm sitting here almost 6 weeks later and my feeling still is present, it got better but I still notice it clearly. My other symptoms have worn off to 99%, no headache or whatsover anymore just this very annoying feeling.

To describe it more in detail, I don't have any blackouts, I am aware of my surroundings, can follow a conversation normally, have full control over my body and remember everything, it's just everything seems so far away like everything I'm experiencing is just a dream... Like said it got better by now but it's still very present. Also it seems it's better at night....

Anyone can tell me if such a feeling can be caused by a virus infection, and is there any illness that has such a thing?

It really takes me down mentally and I want to go it away already....

Thanks for help in advance!

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  • I can't really describe it, everything felt so unreal, as if I'm not fully awake or something... I am aware of my surroundings, can follow a conversation normally, have full control over my body and remember everything, it's just everything seems so far away like everything I'm experiencing is just a dream... Like said it got better by now but it's still very present. That sounds like what is called derealisation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derealisation "Derealization (DR) is an alteration in the perception or experience of the external world so that it seems strange or unreal. Other symptoms are feeling as though one's environment is lacking in spontaneity, emotional colouring and depth. It is a dissociative symptom of many conditions, such as psychiatric and neurological disorders, and not a standalone disorder. It is also a transient side effect of acute drug intoxication, sleep deprivation and stress. Depersonalization is a subjective experience of unreality in one's sense of self, while derealization is unreality of the outside world. Depersonalization and derealization are often used interchangeably, although evidence suggests they have distinct neurobiological mechanisms. Chronic derealization may be caused by occipital-temporal dysfunction. Derealization can accompany the neurological conditions of epilepsy, migraine, and mild head injury. There is a similarity between visual hypoemotionality, a reduced emotional response to viewed objects, and derealization. This suggests a disruption of the process by means of which perception becomes emotionally coloured. This qualitative change in the experiencing of perception may lead to the reports of anything viewed being unreal or detached.Derealization can also be caused by vestibular disorders such as labyrinthitis and vestibular neuronitis because the brain is receiving mixed signals from the vestibular nerves due to damage or infection, and so causes the brain to function slower and create feelings of unreality." so yeah it certainally can be connected to your ear ache and headache.....
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks for the answer, taniaaust1!I already found out about Derealization, however I wasn't sure if it really is it.I'm free from physical symptoms now, no headaches or whatsover anymore, however the Derealization is still present after now 8 weeks, although it got a slight bit better.It's definitely not getting worse, so should I visit my doc again anyway or is Derealization something you can't treat with medicaments?Thanks for answers in advance!
    SkyEnd18 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hello, I hope someone here can help me, I really don't know what to do anymore. First of all, I'm male, 18 years old, never took any drugs or drunk alcohol. It all started about 6 weeks ago when I came home from school at Friday, I had headache at the back of my head and felt not really well all over. At first I didn't worried about it and continued with my daily life. When I woke up on Saturday the headache was gone but I suddenly had a slight earache in the right ear. Well I still didn't worried about it but then when I watched TV that evening I started to feel really strange. I can't really describe it, everything felt so unreal, as if I'm not fully awake or something... I thought it might be just because I'm tired or something and went to sleep but it persisted. The night from Sunday to Monday I woke up at night because I was shivering and sweating. After a while I calmed down and could sleep again. The feeling was still not gone and I still had a headache at a specific point, at the back of my head slightly at the right side. I really got worried and went to the doc on Tuesday right before school. Well my doc naturally wasn't there at that time but I took a standard blood test and then went of to school. The next day I got a call from the hospital which tested my blood and they said everything was fine. Of course I was happy about this but I still had this strange feeling and the headache now and then. A few days later my thighs started burning and my feet felt numb. Needless to say I got worried again and went to the doc the second time, this time I spoke with him and explained my symptoms, well due to my burning thighs he made a reflex test which was ok and said I have most likely have a virus infection and my body would take care of it by itself.I not really told him about my feeling because I feared that he might send me to hospital, which I totally can't do at the moment since I right before my A-Level Qualification... Well now I'm sitting here almost 6 weeks later and my feeling still is present, it got better but I still notice it clearly. My other symptoms have worn off to 99%, no headache or whatsover anymore just this very annoying feeling. To describe it more in detail, I don't have any blackouts, I am aware of my surroundings, can follow a conversation normally, have full control over my body and remember everything, it's just everything seems so far away like everything I'm experiencing is just a dream... Like said it got better by now but it's still very present. Also it seems it's better at night.... Anyone can tell me if such a feeling can be caused by a virus infection, and is there any illness that has such a thing? It really takes me down mentally and I want to go it away already.... Thanks for help in advance!;) I have felt this many times. I have had episodes in my teen years and now I am in my fourties. I have had varried intensity. I remember the first time I was 16. I would wake every morning and would pray the far away feeling would be gone. I lasted a few weeks and gradually I felt normal again. I think it is related to allergies somehow. I experience episodes of angioedema and many times it is associated with this far away feeling. I think it is a slight swelling in the brain which causes it. I have slight swelling that travels through my body. Some doctors call it angioedema with unknown cause. Sometimes it is slight swelling in my feet and it feels like I have pads on the bottom of my feet. Sometimes I feel like I feel like I have a cap on my head when the swelling occors. Other times I feel that far away feeling that you describe. I describe it as being in a fish bowel.I have seen a few mental health professionals and they say it is not derealization or any other mental disorder. I was kind on hoping it was at that point because I was constantly looking for a cure. Now I keep my eyes open for a cure or treatment, but I mostly try to learn to get through the bad spells. I am glad it goes away part of the time. I don't know if this helps you, but I hope you feel better soon.joy:)
    joyba1 11 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks for the answer, taniaaust1!I already found out about Derealization, however I wasn't sure if it really is it.I'm free from physical symptoms now, no headaches or whatsover anymore, however the Derealization is still present after now 8 weeks, although it got a slight bit better. It's definitely not getting worse, so should I visit my doc again anyway or is Derealization something you can't treat with medicaments? Thanks for answers in advance! I'd think it would depend on the cause of it... maybe you've still got a slight infection eg in your ears, but just are not getting other symptoms of it?????? I dont have a clue sorry.
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies Flag this Response
  • I had these symptoms as well when I was younger. It lasted years, and it wasn't until I went to college that I was found to have innumerable brain lesions. They're in the right spot to cause the "unreal" feeling I live with daily now, and it's ***l most of the time. Maybe visit another doctor, just in case this is something that is treatable. Don't leave until you get some tests done (maybe a CT scan). My problem has never been diagnosed, in spite of my having seen 7 different specialists (I was referred to each one -- I'm not a wandering hypochondriac :-). It was probably from some sort of infection, but this was only seen as the likely cause after MS, Lyme disease, and other problems were ruled out.Don't freak out, but take this very seriously. Especially because of the ear- and headache. How have your grades been since you had this problem? Have you had any problems in math or science?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 30, 2008
    • 10:01 PM
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  • Hoping you get this reply. I know you wrote this years ago but I am experiencing the same unreal feeling. On and off headaches. Please tell me this got better for you! If it improved, what did you do that helped? This is driving me insane!
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • October 10, 2014
    • 06:40 PM
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