I don't know where to direct this to but I thought I'd see if anyone here has a clue what my condition might be.
I have had 6 occurences of an attack which lasts averagely a few hours. There is usually a warning before the attack which feels like pressure on my left temporal area and makes me feel unfamiliar with walking and sometimes talking, as well as a general sense of "wrongness" in my thinking: this can last a number of hours. This process speeds up and leads to a compulsive thinking which is inexorable, lasting maybe 30 mins to 1 hour.
The next stage is a fast cycle of visual agnosia, visual hallucinations, complete loss of thought and loss of speech. These symptoms "rotate" in my mind so that I can look at something one second and know it and talk about it, and then a few seconds later i cannot talk about or even recognise the object in front of me; the hallucinations appear randomly. Well the cycle usually speeds up enough to knock me out, or slows down enough so that I can sleep.
Sleep has always cured the symptoms, and, as I found out today, even a small amount of sleep will stop them developing any further. The triggers for these events are notably sleep deprivation, alcohol abuse (even as much as 5 pints), and cannabis (only tried this once since the attacks started).
One more thing to consider, if you will, is that the attacks have started since 2001, but i have had 2 in the last 3 months, and would have had one today if I hadn't have slept when I did.
All ideas would be much appreciated. I had an EEG scan today which apparently shows no physiological damage, so epilepsy is probably not the cause.