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Feeling drunk/stoned all the time

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 8, 2009
  • 03:16 AM

About 8 months back I fell asleep feeling normal and happy like always. Life was going great. Woke up the next morning and felt spacey and out of it. Thought it would go away but it hasn't. Over the past 8 months it has only gotten worse. There are no episodes of it, it is always there. I've seen at least 10 doctors about this. I used to fly helicopters but have since grounded myself and feel very cautious about even driving now. I have no confidence in anything I do since I am always double checking the things I do. This has literally halted my life completely. I'm losing my mind trying to figure out what this is. I am 22 and have had 0 health problems in the past besides injury from sports. I go to sleep, wake up, and everything is different. At present there are no other symptoms. I feel completely normal except for the feeling like I've had 4 or 5 beers all the time. Please help.

Symptoms:

Feeling "stoned" or drunk 24/7
Loss of balance after closing my eyes
Slowed thinking
Difficulty concentrating
Things being overwhelming "IE trying to read a large amount of text."
Feeling like I'm in a dream
Feeling detached from reality
Not feeling present
Fatigue


Any more information you need or anyone that has had something even remotely close to this please chime in...I'm desperate to get my life back.

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  • About 8 months back I fell asleep feeling normal and happy like always. Life was going great. Woke up the next morning and felt spacey and out of it. Thought it would go away but it hasn't. Over the past 8 months it has only gotten worse. There are no episodes of it, it is always there. I've seen at least 10 doctors about this. I used to fly helicopters but have since grounded myself and feel very cautious about even driving now. I have no confidence in anything I do since I am always double checking the things I do. This has literally halted my life completely. I'm losing my mind trying to figure out what this is. I am 22 and have had 0 health problems in the past besides injury from sports. I go to sleep, wake up, and everything is different. At present there are no other symptoms. I feel completely normal except for the feeling like I've had 4 or 5 beers all the time. Please help.Symptoms:Feeling "stoned" or drunk 24/7Loss of balance after closing my eyesSlowed thinkingDifficulty concentratingThings being overwhelming "IE trying to read a large amount of text."Feeling like I'm in a dreamFeeling detached from realityNot feeling presentFatigueAny more information you need or anyone that has had something even remotely close to this please chime in...I'm desperate to get my life back.I feel this way too..............it's scary and depressing..............let me know when you get if figured out.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 16, 2010
    • 04:55 AM
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  • I feel this way too..............it's scary and depressing..............let me know when you get if figured out.Hi, I have the same problem. I'm sixty years old and this started about 10 years ago. Haven't licked it yet. I went to neurologist who told me that I have pre-migraine. Currently, I'm trying to figure out what the triggers are. There's a site called Joy Bauer's Food cures (www.joybauer.com), and she gives a list of food that are safe, and those that are known triggers. I know from friends with full-blown migraine that migraines are an allergy, but they can also be caused by stress. I think that when your subconscience starts ruminating about your serious problems, your body sends a chemical to sooth the pain to your brain. So, of course the first thing you should do if you can is to remove yourself from the source of stress. Some of us can't do that, including me because it's a money/debt thing so I'll probably have to deal with this for the rest of my life. But I'm trying the food angle too. So far, I haven't found my food trigger, but I'm going to continue to try. Good luck and let's hope someone comes back with a better answer.
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  • About 8 months back I fell asleep feeling normal and happy like always. Life was going great. Woke up the next morning and felt spacey and out of it. Thought it would go away but it hasn't. Over the past 8 months it has only gotten worse. There are no episodes of it, it is always there. I've seen at least 10 doctors about this. I used to fly helicopters but have since grounded myself and feel very cautious about even driving now. I have no confidence in anything I do since I am always double checking the things I do. This has literally halted my life completely. I'm losing my mind trying to figure out what this is. I am 22 and have had 0 health problems in the past besides injury from sports. I go to sleep, wake up, and everything is different. At present there are no other symptoms. I feel completely normal except for the feeling like I've had 4 or 5 beers all the time. Please help.Symptoms:Feeling "stoned" or drunk 24/7Loss of balance after closing my eyesSlowed thinkingDifficulty concentratingThings being overwhelming "IE trying to read a large amount of text."Feeling like I'm in a dreamFeeling detached from realityNot feeling presentFatigueAny more information you need or anyone that has had something even remotely close to this please chime in...I'm desperate to get my life back.Hey man, glad I saw this post because I am feeling the same thing. It's very hard to explain and I've tried to explain to family and doctors but it's complicated. I woke up one morning about 3 years ago the same way. Just really out of it, fatigued, dizzy and feeling like I'm drunk. The scary part is it never went away, it was just consistent everyday and I've learned to live with it. My worst fear is that it's depression or some kind of mental health issue because physically I'm fine. I had to give up lifting weights though because I just can't deal with the excess fatigue you get from lifting.
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  • Hi I've been having this problem for the last 8 years. I'm really relieved to know that it's not only me who is experiencing this.I'm 21 now. I had my first migraine when I was 11. I had about !0 migraines since then but have not had them for the last few years. When I was 13 I started experiencing this 'drunk' feeling after any strenuous physical activity. Very soon I started to feel this all the time. I was extremely worried. I met various doctors but they all recommended me to meet a psychiatrist who was of no help at all. I learnt to live with this . But my studies are getting harder and it is impossible to ignore this felling. It's really depressing. I'm also very lethargic and my stamina is very poor. And, as the first post states, reading large articles is extremely difficult. My studies is suffering. I find it almost impossible to concentrate. I don't remember the last time I read a novel or even a short story.Everything feels unreal. I fell like I'm dreaming. I engage in almost no physical or mental activity. I feel like I'm losing my mind.I would be grateful if anyone could at least diagnose this condition.Thank You.
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  • I have the same thing. Some guy on a post said that he went through this for four years until his doctor put him on add or adhf medication. I told my doc about this and he was like no, this isnt possible. Are any of u on add adhd medication and still experiencing this? Let me know.
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  • I had this feeling for years, that is off and on, would last a day to maybe 3or4 days, I started memerizing everything i did before an episode came on, turns out it came after doing alot of dusting/changing the filters in the vents or dryer, and in the spring being outside, turns out I am highly allergic to dust mites, scored a 4plus on a scale of 1 to 5, also a 4 with rye grass, get to an allergist and see if this is your problem, now I have my husband change the vacum cleaner, the vents, rarely do i have a problem, its such a weird feeling, i always explined it like bricks in my head! Good Luck
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  • I have had the same symptoms and have been diagnosed with Uncompensated Labyrinthitis which is a malfunction of your inner ear system. Took me 7 months to get diagnosed as I have felt drunk, dreamy, unreal for over a year now. An ENT may be a person that could be of service to you. Let me know if you want to know anything else. This is a good site and saved my life probably because my condition was very frustrating.....http://www.labyrinthitis.org.uk/page3.htm-shawn
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  • I am 32 and experienced a similar situation when I was 17, Everything was fine in my life and I woke up one day but the world seemed different. I felt detached from my family and the world and just didn't feel myself. It was very scary especially feeling disconnected from my family whom I love. I was still able to function and be "normal" but I developed anxiety n panic attacks from it. I went to tons of doctors and they introduced me to the book "anxiety disease" I am not sure if this will help you but that book was something I could relate to. My advice to you is to accept the new you and fight to control your unreal feelings by positive thinking and support from your family. It will get better IF u continue to be strong. I do occasionally take anti anxiety meds only when i ha ve anxiety and I don't recommend it everyday but I believe it will help. Sorry you are going through this be strong and things will slowly get better!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 17, 2011
    • 04:40 AM
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  • I'm dealing with the same symptoms that came on suddenly. My doc is checking me for a mold toxicity - its actually very common. Also, make sure you rule out Lyme disease, because it can cause that those symptoms as well.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 18, 2011
    • 01:28 AM
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  • I am 32 and experienced a similar situation when I was 17, Everything was fine in my life and I woke up one day but the world seemed different. I felt detached from my family and the world and just didn't feel myself. It was very scary especially feeling disconnected from my family whom I love. I felt weak and just out of it. I was still able to function and be "normal" but I developed anxiety n panic attacks from it. I went to tons of doctors and they introduced me to the book "anxiety disease" I am not sure if this will help you but that book was something I could relate to. My advice to you is to accept the new you and fight to control your unreal feelings by positive thinking and support from your family. It will get better IF u continue to be strong. I do occasionally take anti anxiety meds only when i ha ve anxiety and I don't recommend it everyday but I believe it will help. Sorry you are going through this be strong and things will slowly get better!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 18, 2011
    • 03:31 AM
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  • o.k. so i am not the only one :) i actually quit smoking 2 months ago (yay me!) and was thinking that it may be withdraws. but instead of going away this crazy feeling is getting worse and lasting longer...i feel like i have dementia or something. I feel stoned, look stoned, feel like i have shot 3 shots of wiskey and wonder if i am walking strange..I am not feeling like i have an inner ear issue it feels like it is all inside my head. and i am super forgetful when i am carrying on conversation...i bet people think i am a stoner :cool: even though i havent touched that stuff since highschool. but anywho, i am thinking i will have my ears,nose,throat checked out and then that allergy test...i am thinking allergies..but i have no stuffiness and no drainage..i also do not feel safe driving. I feel like i have taken some kind of medication..so weird.:confused:
    onegurl 1 Replies
    • August 26, 2012
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  • About 8 months back I fell asleep feeling normal and happy like always. Life was going great. Woke up the next morning and felt spacey and out of it. Thought it would go away but it hasn't. Over the past 8 months it has only gotten worse. There are no episodes of it, it is always there. I've seen at least 10 doctors about this. I used to fly helicopters but have since grounded myself and feel very cautious about even driving now. I have no confidence in anything I do since I am always double checking the things I do. This has literally halted my life completely. I'm losing my mind trying to figure out what this is. I am 22 and have had 0 health problems in the past besides injury from sports. I go to sleep, wake up, and everything is different. At present there are no other symptoms. I feel completely normal except for the feeling like I've had 4 or 5 beers all the time. Please help.Symptoms:Feeling "stoned" or drunk 24/7Loss of balance after closing my eyesSlowed thinkingDifficulty concentratingThings being overwhelming "IE trying to read a large amount of text."Feeling like I'm in a dreamFeeling detached from realityNot feeling presentFatigueAny more information you need or anyone that has had something even remotely close to this please chime in...I'm desperate to get my life back.I can tell you EXACTLY what you have...You have depression. I know it is hard for some to accept that they have depression or try to convince themselves otherwise because people think depression is based off ones negative outlook on life or that it's their "Own ability to control their emotions" which isn't true...Depression can effect ANYONE and ANYTIME in their life, it does not discriminate. You can be a hard worker, have everything going for you, and a good out look on life and you can still fall prey to depression...It has NOTHING to do with how you perceive life, it should be treated just as a knee scrap should be treated...It isn't the persons fault, it is just genetics and has a TRUE physical impact on your brain activity...Believe me, you have depression 100%...EVERY SINGLE symptom you mentioned is a symptom of depression....And most of the other people that replied most likely have depression as well...Depression doesn't last forever...But the first step is understanding that is what you have...Then you can treat it and move on..Good luck...
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  • Consider the idea you may all have depersonalization disorder. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depersonalization_disorder http://strangerinthemirror.com/
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • February 1, 2014
    • 04:51 AM
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  • I can second all of you on this condition, I've had it for just over a year now and have seen ENT's, neurologists, Neuro surgeons and done all the bloods, CT and MRI scans but have seen no diagnosis from anyone.
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • February 15, 2014
    • 01:22 AM
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  • I have been dealing with this as well I recommend getting your vitamin b12 and d checked as well as talking to your doctor about depersonalization and derealization. Doctors thought I had vertigo and viral labyrinthitis but the ENT said I was very healthy and did not have either one. I had an MRI of my head nothing showed MS or anything. I had also got a A and A blood test to cross out lupus or any viral or auto immune disorders. The only thing out of whack was my B12 and vitamin D level.
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  • Im actually glad that I can relate to everything you have wrote. Every single bulletpoint is describing me perfectly. It's so horrible. For me it actually started during a day, I was 12 (18 now) and it suddenly hit me whilst on my P.E lesson. I thought I was gonna be ill cause it was one of those feelings you get just before you get a flu or something. There we go, Im suffering from it for 6 years and have no idea how to get out. I notice it less by keeping my mind occupied.
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  • I went through this for almost a year. I had head aches, felt drunk like I couldn't think straight, I felt off balance and so on. I diagnosed myself by doing intense online research. It turns out I had Candida. Look into this and go on a cleansing diet if you have the symptoms. Too much sugar in your diet causes this and many go undiagnosed for years. I was from what I thought a healthy 24 year old until you realize everything in America has loads of sugar in it.
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  • I'm having all the sympthoms I've been to like 10 doctors nobody knows what I have. I feel like in a dream, fuzzy screen all the time I can't enjoy nothing at all, can't concentrate or retain information. I'm a medic school student and I have to start thinking about changing career because I can't do medic school like this any more. To read an article is very hard to read anything, my neck it's rigid sometimes, I got some white spots in my tongue but doctors say my tongue it's normal, and it's n
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  • Same feeling from a bout 1 month ago i had an IRM for my head and checkeed my b12 level everything was foood well if im not gonna have my live back im gonna shot my slef anybody help me please
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  • I have all of theses symptoms also. I do notice when I don't take my allergy meds it gets worse. I also find the sugar thing fascinating bc we (as Americans ) consume waaaay too much sugar. They say 6 grams of added sugar a day is all we should have. I drink that much in my morning coffee. ***l, a candy bar has 39 grams. I know my hazy feeling is def allergy related and I do suffer from migraines if it don't take my allergy pills. I'm am going to try cutting back on sugar now too.
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