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Living in a Dream-like State

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 1, 2009
  • 06:07 AM

For the past 8 years or so, I've been suffering from what I can say is the single worst health problem I've ever come across. Every second, of every day, I feel like I'm not completely awake. It's feels like - during the process of waking up, my mind just stopped halfway and I'm stuck in this weird, half-awake, half-asleep state of mind. It affects my ability to concentrate, my comprehension, and most importantly, my ability to enjoy life. And it never fades or lightens up. Some of the simplest tasks become frustratingly difficult to perform. Music has even started to lose it's power to move me!! I'm not sure if this is called Brain Fog or Derealization or possibly something else altogether, but I want it to end now!

I've also got many more symptoms that I believe are linked to my brain symptoms:

"Bounding Pulse" - Especially after eating! Multiple times a day I can feel, hear and see my pulse in my neck and upper sides of my head.

Adult Acne - This seems to flare up after eating really high carb/sugar foods.

Male Breast Enlargement - This is not only weird, but completely embarrassing. Hormonal problems perhaps?

Chronic Constant Bloating

Tachycardia

Shortness of breath

Palpitations - Especially after ingesting caffeine.

Dry eyes - Also after eating lots of foods.

What's your take on all of this?

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  • since this is exactly what i have (without the breast enlargement, if your a dude that's worrisome) i'd say get to a sleep doctor asap. im getting a sleep study done and they find out what's wrong, you get like 10 different things measured.
    mr. moore 30 Replies Flag this Response
  • I personally doubt if your acne and palpitations (after drinking coffee) are at all linked to your brain issues. Coffees just a stimulant so does give many people palpitations after it. Acne with certain foods is common, you even say yourself it comes on after you eat certain things. The fact you are worrying about every little symptom you have even ones which wouldnt be linked at all.. shows you do have another symptom you havent listed... anxiety. Taccycardia (racing heart) and Shortness of breath may be actually being caused by your anxiety. Anxiety can actually make every thing appear worst to you. Are you in the normal healthy weight range? i wonder if you are overweight?.. this can cause breast enlargement. If you are overweight.. loosing weight may fix that issue. Certain drugs may cause breast enlargement (so if you are on meds, check that it isnt a side effect). How old are you?? breast enlargement can happen in teen males "pubescent gynecomastia" but will usually end up settling down once a male is out of this stage......... I wonder if you are currently on any drugs which could be causing your brain symptom as a side effect?? eg anti-depressant etc . Are you on any?
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies Flag this Response
  • I personally doubt if your acne and palpitations (after drinking coffee) are at all linked to your brain issues. Coffees just a stimulant so does give many people palpitations after it. Acne with certain foods is common, you even say yourself it comes on after you eat certain things. The fact you are worrying about every little symptom you have even ones which wouldnt be linked at all.. shows you do have another symptom you havent listed... anxiety. Taccycardia (racing heart) and Shortness of breath may be actually being caused by your anxiety. Anxiety can actually make every thing appear worst to you. Are you in the normal healthy weight range? i wonder if you are overweight?.. this can cause breast enlargement. If you are overweight.. loosing weight may fix that issue. Certain drugs may cause breast enlargement (so if you are on meds, check that it isnt a side effect). How old are you?? breast enlargement can happen in teen males "pubescent gynecomastia" but will usually end up settling down once a male is out of this stage......... I wonder if you are currently on any drugs which could be causing your brain symptom as a side effect?? eg anti-depressant etc . Are you on any? I am in a normal weight range, I'm currently 19 years of age and I'm not on any medication. I guess I may be connecting dots that don't exist, but those symptoms I mentioned have been getting progressively worse over the years. Anxiety may be a contributer, but most of the time I do not get stressed-out. It wasn't like this before.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I completely agree with Mr. Moore. I think you need a sleep study done. That could definitely explain all the cognition problems, but bad sleep can also knock everything out of balance so to speak and be the reason for all your other symptoms.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I'm not a doctor, not an amateur Dr House, just hazarding a guess here. You never know, it may be helpful.Hyperinsulinaemia (also sometimes spelled hyperinsulinemia) can have some of the symptoms that you describe. You can have it even if you are not overweight. In very very simple terms, it can be almost like the opposite of diabetes, where your body has very low blood sugar because you are producing too much insulin in response to food intake. Some of your symptoms seem to intensify after eating, so this may be worth considering. Remember that insulin is a hormone, and a very powerful one.Easy enough to work out if this may be you - try just eating very low GI foods for a few days (meat, eggs, dairy, vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower, apples). See if things level out, if the "hormonal" effects lighten up at all.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Sleep may be a contributer, but I think whatever is causing this goes beyond that. Currently I am thinking that it is somewhere in the diabetes/insulin realm like the previous poster stated. My grandmother has diabetes so I suppose there's a good chance I am correct. Symptoms attributed to hypoglycemia seem to fit my state of being relatively well.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • spazz, some of your symptoms sounds like they are related to you diet and digestive problems. Acne, bloating, gas, brain fog, racing heart can all be associated with poor digestion and resulting toxicity. What is your diet like? Do you eat fruits and vegetables or refined foods and fast food meals? Do you drink diet sodas or other products with artificial sweeteners and preservatives? Aspartame (aka Nutrasweet or Equal) can cause many of the problems you described like rapid heart beat, brain fog, depression, acne, trouble concentrating, etc. It also interacts with medications and preservatives like nitrates to form especially toxic cancer causing toxins.Are you taking any medications including OTC types?Are there any environmental factors where you live or work - like mold, fresh paint or new carpet, or insecticides that your body maybe having a hard time with?I've had some similiar symptoms and have to watch what I eat and what fumes I am around. I had very bad health problems from drinking diet cokes (containing aspartame) and unfortunetaly no doctor ever told me that was the cause of my symptoms - I had to find out for myself. Eating citrus fruits in the morning and drinking a tea with Senna leaf (like Smooth Move tea) in the evening will improve bowel movements and can help with the digestive issues. Eating salads a couple times a day and taking probiatics should also help.
    aebigsky 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi spazz, I have nearly the exact same symptoms. I am male, aged 36. For about 11 years now, I have been in that kind of "sleep" state. From the second I wake up to the second I go to sleep, I feel like I'm not fully awake, and that I have that tired glazed look all the time. It's only recently that I think I know what it is that's causing it. These past 16 months have been the worst, and I thought that it was my heart that was causing me to nearly pass out, as I was getting extremely light headed, and my heart would start to beat 1 beat every 2 seconds. This could be brought on by light exersion. My other symtoms included breathlessness, balance problems, poor memory, headaches, dryness around eyes, bloated feeling, and more flatulance than is normal. The breathlessness can happen even when I laugh, and sometimes when I'm talking a lot. I have had loads of tests done, such as x-rays, blood tests for diabetes, B12 deficiency, thyroid, sugar levels, allergy test for pollen, dust mites, etc, and even tests for carbon monoxide poisoning. Have also been checked for asthma and even spent 4 days in hospital when it was thought that it could be my heart. There are more test that I had done, but my memory is affected and I cannot remember the other test. The doctors still could not figure out what was causing my symtoms. I joined this forum and posted my symtoms when I thought it could be a B12 deficiency, and someone replied saying that it could be sleep apnea that could be the cause. I read up on this and the NHS website says that you can start to experience sleep apnea if you increase body weight by as little as 10%. I was never overweight, but I did gain 3 stone over the past 3 years, so that is maybe why my symptoms got increasingly worse. I have lost 1 stone, but so far it is not helping much. The reason I think it is sleep apnea, is that for years, my nose gets nearly completely blocked when I lie down, and I therefore have to breathe through my mouth. I also know that I snore quite a bit. Well, I decided to try something to see if it would make a difference. What I did was, that just before bed I would spray Sinex up my nose, put on those nose strips, and put Vicks Vaporub on my neck and chest. The next morning when I woke I was amazed that my nose was still perfectly clear, and I awoke feeling relaxed and fresh. For the first time in 11 years I had a great sleep and the "sleep" state was gone. I felt fully awake. My eyes weren't glazed over, and everthing seemed clear and crisp. Colours seemed vibrant, and I was ready to start the day. The lightheadedness and breathlessness were nearly completely gone as well. Unfortunetely this only lasted for just over 4 days, as the Sinex stopped working and began making things worse. I had to stop using Sinex as overuse is bad for your nose. From the 5th day, my "sleep" state was back, along with the lightheadedness and breathlessness. My doctor has since prescribed 3 different steroid sprays, none of which have had any affect. I was referred the the ENT clinic where they checked my nose, but just my luck, they found nothing wrong. This was good, but it doesn't help solve my problem. The Consultant (along with my doctor) said that it wouldn't be sleep apnea as that only occurs when you are extremely overweight. Well that kind of contradicts what it says on the NHS website. I used to be 10st 4/8lbs since I was about 18, and in the past 3 years gained 3st. Now that is more than a 10% increase. I am trying to get down to about 11st 5lbs which I think for my build and height is a healthy weight. I am 5' 11". So, where I'm at now is, the ENT consultant has said that I would need to try the steroid spray again, as it can take up to 3 months for some people before they notice it working. Now, I'm a bit sceptical about this, but I'm going to give it a go anyway. I have also thought about trying those mouth pieces that bring your lower jaw forward slightly to increase the airflow at the back of your throat, but I'll wait and see how the spray works for a month or so before I try them. Well, I think I have remebered everything.:) Sorry for the long post, but I hope this may give you some help with your situation.
    bazman 8 Replies Flag this Response
  • @bigsky: My diet is pretty much what you would expect of someone my age. I do eat plenty of good foods, but when I'm out with my friends I do give into bad food as much as anyone. @bazman: Thanks for the info. I'll have to look into some of that.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 16, 2009
    • 00:18 AM
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  • For the past 8 years or so, I've been suffering from what I can say is the single worst health problem I've ever come across. Every second, of every day, I feel like I'm not completely awake. It's feels like - during the process of waking up, my mind just stopped halfway and I'm stuck in this weird, half-awake, half-asleep state of mind. It affects my ability to concentrate, my comprehension, and most importantly, my ability to enjoy life. And it never fades or lightens up. Some of the simplest tasks become frustratingly difficult to perform. Music has even started to lose it's power to move me!! I'm not sure if this is called Brain Fog or Derealization or possibly something else altogether, but I want it to end now! I've also got many more symptoms that I believe are linked to my brain symptoms:"Bounding Pulse" - Especially after eating! Multiple times a day I can feel, hear and see my pulse in my neck and upper sides of my head.Adult Acne - This seems to flare up after eating really high carb/sugar foods.Male Breast Enlargement - This is not only weird, but completely embarrassing. Hormonal problems perhaps?Chronic Constant Bloating Tachycardia Shortness of breathPalpitations - Especially after ingesting caffeine. Dry eyes - Also after eating lots of foods.What's your take on all of this?[/QUOTE LOL I get this too!Here is what it is, you have undigested food that the bacteria and fungus are eating and giving of boos and toxins no joke!They give off alcohol!By drinking coffee it raises you stomach acid very quickly and then lowers it really low for the next few days, bacteria will build up in your small intestines and give off this brain fog without that acid in your stomach. You can combat this by not drinking anything with coffee or caffinee in it, your stomach acid will return to normal in about three days and kill off the bacteria. Eating meats and veggies and fruits will keep the fermentation low in you gut and you will have less alcohol going to your brain. Grains like wheat barley rice make great beer, same with your gut lol. The scd diet explains a lot about the brain fog **** just google it.Your brain fog has everything to do with digestion. Also drinking coffee will give you less quality of sleep which gives bad digestion which helps the brain fog.Tons of acid in the stomach is key! If you get heartburn you have low acid not high.Autistic people have some of the worst digestion in the world and they have brain fog all the time because all those undigested protines like cassine and wheat go strait to there brain. Dont eat all day just drink water and watch how clear your mind is at the end of the day only, it will be foggy at lunch but start to clear up by about 6 or 7, if that happens its proof your digestion if slow as ****.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 26, 2009
    • 08:15 AM
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  • Oh my god....aside from most of the side effects I have the exact same problem! I'm only 16 and it has been going on for 3 years now....It is completely horrible, time feels like nothing, years feel like weeks when you look back....Yet at the exact day your at, weeks feel like years, nothing seems real at all...I have the shortness of breath and heart racing too....I never thought anyone else had it because everyone i have asked just looked at me weird....What in the world is this? I refuse to see a psychiatrist because all they will do is just stick your name on a page in a book without really caring what your problem might be....
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  • Hey whatsup, im 17 years old and ive been suffering from this same thing for about 2 years. my ability to enjoy life has gone down alot, it feels like days just pass by and i think to myself 'where has these 2 years gone?' the answer is that nowhere. because its hard for me to get anything done in the long run like this. my school suffers and so does my socialness. Anyone still found any solution?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 26, 2011
    • 05:21 PM
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  • Im 19 and I'm also in this foggy, dreamlike state... it's hard to convince myself im awake.. but I don't have any of the other symptoms that have been mentioned... I've only been like this for about a year though so maybe the others will come with time. I tried the anticandida diet- no dairy, gluten, sugar, starch, or root vegetables and it didn't help. I rested up for my 6 week break and ruled out sleep deprivation and stress... Has anyone found a cure yet?
    PeanutGallery 3 Replies
    • January 29, 2013
    • 05:40 AM
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  • Hi I'm 19 and I'm dealing with the same foggy, dreamlike state... it's hard to convince myself I'm awake. But I don't have any of the other symptoms that were mentioned. I've only had it for about a year though so maybe they will come with time. I tried the anticandida diet: No dairy, gluten, sugar, or starch, but it didn't help. I rested up during my 6-week break and ruled out sleep deprivation and stress. Definitely not dehydration. I just got a check up and they told me I was the "picture of health." Has anyone found a cure? Or even what it is?
    PeanutGallery 3 Replies
    • January 29, 2013
    • 05:51 AM
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  • Hi I'm 19 and I'm dealing with the same foggy, dreamlike state... it's hard to convince myself I'm awake. But I don't have any of the other symptoms that were mentioned. I've only had it for about a year though so maybe they will come with time. I tried the anticandida diet: No dairy, gluten, sugar, or starch, but it didn't help. I rested up during my 6-week break and ruled out sleep deprivation and stress. Definitely not dehydration. I just got a check up and they told me I was the "picture of health." Has anyone found a cure? Or even what it is?
    PeanutGallery 3 Replies
    • January 29, 2013
    • 06:11 AM
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  • Hi spazz, I have nearly the exact same symptoms. I am male, aged 36. For about 11 years now, I have been in that kind of "sleep" state. From the second I wake up to the second I go to sleep, I feel like I'm not fully awake, and that I have that tired glazed look all the time. It's only recently that I think I know what it is that's causing it. These past 16 months have been the worst, and I thought that it was my heart that was causing me to nearly pass out, as I was getting extremely light headed, and my heart would start to beat 1 beat every 2 seconds. This could be brought on by light exersion. My other symtoms included breathlessness, balance problems, poor memory, headaches, dryness around eyes, bloated feeling, and more flatulance than is normal. The breathlessness can happen even when I laugh, and sometimes when I'm talking a lot. I have had loads of tests done, such as x-rays, blood tests for diabetes, B12 deficiency, thyroid, sugar levels, allergy test for pollen, dust mites, etc, and even tests for carbon monoxide poisoning. Have also been checked for asthma and even spent 4 days in hospital when it was thought that it could be my heart. There are more test that I had done, but my memory is affected and I cannot remember the other test. The doctors still could not figure out what was causing my symtoms. I joined this forum and posted my symtoms when I thought it could be a B12 deficiency, and someone replied saying that it could be sleep apnea that could be the cause. I read up on this and the NHS website says that you can start to experience sleep apnea if you increase body weight by as little as 10%. I was never overweight, but I did gain 3 stone over the past 3 years, so that is maybe why my symptoms got increasingly worse. I have lost 1 stone, but so far it is not helping much. The reason I think it is sleep apnea, is that for years, my nose gets nearly completely blocked when I lie down, and I therefore have to breathe through my mouth. I also know that I snore quite a bit. Well, I decided to try something to see if it would make a difference. What I did was, that just before bed I would spray Sinex up my nose, put on those nose strips, and put Vicks Vaporub on my neck and chest. The next morning when I woke I was amazed that my nose was still perfectly clear, and I awoke feeling relaxed and fresh. For the first time in 11 years I had a great sleep and the "sleep" state was gone. I felt fully awake. My eyes weren't glazed over, and everthing seemed clear and crisp. Colours seemed vibrant, and I was ready to start the day. The lightheadedness and breathlessness were nearly completely gone as well. Unfortunetely this only lasted for just over 4 days, as the Sinex stopped working and began making things worse. I had to stop using Sinex as overuse is bad for your nose. From the 5th day, my "sleep" state was back, along with the lightheadedness and breathlessness. My doctor has since prescribed 3 different steroid sprays, none of which have had any affect. I was referred the the ENT clinic where they checked my nose, but just my luck, they found nothing wrong. This was good, but it doesn't help solve my problem. The Consultant (along with my doctor) said that it wouldn't be sleep apnea as that only occurs when you are extremely overweight. Well that kind of contradicts what it says on the NHS website. I used to be 10st 4/8lbs since I was about 18, and in the past 3 years gained 3st. Now that is more than a 10% increase. I am trying to get down to about 11st 5lbs which I think for my build and height is a healthy weight. I am 5' 11". So, where I'm at now is, the ENT consultant has said that I would need to try the steroid spray again, as it can take up to 3 months for some people before they notice it working. Now, I'm a bit sceptical about this, but I'm going to give it a go anyway. I have also thought about trying those mouth pieces that bring your lower jaw forward slightly to increase the airflow at the back of your throat, but I'll wait and see how the spray works for a month or so before I try them. Well, I think I have remebered everything.:) Sorry for the long post, but I hope this may give you some help with your situation.Any updates on this? update us guys even if you get cured !I read about sleep Apnea and it matches most of my symptoms including fatty liver, shortness of breath and all the cognitives and vision problems listed. THANK YOU for posting this info!!!!!!!!!
    DaveDroid 1 Replies
    • December 5, 2013
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