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Odd, dream like sensations.

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  • Posted By: libretto
  • February 12, 2009
  • 10:44 PM

For about three months I have been having the same, strange experiences, they can happen 2 or more times a day (doesn't seem to be a pattern).

Basically I suddenly forget where I am, and it's like I remember something from ages ago, like a de ja vu feeling because I feel like it's something I've seen before. And I feel absolutely terrified. And everything looks sharper, like in a dream or something, and my vision goes a bit swimmy and I feel numb. And if anybody's there and they say something I know they've said something but it's like it doesn't register, and I can't speak at all. When it ends I can't remember what I was thinking about the whole time or how exactly I felt, which is why this description's a bit stupid..

I went to my doctor a month ago and he just said everybody my age gets it (I'm 19). Maybe I didn't explain it very well but he didn't seem concerned and I sort of felt stupid for going to the doctors about it afterwards.

Now it's getting worse and I was wondering if anybody has any idea what it is?

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  • Does this happen at any particular time? When you stand up from a long period of being seated? Does it feel like a brain "zap" of some sort?I'm 23, and I have all sorts of strange mental sensations. It's probably nothing.
    caoimhin 6 Replies
    • February 13, 2009
    • 00:19 AM
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  • Sounds like it may be petit mal seizures; print this off and give it to your doctor--then, you may want to change doctors to one who listens to you:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absence_seizurehttp://www.mayoclinic.com/health/petit-mal-seizure/DS00216
    Monsterlove 2,921 Replies
    • February 13, 2009
    • 00:36 AM
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  • It doesn't happen at any particular time.. it happened today mid conversation, and then again when walking through town.I've read the petit mal, and I will definitely print them and show them to a different doctor. Thank you for the advice.And what blaze said it quite worrying, I'll keep it in mind.
    libretto 1 Replies
    • February 14, 2009
    • 00:24 AM
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  • I would be concerned here about partial seizures, during which deja vu is quite common. This type of presentation would warrant a sleep-deprived EEG to determine if there is any presence of epileptiform activity. While these symptoms can also be due to certain mood disorders, it is always wise to rule out epileptiform in anyone presenting with the symptoms described. Best regards, J CottleMD
    JCottleMD 580 Replies
    • February 14, 2009
    • 00:37 AM
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  • Absolutely sounds like petit seizures. I had them for years until I had the gran mal (convulsive) type seizure and was finally diagnosed with Right Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. Please see a NEUROLOGIST.
    KQuinn 11 Replies Flag this Response
  • Although i dont have an answer to why this is happenning, but i just want you to know that I get them too, and you are not alone. Most of the time, my trigger is a certain touch, then i start to loose feeling, and then i feel tired, and groggy like i just woke up from a nap that was too long. I cant really speak so well, and am kind of agitated. My heart starts racing and my arms and legs tingle. I didn't know how to explain this to anybody, untill i found the term "dreamlike" which is exactly what it is. Now, I told my pediatrician (i'm 14) and he talked about things like stress, anxiety and other doctor jibberish that basically means "I dont know how to answer your question but I want to sound smart". I also have a cardiologist, because I have Mitro- valve Prolapse, an irregular heartbeat that I inherited. On WebMD (online) I found that it is sometimes common with people diagnosed with mitro-valve prolapse. My cardiologist would not deny that, but he wasnt too certain about it either. By reading blogs such as yours, my own personnal experience and some doctor input, I have developed my own hypothesis: is it due to body changes during puberty? After all, my voice is getting deeper among some "other things" that i'm not going to say, so that means my hormones are changing, correct? And even with you, you are probably still growing, being that boys can grow until around 21, so you are changing too. Also, it seems to be most common in males.... What inspired me to send this reply to you was that I just experienced one today, waliking in the hallway towards a class. It has never happened to me in school before, so i was a bit freaked out, but eventually it went away. Another issue is that I kind of live in fear of it happenning again and that kind of brings it on more. Over the last month, I have experienced this about 4 times, which is nothing compared to your experiece. So, I hate to bring bad news, but I think you should look into yours further, if it does happen that ofton. If you as well have mitro-valve-prolapse, than we may share a common cause, my friend. If you dont have prolapse, or dont know if you do, then maybe you might want to ask your doctor about an EKG to see if you do have it. DO NOT LET THIS TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE!!!! Both of my doctors said it was "nothing to be concerned over" but my cardiologist told me to keep tabs on it. My dad has also told me of similar sensations that occured to him when he was my age; he told me it would happen at the wierdest times, whether it be on the football field or in a classroom or anywhere. That kind of gave me courage that its nothing big, for he is still alive and almost fifty! Old, huh?SO, I just wanted to share this with you, and I hope this gave you confidance. I wish you the best of luckFrom, Danny
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 11, 2012
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