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Short bouts of Detached Feelings, Dissociation, Out of Reality

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 7, 2010
  • 10:21 PM

In the last 3 months I have started getting small bouts of detached / dissociative / difficulty relating to reality moments. It's really challenging to put the feeling into words. It will come on in normal day to day situations - sitting at family dinner, talking to a colleague at work. It has never lasted more than 5 minutes, usually it lasts 60 - 120 seconds, it happens once a week - sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less. It almost feels like I slightly lose my connection to reality, I am completely aware of what is going on and I can distinguish between what's happening to me internally and the reality outside of me. These bouts came on 4 months ago when I was working out pretty intensely and had changed my diet (essentially a vegan diet).

I tried to talk to my doctor about it but they dismissed me saying it was likely my diet. Two months ago I changed all of my habits back to 'normal' exercising once or twice a week and eating my normal diet. The bouts are still happening.

At this point I'm terrified it's a brain tumor or some type of neurological disorder. I'm lost and can't seem to get my doctor to take me seriously.

Additional Background:
- I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when I was 23 , I'm now 26. The tumor was removed through surgeries, I didn't have chemo.
- I did try drugs in my teens and a little in my early 20's (mdma).
- Female and no family history of mental illness, aside from my mom having occasional anxiety issues.

Any idea on what might be going on? I'm really terrified it will get worse and don't know where to go from here.

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  • You are describing EXACTLY the feelings I had a year ago. I, too, thought I had either a brain tumor, MS or some type of cancer.....it was awful. I'm a lab tech with ALOT of medical background. I discovered I was B12 deficient. I had gastric bypass surgery 18 months ago.......I don't absorb B12 from my diet at all....and neither do you from being a vegan. You need to go to IHERB.com and order some Jarrow methylB12 sublingual lozenges and start taking 2 per day. You will be amazed at the results..........google B12 deficiency and read the neurological mainfestations that it causes. Good luck.
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  • I refer to that feeling as being there, but you're not, and that has happened to me since I was a small child. Anxiety can make you feel that way. I would not worry about it if you are still aware of everything and you can function in your everyday life.
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  • Thanks for all of your replies! Chris1234 really appreciate your note -- that does make a lot of sense (even though my eating habits have gone back to normal I still only have small amounts of dairy and no other animal products which would have B12). I went out last night and grabbed some higher dose B12 supplement until I have a chance to order what you recommended. Thank you so much - now I'll keep my fingers crossed on this!How long did it take before the symptoms of the B12 deficiency went away for you? How many mg per day do you take personally?carme
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