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Strange Deja Vu, followed by nausea, dizziness and confusion

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 27, 2009
  • 09:18 PM

23 yr old male
For years, ever since I was younger, I would periodically incur episodes where I would have an intense feeling of Deja Vu, usually triggered by something I hear someone say or something I read. And most often I feel like I heard these words spoken in my dreams I have had in the past, but I couldn't remember because you dream in short term memory. But all of a sudden these "memories" of the dream resurface and I get nausea, dizziness and confused. And then as soon as the episode is over (about 30 seconds), I forget all about the dream again and I can't remember any of it....
Now this doesn't happen to me often. At most it happens like twice per year, lasting usually 1 to 3 days. During the days that I am having these episodes it seems to happen roughly 5 - 10 times during the day.

(I'm currently on day 2 of this happening to me)
I don't have seizures, I don't do any drugs. I've been pretty tired the last couple of days, but I have been sleeping alright. No other known medical issues.

Any ideas? I think it might be a supernatural psychic ability that I just can't harness (joking)

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  • I have experienced something like that 4 times now incl. today. It always starts with that I wake up several times at night and feel disorientate, funny, warm, memory difficulties, fatigue, have div. hallucinations, this continues throughout the day, the seizures last for a few seconds and they are at a full day. 2 of the times I've had these hallucinations I've gone into convulsions during the day, (maybe due to dehydration, salt Ballance, plus metabolism or hyperventalering), I get warm in the body, get krilder in the stomach, sinking all the time. It's always the same dream that I dreamed about the night and I think when I get the seizures during the day, I can not remember what I felt and think before and after the seizures, but seizures feels it all as I thinking about the dream I dreamed at night, while I will disorientate can not make pictures in my head about how it looks outside, can not remember so well names, words, etc, I am quite warm in the stomach, the spin and sources uncomfortable, otherwise serve me best, I know it is not true, I know it's something I have dreamed, and I can do other things while I've tried to write down what I think and feel when I get hit by the attacks: "Collect call", "call the police", "inspector gadget", "baby", "phone" "mobile", "wolf", "obstacle course", "poisonous animals such as. Snails", "laundry", "cycling "" ridde on animals "(I see these things for me and it feels natural, but I still know it's a dream I think, I just can not get the feeling away. Everything is so confusing in my head as if I dreamed, but it is only thoughts, I know all the time it is not genuine, it all feels like a dream dejavuu while I get a strong taste and smell in the nose, and becomes quite warm in the body) My body is quite hot while it's like when you consider what you have dreamed of the night, but you just get overrumlet with it and you can not find head or tail of it, I know that what I feel and think is a dream, it's like a dejavuu, but I know it is not genuine. I could provoke seizures, I feel (so during the day where I get the seizures) and I can write down what I think of when I think of it, but afterwards I can not remember why I thought of exactly the things it makes sense while, but not afterwards. I am afraid when the seizures are rapid succession, because I am afraid that I go into convulsions. It's like that every time I try to remember something or think of something specific, then mi brain taken over by this state of mind when I think of what I have dreamed, and it feels very close and meaningful in a few seconds, until I come all the way to myself and thinking what the ***l it was, but I am always conscious. It feels very logical at the moment the attack is on but afterwards, it's just black for me that I have felt and thought so, just until the next attack. I also have these attacks at night. I have checked both EEG, MRI and CT sanning everything was normal. I do not know what to do, already suffering from anxiety, migraine with aura and ADHD. Takes no medications nor birth-control pill. ps. Have now had these seizures for 2 days, really scared
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  • Wow, I thought I was the only one experiencing this phenomena. You guys have exactly what I have. Basically what happens to me is a sound, smell, or a particular setting will trigger an intense memory of what I believe to be a recurring dream that my mind has repressed for some reason. Once I begin to remember it, I feel super nauseous, dizzy, etc... to the point where I think I'm almost going to pass out. And it lasts about 30 seconds to a minute. It started about a year ago.But over time, I too have learned to deal with it, and almost "play" with it or try to control it. When it happens I try to focus on the memory and get more "conscious" details. I try to recall it more clearly each time, of course that often makes the nausea worse too. I'm to the point where I know enough about the memory now that I can almost trigger it on my own just by trying to remember that "dream" (or whatever the memory is). Very strange! But I'm glad I'm not the only one now. Strange that we'd all be online researching this around the same time. I wonder how many others experience this?I also experience this! I get the nausea and dizziness, but I also break out in a sweat and get a headache. Mine are triggered by images that I know I have dreamed about but can't remember. Most people seem to think I'm making it up! This started happening to me about 4 months ago. I have had these deja vu expieriences many times, but I notice it happens more around times I'm feeling anxious or stressed. I will guess that these are some form of anxiety attacks associated with my dreams, which are most often a reflection of what I'm most worried about when awake. I too can almost bring these moments on by thinking about a dream and trying to remember it, however the nausea and dizziness is annoying, especially whendriving or conversing with someone. I guess I'm just glad to know I'm not the only one!
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  • I also experience this! I get the nausea and dizziness, but I also break out in a sweat and get a headache. Mine are triggered by images that I know I have dreamed about but can't remember. Most people seem to think I'm making it up! This started happening to me about 4 months ago. I have had these deja vu expieriences many times, but I notice it happens more around times I'm feeling anxious or stressed. I will guess that these are some form of anxiety attacks associated with my dreams, which are most often a reflection of what I'm most worried about when awake. I too can almost bring these moments on by thinking about a dream and trying to remember it, however the nausea and dizziness is annoying, especially whendriving or conversing with someone. I guess I'm just glad to know I'm not the only one!if any of you would like to discuss this issue to compare notes lol feel free to email me. barthburger@gmail.com It is such a weird issue...
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  • I also experience this! I get the nausea and dizziness, but I also break out in a sweat and get a headache. Mine are triggered by images that I know I have dreamed about but can't remember. Most people seem to think I'm making it up! This started happening to me about 4 months ago. I have had these deja vu expieriences many times, but I notice it happens more around times I'm feeling anxious or stressed. I will guess that these are some form of anxiety attacks associated with my dreams, which are most often a reflection of what I'm most worried about when awake. I too can almost bring these moments on by thinking about a dream and trying to remember it, however the nausea and dizziness is annoying, especially whendriving or conversing with someone. I guess I'm just glad to know I'm not the only one!Hello. I can relate to absolutely everyone on here. I too have been having these deja vu's for a long time. I am not trying to scare anyone- nor can I diagnose anything- but please go and see a neurologist. My deja vu's came on last year, in the middle of the night- as usual- and generalized into a tonic clonic seizure which I have no memory of. My husband witnessed it and called the medics. I chewed a hole in my tongue and was so stiff and sore for the next several days. The deep headache in my neck is always the telltale sign the deja vus are really bad and are definitely seizure activity. I am diagnosed with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy with Secondary generalized Tonic clonic seizure.. I have Simple Partial seizures for the most part (the annoying deja vu). Sometimes they become Complex Partial seizures. for example : right before I completely lost consciousness I changed my underwear. I don't remember doing it- and there was no reason for it- yet I was conscious enough to go through the motions. And sometimes my deja vu goes down the path of Secondary generalized and I have a tonic clonic. I am not medicated. I have not yet come to terms with the fact I need to be medicated on a daily basis. Epilepsy is a struggle. The no driving part SUCKS. BUT- I suppose life could be much worse :-) I am told that epilepsy is unpredictable- picture freshly mowed grass. If you walk across it, you leave footprints. The more you walk, a trail is worn. Seizures take this same pathway in our brains- seizure activity allows future activity to walk the path in our brains that much easier, each time the trail is worn deeper. Things to consider in the journey.
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    • September 2, 2010
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  • I have had these off and on for several years. I had a bunch of these back in 2003-04 but I was going through a very stressful time in my life. It would come on suddenly and would include the following: Deja vu,tingling,heart racing,nausea,I found myself repeating a phrase that was in my head over and over until it went away,after it was over I got a cooling sensation and then a mid headache and tense muscles. Can anyone relate? I have been free of them since then until recently when they started again. It's weird how I have gone 6 years without them and now there back. I had read it could actually be panic attacks associated with general anxiety disorder. Does that even sound right? Anyway anyone who can relate I would appreciate hearing your story. This thread has already been a blessing. I also find I get them more when I am lacking sleep.
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    • October 12, 2010
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  • OH MY GOSH. I'm a 25 year old female and have been experiencing these feelings my WHOLE LIFE. Sometimes my deja vu is dreams, but sometimes I'll have deja vu and I recall if from somewhere, but I know it wasn't a dream, only to find out months, maybe years later the exact thing happening to me in real life. I get them in spurts. I've NEVER told anyone about them, just figured everyone got deja vu like this. But for some reason this episode I've been having for the past two days was enough to mention it to my mom, who I pretty much think I freaked out. She acted concerned but I think she thought I was crazy. Just in a span of three hours this evening, I've had three crushing, life stopping bouts of deja vu. My ears start ringing the room goes silent and I stand in complete silence and unmovement for 30-60 seconds while I feel dizzy, the need to throw up. I can't think straight or control my thoughts or channel it like I've read some other people on here can do. I just am a visitor in my own body. Then when it ends I feel drained, tired, and very sad/depressed. I have been treated for depression/anxiety and have been taking anti-depressants for about three years, but don't know if the two go hand in hand. I was thinking of tumors, maybe even seizures but after reading about everyone's experiences on here, I'm kind of freaking out. I've been really stressed and upset lately with my life, and have been waking up soaked in sweat and panicked about something that I can't remember once I'm up. I'm wondering if anyone else has expereinced a combination of the two things? I'm really worried about my health-I'm not big into doctors and don't trust a lot of them. I read that a lot of people are going through this too. Even if no one can help me, it's really nice to know that I'm not crazy. It's comforting to know I'm not the only one who has these crushing feelings of deja vu.
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    • November 9, 2010
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  • I have had these off and on for several years. I had a bunch of these back in 2003-04 but I was going through a very stressful time in my life. It would come on suddenly and would include the following: Deja vu,tingling,heart racing,nausea,I found myself repeating a phrase that was in my head over and over until it went away,after it was over I got a cooling sensation and then a mid headache and tense muscles. Can anyone relate? I have been free of them since then until recently when they started again. It's weird how I have gone 6 years without them and now there back. I had read it could actually be panic attacks associated with general anxiety disorder. Does that even sound right? Anyway anyone who can relate I would appreciate hearing your story. This thread has already been a blessing. I also find I get them more when I am lacking sleep.I just started having a similar experience. It started a few days ago. I've recently moved back in with family after living in an extremely stressful situation with my partner for the past couple of months. The past month especially being so bad that I felt like I was really starting to lose it. The first time it happened, I was sitting and thinking about my relationship with my partner, which has been very strained, and, feeling hopeless about it, I thought to myself, "it's just like when this happened" and i remembered something very vividly for only a couple of seconds, and then I realized that I had no idea what I was actually remembering, and I tried to figure it out, then started feeling queezy. The queeziness went away after a few minutes, and I kept thinking about it, but I could no longer really remember what I had remembered in that instant, just a feeling. It happened again a two days later, twice. Both times it was as if something triggered a memory that had never happened, both times I was with my partner. The second time I was walking and he was talking to me. I started to feel a queezy and then ended up with a headache as well. It was very strange and I was a little worried about the state of my brain. I think that maybe, in some way, this is a symptom of my brain trying to heal from the trauma of the past few months. But I don't know. It's a very funny feeling, that's for sure
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 17, 2011
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  • Hello all, This is all very interesting.... like most of you I have had Deja Vu feelings throughout my life, as a young prepubescent boy I had many high fevers with vivid hallucinations and deliriums... often of things I had never seen, nuclear explosions, mid-air views of WWII fighter planes swooping around, with the pilots radio communications clearly audible,,,, this was very odd because at that point I hadn't even watched TV in my life, nor did I know anything about WWII or nukes. However I also have a different set of symptoms that started when I was an adolescent. E.g: If I was outside working in a hot climate, I would have these strange "white outs", where everything would become extremely vivid, and bright, and then eventually white! Sounds would become echoey and I would feel faint and have a cold sweat, along with a feeling of de-realisation.When I was older, finished school, college etc, I started having strange "panic attacks", but only sometimes when I had to talk to a group of people, or even just to one person, even friends I knew well! The odd thing was that most days I was relatively "normal", with only the usual kind of petty anxiety one feels in a social situations like public speaking. As I got older, these "episodes" became worse, to the point that when I awoke on a particular day i would just KNOW that all day I would be having these White Outs if someone came over to talk to me about something work related. I always dismissed this as a kind of performance anxiety... However, then the sweating began. When I was a kid, the skin on my hands was always very dry, cracked, and peeled often. Doctors had no real diagnosis, and always just told me to use moisturisers. In adolescence, this dry skin condition changed to sweaty palms and sweaty feet, and although my skin was now soft and didn't crack and peel, shaking hands with someone, or having to remove my shoes in public was an embarrassment. It wasn't a social thing either, because even if I was alone, or with my girlfriend, or other close friends, my hands and feet sweated almost continuously. In my 20s and 30s, the White Outs became a social phobia thing, I never went bananas in front of anyone and I doubt it was ever even noticed, but sometimes during the White Out I wouldn't be able to breathe and the feeling of de-realisation would become all-pervading and my body would literally crumple up as if in great pain. I would regain my composure and carry on as if I'd just had a sharp pain in my chest of something.Now this is where it gets interesting and onto the topic more... In my family there is some history of epilepsy. My uncle on my mother's side died during a fit one day because he "swallowed his tongue". In my mid-thirties, I began having very strange waking sensations, and dreams. The waking sensations would often be triggered by a smell, like a certain flower, and this would trigger an uncontrollable flood of nostalgic memories. The dreams were usually a different story.... the dreams were in all kinds of disparate locations and situations, but in each one, I couldn't move properly, as if disabled or spastic, and I couldn't talk, as if having a bad stutter or a speech impediment, the "characters" in these dreams would even "notice" this, sometimes comment on it, or make fun of it. An example would be a vivid dream of a number of unknown "people" all talking, having fun etc..... then I would try and "enter the scene" in the dream to get involved and find myself hardly able to move, with strange jerky movements and slurred speech! Usually I would wake up from these dreams as they were more like nightmares and the interesting thing is that all my muscles in my legs and arms would be sore and stiff, and if I got up, to use the loo for e.g. I would feel exceptionally clumsy, bump into things, trip up, have tingling pins and needles sensations in my hands and feet and a strangely "awake" feeling, with none of the residual sleepiness that usually accompanies waking up. Then the sweating started. I would wake up hot and sweaty, even on the coldest days! Any exertion would make me sweat profusely, but this had "migrated" from my hands and feet, to my face and head! My face, scalp and forehead would sweat profusely, and this wasn't to do with social anxiety because even just concentrating on doing something like wiring a plug, would produce it, along with pounding heart etc.I also had a number of dreams involving something or other very nasty to the senses, and suffered from vivid episodic recalls of this accompanied by intense nausea and sometimes even vomiting. This would usually invoice something like someone giving me a slab of chocolate, me biting it and discovering it was actually putrid meat.... that sort of thing. For days after the dream, I would have involuntary recalls which would result in nausea and occasional need to vomit.As you can imagine, I have had every test imaginable. Thyroid, MRI brain scan etc... everything comes out normal. The White Out's don't occur any more, but the facial sweating does and general feeling of malaise. My brother passed away last year age 45 from an aneurysm. He suffered eczema badly throughout his life. My father is 74, has suffered from psoriasis all his like, which flares up during stressful periods, and he also spent most of his life in an alcoholic daze because it was the only thing that "relaxed him physically". He hasn't drunk in 20 years, however he has a tremor, tinnitus and always feels "tense", just like he did before he started drinking.Although not being a drinker myself, I have also noticed the onset of tinnitus, a high pitched hum in my ears that sometimes changes pitch... It isn't really uncomfortable, but more than anything, it makes me feel like a machine, especially when it's accompanied by the sporadic eye-lid twitches, sweating, and muscular cramps and spasms.I have also had 3 or 4 episodes of sleep paralysis, where I awoke, but was unable to move at all except for my eyes! A very odd feeling..... like alien abduction. It would take a great force of will to try and move, but once I did I would be out of it.I have no idea if any of my strange symptoms are related to anything you people are feeling, I just thought I'd contribute my own personal "weirdness" which definitely has a neuro-biological link somewhere....Take care peepsLawrence
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  • Like so many others here, I've had these 'seizures' for years. I'm 21 now.I always thought of them as simply anxiety attacks, but could never explain the recurring dream flashes in them and how I could never remember them after.Then a few weeks ago, I had one of these 'panic attacks' where I started replying to someone who hadn't said anything to me. I was convinced we were in a conversation about something else, and that she'd just said something. I knew what the sentence she'd said was, and I responded. Only she never said anything like that, and was talking about an examination we'd just sat.Has anyone had a confirmed epileptic diagnosis on this?
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  • Forgive me if I'm repeating what others have said but this thread is a little too long for me to finish reading this morning and I'll need to return.I would like to add to it now however. I've struggled with the same episodes for 30 years along with pretty severe migraines. My Dr always assumed it was anxiety until I had the big seizure. I am now 47 years old and finally diagnosed with epilepsy as I should have been when I was 17 years old. Instead I was labeled with anxiety disorder which I knew I didn't have. Simple Partial seizures often mimic other things - please see a proper neurologist, often these types of seizure progress into Grand Mal seizures.
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  • I have experienced exactly what you're describing, and all over the internet there are people who are talking about their own experiences with this identical set of symptoms. And yet no one seems to have any answers! Considering how many people are affected by this phenomenon, I'm really surprised that there isn't more awareness.Anyway, here's how it happens to me...I will suddenly be aware that something feels 'off,' and it sort of feels like my stomach drops. Almost simultaneously, noises dim and my heart starts to pound, and the feeling sweeps from my head downward (accompanies by slight vertigo). I feel separated from where I am, like it's totally unfamiliar or foreign (although cognitively I am perfectly aware of where I am the entire time). Images start to flash through my mind, which in the moment seem like VERY familiar and known memories (they seem to make 'perfect sense' to me while this is going on), but as soon as it's over I cannot say what they meant, or even what they were. I am left with a pounding headache and loss of concentration. (In one particularly ill-timed episode I was in the middle of a timed final exam for my Masters, and THANK GOD I wrote down an outline of how I was going to answer the question, because before the symptoms came on I was going gangbusters, but afterwards, my mind was a total blank. I managed to salvage it only because of that outline, or else I'm positive I would've failed - yikes!)Anyway, it usually only lasts about 30 seconds to a minute, and I've been able to keep having a conversation with someone while it's happening (although very basic, and only a small part of me is paying attention to them). Most of my attention is totally diverted in the foreignness of my surroundings and the vividness of the images flashing in my mind. But again, I am fully aware of who I am, and where I am - there is just a very strange dissonance between what I KNOW, and what FEELS familiar.This has happened on and off, in clusters every few months, for about four years. I tried mentioning it to my GP once and she looked at my like I was totally crazy, and had no idea what I was talking about. I can't find anything on any diagnostic websites, so an insights would be greatly appreciated!Note: - I'm female, 28, no children.- I don't do drugs and I'm not on any medication.- I do sometimes get migraines; they're totally different.- I've never have any anxiety or depression problems. - I don't have any heart problems.- There is no history of mental illness in my family and otherwise (if you can even count this), I'm in excellent mental health.
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  • I have experienced exactly what you're describing, and all over the internet there are people who are talking about their own experiences with this identical set of symptoms. And yet no one seems to have any answers! Considering how many people are affected by this phenomenon, I'm really surprised that there isn't more awareness.Anyway, here's how it happens to me...I will suddenly be aware that something feels 'off,' and it sort of feels like my stomach drops. Almost simultaneously, noises dim and my heart starts to pound, and the feeling sweeps from my head downward (accompanies by slight vertigo). I feel separated from where I am, like it's totally unfamiliar or foreign (although cognitively I am perfectly aware of where I am the entire time). Images start to flash through my mind, which in the moment seem like VERY familiar and known memories (they seem to make 'perfect sense' to me while this is going on), but as soon as it's over I cannot say what they meant, or even what they were. I am left with a pounding headache and loss of concentration. (In one particularly ill-timed episode I was in the middle of a timed final exam for my Masters, and THANK GOD I wrote down an outline of how I was going to answer the question, because before the symptoms came on I was going gangbusters, but afterwards, my mind was a total blank. I managed to salvage it only because of that outline, or else I'm positive I would've failed - yikes!)Anyway, it usually only lasts about 30 seconds to a minute, and I've been able to keep having a conversation with someone while it's happening (although very basic, and only a small part of me is paying attention to them). Most of my attention is totally diverted in the foreignness of my surroundings and the vividness of the images flashing in my mind. But again, I am fully aware of who I am, and where I am - there is just a very strange dissonance between what I KNOW, and what FEELS familiar.This has happened on and off, in clusters every few months, for about four years. I tried mentioning it to my GP once and she looked at my like I was totally crazy, and had no idea what I was talking about. I can't find anything on any diagnostic websites, so an insights would be greatly appreciated!Note: - I'm female, 28, no children.- I don't do drugs and I'm not on any medication.- I do sometimes get migraines; they're totally different.- I've never have any anxiety or depression problems. - I don't have any heart problems.- There is no history of mental illness in my family and otherwise (if you can even count this), I'm in excellent mental health.Chloe, did you read my earlier post with my description of what I go through? It was on post 131 of this thread.My Experiences 06/15/2010, 10:17 a.m.My last experiences started on April 30th. I knew April 29th that the next day they would be starting. This has been happening since I was 12 or so, but I remember reoccurring dreams as a younger child. As young as 8, I think. They come on average every two months to three. I have found no correlation with seasons, food intake. Sometimes they are in the day, sometimes in the evenings.My hands get heavy. My body sulks. I sense the inability to move, yet I know I can if I want to. Things feel foggy. Where am I? I am here. Wait. Here it comes. A song. The same song as the last time, I hear it perfectly in my head, but a second later it’s gone and I can’t hum the tune or tell you what it was. But I am 100% sure it was the same song, because I am thinking of it now, but can’t grab it. I am back at 8 years of age again…feeling a familiar feeling from that time, but I can’t figure out what it is. Then there’s the counting. Then it gets to infinity and everything stops. Perfect. I feel the “feeling” of everything being perfect and right. By this time I have my head down in my lap and letting the time pass. I am able to realize when they come on, and if alone, I go into a near restroom and sit on the stool and feel my head pulse, I sweat profusely sometimes, but not every time. Sometimes I rock, but not every time. I look in the mirror and don’t recognize myself, even though I know it is me. People say hi, and I say hi back because they are familiar, but I don’t know their name. If I try to challenge the feeling, and keep my head up, things around me seem to happen after I suppose they are happening. If I can just talk and tell you what you are going to say next before you say it, then you will believe me. But, I feel to slow to tell you. That can is going to drop on the ground. See, I knew it before it did it.It takes me a while to recoup. Day one it happens 3-4 times a day. Days 2-3, it happens every 2-3 hours. The last two days are once in a great while. Not last time though. The peak was May 5, where it was happening every hour or so, and I never felt as though I had come out of it. Then, May 6th it was pretty much done just like that. I don’t remember what I was doing the hours before each episode.The days before are a distant past. I remember I was at work, but no clue of past conversations or duties.My memories of my childhood are detailed. I can remember places, streets, scenery like I was there 5 minutes ago. Its like a picture in my head. What happened during my past is patchy. I feel as though I can be asked about one thing and answer well, yet have no recollection of another thing that is more important to me (or is supposed to be). I remember being on 8th court in Bandon and on Vista Drive in North Bend Oregon waking up to the same dream, that had this counting, and then everything reached the pinnacle and everything stopped and froze. Minutes later it would seem, I would wake up, unable to move. Then, I would drift back asleep and wake up the next morning fine. I honestly feel at times like these dreams are happening during the day, which to me means that it may be that the illusions or auras were happening only during the night as a child, and have transitions into the day, primarily. Information I learned from a Master’s degree over the last 4 years…I have no recollection of anything that I learned. The same with information from college. I can still type well, drive, walk, play baseball, remember details about sports, yet struggle with the names of players I am trying to remember. I see people at work and cant remember their names, people I see every day. And this is at times apart from the days that I have my experiences. Right now, I am a month and a half removed from the last experience, and I feel like I can remember a lot of the normal everyday things and people now. The weeks just following the experiences, however, are a struggle to maintain normalcy. ANY song I wake up to in the morning, or hear first in the morning on the radio is in my head till noon or later. I hear it as I type, I hear it as I run, I hear it as I drive and listen to a whole different song.On May 5th, I was driving around getting signatures for new CDs the foundation was opening up. While at First Bankers Trust, I had an experience where I suddenly didn’t know where I was at, but knew I should keep agreeing with the guy I was talking to, and nodded, said I had a headache, and to wait a second, and then continued with the conversation…all in a span of 10-15 seconds.Later, on my way to another bank, I accidentally missed the street, because I lost where I was (I was on Broadway, the main street in Quincy). I pulled over, and it took me at least 15 minutes to remember where I was, who I was and what I was supposed to be doing. I didn’t remember how to get home, I turned around and headed down broadway, eventually finding my way back to the Library, but it took a lot of turns down wrong roads.I will try to remember to type out my feelings right after it happens again, and try to remember to write down the times and dates it happens the next time, because it has been like clockwork. Every 2-3 months, for 4-5 days at a time.
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    • February 13, 2012
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  • I am 22, MaleIdentical twin (if that has any bearing whatsoever I don't know)I am glad that I have finally found a few people here who have similar sounding symptoms.Over the course of the past 2 weeks I have been having bouts of very intense feelings of deja vu. These feelings tend to last quite a long time and I actually feel it as I am typing this reply. I have felt like I have lived this all before. It feels like it is from a dream I had back when I was very young. When the feelings come on I start to get nauseous and feel terrified. I am a very logical person, but my mind starts trying to tell me I'm trapped in a time loop. I know this isn't the case, but my mind is convinced and it feels fear. I think these were a recurring nightmare back when I was about 7-9 years old. I have recently used synthetic weed when these feelings first started. Then a few days ago I was in the same vehicle as someone smoking actual weed and then the feelings came again full force. I am not a regular user. I first tried the synthetic a few months ago and even then It was in small amounts. I smoke tobacco very rarely (though I have used it a bit more recently due to stress of college and the death of a close uncle). I do no drink alcohol either. Needless to say, I am never touching any of the synthetic or real ever again.While these attacks are going on I can react with people and objects around me just fine. At the store I work at I would be having very intense feelings and still manage to look normal enough that nobody noticed anything weird. I went to the doctor today and they said I was normal, they got me into an appointment to talk to a counselor to deal with anxiety. The worst part about it was that I was having the feelings that I knew the building as I was getting checked out. What really prompted me start writing on here was that I was having a really bad attack not long ago while I was trying to sleep. Every thought and sound was familiar. My mind was feeling like it was in a haze. I was breaking out in cold sweats and feeling very thirsty even though I had just drank quite a bit of water a few minutes earlier.It seems like my triggers are based on things I see. I see it and then I start to remember the old dream. I start to feel disoriented though I never forget where I am. Usually if I start talking with someone the feelings start to lessen. Though, like now, when it is very late and there isn't anyone right there it starts to spiral out of control. The issue that really has me worried is that the recognition lasts for a very long time. I can get through the fear and calm down but it doesn't diminish the feelings of recognition. If I start to think about the old dream it starts all over again. Though when it does happen my words get broken up and I lose the train of thought for a few seconds. The problem with that is that I have a chronic stutter so nobody notices.Quite frankly, I am writing this to see if any others have this happen. I'm sorry if I tend to ramble, but half of the reason I am writing this is to get my own thoughts organized.The most concerning part to me is the length of the episodes.Thanks, LukeC
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  • I am 22, MaleIdentical twin (if that has any bearing whatsoever I don't know)I am glad that I have finally found a few people here who have similar sounding symptoms.Over the course of the past 2 weeks I have been having bouts of very intense feelings of deja vu. These feelings tend to last quite a long time and I actually feel it as I am typing this reply. I have felt like I have lived this all before. It feels like it is from a dream I had back when I was very young. When the feelings come on I start to get nauseous and feel terrified. I am a very logical person, but my mind starts trying to tell me I'm trapped in a time loop. I know this isn't the case, but my mind is convinced and it feels fear. I think these were a recurring nightmare back when I was about 7-9 years old. I have recently used synthetic weed when these feelings first started. Then a few days ago I was in the same vehicle as someone smoking actual weed and then the feelings came again full force. I am not a regular user. I first tried the synthetic a few months ago and even then It was in small amounts. I smoke tobacco very rarely (though I have used it a bit more recently due to stress of college and the death of a close uncle). I do no drink alcohol either. Needless to say, I am never touching any of the synthetic or real ever again.While these attacks are going on I can react with people and objects around me just fine. At the store I work at I would be having very intense feelings and still manage to look normal enough that nobody noticed anything weird. I went to the doctor today and they said I was normal, they got me into an appointment to talk to a counselor to deal with anxiety. The worst part about it was that I was having the feelings that I knew the building as I was getting checked out. What really prompted me start writing on here was that I was having a really bad attack not long ago while I was trying to sleep. Every thought and sound was familiar. My mind was feeling like it was in a haze. I was breaking out in cold sweats and feeling very thirsty even though I had just drank quite a bit of water a few minutes earlier.It seems like my triggers are based on things I see. I see it and then I start to remember the old dream. I start to feel disoriented though I never forget where I am. Usually if I start talking with someone the feelings start to lessen. Though, like now, when it is very late and there isn't anyone right there it starts to spiral out of control. The issue that really has me worried is that the recognition lasts for a very long time. I can get through the fear and calm down but it doesn't diminish the feelings of recognition. If I start to think about the old dream it starts all over again. Though when it does happen my words get broken up and I lose the train of thought for a few seconds. The problem with that is that I have a chronic stutter so nobody notices.Quite frankly, I am writing this to see if any others have this happen. I'm sorry if I tend to ramble, but half of the reason I am writing this is to get my own thoughts organized.The most concerning part to me is the length of the episodes.Thanks, LukeCThe fact of the matter is that people will always act like you are crazy if you describe symptoms that are so odd to them, and out of their realm of possibility. I too have had the issues with familiarity. What is concerning to me is the amount of stuff I can now NOT remember. I have no recollection of several years of my life. I can remember names of people from my LONG past like I still know them. Those in my immediate past, people I deal with each day.I cannot come up with words that I need to finish a sentence. For instance, yesterday I was having a tough time coming up with the word “joy”.I remember NOTHING from my Master’s degree I earned 2 years ago. I do mean NOTHING> I also have very little recollection of the work I did for it, yet can remember the places I went very well.I forget basic tasks, no matter how important they are to me. Some will consider it laziness. Others will consider you to be overreacting. Still others will consider you to be lying about it or exaggerating the truth. There have been significant studies on it, and most point to a form of Temporal Lobe Epilepsy or Transient Epileptic amnesia. I have a huge binder I put together two years ago on the subject (which I just found the other day, and have NO recollection at all as to having put it together).How long do your episodes last at maximum and minimum? I can be anywhere between 30 seconds and 20 minutes.
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  • I have had this happen to me twice in the past two days. I just took a chance that I may be able to find something out about it by searching "memory triggers nausea". I am shocked to see several people describe almost exactly what I haven't been able to define yet. This is a first for me. I am a 36 year old female. Yesterday I was driving on the freeway with my daughter when it happened and I didn't know what to do. I felt like I was living out something I had dreamed before and like I had had a glimpse/warning of something that was now happening...like a horrible accident. I recovered and didn't lose control of my vehicle, thank God. It was also associated with an intense memory which i can barely remember and full body tingling and light-headedness and instant nausea. Then I was fine. Does anyone know if there is a solution to this? If you go to a neurologist can they prevent it from progressing?It all just depends on what is causing it. you can find people telling you its from anxietyadHDVitamine B12 deficiencybrain tumorshort circuit in the brain
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  • For the last day and half I have been having similiar experiences, probably about 20 times already today. It's similar to what someone said below, but with variations. I copied the text and revised it to describe what I'm experiencing, then pasted it below......So, I am a 45 year old male; I've been having these experiences for about 20 years. They used to be more intense, but they can still pack a wallop. It varies. I always get them in clusters of 3-4 times a day, for about 3 days, generally with a bell-curve pattern of intensity. For me, they don't feel like a deja vu connected with my immediate surroundings, but, as many have described it, like I'm remembering an odd dream that seems amazingly familiar, yet completely strange. If I try to focus on the content of the 'memory,' I experience a rush of intense nausea and dizziness, which basically forces me to stop thinking about the 'memory,' or basically makes it impossible for me to do so. After that, the nausea passes pretty quickly, the dizziness remains for anywhere from 5 minutes to half an hour. When this used to happen, I could swear that the memory was the same each time, something having to do with a large crowd; now it no longer feels that way. In fact, sometimes I barely have time to bring any sort of clear content to mind before the nausea and dizziness take over. ....So, I am a 38 year old female; I've been having these experiences for about and day and half. I also had an intense episode of deja vu about 4 days ago. They last for about 4 seconds and are pretty intense. They feel like a deja vu connected with my immediate surroundings, usually a person or something "new" I am starting to think about. It's like I'm remembering an odd dream that seems amazingly familiar, yet completely strange. I can't focus on the content of the 'memory,' and I don't experience any nausea just maybe a light dizziness, after the few seconds I can no longer think about the 'memory,' it's gone, and I'm left with a feeling like something really important happened but I have no idea what it is, or ever what happened really! The memory of the dream seems like it was the same dream at first, but when I reflect on it (which happens quickly, part of the 4 seconds) I realize it isn't at all, or couldn't be because the trigger was a different person in a very different situation - it is all very disorienting and disconcerting. In the moment it seems very clear that it's a memory of a dream I had last night...but it's not at all like a "normal" dream memory.This has happened so many times today I am starting to get quite worried. Is it a seizure? Should I go to the hospital? And get more drugs?Is it something to do with the Effexor I am on for depression and anxiety? I missed a dose and I know from experience that missing even one dose of Effexor really messes me up...but I haven't had this dream trigger confusion before.I am worried about going for medical help because every doctor and/or psychiatrist seems to have a different understanding of these serotonin/dopamine related illnesses and their medications...and I really do NOT want to end up in the hospital emergency again, waiting around until someone, then some else, then some other specialist or what not asks me the same, personal, complex questions and ends up prescribing some "alternative" drug that might work better, and forget to mention that the side effects of this new one are way worse than the old on. And all the while strongly suspect that just eating better or having a different job would probably sort all of this out fine.You know what I mean?
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  • I know it's been some time since anyone was on this topic but I finally came across a forum with the symptoms I've been feeling. I've actually had them for quite some years well as long as I remember but even more so as an adult once or twice a month until the birth of my son a month ago. A dr says its anxiety I'm afraid it may be more no insurance so no bueno I know..... I get the episodes when I'm feeling like everything's going great!! I don't understand but for a month I've been having them everyday and more than 3 times per day. They only last a couple minutes but from once a month or so to so many per day it's weird I feel as if I've been there I know what's going to happen or what's going to be said. I also understand my thinking process can feel as though the surroundings are behind but in reality it's just a glitch I just want answers other than anxiety and here's some antidepressants!! Please help thanks!!
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    • October 12, 2012
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  • Well, I guess I can throw yet another coal on this fire since we are all sitting around sharing our experiences. My story is similar to many on here, but not like many others. So maybe someone coming across this will be able to relate to mine. I think I was ~13-14 when I had my first "episode". I woke up out of a deep sleep with a feeling of panic, that something was terrible wrong and I felt like I was still dreaming. My heart would go from resting to racing during an attack. It only lasted a couple of minutes at most and went away. But it kept occurring in waves- 5 minute to 10 minutes apart. My mom was on all kinds of prescriptions (yeah, she's kinda cooky as I have learned in my adult years lol) I think she gave me a Klonopin and told me to let it dissolve under my tongue and to try to go back to sleep. Clearly I had no idea what was going on at the time and just listened to Doc Mommy. I want to say that not longer after the first episode, my parents took me to the doctor. I'd like to think they took me for an EEG and some other tests that came back inconclusive, but I can't remember for sure as it has been 16-17 years ago. Unfortunately I'd have to get in touch with my parents to ask them (that story is for another episode of Dr. Phil). But I think they just wrote it off as panic attacks....so I ignored them and would just let them run their course.Until now.I've average these episodes 1-3 times a year or so. A single episode lasts 1-3 minutes and starts with the sudden feeling of "oh ****, here it comes", like a feeling of dread. As someone put it, a "nightmarish deja-vu". Everything around me seems like I've been there before, like in a dream- sounds, people, surroundings..everything. I know I am thinking all kinds of crazy words and thoughts, almost like word association, but none of it makes sense. It's almost like a bad dream is trying to override reality...like my brain is trying to substitute my state of consciousness with a corrupted dream/memory. I try to tell myself that I am perfectly OK and that nothing around me is actually wrong, but I can't escape the thoughts/feeling. I call it "loops of useless thoughts that I cannot put my finger on". It's like one of those moments when you are trying to recall something in conversation and can't quite "put your finger on it", but normally, you can just bypass it and move on and might remember it later. But in the "loop", that feeling of trying to "put my finger on it", cannot be broken and it just loops over and over. I've even tried to find my "happy place" by listening to music that I really love and find calming, but that even becomes part of the bad deja-vu/nightmare/dream feeling and is far from relaxing or comforting. On top of that, there is a sense of nausea to which I generally close my eyes and either sit down or look down and try to fight. Within a few minutes, it's suddenly over and I cannot recall what I was just thinking about. All I know is that I was not feeling good and now I am. There is no lasting nausea or physical discomfort. I feel as if everything is becoming very clear and feel like I am literally "cooling down" (I feel physically warm) and coming out of a dream. I was just having episodes this past Monday. I could clearly feel them coming on and knew my day would be **** because of it. I know at one point I was outside having a smoke and talking to a couple of people when I felt it coming on. I kept quiet and let it ride out but everything seemed so familiar, like they had been part of a dream or vision a long time ago...even though I have only known these people for a few months (they are new to my building and the smoking area). When it did pass, I found I had clinched my left hand and dug my nails into my thumb. I know I sometimes do this when trying to concentrate on something...like when I have an upset stomach or something...as a sort of defense to get my mind off something by using a bit of physical pain. But once again, when it was over, I could not recall a single thought of what had been bothering me. Later at my desk, I had another one and I was trying to physically talk myself out of it by saying "everything is fine" out loud and found it hard to make the connection between thought process and physically speaking. I think I was able to though...but not easily. These episodes on Monday lasted from when I woke up (just before my alarm) to when I eventually fell asleep that night. Tuesday I felt much better, like I was starting a fresh day. Today I am fine as well. I have yet to think of any specific triggers or patterns to having these "episodes".Sorry for being long-winded there. I have a bad habit of not being shot when explaining something. But up until this week, I had still written them off as anxiety/panic attacks because that is what I was told as a kid. This time I got curious to look up symptoms of those attacks to see if I could find a way to deal with them in the future. As I did my reading, none of those symptoms seemed to line up though and somehow I stumbled upon the symptoms for partial temporal lobe seizures. Unfortunately for me, the stories and symptoms are much more in line with that. I'm not trying to diagnose myself though. I will be making an appointment with my GP to discuss everything and try to get a referral to someone who might be able to help me more. On top of that, when I was describing my findings to my girlfriend, she looked at me (mind you, this is after being together for 6 years) and said "I could have told you it's not panic attacks. has panic attacks and they are completely different. When she has panic/anxiety attacks, she dos such and such and such, that's not what you get". She was not helping me feel any better lol. So here starts my quest to get to the bottom of all this to make sure it won't become a bigger problem. For the record, I was a pretty active kid and took my fair share of tumbles, but never ended up in the doctor's office. I don't do any drugs. I drink on occasion, but I don't drink excessively. I do smoke cigarettes, though I picked that up long after having these "episodes". Lastly, I recently started (2 months ago) Adderall to help with my concentration, which has helped immensely. I've always had bad concentration issues and a terrible memory. It seems in the past few years, my memory is becoming worse and worse too. I forget sooooo many things...things that I shouldn't forget. I'd be curious to know if there is any correlation between my "episodes" and memory. I actually can fall into depression at times for my lack of memory because it affects me on a daily basis, but I can say that I am not depressed in general. I do know I used to have a very good memory though. As for other factors- I eat a pretty balanced diet- rarely eat fast foods/greasy stuff, but I'm no health nut. I get semi-regular exercise, I don't take any vitamins or supplements, I do not have a stressful job or constantly worry about anything. Oh an I know I mentioned way back at the top that my mom was kinda cooky and on God knows how many medications when I was younger, but I am adopted, so that eliminates any possibility of it "being in the family"...though I have no clue of my biological family's medical history since I was adopted as a baby.Maybe someone can relate to my experiences...I was going to add something else, but in typical fashion, I have forgotten lol
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    • February 13, 2013
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  • This is is my old post, still no answer...What I m wanting to know is if anyone else has experienced flashbacks during the day. I still get these, but only rarely. I had one this morning after being up for about 10 minutes, but I ve also had them in the middle of the day. For no reason in particular I will start to recall some element of what I am sure I can only have dreamed or hallucinated. I am awake and aware of what is happening, but the vague images in my mind (which I can never remember afterwards) are accompanied by dizziness and nausea .Experience is confusing and disturbing. It usually passes in few seconds. Also I suffered from anxiety, panic attacs and sleep paralise for years... But I dont remember having these hypnagogic hallutinations while I am dreamnig or when I am having sleep paralise. These flashbacks happening only when I awake in interactions whit s some elements during daytime. Are these brief "Dream flashbacks" from hypnagogic hallutinations or maybe from night terrors??? This is very disturbing... Should I be worried??? This happening for 5 years on and off...
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  • I am convinced that we suffer from a lack of magnesium!Magnesium is closely associated with migraine, epilepsy, anxiety and depression.I taking magnesium and vitamin B complex for two months. For now,I have no more attacks and I have a great sleep!Good luck!Toni
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    • December 27, 2013
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