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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 didn't realise this board was so recent.I googled De ja vu and nausea and this bored came up- very interestingI do believe my symptoms are brain related but also its notthe first tie in my life i have had these. I am B12 deficient and need regular shots. I have also ceased soem antidepressant tablets for post natal depression (for unwanted side effect reasons)I am now worried and curious about seizures. I get so tired lately (not helping staying up late researching this) Yesterday- given the opportunity because husband looked after the kids i had it terribly, and slept for 20 hours woke up still felt tired? I wonder if i am having seizure overnight? Any suggestions on what to do next? I am due to see a doctor in two and half weeks.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 27, 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.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 9, 2010
    • 02:30 AM
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  • I've read every post trying to get as much information from everyone's experices and I've had pretty much the same experiences the deja vu then I totally forget what I was just thinking then extreme depression and fear and then either nausea headache or even some pressure in my head. At first (like 5 seconds) I don't move Ive never tried to then during the depression/fear If I can I put my head down or go under blankets to feel safer. I cannot remember when this started about a year ago maybe but I feel like since then have been happening my memory has gotten worse in every sence. I've also fainted and had siezures maybe about 2 months ago was the last time then a series of the weird feelings. not sure if it's related. I have an appointment in November a long time away unfoutnately.. Any though? I'm 19 if that matters
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  • I've read every post trying to get as much information from everyone's experices and I've had pretty much the same experiences the deja vu then I totally forget what I was just thinking then extreme depression and fear and then either nausea headache or even some pressure in my head. At first (like 5 seconds) I don't move Ive never tried to then during the depression/fear If I can I put my head down or go under blankets to feel safer. I cannot remember when this started about a year ago maybe but I feel like since then have been happening my memory has gotten worse in every sence. I've also fainted and had siezures maybe about 2 months ago was the last time then a series of the weird feelings. not sure if it's related. I have an appointment in November a long time away unfoutnately.. Any though? I'm 19 if that mattersfeel free to communicate through personal messages. Sign up for an account.Agreed, plenty of folks here to communicate with. I was diagnosed with TLE last month and have gone through a lot of tests since then. I am on my second med concoction that seems to be working better than the first, fewer side effects. It is my right temporal lobe. For now, medication is the only option we are considering. It is actually a relief to know what has been happening for the past ten plus years. I actually feel more empowered and motivated than I have in years. I'm sleeping better as well.Anyway, sign up and communicate through PMs or just post here. Plenty of folks here for support.
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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.
    ChloeSF 3 Replies
    • January 13, 2012
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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.
    Anonymous 25 Replies
    • February 13, 2012
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  • I too have had these episodes for some time, i get this feeling that i am almost in a parallel universe, with one foot in both worlds, then this flushed hot flash that starts at the top of my head and runs down to my toes, then i get a complete and utter feeling of sadness, depression, the more i try and remember what the deja vu incident is, the worse it seems to become and the nausea, car sick feeling starts. I have found that some over the counter, time release allergy meds seem to cause several days of these episodes. My Dr of course says its pre menapause...should have never mentioned the hot flash. Anyway, if anyone can bring something to light on them, i have a have such a feeling of dread when they start, its just an awful, horrid few minutes that happen several times a day, when the hit me. I do go thru many weeks of never feeling this way, and then out of the blue, it starts up again. thanks y'all for listening to my ramblings, hope we find out what it is.
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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?
    dopadreamer 2 Replies
    • August 24, 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
    Frohawk 1 Replies
    • February 13, 2013
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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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  • I've done this exact same thing since I was a teenager. I didn't tell anyone for years because I thought I was crazy. It slowed way down the older I got, but I just got put on some new meds for pain and depression and have had about 20 of these "episodes", as I call them,in the past 3 days. I never knew it was a seizure until I read these posts. Has anyone else taken any kinds of meds that have made these worse? If so, I'd like to know.

    Thanks .
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