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Sudden onset of nausea, then powerful deja vu, dizziness and fear

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  • Posted By: doubtful
  • October 2, 2008
  • 03:06 PM

Male, 23, smoker

Sudden onset of nausea, then powerful deja vu, dizziness and fear. Lasts approx 30 seconds. 0-2 times a week at random times for the past 2 months. Sometimes the feeling is accompanied by straining to remember an indistinct event that pops into my head. I'm usually aware that these events, or scenes, never happened.

Long term memory has faltered during the past month. Little things on their own, but adding up. (Thinking maybe alcohol (see below) ?)

Constant dry nasal catarrh for 8 months. (I mention this because I had the misfortune to watch House which link nose picking to a brain tumor. I don't have any itching, just constant dry snot in one nostril).

Ecstasy use - 5 times this year, last taken in June
Alcohol consumption - excessive over past month (mostly social)

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  • I'm not a Dr so take this with a grain of salt, but I have experienced the same episodes and did some research which seems to point to TLE- temporal lobe epilepsy. They even cite strong sense of deja vu as a symptom as the temporal lobe is the portion of the brain responsible for memory storage. It also controls fight or flight responses which explains the sense of fear associated with the experience. It's possible you are having seizures and should probably see a doctor. May or may not be related to drug/alcohol use or if you had head trauma as a child that could explain things as well.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 21, 2008
    • 06:29 PM
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  • Male, 23, smokerSudden onset of nausea, then powerful deja vu, dizziness and fear. Lasts approx 30 seconds. 0-2 times a week at random times for the past 2 months. Sometimes the feeling is accompanied by straining to remember an indistinct event that pops into my head. I'm usually aware that these events, or scenes, never happened.Long term memory has faltered during the past month. Little things on their own, but adding up. (Thinking maybe alcohol (see below) ?)Constant dry nasal catarrh for 8 months. (I mention this because I had the misfortune to watch House which link nose picking to a brain tumor. I don't have any itching, just constant dry snot in one nostril).Ecstasy use - 5 times this year, last taken in JuneAlcohol consumption - excessive over past month (mostly social)I have been searching online for someone else who experiences this. I am a female, nearly 24, and I have been having these 'episodes' for years now. Probably getting close to 10 years. I have never seen a doctor about it. I would like to know what the deal is too.
    just_julie 1 Replies
    • January 4, 2010
    • 07:23 AM
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  • I have been searching online for someone else who experiences this. I am a female, nearly 24, and I have been having these 'episodes' for years now. Probably getting close to 10 years. I have never seen a doctor about it. I would like to know what the deal is too.I have recently gone through this, while instructing Air Cadets...and one "spell" while driving. Male, non-smoker, 36. Most of my episodes seemed to be triggered by music...other than that, its the same as above. Anyone have more to share? It's pretty scary!
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  • I have recently gone through this, while instructing Air Cadets...and one "spell" while driving. Male, non-smoker, 36. Most of my episodes seemed to be triggered by music...other than that, its the same as above. Anyone have more to share? It's pretty scary!Hi, I also had spells while driving and similar symptoms. It is scary. My research suggests that it is a type of seizure akin to epilepsy.My doctor advised me to see a neurologist.I think this is the best course of action.Max.
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  • Hi, I also had spells while driving and similar symptoms. It is scary. My research suggests that it is a type of seizure akin to epilepsy.My doctor advised me to see a neurologist.I think this is the best course of action.Max.I too have had deja vu many times, but now it is accompanied by intense feelings of fear. I am going to get a eeg next week. It is a relief to hear from others who have experienced the same thing.
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    EB0525 25 Replies Flag this Response
  • Please, any of you above, who have had similar symptoms as the OP, go see a neurologist ASAP. For me I did have mild encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) with my new diagnosis of adult onset epilepsy.Personally my diagnosis was so late it lead to probable permanent damages in my cognitive abilities (mostly hearing/sensory interpretation).As well, I have partial complex seizures of the temporal lobe. Unfortunately for me, they occur at night so I didn't have the warning signs of a present episode. I just had the exhaustion of having them.So please get checked and ask about a 24, 48, 72 or 96 hour eeg at home test. The standard testing for seizures does elicit seizures as one would expect. So it's a bit of what the brain maybe going to do information. Which in my case the tech decided to request an at home study. I got the 4 day (unheard of) and I had 3 seizures.You are considered fully disabled with 2 seizures a month. They are that tiring...
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  • I have the exact same symtoms as in the original post! About me - Im 22 and I work as a self-employed builder, im a fairly heavy smoker (25 per day) & have terrible insomnia.. oh and if its of any revelance my father has multiple sclerosis.Anyway, I have been having these "seizures" since i was about 18, it happens very reguarly but i just thought it was a normal deju vu experience!? Im now really concerned about my health, should i see a doctor or neurologist?On a typical night i rarely get to sleep before 2am & i usually wake up in the morning at around 7.30 for work with a nasty hangover feeling and suffer with very painfull migranes and severve tiredness (i put this down to the insomnia) ... had an "episode" about 5 hours ago and actually vomitted and since then ive felt aweful. Sometimes though it just dissapears and im able to continue with my day..Id appreciate any feedback as im now concerned about my health!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 29, 2010
    • 05:47 PM
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  • I have partial complex seizures of the temporal lobe - sounds very similar to what all of you describe. I am a 36 yr old male. Dilantin does a really good job at keeping them at bay - do talk to a neurologist. One additional thing regarding sleep: I have sleep apnea and have a CPAP machine. Not a ton of fun to get used to, but I too was a terrible insomniac until I got the CPAP. I used to fall asleep on my desk around 2pm every day, but now have a ton more energy and if I haven't been up way too late, have a steady amount of energy and alertness throughout the day. Sleep studies are fine, but if a spouse knows you stop breathing for a little while every few minutes, skip the zillion dollar study and find a CPAP on craiglist instead. It's REALLY worth trying and may completely change your life - especially those of you who describe the chronic fatigue.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 19, 2010
    • 05:06 AM
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  • It just happened to me again so I finally decided to google it and this is the first result of the search.I am 22 y.o. male student of electrical engineering.I too have very much the same simptoms as the first post, altough mine last for 2 minutes or so I think, after the episode is over I feel 'distant' and can't remember things that happened or happen in 10 minutes prior or post the event. Deja vu is often started by a familiar smell but it happens with sounds and situations too. 0-2 times a week for the last 2-3 months. About the other related informations:- I am not a smoker altough everyone around me is, all of my friends and family, occasional drinker (a couple of beers weekly :) )- I have trouble waking up lately, feel often tired in the morning when I shouldn't be- I take good care about my eating habits, work out 1-3 times a week (I've been into sports since I was 6 y.o.)Since I read all this, I am seriously considering going to my doctor...If anyone has any info or useful links please post them :)Irfan
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 26, 2011
    • 10:03 AM
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  • It just happened to me again so I finally decided to google it and this is the first result of the search.I am 22 y.o. male student of electrical engineering.I too have very much the same simptoms as the first post, altough mine last for 2 minutes or so I think, after the episode is over I feel 'distant' and can't remember things that happened or happen in 10 minutes prior or post the event. Deja vu is often started by a familiar smell but it happens with sounds and situations too. 0-2 times a week for the last 2-3 months. About the other related informations:- I am not a smoker altough everyone around me is, all of my friends and family, occasional drinker (a couple of beers weekly :) )- I have trouble waking up lately, feel often tired in the morning when I shouldn't be- I take good care about my eating habits, work out 1-3 times a week (I've been into sports since I was 6 y.o.)Since I read all this, I am seriously considering going to my doctor!If anyone has any info or useful links please post them :)
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    • January 26, 2011
    • 10:09 AM
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  • I have also had these symptoms. I am a 39 yr old male smoker. First started in an airport (!) 7 years ago. Had them on and off for a couple months, saw a doctor and they put me on an anti-depressant. Now it's back and I am going to pursue the neurology aspect. Hope we all get the help we need b/c it sucks.
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  • Same here. For some odd reason it only happens when I'm in my room. Right now I'm seeing my GP and getting some tests done. I just hope it isn't epilepsy...
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  • Hey! I have just had my diagnosis for this. I'm in the UK and from 1st GP visit to Diagnosis it took almost 8 months! NHS is free and you get what you pay for. What you all have is called temporal lobe epilepsy, and I found this out on this very site. I took that name to the doctor and told them that it's what I thought I had. Naturally, they didn't take me seriously as I had googled it. But my EEG didn't lie! The MRI was clear, but epilepsy doesn't always show up in an MRI. The EEG showed abnormal activity, and the solution was there. I only had to have those 2 tests. Prognosis is great, 2 pills twice a day, gradually increasing to a dosage that suits my needs. Women wishing to have children should be kept on a lower dosage. This is medication for life, but I don't care! I'm so delighted at the prospect that these horrible episodes may go away! That I might stop being so tired, and that the memory loss will stop! That's the most important thing, as I cannot be good at my job if I can't remember what I'm doing half the time! So, you need to see a neurologist. This is a common ailment, but such a strange one that it's hard to explain. I find the wikipedia article on it is great. She said no driving for 12 months max until the medication kicks in. Worth it just to get better!Best of luck, get treated!
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  • Hi, i am an 18 year old female and have been experiencing theese Deja Vu episodes since the age of 11. The episodes will occur at random times, i have been years without having one and can then suddenly have up to 5 in one day. They leave me feeling exhausted and with a sense of not feeling in total control of my body. My memory will feel slightly 'foggy' and with this comes intense nausea and dizziness. The Deja Vu itself is so clear and when the episodes first started 7 years ago, were almost always triggered if i were to look at a fire extinguisher, which sounds crazy!, when i told my doctor he looked baffled and did not know what to tell me. Once the episodes came more frequently i went back to my doctor who sent me for two EEG's and one ECG, the tests on my brain and my heart showed no signs of epilepsy and no signs of an irregular heart beat. It wasn't until I had an MRI scan that they found a small scar on my Temporal Lobe, which could be the cause, however has never been conculded.I do however wonder if i suffer from Anxiety, I have had the odd panic attack, in which one time woke me from my sleep and lately i have this constant feeling of negativity, as if something bad is waiting to happen. I feel unmotivated and irritable and i am constantly worrying about the quality of my physical and mental health, i keep having feelings that soon im going to be very ill, which is starting to really drag me down. I wonder if theese episodes have started to come back now that i'm feeling anxious all the time. But if you are alike me and many others on this page i would definaltey advise you to speak to the doctor! you can't sound any more crazy than i did with my fire extinguisher story! lol.
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  • 29 yr old female, non smoker, 1-2 drinks a night or every other night.I have been having this issue since I was a little girl. When they first started the deja vu sensation felt amazing and I liked it. Now it is happening more frequently and as I get older it is no longer fun. It starts with a feeling of dread, like I can feel it about to happen but can do nothing about it. Then as it is going it can last 30 sec to a minute and all I can do it sit there and wait for it to be over. After the fact I have an intense feeling of fear, sickness to my stomach and a fairly bad headache. Everything around me feels odd, or different and I cant seem to get it together for about 4 hours. Sometimes they aren't that bad and I can recover in about 30 mins others it can down me for an entire day. Is it anxiety or seizures. My doctor looked at me like I was an idiot when I tried to explain it.
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  • im 14 and got it about a week ago and its quite frequent i just dont know what 2 do
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  • Hello everyone,I'm a 22 year old female and have been getting these Dejavu fits for a while now; couple of years, but only recently have they started to get really out of hand to the point of being almost hindering in life and work. I don't drink or smoke and think I'm decently healthy- I just haven't been able to see a doctor in a long while.Usually places and situations trigger them. Some days it will happen say twice a day or I can go a couple of days without one.When I get the dejavu I too have the varying intensity of nausea, dizziness, and just general "off" feeling. I also have headaches, I do not know if that has anything to do with it but since middle school (8+ years ago) I've been suffering daily headaches that now I fear my body's grown immune to OTC pain killers.I was also reading about how a lot of you talk about not feeling fully rested, being tired, ect. I was starting to believe I was also looking at narcolepsy, as I have the feeling of never being fully rested and at the drop of a dime (pardon my expression) could fall asleep, standing up, sitting down, ect. I also could sleep for 9-10 hours if left be.I was just wondering if this sounded like what you all are experiencing. I'm trying to get into a new career but I don't want to have any problems like this that could hinder me in my job.Thank you for your time.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 22, 2011
    • 04:20 PM
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  • Hello everyone,I'm a 22 year old female and have been getting these Dejavu fits for a while now; couple of years, but only recently have they started to get really out of hand to the point of being almost hindering in life and work. I don't drink or smoke and think I'm decently healthy- I just haven't been able to see a doctor in a long while.Usually places and situations trigger them. Some days it will happen say twice a day or I can go a couple of days without one.When I get the dejavu I too have the varying intensity of nausea, dizziness, and just general "off" feeling. I also have headaches, I do not know if that has anything to do with it but since middle school (8+ years ago) I've been suffering daily headaches that now I fear my body's grown immune to OTC pain killers.I was also reading about how a lot of you talk about not feeling fully rested, being tired, ect. I was starting to believe I was also looking at narcolepsy, as I have the feeling of never being fully rested and at the drop of a dime (pardon my expression) could fall asleep, standing up, sitting down, ect. I also could sleep for 9-10 hours if left be.I was just wondering if this sounded like what you all are experiencing. I'm trying to get into a new career but I don't want to have any problems like this that could hinder me in my job.Thank you for your time.I'd have it looked at if you have insurance...but be careful regarding pre-existing condition clauses....
    EB0525 25 Replies
    • August 29, 2011
    • 06:33 PM
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  • Has there been any connections with this intense dejavu and alzheimers?
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • January 16, 2014
    • 02:51 AM
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