I can't believe there are so many other people describing EXACTLY what I experienced today. I used the exact words "it's like the combination of remembering a dream and having deja vu" when I tried to describe my experience to my husband this morning. The epilepsy connection is intriguing - I'll bookmark this thread and look further into that right now.
I just began experiencing this several days ago and had 6 episodes in a single day. It began with the daja'vu, then the dream flash, and then a feeling of dread and fear along with the sweating and pounding heart. 2 occured while driving! Just trying to explain them is nearly impossible to someone who has never had one. I believe I had one several years ago... I was at a park walking and I must have blacked out and found myself at my car dizzy, confused, and injured from a fall. My Dr. did an MRI and found nothing. I am on a mild blood pressure medicine and don't take drugs but I do enjoy a drink or two before dinner. I also often have very vivid dreams and have a stressful job. I will keep following this discussion and hopefully one of us will get a diagnoses and share the information!
What is amazing to me is how few of us seem to be out there. This thread and the only other I have found,on Yadda, both began several years ago and there are less than 20 or so commenting through a 2 year period. Can it be that rare?
I have the exact same thing and it has been gong on for almost 2 weeks now. I suddenly remember something about a dream, and then I get very confused if I am remembering a dream or something that actually happened. I get so disoriented that I forget what I'm doing or where I'm going, and sometimes it leaves me feeling nauseous. The severity of each episode varies, and it helps if I can immediately thing about something else. I would like to know what is causing this, and what to do to stop it.
Hey i have had this happen for years, no blackouts or seizures, but has anyone else noticed a trigger effect, like with me 5 to 10 dreams flash, and i get the feeling, sometimes it happens if i go to a new place, a dream will flash of the same location, and then several wierd ones to follow. And afterwords i couldn't pinpoint or remember one of them, but almost. I do suffer from anxiety also, but do think there is a different answer because you cannot control it, anxiety you can.
Did you ever find the reason for this? I am having these...premonition like feelings and flashbacks to dreams I don't remember. They are not scary but they are being triggered and I have anxiety as well....after I have the flashbacks I am immediately left with a pounding yet frozen heart, stiff and sweaty hands and feet, and even nausea.
For awhile I had Thought I was the only one getting this.
I Asked a few friends and, they thought i was Crazy XD.
But i get it 2 times and some times 4-6 times a day.
I will be sitting in class or going on with my daily tasks and all of a sudden my hard starts pounding and I get extremely nauseated and I start sweating like a mad man, I almost freeze In place.
There has been a few times where It feels as though im just going to Throw Up, so i lay my head down for a few mins and it goes away...
I used to smoke Weed but I quit 8 months back, I do not drink alcohol and I never have, I do not smoke Cigs but this have been occurring for 3-4 months now...
Plz Email me if you have any ideas what this is...
Ty and I am glad i am not the only one.....
This has been happening to me recently also. I have had no auras and have never blacked out. I just get the flashback and experience anxiety and confusion. I went to the Dr. today and they thought that it was either an anxiety disorder or hypoglycemia. In moderate hypoglycemic attacks you can get nightmares and anxiety like symptoms. My blood sugar was pretty low at the time. I am getting blood work done soon and will post if anything comes of it. Wouldn't it be great if it would stop if you ate a candy?
I have been having these problems too for almost 15years. Ive never told anyone, and I cant believe their is a forum about it. Its a relief to know other people are experiencing the same exact syptoms. I have severe deja vu, experience weird memories which are often dreams (I am an extremely vivid dreamer), I sweat, feel sick and it takes a while for me to 'shake it off'. Sometimes I blackout/pass out for a few minutes. I hope people keep up with posting. Good Luck to everyone!
I got my test results back, and I do have reactive hypoglycemia. If I think hard about it, I can trace most of my episodes back to drinking caffeine. I think that anyone who can get tested for this problem should. It requires a 4 hour glucose tolerance test. Basically, when your brain doesn't have enough sugar it starts going crazy, and you can get symptoms of any number of mental illnesses. I think this may be what is happening to me. I will let you all know if it happens again now that I am controlling my diet.
WOW. You guys are experiencing what I too have just recently started experiencing. I get a snipet of a dream, I have a feeling of nausea and I get hot and clamy. I have never taken drugs and I am a very fit 40 year old police officer. However, recently I had a book published and my dream snippet seems to revolve around something to do with my book. (I can't remember the dream, but the flashback is enough for me to know this is what it is about) Maybe, subconciously I worried about the sales or how it would be percieved by the general public? It originally happened once every day or two, but know it only happens occasionally, maybe once every two weeks. Maybe because sales are going well and the book is getting good reviews I am not worrying about it too much. However, it is very interesting to see others experiencing this problem. Amazing what the body does to itself isn't it?
Me too...I am getting increasingly worried about this since I posted last year, and have no new info. My flashbacks keep occuring, sometimes not for weeks, and then sometimes 5-7 times a day where the whole day is ruined and I sweat profusly and feel nervous....WE NEED TO FIGURE THIS OUT!!
I have been getting flashbacks of dreams for years (I am 37 year old man).
It starts like dejavu then becomes a very vivid flashback of a dream.
Its not nightmarish but I can only explain it as somewhere I definately don''t want to be.
At first I used to fight them by concentrating on something else, but recently I have been sort of going with it to see what the outcome is.
And it seems to me that I have a sort of "loop" dream where the same scene keeps repeating itself over and over in my dream.
And although I can''t speak about it after the flashback has happened I can still see it in my head.
I can''t belive other people get it. I thought it was LSD flashbacks but obviously not.
I also get the confused feeling afterwards and sick feeling
I guess I can add myself to the list. It''s a fairly new experience for me. I had this happen twice last year, several weeks apart, so figured I''d wait to see a doctor. Well, it happened three times yesterday, all within about a four hour period. I have a flashback/deja-vu of some event that I don''t know had ever happened...perhaps a dream, but seems very real. As it happens I feel a sudden, strong nausea that lasts less than 20 seconds and feel very hot. I''ve been sitting down each time and don''t think I''ve ever blacked out. When the thought is gone, so is the heat, nausea, and enough recollection to try and put it together. I''ve talked to people about it, but really struggle to describe it.
Everyone on this forum should read this. I'm 29 years old, IQ of about 139 (just to show I'm no idiot - I'm also not crazy - no medications but I do drink coffee and was smoking weed occasionally and had some light alcohol consumption - not during the event I'm about to describe. . ) Anyway, that was just to set the scene. About 1.5 months ago I was sitting in my living room and had what I called a flashback to a horrible event that seemed incredibly real. Each flashback seemed to lead to another, they were all highly elaborate and interrelated in a few ways. All of them were frightening and upsetting, seemed surreal but parts of the "dreams" I know occurred because I talked to people that corroborated that they did. Now here is where it gets weird(er). One of the flashbacks had me speaking to a former co-worker of mine, a highly religious co-worker. It's important to note that the conversation I had was framed as though it happened a year ago. He told me that I would experience a lot of deja vu in the future, asked me if I wanted a power/gift and told me I needed some help (I did at the time) and asked me what I wanted (a new job - my job was absolutely horrible, it was hurting my soul - I'm not religiously affiliated in any way). I asked him who he was, he told me I would figure it out. He said the deja vu was because something was changed in my life, something I didn't deserve to experience, and that I was basically placed back in time in order to redo my life from before the traumatic event. The gift of seeing the future was only so I could see through what I was about to go through, thus making it more bearable - this comment was preceded by him asking me if I wanted to know what happened - I said yes, he asked again in a stern voice if I wanted to know, I said yes and then I became aware of the horrible event in one of my flashbacks. He told me I was tough and for my pain (of knowing) I would be allowed to see my future. I told him that sounded great, I would use it to make a bunch of money - he said you won't be able to but could try - I found out later the future was just my future and only a few minutes or hours in advance. I'm covering a lot of ground here because the conversation was long and bizarre. Anyway,I spent the next 45 days, today included, experiencing what I believe I have already experienced. I should note that the next day I went for a walk a saw a hawk descend to literally right in front of me - I live in San Francisco - it just sat there and looked at me for a few minutes. Since I was 16 the hawk has been my spirit animal for reasons beyond the scope of this article. Anyway, it picked up a mouse and flew off into the sky - I had just left a church for the first time in 15 years. I immediately remembered why I saw this, I was the mouse and the hawk signified God, I was being taken away. My co-worker had warned me that I needed to leave my job, stop using drugs and find my true path in life otherwise I would see a snake in the hawks claws signifying that god had chosen to save the evil in me (my choice, not his) instead of the good in me. This is getting a little long winded but I think all of us share something in common - we all have experienced something that we did not deserve and have suffered for it, we all had our lives changed - we were sent back to before the event in order to relive our lives without the event. The deja vu flashback is I don't want to say it, but god's way of letting us know something, probably that he exists or is here to help, but also to show us what could have happened, as a warning for the future. I should also mention I've had 4 interviews for new jobs in the last two weeks. So, whatever you think, my life has been changed, I got my wish and for that I have suffered.
Well, like everyone else, I am in shock and releived that I am not the only one experiencing this. My husband has been very supportive and empathetic, but I think finally realises that I'm not a freak after reading all these entries. I have experienced these 'things' irregularly for at least 15 years. They are exactly as everyone here describes them. Last week was the first time I'd had them in a long time. They went as quickly as they arrived and only lasted 2 days. I tried to work out what would have brought them on. I had chinese food from the food court two days in a row and wondered if it was brought on by MSG (don't even know if they use it) but then after reading some of the latest posts, I am now wondering if it is a glucose thing, as I had loads of chocolate and lollies on the days leading up to it coming on. Anyway, I am just very glad to see that others know what I'm talking about and that I'm not going crazy, as it certainly sounds weird to try and explain what's happening. There must be a doctor or researched out there, perhaps even a student doing a thesis who could look at all these posts and realise that it's something that needs attention. Like everyone, I want answers!
I have this too. I am in shock and awe. I really did think I was alone in experiencing these symptoms because when I try to describe it to people, it sounds pretty insane. Weird flashbacks of dreams come out of nowhere and I feel incredibly ill and uncomfortable. The more I try to focus on the flashback while it's happening, the more sick and uncomfortable I feel. It is usually accompanied by a strange smell or burning feeling in my nasal cavaties and right through my body.
I have seen posts similar to this on three different postboards, and the possibility of seizures keeps coming up. I pray this is not true. I just wish there were some concrete facts on this issue so we could really find out what to do. All I can say is that when it happens, it is the most uncomfortable feeling in the world and I just want it to stop.
I guess I should add myself in as well. I've been having the dream flashback issue for about 5 years, off and on. At first the flashbacks were brief, I was a little dizzy for a minute or two and then it would pass. I never mentioned this to a soul thinking anyone would just think I was nuts. My flashbacks were also kind of pleasant and interesting....until the last 5x that this has happened and I've passed out cold. I've seen a doctor and described the problem and at the time he thought it was related to low blood pressure. I have not had the problem for about 2 years until yesterday when I was hit with a flashback early in the morning, recognized that I should lay down quickly and passed out. I came to, went to bed due to feeling so horrible and passed out again while laying down. After passing out I'm nauseous sometimes for a couple of days, and am in general just not feeling exactly right...nausea and my head does not feel exactly "stable." I'm on vacation now but will be pursuing this when I get home until I have some answers and will definately post again. Has anyone else had some definitive answers? I for sure have no intention of living long term this way because I do not think it is particularly safe for me to be driving until I can be sure this is going to stop. Thanks
I have been having these exact symptoms for a few years now. They come and go. I can feel it coming on and can usually hold it off by thinking about other things. When it happens I get a very familiar and almost warm and inviting feeling. The images start to come in and a song plays although I can't remember it now. I see Frankenfurter from Rocky Horror Picture Show as well as other people who are always in this vision. Its like a looped dream but always a little different or I get a little bit further each time. It only lasts for a few seconds and once its done my heart is racing extremely fast, I sweat profusely and feel extremely hot. I then don't know whats real and whats not and try to immediately think back to the 'vision' but as the seconds go by they all disappear. For a few minutes after however I can remember pieces of dreams from nights before but again they disappear as well. It happened once to me while I was at work. When I came out of it my boss and a few co-workers were all staring at me asking if I was ok. They said I turned bright red and was staring off into the distance. As they said this I had sweat pooring down my face. (I was in an air conditioned room that was actually pretty chilly).
I was diagnosed as a young teen with Panic Stress Disorder and as scary as it is having a real panic attack, this is completely different. I have not had a panic attack for over 15 years. But this...Imagine being in a familiar setting sitting in a warm bath with a freight train barrowling down on you. It disapears at the last second. You are terrified and completely comfortable at the same time and then suddently left with nothing teleported back to reality.
My family has a history of Diabetes and I'm a avid soda drinker. I think I may print out this page and bring it to my doctor as I could never describe all of it before.