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An odd feeling
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An odd feeling
I get an odd feeling fairly often-- I'd say about once every other day.

It's difficult to describe. It is sort of like light-headedness, but not quite. It is also very quick; I just barely realize that I am experiencing it again, then it is gone. I guess the best word to describe it would be "surreal".

Also, sometimes this feeling is coupled with feeling as if someone is asking me "what are you doing?", even though a lot of the times I am doing something perfectly ordinary and routine.

I've tried tracking it to see if it seems to happen as a result of any particular event. It happens after eating, after missing a meal, when I have taken my meds, when I haven't taken my meds yet, when I am stressed, when I am not stressed, when I have slept enough, when I have not slept enough, etc. In other words, it is completely random, as best as I can tell.

It does not hinder me in any way at all, I am just curious as to what it is. Which brings me to ask: have you ever heard of anything like this, or experienced it? Do you know what it is, why it happens, or have any ideas/theories?

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2009-07-19 2:14
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Re: An odd feeling
Do you have high or low bloodpressure?

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2009-07-19 12:37
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No. I get my blood pressure measured every 6 weeks when I go the the psychiatrist, and its usually perfect.

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2009-07-19 17:25
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Re: An odd feeling
Low blood pressure (specifically postural hypotension) was my first thought as well.

There isn't really any such thing as "perfect" blood pressure, though. Mine is normally 90/60 and sometimes as low as 80/40. As an athlete, that's pretty damn good - but it's also within the warning limits used by hospitals, so when I had a ten day stay last year nurses were constantly freaking out about it, heh.

When I get a bout of postural hypotension (I say "postural" but it can sometimes be triggered by stopping exercise, eg walking after getting off my bike) it goes like this:

1 - Strange, distant feeling of unreality
2 - Sound fades slightly
3 - Loss of balance
4 - Vision becomes yellow, either blotches or completely, and sometimes blacks out
5 - Sensation of otherworldliness and floating

The whole thing then clears. It can be as little as 2 seconds or as long as 30-ish.

Any kind of sudden lightheadedness with an odd feeling that resolves itself quickly sounds like some form of low blood pressure to me.

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Re: An odd feeling
When I say "perfect" I mean that its close to 120/80, if not exact (has been 2 times that I remember). Also, during my hospital stays, they took my blood pressure and temp 2x a day, every day. And 2 of those stays were right around a month. My blood pressure was still good, despite the fact that I was changing meds and/or dosages fairly often at that point

Out of those things you listed, I experience 1 and 5.

I'm not saying it isn't my bloodpressure--goodness, it could be. All I am saying is that to me, the evidence doesn't point that way.

Also, it isn't exactly being lightheaded. I guess...its like the emotional equivalent of that. I don't think it is a physical feeling.

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Re: An odd feeling
Eternity Wrote:When I say "perfect" I mean that its close to 120/80, if not exact (has been 2 times that I remember).

120/80 is a bit high for postural hypotension to be definite, but it certainly doesn't rule it out.

Quote:I'm not saying it isn't my bloodpressure--goodness, it could be. All I am saying is that to me, the evidence doesn't point that way.

I'm not sure why - a surreal lightheaded experience that passes quickly and doesn't seem tied to anything specific sounds very much like a blood pressure issue.

Quote:Also, it isn't exactly being lightheaded. I guess...its like the emotional equivalent of that. I don't think it is a physical feeling.

Emotions are also caused by physical issues. When you say you don't think it's a physical feeling, I take it you mean it is in some way energetic or spiritual? Why is that your feeling? I'm not saying it isn't, but nothing of what you've said implies it is.

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Archer Wrote:120/80 is a bit high for postural hypotension to be definite, but it certainly doesn't rule it out.
I was under the impression that that is a target blood pressure reading. For one, usually when the nurse takes it, she says "oh that's good" or "perfect!"

Quote:I'm not sure why - a surreal lightheaded experience that passes quickly and doesn't seem tied to anything specific sounds very much like a blood pressure issue.
I say this because I don't have any history with blood pressure issues, and because it doesn't feel like a physical feeling.

Quote:Emotions are also caused by physical issues. When you say you don't think it's a physical feeling, I take it you mean it is in some way energetic or spiritual? Why is that your feeling? I'm not saying it isn't, but nothing of what you've said implies it is.

I think the feeling is exactly what I said. "an emotional equivalent to being lightheaded". Meaning that it doesn't seem physical, but rather is emotional (or similar) and feels something like being lightheaded, but not quite.

And thanks for trying to help me figure this out, by the way. =)

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I wasn't aware there was an emotion (such as sadness, happiness, etc.) that felt like being lightheaded. I mean, maybe shock or disbelief, but you'd probably be aware of that. Unless you're using a different definition for emotion?

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I really can't explain it very well. Obviously <!-- sTongue --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_razz.gif" alt=":P" title="Razz" /><!-- sTongue -->

Let me try it this way. For me, at least, when I experience a physical sensation, there is usually a emotional response to it. Like if I twist my ankle, I feel fear, and curiousity (is it broken?!?) and shock. If I kiss someone, I feel happiness or elation. You know what I mean?

This feeling/emotion is like the one coupled with lightheadedness, but without the physical sensation of being lightheaded. A kind of surreal feeling, also with the curiousity of "what am I doing?"

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Re: An odd feeling
Eternity Wrote:
Archer Wrote:120/80 is a bit high for postural hypotension to be definite, but it certainly doesn't rule it out.
I was under the impression that that is a target blood pressure reading. For one, usually when the nurse takes it, she says "oh that's good" or "perfect!"

Yep, by "that's good" they mean "your blood pressure isn't high" - because except in extremes, high blood pressure is worse for you than low blood pressure. If my BP was 120/80, on the other hand, it would probably be time to call an ambulance. Generally low blood pressure is better (except in eg clinical shock) but postural hypotension - loss of blood pressure in the head on movement, especially standing - can result from it.

Quote:I say this because I don't have any history with blood pressure issues, and because it doesn't feel like a physical feeling.

If it is postural hypotension - not having any other history with blood pressure issues is normal. My blood pressure is amusingly low and occassional postural hypotension (and a slightly elevated pulse) is the only outward sign of it.

Have you ever fainted? It can be a weird, dreamy, unreal feeling.

Quote:I think the feeling is exactly what I said. "an emotional equivalent to being lightheaded". Meaning that it doesn't seem physical, but rather is emotional (or similar) and feels something like being lightheaded, but not quite.

I'm sorry, but I flat out do not understand what you mean by this.

Quote:And thanks for trying to help me figure this out, by the way. =)

No problem.

Eternity Wrote:Let me try it this way. For me, at least, when I experience a physical sensation, there is usually a emotional response to it. Like if I twist my ankle, I feel fear, and curiousity (is it broken?!?) and shock. If I kiss someone, I feel happiness or elation. You know what I mean?

Yes, all totally normal, and the same for everyone (except those with affect disorders).

Quote:This feeling/emotion is like the one coupled with lightheadedness, but without the physical sensation of being lightheaded. A kind of surreal feeling, also with the curiousity of "what am I doing?"

Unfortunately that doesn't help at all, because you haven't described to us what the emotional feeling coupled with lightheadedness actually is.

If I'm understanding you correctly now, you don't have strange lightheadedness sensations - but every couple of days you experience a strange emotion of "Huh?" and then it passes. Unless it's deja vu (or a related phenomenon), it just sounds like . . . feeling an emotion, y'know?

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