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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 11/5/2008 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello, first of all I wanted to welcome you to the boards. I don't think I have yet, or replied to your posts.

I was reading posts the other night, and yours really struck a chord with me. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to respond just then. I'm talking about the post where you were in the hallway at school, and you had strange feelings of unreality.

My symptoms of fibro began in earnest in May, adn I got severe fog with them, and dizziness. With the dizziness came strange feelings. Feeling like my life was a movie, I couldn't recognize faces, the world seemed dark, my own voice seemed to echo as it transended through time and space. I felt as if I could almost see myself from a distance, I felt as in slow motion. When people talked to me they looked distorted, their voices robotic. Does any of this sound familiar to what you experienced? I never told anyone about this, and certainly not my doctor. I thought they would think I was crazy or had an overactive imagination.

I was doign some research not to long ago about seeing floaters, after images and spots of light. I followed a few links, which brought me to a page on hallucinogen persisting perception disorder. This disorder described my eye issues perfectly, but it's obviously not the cause (link here). Another link I followed brought me to depersonalization disorder. Some more information on these feelings can be found here. If you scroll down to the end, there is a list of symptoms, or other analogies to these feelings. This is when I became aware that these strange feelings I had were recognized by the medical community, and actually quite common! Derealization is another article that deals with another facet of this.

So to make a long story short... I know I felt much better after reading all this. I knew that I wasn't going crazy, and I wasn't imagining it. I'm not saying that these disorders is what you have! I know I don't. But it seems that a lot of it is linked to stress, and who knows, maybe fibro too. You said you suffered from anxiety. I never went to a doctor about mine, but I think I must a little too. Some stressful situations strongly bring out the fight or flight response in me, and can make me sick and dizzy. BTW, my fog is much better (most days, lol) and after about a month of these feelings, they haven't recurred since. I hope that this helps to allay your fears, and can help you make a littel sense out of it too.

Gentle hugs, and keep up your great attitude!
Waiting for appointment with rheumy (March 2009) to get an official dx. waiting, waiting, waiting....
Taking malic acid/magnesium combo, what a life saver! and amitriptyline

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