Spacing out, lost track of time

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Gidget^
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   Posted 11/11/2007 4:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Thursday night I left the house at 5pm to go grocery shopping.  I was half way through the store when I remember stopping to check my list.  I don't know how long I stood there spacing out.  The next thing I know I'm waking up from my daze to find that it was 6:45.  I know I wasn't shopping for 90 minutes, it doesn't take me that long to go through the store.  What concerns me is what happened, how long was I standing there and why did this happen?  Has anyone experienced this?


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hippimom2
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   Posted 11/12/2007 8:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Gidget, that does sound pretty scary. I think a lot of us sometimes get a little disoriented or pause during a lupus brain fog moment or completely lose our train of thought, but your experience seems to go beyond that. Please talk to your doctor about this to make sure that lupus is not affecting your central nervous system - there are tests they can do to check for this.

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cured4real?
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   Posted 11/12/2007 7:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Gidget,
My son does experience this, and he has epilepsy. He cannot remember his seizures and will be somewhere and not know how he got there, will have sores and stuff. There are many different types of seizures and with some types you can just be absent, like you describe, but still function and even seem normal. My son will do all kinds of stuff, mostly normal, then I catch him doing something strange. He gets very tired and sleeps after these incidents. Sometimes the medicine he takes for seizures changes them instead of totally getting rid of them, but they are better than his big seizures. The time period seems too long, but my son says he spaces out long periods like that when he's on his medicine. The other question is did you really space out all that time, or did you lose the ability to recall it when you looked at your watch and panicked a little. That is more like short term memory loss, like a form of amnesia, which I had, that was caused by an eventual allergy to prozac and that whole family of drugs. I would definitely talk to a doctor about it right away and avoid driving or doing anything important until you have an answer and treatment for either of these two scenarios.

Now, there is a third, that is normal ME. I am a multitasker with an addling ageing brain and I can get so involved in thinking about abstract things or other things than what I'm doing that I really lose the memory of doing them because I didn't pay attention as much as I usually do. It can be very severe. At one point in time they thought it was a form of seizure, but I could recall exactly what i was thinking for all that time, though I couldn't remember what I was doing at the time. I don't think this is entirely normal but seems to be a family trait made worse by my former occupation, complex computer programming. I just can really get too focused. It can also be a sign of a medication doseage problem too, lack of sleep or emotional stress.

I know you are probably scared, I know I scare myself alot. Sometimes I would not remember driving to and from work, and it was very scary. That's why I say don't drive or do anything important or risky. I would call the doc tomorrow if you haven't already and go see someone right away so you can feel safe driving and so forth and know this wont happen. If you drive and have a seizure after knowingly having a problem, your insurance will not cover it and you can have criminal charges and/or lose your license besides possibly hurting yourself! I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Check yourself for a rash from the prozac, mine didn't itch and was scaly and apparently pretty serious. If you have stuff to do, I would at least go to er or urgent care and get them to run a couple tests and either write you out from work or clear you.

I hope you feel better and if it is short term memory, then its probably just medication issue and they can correct it. Prozac is lovely for that when it doesn't agree with you. Take care and Im sorry I didn't see this earlier. Maybe someone else will post. Please be careful and get this checked out asap. I will worry for you.
Love, Marji
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Gidget^
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   Posted 11/14/2007 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   

Thank marji and hippimom,
I have an appointment with my rheumy on Monday to discuss blood tests and decide where to go from here.  He's a great doctor, I feel so blessed to have found a doctor that wants to see me on a regular basis and seems to care about me as a person.  I remember looking at my list and wondering what I need to do next.   I am not sure what I experienced but I will mention it to the doctor when I see him.

I went for my second followup and pap yesterday after having a hysterectomy last summer for cervical cancer.  My doctor told me that she was leaving the practice and moving to Florida.  I was so upset I ended up leaving with tears in my eyes.  She has a special needs son and feels that she will be able to give him better care in Florida; so I understand her need to move.  I just hate that I'm losing her :(  If anyone in the Orlando area needs a good gyne I can give you her name and after the new year give you an address and phone number where she'll be. 

I started back on the Plaquenil this morning.  My dr. really felt that I wasn't having an allergic reaction to anything, that it was more of a lupus reaction.  I figured it was worth a try going back on the Plaquenil, it really does make me feel better.  Keep your fingers crossed that he was right and I don't have another (3rd) reaction!

Hugs!


Gidget^
 
SLE 9/07, FMS '90's, Spinal Stenosis, Osteoarthritis, Sinus Tach, PVC's, Kidney Stones, RLS, Parotid Neurofibroma 8/04, Cervical Cancer 9/06
Clinoril, Toprol XL, Prozac, Zyrtec-D, Zocor, Vitamins B6 & B12, Folic Acid, Loratab ,Percoset, Toradol
 
There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
 
 

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