Almost constant numb, dazed, stunned, drugged, dream-like state in head/brain.

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   Posted 4/20/2012 4:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone

I am a 48 year old male with a history of GAD, OCD, depression, Panic Disorder, Tourette's Syndrome, IBS, GERD, Gastritis, Cervical Arthritis (bone spur), Alergic Rhinitis and Chronic Sinusitis. I Don't drink or smoke (although I once did) and am currently taking Atenolol, Prevacid, Astelin nasal spray and Ativan (I've been tapering off of this for over a month now).

I have all of the symptoms you would expect from the disorders listed above but recently (within the past month or more - and especially within the past week) I have been experiencing lots of symptoms that I may or may not have experienced in the past (mainly in my head/brain) which include...

* A hazy, dream-like state most of the time.
* Feeling very spaced out and "drunk" even though I don't drink.
* "Pressure" feeling in my head as if it was very "crowded" in there.
* Feeling drugged, dazed and trance-like - like I could just sit there and stare at the wall for hours like a zombie.
* Almost feels like I'm not getting enough oxygen to my brain sometimes.
* "Retarded" feeling - like my IQ has been cut in half.
* Brain feels stunned, numb, paralyzed, anesthetized.
* Feel very drained, run-down and tired most of the time (except evenings sometimes).
* Often after eating I'll have a low-grade fever (99+).
* I'll sometimes break out in a rash on my stomach, chest, arms or palms.
* Sometimes it feels like I have zero emotions, drive, ambition and like I just "exist" like a robot...empty...hollow.
* Slightly off-balance at times when walking.
* Hot/cold flashes.
* Mild "sweats" with hot feeling all over in the evening even when there is no fever.

These symptoms are usually MUCH worse in the mornings and during the day and start within 30 minutes of waking up but most of the time, they start to disappear toward the very late afternoon and by late in the evening/night, I'm back to feeling halfway normal again.

I've had tons of tests, seen a Neurologist, an Opthomologist, tons of bloodwork, MRI's, etc. Everything always comes back normal. I've researched sleep apnea, adrenal fatigue (I've been under LOADS of stress lately!), types of allergies and their symptoms, etc. It's so debilitating (not to mention, frustrating). I've had to cancel several appointments because of this because I was simply to tired and out of it to go. Does anyone else here share the same symptoms?. What can you tell me please?.

Thanks so much for your help!

- Seth

Post Edited (Sethp) : 4/20/2012 5:30:55 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 4/20/2012 8:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Sounds to me as if you are allergic to something, either you are consuming it (food or pills/meds) or its in your environment.

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   Posted 4/20/2012 9:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, these are all familiar to me...I felt quite ill today, earlier. I have been overwhelmed by a few things lately, and I guess my symptoms have kicked up.

I almost thought that I wouldn't be able to work, but when I pushed through and got started, I completely turned around! Distraction doesn't always work for everyone in every situation, but it seems to help me.

The reason that you are having higher anxiety that tapers throughout the day is due to cortisol...the stress hormone that is at its highest concentration upon waking.

Practicing your self-help techniques such as breathing and relaxation exercises should help you through the toughest hours.

Keep posting and know that you are not alone in how you feel. We understand and are here to listen and support!:)

Have a relaxing and symptom free weekend.


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"It is when we are most lost that we sometimes find our truest friends"

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   Posted 3/21/2013 4:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I have suffered with depression for many years and my symptoms are more or less exactly the same .I suffer with derealization and depersonalization ,I also suffer with an anxiety disorder and constant feelings of unreality and severe brain fog . check out Dissociative identity disorder ,hope some of this helps xx

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   Posted 3/21/2013 9:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi nikkijs and welcome!

Glad to see you join us.:) Thanks for contributing, and please feel free to continue posting with us can also start your own thread of introduction anytime (if you are comfortable doing so) so we can get to know you better.

Talk to you soon,

Scaredy Cat

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   Posted 3/21/2013 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Please look into Test, have it tested next time they do blood work.
you might get a surprise.

Larry ***

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   Posted 2/16/2014 4:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey, you should look in to Post Orgasmic Illness Syndrome

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   Posted 2/16/2014 11:57 AM (GMT -7)   

I wanted to address two of the items you listed. (Gotta start somewhere, eh?)

1) I am not familiar with the meds you are on, or how long you've been on them, or if you've had any recent changes in prescribing doses or changes to these meds, or how long you've had these symptoms,.....but.....there are, regrettably, a number of medications that can cause that "zombie" like feeling, the haze, memory lapses, feeling your cognitive abilities are impaired. So in that particular regard, you may want to speak to your prescribing doctor. There may be alternatives.

2) As for what happens after you eat,-- this is actually a very normal response, -- but not everyone is consciously aware of this happening. Some factors include your diet and how sensitive you are to changes occurring in your body. I get this every single time I eat. I have learned, (in my case), that it's simply my metabolism.

When we eat food (especially if we eat meals a few hours apart, giving our bodies time to digest properly, as opposed to eating non-stop)....when our gut is "empty" and we fuel it, there's a change in blood flow, to our digestive tract, to break down and process the fuel we're ingesting. This can manifest as a surge in energy, redness and warmth, hot flashes, a feeling of hyperactivity, energy (or anxiety).

Caveat: These experiences are less likely to happen with foods that are highly processed, sugar-laden....

Well, that's a lot of info for now, through it, and see what you think about it. Again, in my experience, this happens, quite literally, with every meal I eat. When I learned, understood, and accepted that this was why this was happening, I just run with it!


"My time for tears will be at my Victory...not at the start of the War." ~~Vickie
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