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Haven't had this in a while, and it may be unrelated to anything, but someone in this weird and wonderful zoo probably knows about this...

I'm sitting there, and suddenly it's like my worldview switches smoothly from normal/tetelphoto to wide angle. By which I mean that what I'm looking at stays normal, but stuff in my peripheral vision goes a long way away like it would in a wide angle lens. Except it's feelings as well. It's like my arms are eight feet long and my legs are miles away. I can control my limbs, but it's like working a puppet. If I look at them, they come back close and control feels normal. As soon as I go back to what I was doing, they stretch away like elastic. Everything except my immediate focus feels distant and disconnected. It feels kinda funky.

It's happened on and off for a while, but the last time it really happened was when I went blind for an hour or so for no reason. Scans showed nothing (but they were looking for evidence of a stroke three months after the event...).

Only reason I ask, is I'm off zyprexa again, and feeling a little strange - sleeping less, 'Radio Brain' is playing songs over and over etc etc

Anyone else had anything like this, or is it just a unique personal abnormality?

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I don't know how the zyprexa or no zyprexa might be a factor. It's hard to say if this is happening more with med changes. But the blindness thing, and it happening before... The lack of sleep definately induces a lot of stress on our bodies and may be partly a cause of the increase of these? They seem to be consistant with some things I have read and experienced myself but it's hard oto say. You might want to look at this thread. I think there are one or two sites there, also.

http://www.crazyboards.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=8924

And I think there are a couple threads about visual stuff here but I'm not sure which ones.

What was the conclusion after the test showed nothing? It was thought that there was no other possible cause? I'm just suprised that they wouldn't investigate migraines if the thought was that a stroke may have occurred but tests showed up negative and other neurological causes didn't seem likely.

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Wow. That sounds like it.

As for the stroke, they pegged it as a TIA, but could find no evidence (like they really rushed looking) and eventually wrote it off as a probable migraine. Odd, as there was no headache at all with it. Nor the second time it happened when I lost not the power of speech, but huge chunks of vocabulary.

If it is 'Alice in Wonderland Syndrome', then I've had it for years, happening infrequently and with no apparent trigger. The last episode happened the morning after the blindness.

Weird. I'll add it to my other abnormalities like synesthesia...

Edit: I have no history of migraines, though my mother did. For the 'TIA' they did blood work, an ultrasound of my carotid arteries and finally a CAT scan, before calling it migraine and dismissing the whole thing.

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As for the stroke, they pegged it as a TIA, but could find no evidence (like they really rushed looking) and eventually wrote it off as a probable migraine...

Edit: I have no history of migraines, though my mother did. For the 'TIA' they did blood work, an ultrasound of my carotid arteries and finally a CAT scan, before calling it migraine and dismissing the whole thing.

I have a diagnosis of complex migraine.

Which is a type of migraine aura without headache with various symptoms similar to what you describe. But, migraines shouldn't really be written off or ignored, even if there is no pain experienced.

Complex migraine can cause a variety of symptoms that may be mistaken for a stroke, including weakness, numbness, difficulty speaking, loss of vision, or dizziness. Complex migraine are caused by loss of blood flow to part of the brain. In a complex migraine, this lack of blood flow is caused by temporary spasm in a blood vessel, and most episodes are short-lived. Many episodes last only a few minutes, and episodes lasting more than a few hours are quite rare.

http://www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW...480/386819.html

This is a neat thing to look at that describes a couple of auras and migraine phases. I recognized a few of the symptoms.

Sorry I know those aren't great resources but I've been trying to write this forever and I didn't want to just not post something again.

But, whatever they might be, if they suggested they might be migraines and are still happening you should see if there is something to do about them.

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