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rapid dream-like experiences while awake?

Posted by Timothy on May 27, 1999 at 08:26:28:

I'm a male in good health, 44 years old, work out of my home. Last September while showering in the AM, I had a series of very fast moving dream like visions. I'm not sure how to describe it, it was like I had experienced several full-length dreams in a matter of seconds. I was awake in the shower at the time. I was very frightened, and called out to my wife, and was groggy, confused and had a hard time for a minute or so afterwards distinguishing between the "dreams" and reality.

I went to my doctor, who thought it might have been some type of seizure. He suggested that we just wait and see if it were to ever happen again.

Four days ago it occurred again. This time I was very tired in the afternoon, and told my wife I was going to take a nap. I lay down on the bed, and before I could get to sleep, the same "dream-like" rapid visions occured again. I called to her,and when to the top of the stairs, sat down, and as I'm talking to her, the rapid dreams kept occuring (only a second or two in length - but they were like full-length movies). I was frightened, and eventually calmed down and lay back in bed, where I slept for about 40 minutes.

Later that evening I broke down into a "panic-attack" which I've never done before ... I'm always in control. We called the dr and an appointment was set for the morning. He took some blood, the test showed nothing. Later that afternoon, I had the same experience with "visions" while I was at work on the computer. This was briefer. Again, I had a hard time recovering, and couldn't clearly distinguish between the "dreams" and what I had done earlier in the day. I went in for a MRI yesterday, the results were negative. I'm scheduled to see a neurologist in a few weeks.

I've read about narcolepsy, cataplexy, hypnogogic hallucinations, etc., but I haven't seen anything that describes what I'm experiencing. The hyp. hal. come the closest, but the descriptions don't adequately describe what I'm experiencing. I don't smoke, don't drink, don't do drugs (a very boring suburban midwestern engineer).

Sorry for the lenght of this message, but does has anyone else ever heard of this? I'm really worried. Thanks.

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