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I don't know how to explain this. - April 1st 2009, 09:03 AM

I wasn't sure whether to put this here or in mental health.
This has been bothering me for quite awhile, at least as long as my memory problem, so over a month.
Whenever I can't see any limb I have, like in the morning when it's dark or if I have my hands behind my head, it's like I can't tell where they are. I can touch and feel them, but it feels strange, and I have no idea where it really is in orientation with the rest of my body until I look at it.
It's kind of like, as long as I can't see it, I have no idea it's there.

I'm wondering, what this is called, and what can cause it. I'm going to go to a doctor as soon as I can, but until then I'd like to at least know that there's a name for this.
I'm thinking it might be related to my amnesia in some way, but I'm not sure.


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Re: I don't know how to explain this. - April 1st 2009, 03:19 PM

Depersonalisation, I think is the technical term for it.
It's when you don't feel that you're *in* your body, or that it doesn't belong to you.
I experience similar when I get very anxious.
What can help is 'grounding' - things like gently rubbing the part of your body you feel detached from, and also wrapping a blanket or duvet close around you.



   
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Re: I don't know how to explain this. - April 1st 2009, 03:52 PM

No it's not that, thanks for trying though.
I've had personalization before but this feels different. I feel completely normal except for the fact that I can't tell where my arms and legs are when I can't see them, I think I found out what it's called though but I have no idea why I would have it. I found something called sensory ataxia, and it sounds exactly like what I'm experiencing.


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Re: I don't know how to explain this. - April 2nd 2009, 03:10 AM

I'm not sure what the issue could be, and we're not allowed to diagnose or say "Yes, it seems like you have this," here, as we're not medical professionals. The best thing would be to see a doctor and try to determine what the issue is.

I did look up the sensory ataxia you mentioned, though it was hard to find much specifically on it. Ifyou truly think you have this, you need to consult with a doctor (neurologist probably) as it's a sign from MS as well as other diseases.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ataxia#Sensory_ataxia


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Re: I don't know how to explain this. - April 2nd 2009, 11:08 AM

I would recommend seeing a neurologist to find out exactly what is going on. However, you can find out if you are actually experiencing sensory ataxia by preforming a simple test at home. All you have to do is have someone preform a Romberg Test on you. Here is a link that will explain how to preform one. If you fall back dramatically after being gently pulled backwards then you have a positive Romberg result. Either way you should discuss your symptoms with a neurologist. It is possible that you might be suffering from a bout of vertigo or it could be something else all together. I hope you get to the bottom of this soon. Take care and feel better.

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Re: I don't know how to explain this. - April 2nd 2009, 07:22 PM

I went to a doctor yesterday, and he did say that it sounded like I had that. He made me do some tests, but not the one you mentioned, he made me close my eyes and he moved my finger up and down and told me to tell him which way he moved it. He also put some weird vibrating thing on my hand and told me to tell him when it stopped vibrating.
He said I had that ataxia, and if it didn't go away in a couple months that I should get a referral to a neurologist from my physician.


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Re: I don't know how to explain this. - April 2nd 2009, 07:32 PM

Good! Not good that you might have it, but good that your doctor might have an idea on how to help and who to send you to.


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