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Question: Feel disconnected with body; senses extremely dulled.


 camirex - Tue Oct 27, 2009 9:05 pm

Hey, so I just had a fairly high fever, about 102 degrees during the past weekend. I took some Tylenol and it went back down to normal temperature, however right now I'm experiencing this feeling like only half my mind is controlling my body. My senses are extremely dulled, I can't taste much, smell much (though probably because nose is backed up), eyesight is normal, when someone punches me or pokes me; I barely feel it right now.

I'm not really sure 100% what this condition or phenomenon is, but it's the first time it occurred to me. Just basically feels like I'm unconsciously doing alot of stuff but I'm still there. Can anyone help?
 John Kenyon, CNA - Mon Nov 23, 2009 10:29 pm

User avatar Hello -- What you describe sounds a lot like a state known as depersonalization (or sometimes derealization), where the subject is quite conscious but feels not entirely in control of what's going on, almost as though he is standing next to himself, uncertain what he may say next, is easily distractable, and often suffers dulled sensory pickup as you describe. This can be caused by any number of things, some of them still very unclear, but including things as simple as blocked sinuses or inner ear problems to unwitting hyperventilation or even simple partial seizures. (This latter seems quite unlikely in your case). The problem is often seen in the recovery phase of acute viral or bacterial illness, and is probably most often due to sinus congestion with uneven air pressure inside the head including the ears. There are other less clear causes for this and some people are even able to induce the sensation by thinking about it. It is also often precursor to panic attacks (possibly due to hyperventilation syndrome). If your problem doesn't resolve on its own shortly you'll need to be evaluated by a doctor, and perhaps even be referred to an ear,nose and throat specialist.

Hope this is helpful. Good luck to you,and please do follow up with us here as needed.

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