I'd had a mild headache for the last few hours, so I was taking it easy and reading on the couch. Suddenly I felt restless and got up to go outside and water the garden. Outside, I realized that there was something wrong with my vision--the plants seemed to fade in and out of blurriness on the left side of my vision. This just happened for second or two. When I went back inside, I developed a sudden -dreamy- feeling, then my head started to slowly fall. This was followed by my entire body slumping slowly to the ground. I remained motionless in this position for a minute or two, fully conscious, trying desperately to move, but I felt entirely paralyzed. I couldn't even blink.
My boyfriend noticed this and said, "Sunnichka? Sunnichka? Are you okay?"
The strange thing is that I was able to just barely mumble to him, "Im-ok" and then "hang-on." But more than that, I was absolutely incapable of.
Eventually, I succeeded in moving the tips of my fingers, and then it felt like the ability to move quickly washed through the rest of my body, and I righted myself.
Afterwards, I was very, very tired and wanted to go to sleep immediately.
I'm already in the process of seeing doctors because I am having strange visual problems. (Seeing afterimage
s all the time, motion after-effects
whenever I've been walking around for a while, strange peripheral field disturbances. . . .for instance, I can't drive anymore because I see the cars behind me jerking into my lane (though this is not actually happening.)
My neurologist is baffled and is sending me to a neuro-opthalmologist who also says he has no clue, but who has scheduled a visual-field test for me next month. But what on earth is THIS new development? It doesn't seem like an atonic seizure
, because my understanding is that those happen so abruptly. And why on earth would I still have very slight control over my voice?
Am I going insane? What could be wrong with me? How do I even tell my doctor this? Won't he just think I'm crazy? Do you have any ideas about what could have happened to me, Metafilter?