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July 22nd, 2002
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Weird feeling
Sometimes I get this weird feeling, that might be described as something like vertigo, but maybe not quite, since there's no dizziness involved. I feel like my perspective is all screwy, like I'm a lot farther away from the ground than I am. I can look and see that I'm actually not, but it feels a lot different. I don't get this often.

Sitting in my chair at work just now, I got the feeling that the chair is missing a bar across my lap, like in a ride. Or, almost like I'm in a chair-lift thing, and there definitely should be a bar there, to keep me from falling.

Is this a common thing? Do I have a tumor or something?

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From:tigerbright
Date:July 22nd, 2002 10:57 am (UTC)
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It's not uncommon. The first thing I'd do would be to take off my glasses and wash my face and eyelids with cold water to clear out any gunk in the corners of my eyes that might cause distortion, then examine the glasses to make sure they haven't gotten twisted (check the nosepieces, too), as not focusing through the center of the lens can create this effect.

It might also be astigmatism, or simply a muscle in your eye temporarily warping your cornea.

However, if you find yourself with a killer headache in an hour, it's a migraine; at that point all you can do is take two Excedrin and find yourself a quiet dark soft place, and promise yourself to take the Excedrin at the first warning sign next time.
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From:queue
Date:July 22nd, 2002 11:08 am (UTC)
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Hmm. I've had migraine headaches most of my life that I can remember, though thankfully very infrequently as an adult. I never even thought of this as one of the warning signs. I'll have ot see what happens this afternoon.

Now, I'm almost hoping that I get a migraine, since then I'll know I have a warning sign.
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From:hrafn
Date:July 22nd, 2002 07:00 pm (UTC)
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Gah. I was going to comment, then figured I'd mention this when I saw you this evening, then forgot :P Anyway, sometimes I get a sort of disembodied feeling when I'm getting to sleep. It's not like the half-dreaming, half-awake state, it's just a feeling that my feet, legs, everything really, is some immeasurable distance away. And when I was quite young, things looked small and far-away from time to time; I distinctly remember one time at dinner commenting on how things (the spoon is the item I recall most clearly) were "small," and I also remember it happening a couple-few times while I was reading - the text was still clear and sort of the same size, but felt like it was a distance away. Don't remember if the reading bit was pre- or post-glasses, but the spoon sure was. Once they removed the tumor, it all cleared up, but it left a big scar across my forehead ;
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