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funny turn this evening - awake sleep paralysis?!!?

(17 Posts)
Flumplet Wed 13-Apr-16 20:48:07

So this evening I was unloading the dishwasher, everything quite normal, feeling ok, then I reached up to put a cup in the cupboard and went slightly light headed. Then it all got a bit weird, and bear with, because it's hard to describe. I zoned out and it was like I was locked in my body but I had no control over it, my eyes were wide open, my arm was in the air, and I was stood there for what seemed like an age with my arm in the air not able to move, and I was saying to myself in my head 'you can put your arm down now, go on put it down, carry on with putting stuff away' but I couldn't do it, I couldn't put what I wanted to do in to action. I must have been stood there a good couple minutes before it suddenly passed and I went back to normal...What's that all about?! Any ideas?

Eachleechsparethumb Wed 13-Apr-16 20:50:28

I'd call 111 maybe...they might want to get you checked over in case it was a mini stroke

Flumplet Wed 13-Apr-16 20:53:47

Really?! I feel perfectly fine now though, no weakness or other stroke symptoms?

Flumplet Wed 13-Apr-16 20:53:56

Really?! I feel perfectly fine now though, no weakness or other stroke symptoms? Gosh I didn't think of that.. confused

ImNotAFlower Wed 13-Apr-16 20:58:20

Yes call 111. Better safe than sorry X

elvisola Wed 13-Apr-16 20:59:44

It sounds a bit like how my friend describes her absence seizures. Definitely follow it up with a GP.

TheoriginalLEM Wed 13-Apr-16 21:00:13

I think if you feel ok, then you can wait and see your GP in the morning. It doesn't sound like a stroke to me but i haven't a clue what it is. Migraine can do funny things to folk.

I often zone out and sit staring into space and have to shake myself out of it, usually if im tired.

Flumplet Wed 13-Apr-16 21:04:51

Ok I'll make an appt to speak with GP about it. I hadn't thought of any of these things I was thinking like some sort of weird conscious feint or something simple like that. Thanks for the advice X

Squiddles Wed 13-Apr-16 22:43:28

Sounds something similar to catalepsy... Maybe?

GreenMarkerPen Wed 13-Apr-16 22:45:48

low blood pressure?
I get a weird feeling when I have my arms over my head for a short time.

FanjofortheMammaries Wed 13-Apr-16 22:49:32

I would also want to rule out seizures or mini stroke here

Footle Wed 13-Apr-16 22:54:32

An elderly friend described an incident very like this to me. She'd been trying to put a book on a shelf but couldn't make it happen. She had a serious stroke about a week later. I have no idea if this could be relevant to you.

gingeroots Thu 14-Apr-16 08:22:15

Definitely talk to GP .

Could it be something to do with the physical action of looking up ,compressing/pinching something in the cervical region of the spine ?

I've heard that older people with arthritis can have problems when scanning book shelves ,supermarket shelves .

But what you describe ,sort of waking absence ,does sound odd .And scary for you .Hope GP can help .

FanjofortheMammaries Thu 14-Apr-16 09:21:34

Footle that sounds like a TIA..transient ischaemia attack/mini stroke.

Please get checked out ASAP OP, hope it isn't that but they are very often warnings of a bigger stroke on its way.

FanjofortheMammaries Thu 14-Apr-16 09:22:04

And I did type ischaemic there but my tablet changed it.

Footle Thu 14-Apr-16 13:34:46

Fanjo, this happened last summer. Friend has been in care home ever since.

Footle Thu 14-Apr-16 13:35:36

Sorry Fanjo, I misread your post.

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