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Offline skyrocket

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Brain Shake
« on: Jan 11 2018, 11:28 AM »
For the past few months I’ve had, what I can only describe as ‘brain shake’.  It’s as if my brain is suddenly shaken or jolted inside my skull as if it has been electrically shocked.  The ‘shakes’ or ‘zaps’ only last a second or two but are quite scary. It’s a bit like the split second when a severe vertigo attack is starting.  When I have it, it can be on average 3 or 4 a minute and lasts all day.  It can vary in the degree of intensity and is sometimes short sharp shocks and sometimes slower kind of waves.

It makes my dizziness worse and is quite nauseating and exhausting.  I don’t have it all the time but it tends to come in clusters.  For instance I’ve had it again for the past 5 days but prior to that nothing for weeks.

Just wondered if anyone else has experienced this or has any advice?

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Re: Brain Shake
« Reply #1 on: Jan 12 2018, 05:18 PM »
Hi,

I am sorry, but I haven't experienced your symptoms.  They sound unnerving, poor you.  I would try to get in touch with your specialist (if you are seeing one) or your GP.  Could it be stress related?  Sometimes stress can do strange things.  If it could be stress then try out a guided meditation from you tube like

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o94tvFUttco

I hope this helps.
Kind regards
MissCheeva

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Re: Brain Shake
« Reply #2 on: Feb 09 2018, 08:11 PM »
I had this a few years ago. Really scary.

Reported it to the GP and he told me I probably had anxiety. Asshole

'scuse my language :)

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Re: Brain Shake
« Reply #3 on: Feb 10 2018, 08:23 PM »
Yes, these are very disturbing.  I have had many of these sudden jolts inside my head.  They normally appear in late Menieres.  They can be so severe that they can throw you backwards or forwards onto the floor.  Not all these jolts lead to drop attacks - however what you are experiencing is a mild drop attack, the type that doesn't deck you!

Sorry to have to write the above but I have had so much experience with this disease - not just from my own personal experiences, but from many other sufferers too.

Simon

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Re: Brain Shake
« Reply #4 on: Feb 11 2018, 07:05 PM »
Yes, these are very disturbing. 

Since your comment followed my comment I had a fleeting thought that this bit referred to GPs rather than brain shakes !! Sorry for taking a less than serious line but I just felt I had to share that, as I do find GPs rather disturbing (as my last comment so succinctly implies), but even so the brain shake wins substantially :)

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Re: Brain Shake
« Reply #5 on: Feb 25 2018, 11:06 AM »
Hi,

I also get the same symptoms as you but there's a difference ..
I get the the zaps as you say but only when i'm when i'm trying
to go to sleep and only at the point of dropping off also i get violent muscle
spazems my hole arm will jolt or leg i'v even felt it in my chest..it's awefull..
so i seen a neurologist and took an electro scan (they wired up my head and
gave me a sedutive and try to sleep on a bed) apart from a small twitch in
my arm nothing happened i didn't reach the point were it happens anyway
i went back to the neurologist she said although shed experienced a lot of cases
it was most common to pregnant women at it was not harmfull she sent a
letter to my doctor which read quote (hypnogogic jerks completely physiological)
make of that what you will but its sounds to me that its all in my mind..
I felt so stupid i worked myself right up and started googling it..
It appears that its an anxiety thing which would make more sense to me as iv
sufferd anxiety a lot longer than meniere's it could be related to trauma which
i sufferd from a nuisance nieghbour who made my life hell as he lived above me
and was constantly banging on his floor which was my ceiling in a flat when i move
into another block of flat i was any sort of noise to this day makes me jump so
i believe when im falling asleep the other people may be comming home late and
im still getting the shocks from that when im just nodding off i believe its related
to the fear and worrying..the good news is ive been suffering from it for 40yrs
and im still here..its a awefull experience so i no where your comming from
and to have it before an attack is twice as bad..if you have anxiety try to sort that
out..breathing exercises and meditation are good coping devices  ..
best of luck to you..stev

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Re: Brain Shake
« Reply #6 on: Feb 28 2018, 05:12 PM »
A few thoughts on the above:

- theres a lot of research demonstrating a strong and close relationship between MD and anxiety - so don't beat yourself up over it

- I don't believe that you gain MD just before your first vertigo attack, I think people have already had it, or at least a susceptibility to it which is then easily triggered, for years before

- no problem googling symptoms etc as you have to get an understanding of your condition somehow, Its just important to recognise when that googling becomes unhealthy and starts feeding the viscious circle of anxiety etc

- I believe that "completely physiological" means its entirely caused by the body, whereas "completely psychological" would be entirely caused by the brain, I could be wrong though

- Like you I was intolerant of noise, neighbours etc and at a relatively young age I shaped my life to minimise exposure to such things, that started at least 15 years before the first vertigo attack