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Waking up with a jolt, like electric shock , hallucinations and palpitations
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I have had some extremely weird symptoms lately and my doctor looks at me like I am nuts.   All of this has happened progressively over about six months.

It started with having an odd feeling in my arm...sort of tingly and limp.  I thought I was having a stroke, and actually thought about going to the ER but it seemed to pass.  Then I started waking up in the morning with completely numb hands, and/ or shoulders.  Then some part of me would fall asleep during the day....my foot, or my butt cheek or something.... be all tingly, like and pins and needles, then it would pass.    I began having weird sensations at night.  On the point of just going to sleep I would suddenly jerk awake with a sudden massive heart beat, or what sometimes felt like a 'wave' going through me.  Sounds too weird I know, but I am trying to tell it like it is.   I read somewhere it is irritiation of the vagus nerve?   Also on the point of wakefulness to sleep, I  had loud explosions in my head,  and sometimes feelings like an electric shock...like I had been stuck in the centre of my brain with a cattle prod.  Then I started getting terrible insomnia...I mean, the mother of all insomnia I just could not sleep, I just didn't feel tired.  I started getting panic attacks for about an hour, like feelings of impending doom and death.  Worse than any panic attack I could imagine.  Only thing that took them away was drinking something like pedialyte or orange juice.

Also, on the point of sleep I have what I can only describe as hallucinations.  I 'see' things, like a movie playing in the upper right corner of my 'vision'.  I actually see things clearly and n great detail.  Faces.  People whispering.  Tall ships sailing.  Men with spears rushing over deserts.  ...a dog with its legs crossed, a sudden angry face in front of me.  I sound nuts don't I.   I have never done drugs, don't smoke or drink.

Now, I have these awful palpitations all the time.  My heart gets to 200 bpm (mostly in the night but it happens during the day too) and my heart feels like it is doing somersaults,  I get skipped beats too, and I get an odd premonition of the skipped beats...I sort of get an odd feeling in my forhead, then the beat skips, , then I get a flush feeling in my head, then I burp!   I also get feelings like my heart has actually stopped for a second...then it thumps back in with the biggest whoosh which is terrifying. I can almost feel the blood flowing out of the valves.

I have had an abnormal ecg (long qt) normal echo and angiogram.  Heart is structurally sound but something is disrupting the electrics big time.   am having a holter monitor next week.

I read somewhere I could have got nerve damage from taking a quinolone, which affects the central nervous system, and eventually the cardiac muscle.  I have had Cipro for a UTI a few months ago.  Doctor thinks I am talking rubbish.  If anyone else has these symptoms please tell me at vashti998 at live dot co dot uk    thanks
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By any chance have you had any massages recently, or using e cigarettets, protien shakes, quit regular cigaretts, taken chantex in the past year, quit cannabis, started high blood pressure med?

I have been having some of the same experiences and these are the changes I have made recently.

Exercise to increase endorphins and anti anxiety meds have helped me cope a bit.  Some days are better than others.
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I had the same thing as Vashti998 in similar ways. Honestly I did have skipped heart beats and also I did feel like I been struck in the center of the brain with lightning when I had slept last night. I woke up jolting with shock. I didn't know what it was. I told my father but he didn't know either. I was a little scared because it could mean anything such as death, or a symptom that I never experienced before. Either way, whatever it was, please anybody reading this, email me an answer what you think what might have caused these things or any recommendations what I should do to prevent these in the future. Contact me at ***@****
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Hi.

I was convinced there is a spiritual explanation that is being played out in  the physical body.  yes that would have sounded mad to me a few years ago but the timing and symptoms certainly seemed odd.  My list of symptoms sounds very much like Vashti's (down to the long QT etc but without the burps but with a few more nasty symptoms thrown in).  Will list them if either of you are still interested in this thread?  

Scary as it has been over the past few years I am also concerned that this might be linked to sleep apnoea symptoms now.  Have either of you had a diagnosis for anything since you wrote your comments?  I have had a feeling that it might be down to something to do with the parasympathetic nervous system in the past but its kind of guesswork with a little bit of knowledge because the Drs don't seem to have a clue and never seen a neurologist.


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