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    This is what I remember.

    I stopped running suddenly. I was aware that something was deeply wrong. I turned around 360 degrees. I had no idea where I was. I had no idea where these trails went. I had no idea how I got here or where I was going. Nothing was familiar.

    It was such an odd and foreign sensation. It felt different from being lost. It felt like I was being denied access to the information in my brain that would tell me where I was. I was blank. I could not understand what was happening to me.

    Did I make a connection with MS? Until then I had four MS attacks, I’d been paralyzed twice, suddenly and without warning. So maybe. Everything about MS seemed weird so perhaps this was MS too?

    What I do remember is that I was working really hard to just keep my sh** together. Keeping my breathing under control (like any good runner would). So I don’t think I spent anymore than the obvious amount of time considering my loss of where-ness.

    I walked along a trail toward the middle of the meadow and came to a stream. It was shallow, clear, maybe 6 feet across (I’m 6ft. tall). It had stones and sand on the bottom; anyway, it wasn’t a muddy bottom. I remember the banks were not very high, maybe a foot, and that they were grassy and green.

    I remember sitting on the grassy trail next to the stream.

    At some point while I was sitting there, I distinctly remember that I saw some water boatman, a type of large beetle with long paddle’s for front feet, which they use to swim across the water surface, leaving tangled wakes behind them.

    Time passed, I don't know how much; maybe one hour, maybe three, I didn't have a watch on.

    When I looked up from the stream I recognized the low wooded hills that surrounded the tall grasses in the middle of the meadow. I recognized the trail that ran east to Sunset Point. I recognized the trial that went south out of the meadow back to the car. I walked or ran back to my car.


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    Oh my goodness RC, what an experience from he!!. Scaryyyyy!
    i believe it was MS.
    Glad you are OK now. Don't do that again...LOL!
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    This happened recently? Or sometime in the past?

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    Welcome back, redcardinal!

    This must have been frightening.It sounds as if it happened a while back? In one of your previous posts you described something that might have been an optical migraine. I wonder if this was something like that other experience?
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    welcome to crazy world of MS symptons,,when you think U have things figured out,, it doesn't happen,,

    been there a few times myself,,hang in there..
    " Don't outsmart your common sense"

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    Thanks for this, Redcardinal. I wonder if it was MS related to temperature.

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    Default RE: "loss of awareness", a MS cognitive symptom

    In all good humor — and 'seriousness' — I decided to accept the 'advice' I once got from a bona fide Neuroquack™: "[There is nothing wrong; It's] just your altered perception."

    Personally, I find this outcome at once deliciously ironic *and* universally applicable @ MS.

    YMMV
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    I think I would call the neuro in case it's not just MS, like a weird type of seizure, or stroke. I take it yu do not have Alzheimer's?

    Some seizures can make you feel like everything around you is not quite real. It's called derealization. It can also cause disorientation.

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    I think it's easier to take this kind of happening as MS rather than worry
    myself to death about whatever other horror it could be.....Eeeeek!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SalpalSally View Post
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    I think it's easier to take this kind of happening as MS rather than worry
    myself to death about whatever other horror it could be.....Eeeeek!
    Yes--the other possibilities might be far worse.
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