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Medical Short burst of hypersensitivity disorder?

  1. May 13, 2012 #1
    Hey guys, I am curious about a condition I have had ever since I can remember. It is a short burst in hypersensitivity especially in hearing and touch.

    It last for up to about 2 minutes and is quite annoying. It makes every movement feel more difficult and exhausting. When I listen to music in this state it is so vivid that is sounds disfigured and ugly. I feel more irritable as well. I have no idea what triggers this state but it happens maximum twice a week.

    So I was wondering if anyone has heard of a similar disorder or knows what it is, or even experiences it themselves.
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  3. May 13, 2012 #2
    Ok so I just read the thread that physicsforums cannot give a diagnosis to this, but would it be possible to just hear people's opinions about the disorder, because I have been to a psychiatrist who didn't know about this disorder.
  4. May 13, 2012 #3


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    Yes, it's ok to ask if anyone hs heard of such a disorder.
  5. May 13, 2012 #4
    Maybe see a doctor like a neurologist?? It might not be a mental problem, but a physical problem.
  6. May 13, 2012 #5
    Well I have thought about it a lot and I doubt it is a physical problem since a auditory excitement cannot be brought on by physical means, the only thing it can do it create disturbances such as when the cilia are damaged and you get tinnitus. This is more of a over focusing on the different sounds to an extent where it drives you crazy and the same for the touch excitement. I think it could be some kind off epileptic episode in the brain. I also know that a lot of people practice the art of heightening senses, but I can't find anything on an involuntary heightened sense.
  7. May 13, 2012 #6


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    I don't get them so I can't speak to it, but this sounds an awful lot like how people describe migraines.
  8. May 13, 2012 #7
    I don't know a lot about migraines either, but I know one symptom is a headache, while I experience no kind of pain in this state of mind.
  9. May 13, 2012 #8


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    Not all the time.
  10. May 14, 2012 #9
    Dave's right. You can have a Migraine aura isolated from the rest of the syndrome, and many people do. They have the auras without ever getting the headaches.

    Oliver Sacks, neurologist and author, experiences migraines himself and used to work in a Migraine clinic. He wrote a whole book on the subject.

    Migraines are a syndrome, and there are four stages in a classic migraine:

    http://www.migraine-aura.org/content/e27892/index_en.html [Broken]

    Sacks reports that a person can experience any one of the stages without also experiencing any of the others. This is not rare, in fact it's pretty common, just not well known by the public. A person can experience Migraines without ever having a headache!

    Anyway, Sacks, himself, had two episodes where his hearing suddenly changed. Specifically, the sound of music became chaotic and extremely unpleasant to him, sounding like the clattering of pots and pans. He diagnosed himself to have been experiencing an isolated Migraine aura during these episodes.

    So, this sounds like what you experienced in the sense it was an episodic extreme alteration in your hearing. Seizures are also episodic, so that's another possibility.

    If you want to see a doctor about this, I must echo Micromass: a neurologist is going to be the best bet in sorting this out.
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  11. May 15, 2012 #10
    Thanks a lot for the info it looks as if you guys are probably right.
  12. May 15, 2012 #11
    I was able to find Sacks report of this online if you want to read it:

  13. May 16, 2012 #12

    Hi Cillie:smile:

    You need to discuss this with your doctor as you already know, but I thought I would do a little research since I was interested in what you said.:smile: This is what "I" found which is from the Vestibular Disorders Association:

    The Vestibular Disorders Association also states the following about Migraine Associated Vertigo (MAV) that I thought was interesting:

    Wish you the best! Take care.
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  14. May 18, 2012 #13
    Thanks a lot guys for taking the time to give me all of this information, it is all very interesting and has been very helpful in gaining perspective (just because it is harmless now doesn't mean it won't get worse). I will go and see a neurologist the first chance I get.(after my evil, stressful exams).
  15. May 18, 2012 #14
    Hope you ace your exams.:biggrin: Brief mention, it is normally your primary care doctor who will refer you to a specialist. I hope you have a primary care doctor. He/she will determine who you need to see and it may not be a neurologist. :smile:
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