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  1. Jan 1, 2012 #1
    What do you call it when "a ghost passes through you"?

    There's this phenomenon that occurs to some people a handful of times in their life. My friends and I describe it as "a ghost passing through you."

    Here's what happens: You're having a seemingly regular day, standing on your feet, and then all of a sudden, without warning, you get weird, small, quick spasms that last about one second, maybe less. Your knees might become weak and your could collapse a little, but rarely fall over. It's always kinda funny to watch it happen to someone else.

    I can remember this happening to me three times, it could be more. I don't have any medical conditions, ADD, Epilepsy, etc. There doesn't seem to be a pattern as to when it happens. I know it can happen to other people and not just me.

    What is this ACTUALLY called? What causes it?

    Maybe you guys can shed some light on it. Thanks!
     
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  3. Jan 1, 2012 #2

    Evo

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    Re: What do you call it when "a ghost passes through you"?

    Muscle fatigue?
     
  4. Jan 1, 2012 #3
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    Can it be spontaneous? I don't remember being tired when it happened. It just felt like all of a sudden my knees weren't supporting me and I couldn't do anything.

    There have been times in my life when I have exercised a lot and experienced similar sensations. One time after some relatively intense exercise I walked my dog, and on the street I had this awful feeling that I was going to collapse right on the street. The feeling grew and dissipated over a period of about 30 seconds, but I barely held out and I felt fine afterwards.

    The thing about the sensation I'm describing is that it's seemingly random and unannounced.

    It seems to me to be more neurological than anything, because arms flail a little too, and you shudder. It's not so much fatigue as loss of control.
     
  5. Jan 1, 2012 #4
    Re: What do you call it when "a ghost passes through you"?

    It doesn't really matter, I'm just curious.
     
  6. Jan 2, 2012 #5

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    Re: What do you call it when "a ghost passes through you"?

    heebiejeebies or cold chills?
     
  7. Jan 2, 2012 #6

    Evo

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    Re: What do you call it when "a ghost passes through you"?

    It could be neurological, a neurologist can run tests to check your muscles and nerve impulses.

    http://www.emedicinehealth.com/electromyography_emg/article_em.htm
     
  8. Jan 2, 2012 #7
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    Naw I don't think anything's wrong with me :p
     
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  9. Jan 2, 2012 #8

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    Re: What do you call it when "a ghost passes through you"?

    Glad you solved it.
     
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