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Woke up two days ago feeling like a was walking on a cloud. All my movements feel like they are slow motion it's is like I have to really think about how I need to move my body. I have felt this way before but it has always been when I wake up in the middle of the night and can't fall back asleep. The last time it happened was over a year ago and it always cures it self one I get some sleep but this time it doesn't seem to do the trick. My breathing and speech are fine but it is hard to think clearly. All of the strange feeling are in my sense of touch and motion.

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Thank you for asking your query.

There are few possibilities here which might be causing the symptoms. First and foremost cause could be a REM Sleep disorder. This is nothing to be worried of as it is can be a normal aberration. Other possiblity is a kinesthetic issues which warrants a neurologic examination.

You will need a complete Neurological examination and some test if this happens often and if this persisting even during day. In that case make an appointment with your local general practitioner or preferably a neurologist. You will
need to do some testing of your cerebellar function. Cerebellar
disorders could arise from infection or trauma to the brain,
developmental disorders, or degeneration (Parkinson's).Work closely with a neurologist to figure out the underlying cause of your symptoms. Once you arrive at diagnosis, you can start treating your illness. - This is if this symptoms recurs.

I hope this helps.
Take care and please ask any follow up questions if necessary.

Patient replied :

My symptoms seem to somewhat line up with vertigo. I had a bad cold last week but the doctor today checked my passage ways and said they looked fine. I don't feel as though the room is spinning but I do feel like things are moving abnormally especially when I move my body in large motions. Can vertigo continue for 4 days straight? I drank at a wedding two days ago and that seemed to dull all the bad feelings from this but it was back in full force the next morning. What do you think? How is vertigo diagnosed?

Of course, infections that involve the ear can cause vertigo and it can be persistent for days. It seems like you are clear of infection today however (seeing that the doctor that you recently visited claims your passages are clear hence no inflammation).

To get evaluated for vertigo or dizziness, your local doctor will run a series of tests on you. This will include examinations of your inner ear to look for vestibular issues, hearing tests, visual tests and tests for nystagmus (eye oscillations), and possibly imaging scans like CT/MRI of the brain. The images can help look for structural abnormalities such as acoustic neuromas that are known to cause vertigo and other symptoms.

Inner ear disorders, neurological conditions, and also cardiac conditions such as low blood pressure and low cardiac output can cause vertigo and disequilibrium (loss of balance). Coming to an accurate diagnosis requires patience and working closely with your local physician to get to the bottom of your symptoms. Once reaching a diagnosis, you can start appropriate treatment. I hope this helps. Take care of yourself and good luck.

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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