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visual and auditory Hallucinations

By Anonymous January 3, 2014 - 9:30pm
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Hi everyone!

I'm just going to get right into it.
About 3 months ago I started experiencing really bad migraines. These migraines have caused me to not be able to read, or understand speech. Talking becomes difficult almost impossible. The good news is that that the speech problem is short-lived lasting only an hour at the longest..and then it slowly improves after that and I get back to normal later in the day. I get these migraines anywhere from 3-5 times a month.

Just something I thought I should tell you before I get into the hallucinations.
I haven't had a migraine (just small headaches here & there) in weeks..but I have begun hallucinating. For example, I was laying down, turned around on my side and "saw" that I iiwas laying on my boyfriends chest. I felt him, I saw him, I heard him. He said "I'm here now". The thing is-- he wasn't. He was at work..and when I made that rationalization..this hallucination of him disappeared. I've hallucinated a phone ringing when there was none, knocking, and a childs voice telling me "I am a child, I am a child". All of these things stop when I figure out it's not real. One time I hallucinated that someone was rubbing my back...there was no one around. The thing is..this is becoming more frequent, happening twice this week.
Other things I experience is sleep paralysis (once in a while).

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Hi Anonymous,

Thank you for your question and welcome to Empowher. First and foremost, go see your physician. Your explanation of hallucinations and migraines should be checked by a medical doctor. We cannot diagnose you but rather offer you possible suggestions.

I know you are concerned that the doctor will think you are crazy....however, to get to the root of the problem, you will definitely need to be seen by a physician. You may have some neurological disorder that may be causing the disturbances to your reality. I am not sure and I certainly do not want to make a guess at what may be possibly going on.

Fear usually keeps us away from many things in life. Do you have a close friend or family member that you can talk to about what is going on and perhaps go with you to the doctor? This may be helpful to get over your fears.


Please keep us posted.


January 4, 2014 - 7:23am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I have talked to my parents and my boyfriend about it. They are discouraging me about telling my doctor about the hallucinations. They don't want that on my record. Especially since I was a teen I was institutionalized for a suicide attempt. I'm very happy now as an adult. Just stressed because I have a lot of responsibilities. The hallucinations started 2 weeks after a close friend committed suicide. I actually saw the blood where he did it. During that particular time I didn't sleep well. Now my sleep pattern is back to normal. I have my boyfriend who can come with me, but he doesn't think I should tell them about the hallucinations..just the migraines. I think it's important to tell both.

January 4, 2014 - 7:43am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)


I am so sorry for your loss....I lost my first husband to suicide so I can truly understand the stress and questions that result from your friends decision to end his/her life. Stress is so weird...it causes different things in different people. Could the hallucinations be in part due to your friends death? Possible. The bad part is that you don't seem to have too much support for your concerns which is an extremely tough aspect of the whole picture.


You mentioned that you are in your 20s. My thoughts are - you are an adult. You can make your own decisions about your own health. I know I would be concerned....after my husbands suicide, I used to smell an overwhelming scent of flowers in my car from time to time....enough for me to open my window and gag. There were other times that I thought someone was watching me in my house when I was all alone....very odd....he died in 2005 and I no longer have those sensations....can they be explained? Were those sensations just in my head? Could be I presume but they were very real to me....

So back to the issue at hand...do you tell your doctor? I would. If you have some neurological issue going on....this would be important to tell your doctor...if it is just stress that is causing the touching - or someone being next to you sensations....well, its only human nature..either way, I believe the concerns you have would be misinterpreted without telling your doctor all your symptoms.

Another thing...I'm not sure what hallucinations being in your medical record would be such a concern? Are you planning on being an FBI, CIA agent? Medical records are protected and cannot be shared without written consent. Am I missing something here?


Keep me posted.


January 5, 2014 - 10:31am
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*Sorry, my computer cut me off.
I don't know if the sleep paralysis could be related (though they don't occur with it, and I've had it since I was a child). I am in my 20s, not on any different medications..just birth control. I'm afraid to go to the doctor because I don't want them to think I'm crazy. Growing up I had major depression, I have generalized anxiety disorder, and OCD. I am under a lot of pressure and stress in my life. I don't know what to do.

January 3, 2014 - 9:35pm
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