Saturday, October 29, 2016

Screwed Up Senses


I hear this 24/7. From the time I wake up until I go to sleep, I hear a non-stop tone.


I've had this since I was little. It's not "ringing in the ears." It's a non-stop tone. That sound is a given. It stopped Dec 2002 - March 2016. It had stopped so long, that I forgot I had it. In Dec 2002 I had a severe brain injury. Almost everything stopped. Some things come back years later. This was unexpected.

Since the brain injury, a new screwed up sensation started. I'd smell something out of the blue. I took it as something was happening in my brain. I wrote a whole paper on how smell can rehab the brain. http://thoughtfulveg.blogspot.com/2012/10/breathe-deep_11.html I later find out about neurogenesis.

Neurogenesis, the creation of new neurons in the brain, is known to happen in two places. One of these places just happens to be the olfactory bulb, or the smell center in our brain. "This new work confirms that neurogenesis in the human olfactory bulb is a marginal phenomenon in adults." https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/05/150521144040.htm

Now, here's the strange one... touch the back of my head and my foot kicks. I will scratch an itch on my head and be kicking the whole time. I looked for it in the literature. It is called "referred itch."
Ever scratch an itch on your stomach and feel the scratch on your elbow? Or scratch your leg and feel a prickly sensation on your neck? You’re not alone. Lots of people report feeling a sensation from a scratch in places far from where they’re scratching.   http://mentalfloss.com/article/56366/why-do-i-sometimes-scratch-one-body-part-and-feel-it-another
Mine is severe. Usually only the sensation will be felt, but I all out kick. It has calmed down over the years, but early on it scared the heck out of a lady cutting my hair. Every time she combed the back of my head, my foot would spasm and I'd kick. I told her not to worry, it was a wonderful result of brain surgery.





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Going back to the top, "That sound is a given. I've had it since I was little. It stopped Dec 2002 - March 2016. It had stopped so long, that I forgot I had it. In Dec 2002 I had a severe brain injury." I already had something. The other two examples occurred AFTER a brain injury. You can say I now have a more "delightful" experience.

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