Author Topic: Loud crash at 3am? Could be your exploding head.  (Read 1330 times)

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First described in 1920 as a "snapping of the brain," there is little to be found on the phenomenon in medical literature. Some patients experience a bright flash of light along with the loud explosion or crash, according to a 1989 study in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry that looked at 50 patients suffering from the syndrome.

http://bodyodd.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2010/02/17/2204845.aspx

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Awesome. Thank you for sharing this article. Very interesting.  :)
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I think I've had this happen to me in the past. But with me it sounds like someone knocking on the door.
Interesting.
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Hmmm, that's yet another thing I've never heard of.  I'm learning so much from all of you!

Applying knowledge of this syndrome hypothetically, if someone were stressed because they felt there was something paranormal going on in their home or their life, and Exploding Head Syndrome is waking them up in the middle of the night, that would just add to their stress, and probably in their mind confirm that there are indeed paranormal occurances happening.  Unfortunately that added stress could perpetuate the Exploding Head Syndrome, creating a cycle of percieved paranormal activity.

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I definitely experience this from time to time.  I'm prone to being awakened out of a sound sleep by a sudden cluster headache anyway, but I distinctly recollect the aural phenomenon of a bang as well.  On at least one occasion, I got up out of bed to ask Max in the next room if everything were all right.

I wonder if there's a connection between this phenomenon and headache or brain conditions.

Thanks for posting this, Tracy.  It is interesting.
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Tracy....I just now got a chance to read this article you posted.  In my 14 years as an EMT, I had never heard of that!  How interesting!  :)

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It is fascinating. I've been rethinking a few incidences in my life. I have not heard the crash, but I have had the flash of light.
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Me too, Debra!  Sounds?....I dunno.  Flashes, visual effects?....Yup!!  You know what else?  Everytime I'm in the shower and I rub my eyes, I see large diamond-shaped crystal-like diamondy crystals falling in my view.  It's a total visual effect having to do with my eyes, and it's really kind of cool!   ;D

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I can't really recall sounds, but I have very similar instances where I wake up suddenly, from either falling, or since my motorcycle accident, I've actually woken suddenly after crashing into the back back of a large truck.  Happens fairly frequently.  Not very pleasant.  :-\
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Crashing into the back of a truck???!!!!    :o    Oh Gary.  I'm sure you have a story to tell.

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Tracy....I just now got a chance to read this article you posted.  In my 14 years as an EMT, I had never heard of that!  How interesting!  :)

Trippy huh?

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Me too, Debra!  Sounds?....I dunno.  Flashes, visual effects?....Yup!!  You know what else?  Everytime I'm in the shower and I rub my eyes, I see large diamond-shaped crystal-like diamondy crystals falling in my view.  It's a total visual effect having to do with my eyes, and it's really kind of cool!   ;D

I believe those flashy crystal diamond-y things are called phosphenes.
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I can't really recall sounds, but I have very similar instances where I wake up suddenly, from either falling, or since my motorcycle accident, I've actually woken suddenly after crashing into the back back of a large truck.  Happens fairly frequently.  Not very pleasant.  :-\

There something about that thud, and crunch of metal that never leaves you.
 :(
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Me too, Debra!  Sounds?....I dunno.  Flashes, visual effects?....Yup!!  You know what else?  Everytime I'm in the shower and I rub my eyes, I see large diamond-shaped crystal-like diamondy crystals falling in my view.  It's a total visual effect having to do with my eyes, and it's really kind of cool!   ;D

I believe those flashy crystal diamond-y things are called phosphenes.


"Phosphenes"?  I'm going to look it up to see what their all about.  How the heck did you know THAT, Miss Smarty-Pants??  lol   ;)

I imagine thuds and crunching metal, and those sounds just don't appeal to me.  Especially when I'm on my motorcycle.     |8x

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Debra, I looked it up and found that mine sound like "pressure phosphenes".  That is pretty cool!  I have to say I am really impressed at how much you know about these things!!  I feel dumb compared to you.  lol lol lol    ;)

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Debra, I looked it up and found that mine sound like "pressure phosphenes".  That is pretty cool!  I have to say I am really impressed at how much you know about these things!!  I feel dumb compared to you.  lol lol lol    ;)

Honey, you are NOT dumb.!
Seriously, most of the stuff I know can't get you a degree, or a job.
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Debra, I looked it up and found that mine sound like "pressure phosphenes".  That is pretty cool!  I have to say I am really impressed at how much you know about these things!!  I feel dumb compared to you.  lol lol lol    ;)

Honey, you are NOT dumb.!
Seriously, most of the stuff I know can't get you a degree, or a job.
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Thank you, Debra.  I definitely do have issues with retention.   :)   Also, to me, degrees are overrated.  I have a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, I can't do anything with that, and I'm no smarter with it than I was without it.  That is for sure!  lol  I know people with GED's and no college that are way more knowledgeable than I am.

I truly enjoy the knowledge that you do have in Metaphysics and all.  It's new stuff to me, and I've never met anyone like you that knows so much about something that, for me, is full of new and unfamiliar concepts.   :)


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Honey, you are NOT dumb.!
Seriously, most of the stuff I know can't get you a degree, or a job.
 :)
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Thank you, Debra.  I definitely do have issues with retention.   :)   Also, to me, degrees are overrated.  I have a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, I can't do anything with that, and I'm no smarter with it than I was without it.  That is for sure!  lol  I know people with GED's and no college that are way more knowledgeable than I am.

I truly enjoy the knowledge that you do have in Metaphysics and all.  It's new stuff to me, and I've never met anyone like you that knows so much about something that, for me, is full of new and unfamiliar concepts.   :)


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Thanks for the kind words. :)
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