Jellyfish Effect

FullSizeRender.jpgJellyfish effect :- When my entire lower body, right from the start of lower-back all the way down to my little toes, becomes numb out of weakness and there is a fairly high chance of me just collapsing on the spot because my legs can’t hold me up.

It’s something to do with the nerve, I think. Two discs and tailbone sort of out of place really can affects you in ways you can’t always predict and prepare for. What happens is that I feel some sort of an electric current somewhere right at the start of the lumbar spine, shooting all the way down into my entire lower body, down till my toes. This isn’t the same as the sharp pain that I experience in a similar manner. This electric current, as it radiates down, causes sudden weakness in the muscles and I can’t hold myself up too well. I have had to cling onto things around me and drag myself to bed quickly before it gets worse.

The numbing effect too, is not the same as the numbing whereby you don’t feel anything at all, no sensation whatsoever or no pain. I still experience #pain and if someone were to help me up, I am still able to feel everything that’s happening… But I can’t do much about it.My feet turn icy cold. I don’t have enough physical #strength to help my lower-half up in any way at all. It’s like the signals from my brain won’t go past my lumbar spine!

What happens then is that my muscles in my lower body tense up further and start to do extra work to hold me but it’s not enough. That leads to extra weakness. Which leads to the muscles fighting even harder to hold me up. That’s the vicious cycle people with connective tissue disorders fight with all the time anyway. Then, my upper body has to go way beyond its job scope  just to deal with this entire situation. Imagine having to grab hold of anything that’s around you to stop yourself from “melting” onto the floor.
It’s tiring.

Once I’m lying down, it can take anywhere from a few minutes up to a couple of hours to sort of regain the strength again. But then I still have to recover from the #fatigue of it all, which sometimes eats up my entire day. On such days, I need a lot of hot packs, #essentialoils and all things warm (like socks and a nice, fluffy duvet and oh, tea!)through the day to feel better… And by the time it’s the end of the day, I’m too drained out and my brain is dead and I just want to sleep and get up the next day and feel more like a #human than merely just a jellyfish.
Oh wait, even then. Jellyfish at least get to swim around.

This has happened a several times before (I can count on the fingers of two hands) and thankfully, each time, I’ve managed to quickly get into bed and lay flat. Of course, it’s scary to think imagine how I’d manage if it were to happen when I’m outside of home. Honestly, I don’t have an answer yet. I don’t have an answer to how I’d deal with it if I weren’t able to get to my bed in time either or if it got worse later, except to obviously call out for help. But again, I’m happy I’ve always managed to make my way to the bed and give my body the time it needed to feel strong enough.  

Good thing is, I now know what works and what doesn’t and if ever I do need help, I’m at least able to guide those around me to help me with what needs to be done. I’m aware that there may (or may never be) be a situation whereby no one but the doctors are able to help, but there is a big difference between being prepared for the possibility of it happening based on experience, wisdom or knowledge versus practically  believing it will happen based on fear and negative thoughts…

Frankly, the latter leads to too much stress and anxiety and I don’t think any of us needs that. Especially if we have enough to think about in our present.

That’s all for today.

Have a great week ahead!



2 thoughts on “Jellyfish Effect

  1. I am intrigued to discover someone who has had this experience. I had these attacks for a period of three years and then they gradually stopped. I had an attack once when I was walking on a busy street. It was a terrifying period because I could not predict when it would happen and what triggered it. Jellyfish effect is a good name :) I used to call it lightening attack.


    1. Hi there,

      It’s always great to find people who deal with similar symptoms etc. I have two very similar but distinct experiences – one, the jellyfish effect (which is more weakness than anything) and two, shooting sharp pain running down my legs due to the sciatic nerve impingement. So yes! I can relate with why you’d probably call it the lightening attack too! No place is a good place for these things to happen, but I’m sure a busy street is a bad one! That sure does sound terrifying!You’re right,the unpredictability of when it would happen and the recovery period after it hits you is an issue. I’m glad it doesn’t affect you as much as before now :) Hope you have a good day!



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