Thursday, May 27, 2010
Does this happen to anyone else?
Sometimes when I'm startled or scared, my body has this weird response, like it's suddenly flooded with some fight-or-flight chemical (adrenaline? cortisol?? catecholamines??) that I perceive as a distinct but passing pain, mostly in my torso but to some extent in my legs, a kind of intense twinge that feels somehow sour (the bodily equivalent of tasting stomach acid in your mouth). I hate this feeling. Some instances in which it might occur: when I have to slam on the brakes or swerve to avoid an accident; when I wake up from a bad nightmare; when my fear of heights is triggered (this can happen just from looking at photographs of someone on a precarious ledge; it happened repeatedly while I was watching Man on Wire). Anyone know what this is or have the same experience?