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post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
have any of you ever suffered the "old hag syndrome"

http://paranormal.about.com/library/.../aa112000a.htm
(is on the page)
post #2 of 29
nope, havent had that experience! actually, i hadn't ever heard of it till now either... weird, but sorta interesting
post #3 of 29
I'm not sure how to answer your poll, so I'll just reply. I had something sort of like this happen once. I was still asleep and I was having a really bad dream (had watched some sort of freaky movie). Well I was trying so hard to wake up from the dream, but I just couldn't make my eyes open or force myself to wake up. I don't really remember if I could move or not. It was definitely pretty freaky and thankfully has only happend once.
post #4 of 29
Nope, but I've heard of it and watched TV shows about it.

Amber
post #5 of 29
Thread Starter 
my friend has got it and she says she can hardly breath and she is pinned down. the website has freaked me out now. hope i never get it.
post #6 of 29
What the heck is it??? Maybe I do have it - I just don't realize it! Is it when you wake up and your body aches and then the commute takes 2 days to get to work, and then your office has no air circulation and everyone is crabby, and then your boyfriend leaves the cat out all day in the rain, and then you have an empty 'fridge for dinner, and then you are too tired to cook, and then you notice little wrinkles and bags your eyes that weren't there yesterday - and new grey hair you thought you dyed?????

Is that it???? If so, then may be I HAVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!
post #7 of 29
Oh, yes. It's a sleep phenomenon. I've had it happen several times, although not so often as I've gotten older. The thing is, although you think you're awake, you're not really, and that's why you can't move. If you could you'd be sleepwalking .
post #8 of 29
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Originally Posted by RoseHawke
Oh, yes. It's a sleep phenomenon. I've had it happen several times, although not so often as I've gotten older. The thing is, although you think you're awake, you're not really, and that's why you can't move. If you could you'd be sleepwalking .

It is not a good experience!
post #9 of 29
ive had something happen similar to that-- i was awake when it happened-- it was my first year in college. I had been out in a drizzle the nite before with a friend playing tennis at the college tennis courts until around 2 am when campus police told us to go back home. I went back to my dorm ( i was an RA and had my own room and bathroom in my dorm) and went to bed like every other nite. I woke up the next morning and could hardly breathe, couldnt move, and couldnt get a word out of my mouth. Scared the crap out of me. I managed to fall out of bed about 10 minutes after i woke up and still couldnt get up. the residents in the room next to me heard the comotion and got my hall director to unlock my door. They ended up calling 911 and my parents-- it took me several hours to stop shaking, i was soo scared. The hospital told me it was a sinus infection. Gave me antibiotics and sent me on my way. didnt draw blood or anything. It never happened again, and i hope i never have to experience that again. Nor would i wish that horror on anyone.

The dormitory we lived in was very old and there are stories about girls commiting suicide off the top of the building and one girl being murdered on the second floor in the room directly above mine. Never knew if any of those stories were true though. Scary anyway.
post #10 of 29
Sounds scary. I haven't experienced it.
post #11 of 29
My first husbands family used to tell stories of this happening to them but never said anything about an "old hag".

They had me convinced the house was haunted.
They said they would wake up and be pinned to the bed like someone was sitting on them and they could not move or speak.
That's crazy!
I hope it never happens to me either, it would scare the crap outa me!
post #12 of 29
Nope..never
post #13 of 29
I've had it, I think that it was induced by my fear of something happening to my kids and I sort of awake and fear that someone is in the house and you're frozen, can't do anything, move, speak. Very scary. You honestly think someone is there in the house with you. It's a very wierd feeling that comes over you and you freak. When I could actually move I woke up my husband and had him help my look thoughout the the house to make sure no one was in there and the kids were alright. Thank God they were!!
post #14 of 29
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Originally Posted by milopixie
I had something sort of like this happen once. I was still asleep and I was having a really bad dream (had watched some sort of freaky movie). Well I was trying so hard to wake up from the dream, but I just couldn't make my eyes open or force myself to wake up. I don't really remember if I could move or not. It was definitely pretty freaky and thankfully has only happend once.
Now that I've had before, but not the old hag thing! Mind you, some days I sure feel like an old hag!:
It's unsettling for the whole day when you have a horrible dream like that...
post #15 of 29
I voted yes before I read the article!
I thought you meant feeling like you sounded or looked like an old hag!

But after reading the article, no. Oops!
post #16 of 29
Nope, but I have dreams so vivid and lifelike that I think they were real.

Like the dream I had last night. I went to school, and I went to work, and this morning, I thought I was waking up to a Friday. And I have to double and triple check to make sure that I really did all of the things at work that I thought I did.
post #17 of 29
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Originally Posted by Me-n-my guys
I voted yes before I read the article!
I thought you meant feeling like you sounded or looked like an old hag!

But after reading the article, no. Oops!

That's exactly what I thought, too! I wrote out an entire list of why I was feeling like an old hag!
post #18 of 29
I've experienced a sleep phenomenon called, I think, "night terrors" where I'm not dreaming anymore but my body is in sleep paralysis and I can't move. It is indeed terrifying but I never thought to attribute it to ghosts or witches as it is scientifically documented as something else.
post #19 of 29
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Originally Posted by SnowLeop
I've experienced a sleep phenomenon called, I think, "night terrors" where I'm not dreaming anymore but my body is in sleep paralysis and I can't move. It is indeed terrifying but I never thought to attribute it to ghosts or witches as it is scientifically documented as something else.
Actually, you've used the correct term for it. It's called sleep paralysis. My husband and other members of his family are prone to it. It's basically your brain being awake while your body is still paralyzed by sleep. (Normally, when you are asleep, the part of your brain that controls movement is "turned off" so that you don't actually do the things you think you're doing in your dreams. This is also the part that perceives movement, which is why you can dream you are moving when, in fact, you are lying motionless in bed.)

So your brain is awake, but your body is asleep. Basically, you are trapped in your own body. The crushing weight on the chest and sensing a presence in the room are physiological symptoms of this phenomenon. It is common throughout all cultures, and many cultures have come up with their own ways to explain what is happening.

Even when you know what it is, though, it is still terrifying, precisely because you are awake and cannot move. My husband can, with the utmost effort, "scream" (actually he is moaning, but he is trying to scream as loudly as he can), which wakes me up, and then I wake him all the way up. It is difficult; I have to say his name over and over and shake him really hard.
post #20 of 29
I remember something like that when I was a child. I remember being so scared and trying to scream but nothing would come out and I was actually paralyzed with fear. I don't want that to happen as an adult.
post #21 of 29
It is sleep paralysis. I have never heard the term "old hag" syndrome before, it was actually a really funny read Especially because I have experienced these symptoms along with others. I have Narcolepsy so I went trough many years of this(and still am going trough it), but I had hallucinations too. It made me feel like I was going insane, and actually thought that I was. Didn't really say anything about it, until I was taken to the hospital with a seizure(photosensitive). And then months and months went by, was sent to a neurologist who got me tested, and finally could explain to me why this was happening.

What they are describing in that article is more likely a sleep disorder rather than a paranormal phenomena.
The people who experience this most likely have a sleep disorder and can be tested for it, or anxiety but that can be tested as well
post #22 of 29
No, never ...well, except when one of the kitties is sleeping on my chest.
post #23 of 29
I've had it many times, but I've thought of it as more of a paralysis than as someone pinning me down. The "old hag syndrome" name would never have occurred to me. I couldn't move or speak, as though I'd been bitten by some giant spider.

Good Halloween subject!
post #24 of 29
I think I might have had this happen one time years ago. I don`t remember having a crushing feeling on my chest...and I must have had my eyes open because i could see my husband asleep next to me...but could not move a muscle ,even to touch him with my hand ,which was only inches from his back. I thought I`d suddenly become paralyized. It was terrifying. I finally talked myself into going back to sleep , knowing that he would eventually wake up and find me. (Or if it was just 1/2 sleep and 1/2 awake it sure was vivid!) When I awoke later i was just fine...so maybe just a dream.(?)
post #25 of 29
Very interesting (I had to read your link to learn what it is).
My daughter had this experience at college a few years ago - only it felt like it was sitting on her legs. Her campus is known to be haunted (used to be a medical school - near a cemetary - the students would dig up cadavers for their dissections).
post #26 of 29
Has anyone ever woken from a dream and can still see the images (with their eyes open)? I have done this many time, and it's always of spiders. It freaks me out!!!! Once I got out of bed, turned on the light, and they still wouldn't go away!
post #27 of 29
My partner experiences this often. She has done a lot of research but i'm not too knowledgeable about it myself. She tends to get it more when she's particularly stressed or ill, I will wake up hearing her whimpering, she feels like she's screaming, and the only way to get her out of it is to shake her until she's awake. She says it feels like a black, evil presence is coming over her. Very scary.
post #28 of 29
I've had both kinds. Actual sleep paralysis...and the kind where you wake up unable to move because you've got three cats pinning you down. The former is significantly scarier than the latter.
post #29 of 29
Thread Starter 
i freaked myself out reading a website id found. last night i woke up every half hour saying to myself 'the old hag will not get me... not me... ever'

her house is over 300 years old and she thought it were ghosts. i kept seeing shadows moving in my room last night i was sooo scared.
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