Alien hand syndrome AHS or Dr. Strangelove syndrome  is a category of conditions in which a person experiences their limbs acting seemingly on their own, without conscious control over the actions. Alien hand syndrome is best documented in cases where a person has had the two hemispheres of their brain surgically separated , [ citation needed ] a procedure sometimes used to relieve the symptoms of extreme cases of epilepsy and epileptic psychosis , e. It also occurs in some cases after brain surgery , stroke , infection , tumor , aneurysm , migraine and specific degenerative brain conditions such as Alzheimer's disease , Corticobasal degeneration  and Creutzfeldt—Jakob disease. Sometimes the sufferer will not be aware of what the alien hand is doing until it is brought to his or her attention, or until the hand does something that draws their attention to its behavior. There is a clear distinction between the behaviors of the two hands in which the affected hand is viewed as "wayward" and sometimes "disobedient" and generally out of the realm of their own voluntary control, while the unaffected hand is under normal volitional control.
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Common symptoms of stroke The symptoms of a stroke vary depending primarily on the location of the stroke in the brain. Common symptoms include:. The most common symptoms spoken about were numbness and weakness on one side of the body arms, leg or face. The numbness or weakness resulted in people being unable to pick up or hold things. One man who was working as a builder found he could not use his tools.
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Alien hand syndrome
She took care of friends who were sheltering with her, and went to bed feeling fine. Evans has atrial fibrillation, and takes a blood thinning medication to ward off clots. When she fell ill, she had been without her medication for two days as Hurricane Irma roared over the Jacksonville area, and pharmacies were closed.
Numbness and heaviness Changes in sensation were one of the first things that people noticed when they were having a stroke particularly numbness in the limbs on one side of the body or one side of the face See ' The event' A stroke or TIA '. A few also experienced heaviness of a paralysed limb. One man described the sensation as having a two pound bag of sugar in his hand or a ton weight on his leg. The numb part of the body sometimes felt like it did not belong to the person and was described as like having a dental anaesthetic, a wooden block, a foreigner's hand, an artificial limb or like a part of the body that had been removed and reattached.