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If you’ve never been in a coma, consider yourself lucky. A group of people who’ve experienced this deep state of unconsciousness have been sharing their experiences on Reddit, and some of their vivid recollections are sure to give you goosebumps.

Unfortunately, many users ended up in a very dark place, experiencing recurrent nightmares with violent or dark undertones.

One person recalls his mom being in an induced coma for several months, and during that time, she had both of her legs amputated from sepsis. After waking up, the mother told her family that she’d been having horrific nightmares about her legs being “chewed off by demons and vampires.” That kind of turns your stomach, doesn’t it?

Another person, who was induced into a coma for a month, remembers having terrifying nightmares, too, but in a more realistic manner. “A parade of friends who were either laughing or crying at me as I was tortured ([in reality,] a group of twenty or so friends skipped school to come see me), my father trying to fight someone ([in reality,] him yelling at a nurse about something), and someone trying to choke me ([in reality,] from being intubated),” they wrote.

One user’s dad was in a coma for six months and, during that time, thought he was living underground inside of a sewer. “There was an alligator, he could see people walking over a sewer grate, cigarettes would be flicked down at him, and he was always keeping an eye on the alligator, and he knew if he made a sound it would get him,” explained his son. “It never occurred to him it wasn’t real, or that alligators aren’t in the sewers, or that it was always night, or that no one looked down to see him. It was just his reality for [six] months.”

There was even a person who  believed that the beeping noises from their life support machine was a slurpee machine, and he was being held hostage at a convenience store.

But not all coma experiences were scary. One Redditor shared their tale of being “zapped” around the United States while unconscious, which he saw as a nuisance more than anything. He remembers looking for a gas station wherever he ended up, so he could call his wife to come pick him up.

It’s incredible (albeit terrifying) that so many people just assumed the world their brain had created was reality. If anything, it’s proof that brain is truly a powerful tool.

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