When I was remembering stuff from my childhood, I sometimes wondered whether I had made up something or if it was a genuine memory.
I came up with a few tests as to how to determine if they are real. I think they worked for me. A real memory is not ephemeral (pardon me for using a 2-bit word). That means that it almost has a life of it's own. Let me explain. It is not like vapor which seems to just disperse on it's own but is persistent. It will still be there a week later with the same force and details.
A real memory will fit in with the details of other things that you remember. In talking about memories to a T or another responsible person they will be better able to tell if it is real than you are. They will watch for cues such as details and corroborative information.
But the real thing I want to say to you is that I remember some of what you told a few years ago about what you experienced. I don't want to be the one to reveal these things so I won't be specific. BUT I found similar memories in a book I was examining in Amazon dot com. I examined several books and so far I haven't been able to locate which one tells the same details that you reported. But the fact that someone else reported almost the same stuff as you did leads me to think that the author of that book and you went through the same stuff. Please forgive me for not remembering what the name of the book is. I think it will come to me and then I will report it to you immediately. But for now I wanted to tell you that much. Yes there was some weird stuff but it was almost identical to what you reported. (so you could say, how could you remember those details and not remember the title of book? duh? I don't know. Maybe I'm crazy). I'll try to come up with the name and author of the book for you.