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Temporary blindness/conscious blackout?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 7, 2009
  • 04:25 PM

I've never blacked out before, and i've heard that it involves memory loss. I'm confused because I think I blacked out, but I can remember it all. The problem was my inability to see. Along with that I was extremely weak and sweating all over. I'm 18 years old and this happened at a concert.

Key factors: I hadn't eaten all day (I NEVER do this, I just never got hungry and I never realized that I hadn't eaten), I had been smoking marijuana, I had about a shot or less of alcohol, and I think what triggered it was letting my friend, a 100 lb girl, get on my shoulders to see better. A couple minutes after all of that, I started seeing stars. This happens often enough (like when you get light headed or you stand up too fast), but the stars took over all of my vision until it was completely black.

I did my best to tell my friend something was wrong, though I couldn't be certain I was even looking at her, and she helped me alot. We decided to leave the crowd and get fresh air. I remember practically every step and shuffle we made, even apologizing to people I blindly crashed into. I remember people getting mad and an argument even broke out. I remember my friend trying to grip me better because I was so slippery from sweat. Almost imediately as we stepped into a breezy area, my vision began to slowly clear the stars away. Then I forced myself to eat something, though I felt more like throwing up, and everything went back to normal.

I'm simply curious to know what might have happened. Thank you for listening.

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  • I've never blacked out before, and i've heard that it involves memory loss. I'm confused because I think I blacked out, but I can remember it all. The problem was my inability to see. Along with that I was extremely weak and sweating all over. I'm 18 years old and this happened at a concert. Key factors: I hadn't eaten all day (I NEVER do this, I just never got hungry and I never realized that I hadn't eaten), I had been smoking marijuana, I had about a shot or less of alcohol, and I think what triggered it was letting my friend, a 100 lb girl, get on my shoulders to see better. A couple minutes after all of that, I started seeing stars. This happens often enough (like when you get light headed or you stand up too fast), but the stars took over all of my vision until it was completely black. I did my best to tell my friend something was wrong, though I couldn't be certain I was even looking at her, and she helped me alot. We decided to leave the crowd and get fresh air. I remember practically every step and shuffle we made, even apologizing to people I blindly crashed into. I remember people getting mad and an argument even broke out. I remember my friend trying to grip me better because I was so slippery from sweat. Almost imediately as we stepped into a breezy area, my vision began to slowly clear the stars away. Then I forced myself to eat something, though I felt more like throwing up, and everything went back to normal.I'm simply curious to know what might have happened. Thank you for listening.I have had that similar situation a few times in the past two months. The first I was at work and "blacked out" for roughly 20 minutes. The next I was actually was at home and coule feel it coming on - both times I had severe stomach cramps too. Then yesterday I woke up opened my eyes and NOTHING -everything was black - just like my eyes wereclosed but they were open. After 20 seconds or so, my sight gradually came back - now I am concerned and worried.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 4, 2009
    • 02:55 AM
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  • I had the same thing happen last night. I started out the whole day smoking weed. I had eaten absolutely nothing. I then began drinking 40s and shots. After that we got some mcdonalds and went to a hookah bar. While at the bar, i realized my vision was slowly blurring. It got so bad to the point where everything was black. All my friends said i was extremely pale and everyone in the bar was looking at me. I was completely blind but after like ten or twenty minutes my vision slowly came back to normal. I've never had that kind of thing happen to me, the only thing i can say that could have caused it was the lack of food... I guess that when people get ****ed up they should have something to eat.
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  • This has happened to me twice now, and both times were times that I hadn't had anything to eat, so I think thats why, it scares the **** out of me though, my heart races and the only way for me to see again is to lay down on the floor in the middle of it, I also feel like I'm going to puke when i'm in the middle of it
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  • I have had a history of this happening to me for a little under ten years. Marijuana was a constant factor and usually combined with alcohol. As soon as I start noticing my vision going out, I'll lie down and I'll feel fine in less than a minute. However, it's only happened maybe a half dozen times in my life. Has anybody spoken to a doctor about this?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 12, 2011
    • 00:25 AM
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  • this happened to me yesterday, I hadn't eaten anything, but it was early in the day and I don't often eat breakfast on a school day, I started to feel light headed, and I started getting the starry vision, I went to sit down, but started to feel nauseas so I grabbed my friend and went to the toilets, thank god I got my friend because I lost all my vision as she guided me into the toilets, I wasn't sick but I was really hot so I sat down for a few minutes til I thought I was ok, I was made to eat a biscuit but that made me feel more sick, and it happened again but this time I was sick, I hadn't been under the influence of alcohol or marijuana so I'm curious to know what happened?
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  • I had almost same thing happen to me, I had recently smoked a bowl of weed and was just sitting with my brother playing scrable, all of a sudden I get a little nausea, I think it is just from maybe too much weed, but I had never puked from weed before. The nausea feeling then turned into a stranger feeling, like I got a little dizzy and light headed, and it just kept growing very fast. As I got more light headed, my entire body became overwhelmed with a prickly feeling, like pins and needles but it wasnt exactly the same as normal pins, this was more painful and scary. At this point I tell my brother I dont feel good and something is wrong. Now my vision starts turning black, it gets to the point I couldnt see my hand in front of my face. Now I was extremely light headed and dizzy, I think im about to have a seizure or something. I was on the verge of passing out, like I was half conscience the whole time. I manage to stand up with the help of my brother and I move to the kitchen. The whole time Im telling my brother something is terribly wrong, I fully passed out for a few seconds and was shakin a little bit, not crazy like a seizure but noticeable. At this point I am very out of it, hard to speak and understand, and the strange thing is that the black vision all of a sudden flipped to pure white vision. It was like I was staring at the sun, could not see anything other than intense white. After that I slowly start feeling a little more normal and could see a little better. The whole thing lasted about 5 minutes, from start of prickly to when my vision began coming back. For the next hour I didnt feel completely normal but I was much much better. Also I was very sweaty and pale the entire time through it. I went to the ER thinking I had a mini stroke or something, but the doctor did not take me seriously at all, gave me no names of what could have happened. All he said is that it was probably from the weed, but I had never ever felt like that from weed and I have smoked over 1000 times. It was frustrating talking to the doctor because he wasnt even listening to what I told him, he said he sees this a dozen times a day. I kept saying I think this is different, I knew it was serious. He took blood tests and checked my heart and the basics and after that he sent me home with a 2000 dollar bill. I dont know what to do, I think something can still be wrong but doctors will fail to take me seriously because I am 19 and smoked weed when it happened. Perhaps the weed did have something to do with it but it is still a serious condition, it was not your run of the mill panick attack from weed, which I know very well what it feels like.
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  • I had the same thing happen to me the other night. I had a fish sandwich i cooked myself at home, but I didn't thaw out the fish all the way. The first bite I took was a little frozen in the middle, but I swallowed that bite and recooked it. Later that night I was at a party, and we were smoking marijuana. I barely had a few sips of wine, but I was drinking water too. I smoke often and was feeling great. Until we went in the backyard to smoke again, I started feeling light headed. The next thing I knew my vision was going, so I leaned back against a wall. A few friends I was about to smoke with stood next to me to make sure I was okay. I was consciousness, I could feel myself standing against the wall and hear everyone talking. But I went completely blind, and I was seeing weird lights but everything was still black. It's hard to explain. But after about 10 minutes I was could see and I was completely covered in sweat and super pale. Everyone at the party said I looked scary and sick. It could have been the raw fish, or the fact that I've had random blackouts before. I hate it.
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  • I was just looking into this because this just happened to me today. It happened a couple years ago once where I felt faint and my vision went black for a few minutes. I forgot about it until now. Today I was outside doing work in the heat and it happened again, but worse. I felt light headed and sick to my stomach so I went to get food and water, and then my hands and legs went numb, I got stomach cramps, felt like I was going to pass out and first my vision went weird, like everything was brighter, then my vision went black. My vision came back after a few minutes and after maybe 10-15 minutes I felt better but still weak. I thought maybe it was the heat, but I had been doing work all day all last week in much hotter weather. It seems like most people on here have had this experience after smoking pot, but I've never smoked in my life. If it happens again I'm going to go to the ER. If anyone's talked to a doctor about this let me know!
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  • Last night I had the same things happen to me I had just smoked a joint n I went to go get a drink n when I wan walking I felt really light headed and dizzy and I started breathing really hard! I could hardly balance but just brushed it off. Wen I got to the sink I started stumbling I was struggling to keep my balance then out of nowhere my vision went black and I had this really loud ringinging in my ears. My knees buckled n I lost control of my movements I couldn't see or hear or control my body but I managed to keep holding on to the counter so I wouldn't hit the floor. It took about 2 minutes before my vision slowly started Fading back in n I slowly regained control of my body but the ringing in my ears still remained. As soon as I could handle walking I rushed outside to let my loved ones know what had happened. I broke out in sweat and was still breathing hard n I got really pail like ghost pail! I thought everything was over but then I got these really bad lower abdominal pains it felt as if I was in labor! I layed down and the pain continued for about 15mins. After the pain was had subsided the episode finally ended. The whole experience was terrible and I have no idea what went wrong! I am a regular smoker and have never experienced anything like this! I have not gone to the doctor because I have no coverage but a lot of u seem to have the same story! Please give me answers if u can I don't know what triggered it n I am afraid of triggering it again! Please and thank you!
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  • I've never blacked out before, and i've heard that it involves memory loss. I'm confused because I think I blacked out, but I can remember it all. The problem was my inability to see. Along with that I was extremely weak and sweating all over. I'm 18 years old and this happened at a concert. Key factors: I hadn't eaten all day (I NEVER do this, I just never got hungry and I never realized that I hadn't eaten), I had been smoking marijuana, I had about a shot or less of alcohol, and I think what triggered it was letting my friend, a 100 lb girl, get on my shoulders to see better. A couple minutes after all of that, I started seeing stars. This happens often enough (like when you get light headed or you stand up too fast), but the stars took over all of my vision until it was completely black. I did my best to tell my friend something was wrong, though I couldn't be certain I was even looking at her, and she helped me alot. We decided to leave the crowd and get fresh air. I remember practically every step and shuffle we made, even apologizing to people I blindly crashed into. I remember people getting mad and an argument even broke out. I remember my friend trying to grip me better because I was so slippery from sweat. Almost imediately as we stepped into a breezy area, my vision began to slowly clear the stars away. Then I forced myself to eat something, though I felt more like throwing up, and everything went back to normal.I'm simply curious to know what might have happened. Thank you for listening.The same thing happened to me today while I was waiting for my bus for work.I hadnt eaten much because I was at my boyfriends and he hadnt gone grocery shopping and I smoked a bowl before my journey. The only thing I could think of was that I had a smoke before my weed. But I do that a lot so I don't know why it was so different. I was just standing there and these black blotches started to take up my vision while I got this really weird headache that made me dizzy. I tried to stumble back to my boyfriends to get some help 'cause I was freakin' out but I ended up crashing on the grass and chilling there for a few min. It cleared up and I caught my bus. It was so sudden though, the whole thing only lasted 15-20 min. Brain tumor?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 17, 2011
    • 08:37 PM
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  • I started cleaning the basement today and this kept happening to me, particularly when I would go up and down the stairs. It wasn't ever for more a few seconds, but it kept happening, over and over, and I was sweating more than I should. So I decided to go sit down and look this up! Even just sitting here, I feel a little dizzy and I've got that weird hot/cold feeling. I don't smoke pot (anymore, been ages), but I do smoke cigarettes. It feels like when I move around my heart is laboring, like it can't work enough blood through itself. I assume the dizziness/blacking out is because my brain isn't getting enough oxygen today for some reason. For the pot smokers out there, I have heard that weed dilates the blood vessels in your brain, giving you that giddy feel. I'm not sure if fasting lowers your blood pressure, but I can imagine if your blood pressure got low enough and your blood vessels were dilated enough that it would difficult to get enough oxygen to your brain. I ate buttered toast before I started cleaning, so I don't know what my problem is. The only thing I can think of is that I hadn't slept very long the night before last, so I ended up sleeping for I think 14 hours last night to make up for it, and you know how weird it makes you feel to sleep for too long. Oh, I just had another thought. The doctors tell me I have a severe mold allergy and my throat can swell up around a certain kind of mold that can live in basements, garages, and leaf litter. Right before this started happening I had been throwing out some molded clothes that had gotten wet. If it can make my throat swell up, no telling what it does to my lungs. Didn't someone else say they had been raking leaves when it started happening to them?
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    • September 30, 2012
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  • Hi, i am 20 years old,I smoked weed for the first time 5 days ago. i had also had a few beers. while i was sitting down i started to see dots. so i decided to go to the bathroom. as i stood up it felt like i lost all blood to my head. i went blind and my ears were ringing bad. i sat down i just concentrated on my breathing. this lasted for 1-2 minutes. i got back up and went back to my friends they were all fine and didn't have this problem. i don't have any heart problems or blood pressure problems.It is now 5 days later and i still have a ringing in my ears. i asked an online doctor who said "The half life of some of the metabolites of marijuana is 20 hrs, however some of the break down products can have a half life of 10 to 13 days.""The prolonged half life is the reason that you are still experiencing some of the symptoms."Although i don't feel this is the cause. feel like the cause was the lack of oxygen to my brain.i am still quite worried and have booked an appointment with the doctor.I was wondering if anyone else had had this and if so how long does the ringing last. I hope i haven't given my self Tinnitus.
    snapxd 1 Replies
    • November 14, 2012
    • 11:02 PM
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  • It is possible to black out from smoking. However, not like your friend is referring to. I have witnessed, on several occassions, friends of mine smoking so much, they would actually pass out. It only lasted a minute or so and they were fine afterwards. The worst part was the fact they could have cracked their heads open. Smoking doesn't make you lose control of yourself like alcohol either. It just makes you lazy and not care.Electronic Cigarette
    elites-uk 5 Replies
    • November 16, 2012
    • 09:26 AM
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  • I made an account on these forums specifically to contribute to this.(I had eaten Chinese food maybe an hour before this happened)I was in my room a few minutes ago and I was smoking a bowl. I had just taken a good hit when I heard someone outside.I ran to my closet to get the Febreeze and started spraying it around.Then I started to feel weird, similar to the pins and needles feeling that was described in a previous post, it felt like my body was pulsing.Everything got really bright as I started feeling lightheaded then cut to black. I literally stumbled over to my bed and was fine a few second later.I was panting from the exertion, wondering "did that really just happen?" I knew at that point something was wrong.It reminded me of something that happened a few months ago, I'm a relatively new smoker but now smoke regularly. I hadn't smoke at all that day but I had smoked the day before. I had recovered from a sickness a few days before.I was at a community service function after school, out in the sun directing cars. Then, all of a sudden, I started feeling nauseous. I hadn't had anything to eat that day so I didn't think anything of it. Then, a minute later, the I got a lightheaded dizzy feeling and everything went bright and then dark.I sat down and tried to recover, but every time I went into the sun this happened.I had to go home as a result but felt fine after spending time in a dark room.I'm really worried because this previous time I really feel there was something wrong. It was unprovoked and it scares me. Anyone have any idea what this could be?
    Indigoo 1 Replies
    • February 7, 2013
    • 06:25 AM
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  • I thought I was the only one. I'm 17 and this has happened to me once a year over the past four years. None of the times this happened was I high or drunk, the first time I actually fell in my bathroom. I felt hot and woke up feeling the cold tile on my face and was blind for several minutes. I eventually gained my vision back and ran and told my mom. The second time I was again in my bathroom. I had just came home from the hospital from having mono and was sitting down while my mom ran the water for our shower. She said I started to slump against the wall and had my eyes completely open. I could talk and kept telling her I couldn't see. She started throwing water on my face and I felt everything. I could hear everything but was completely blind for several minutes. I eventually gained my vision back but felt weak and I couldn't think properly and it was hard to speak. The third time I woke up and could feel it happening again. I got sweaty and couldn't breath. My boyfriend was with me and he called my parents.and I was rushed to the ER. I remember getting out the car and going blind for a few seconds but I was completely conscious during the whole thing and I was even walking. They did blood work and an EKG test for.my heart and everything came back clean. It was so frustrating because the doctor ruled it off as a panic attack and made me talk to the ER psychiatrist. It was so pointless and I just let it go after that until recently a few Weeks ago I left for work early in the morning. I hadn't eaten anything and went to go get in my car when I started to get a shortness of breath. I unhooked my bra and felt a little bit better so I started driving to work. On the way it got extremely worse very fast I started sweating and getting horrible stomach cramps and nauseous. I took off my seat belt and rolled my windows down to get fresh air. In a matter of seconds I lost vision completely. It started from my peripheral vision and took over completely until all I saw was black. I tried to stop my car and pull over but I slammed aright into a pole. I sat there for over five minutes and was still blind. I was rushed to the ER and they did blood work, an x-ray and a heart monitoring test and again everything came up clean. The doctor was actually able to diagnose me this time though and said I had pre-Syncope. It's fainting while still being "conscious" and all the symptoms add up except for the complete black vision. I'm going to take an MRI this Friday and will let anyone who wants to know what they find. Lack of water or food can cause pre-syncope episodes. But the cause can also be a number of other things so I would advise seeing a doctor. The best advice is to lay down on a flat surface when you start to feel the black outs coming on in case you actually do fall. It causes extreme muscle weakness. If anyone has heard of anything else causing these episodes please contact me!
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  • Temporary blindness is a term for short term vision loss. Common causes are:Cranial pressureConversion disordershinglesSource : http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/vision-articles
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  • I've never blacked out before, and i've heard that it involves memory loss. I'm confused because I think I blacked out, but I can remember it all. The problem was my inability to see. Along with that I was extremely weak and sweating all over. I'm 18 years old and this happened at a concert. Key factors: I hadn't eaten all day (I NEVER do this, I just never got hungry and I never realized that I hadn't eaten), I had been smoking marijuana, I had about a shot or less of alcohol, and I think what triggered it was letting my friend, a 100 lb girl, get on my shoulders to see better. A couple minutes after all of that, I started seeing stars. This happens often enough (like when you get light headed or you stand up too fast), but the stars took over all of my vision until it was completely black. I did my best to tell my friend something was wrong, though I couldn't be certain I was even looking at her, and she helped me alot. We decided to leave the crowd and get fresh air. I remember practically every step and shuffle we made, even apologizing to people I blindly crashed into. I remember people getting mad and an argument even broke out. I remember my friend trying to grip me better because I was so slippery from sweat. Almost imediately as we stepped into a breezy area, my vision began to slowly clear the stars away. Then I forced myself to eat something, though I felt more like throwing up, and everything went back to normal.I'm simply curious to know what might have happened. Thank you for listening. hi. have experienced those "stars" when u get p too quickly all to often. I have also a memory when I was 13 I blacked out or went blind for at least a minute. felt like longer. I was just making my breakfast onedaday and all of a sudden I couldn't see. I was in a panick and my mum was there holding me as I was telling her I cant see I cant see! mum was saying "look at her eyes look at her eyes!" it felt very much like when all the "stars" get too much til u cant see and goes dark then u panic. wasn't for very long but I wasn't dizzy before hand or anything, just making my breakfast. Ive never experienced that since...only the usual dizziness when u get up too quick.
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  • My girlfriend had a nose bleed so I took her into the toilet to sort out her nose I looked at her in her face and seen blood all over it. I started to feel very weird and my girlfriend was talking to me but then my vision started to go then it went completely back I literally couldn't see anything then my eyes were ringing so loud I couldn't hear my girlfriend speak then I sat on the floor and was trying to find the toliet then I was being sick, then my vision came back and the noises in my ear was fading then everything stopped completely in one second, I was sweating like crazy and I can't find what it is so I hoping I could find out what it is on here because I'm paranoid about why it happened
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  • My girlfriend had a nose bleed so I took her into the toilet to sort out her nose I looked at her in her face and seen blood all over it. I started to feel very weird and my girlfriend was talking to me but then my vision started to go then it went completely back I literally couldn't see anything then my eyes were ringing so loud I couldn't hear my girlfriend speak then I sat on the floor and was trying to find the toliet then I was being sick, then my vision came back and the noises in my ear was fading then everything stopped completely in one second, I was sweating like crazy and I can't find what it is so I hoping I could find out what it is on here because I'm paranoid about why it happened
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  • My girlfriend had a nose bleed so I took her into the toilet to sort out her nose I looked at her in her face and seen blood all over it. I started to feel very weird and my girlfriend was talking to me but then my vision started to go then it went completely back I literally couldn't see anything then my eyes were ringing so loud I couldn't hear my girlfriend speak then I sat on the floor and was trying to find the toliet then I was being sick, then my vision came back and the noises in my ear was fading then everything stopped completely in one second, I was sweating like crazy and I can't find what it is so I hoping I could find out what it is on here because I'm paranoid about why it happened
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