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  • Posted By: kattone
  • January 13, 2009
  • 03:35 PM

I am a 46 year old male, non-smoker, have always been very healthy, never on any medications. On the 5th of December, at 9:30 pm, I had an "episode" which started with me working at my home computer, when I stood up and walked about 8 steps, I went unconscious and hit the floor face first. I didn't feel any warning dizziness or anything, just next thing I know I am looking at the carpet real close up. My wife was in the next room, and when she came to me, I sat up and leaned back against the wall, and passed out again. while I was out this time, my wife said I turned white, starting sweating profusely, and was blabbering at her incoherently with my eyes wide open. (I dont recall any of that) this lasted for approx. 2 minutes. when I came to again, I felt completely and totally exhausted, could hardly make myself move.
I went to the hospital, they admitted me, and ran every test they could think of for my heart, circulation, and head. the only thing they found is I have moderate high blood pressure, so now I take 10 mg of lisinopril, which has my b.p. back to normal.
Also, the night this happened, I had drank 3 beers (with a meal) over about 1 1/2 hours (don't know if that had any effect).
Then, last Wednesday, the 7th, I was at a friend's house, and had four beers over a 3-hour period, quit drinking at 9:30 so I could drive home ok around 10:30 like I usually do. but after I quit drinking, I started feeling progressively drunker, until it got to the point I could not stand up. I was extremely dizzy, and had to sit with my head between my knees to keep from vomiting. I eventually passed out like that, sitting up with my head down, and when I came to I was completely exhausted to the point I could not even answer my phone. I could hear it ringing, but could not get up enough strength to answer it. my friend said I turned really pale while I was sitting there, and he called my wife around 11:30, who had to come and get me. I could barely make it out to the car. now I am not a huge drinker, I rarely drink more than six beers at a time, usually more like 2 or 3. but I know I could drink a 12-pack and not feel like this made me feel. And the other strange thing is that on new year's eve, in between these two episodes, I drank six or seven beers, and didn't feel anything other than I normally would after six or seven beers. so alchohol may be a trigger, but not the cause.
I searched the net, and the closest thing I have found symptoms-wise is a mini-stroke or TIA, but I didn't have any paralysis that I know of.
if anyone has any idea what this may be I would surely appreciate any info you could give me. I surely will stop drinking until I figure this out, but I feel kind of like a ticking time-bomb not knowing what is wrong with me.

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  • I suspect that another stressor(for want of a better word)was present for both your first and second episodes but was not there on New Year's Eve.Either that or you're experiencing periodic alcohol sensitivity.
    richard wayne2b 1232 Replies
    • January 13, 2009
    • 03:53 PM
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  • Does it only happen when you drink beer? I´m a celiac (gluten free food only) and beer used to send me over the top. I can´t have any cereal products only rice and corn. Try to lay off wheat and cereals and SORRY.... Quit drinking beer! Try Cider (alcoholic), it comes from Apples and is pretty good!!!! Celiacs can have ALL sorts of symptoms, not just rashes or nuerological... You may have hardly any at all. But it is seriously underdiagnosed and most alcohols, spirits are made of grains.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 13, 2009
    • 06:44 PM
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  • Whatever the first episode was, I don't know. I would like to comment on drinking any beer with the medication you are on...probably not a good idea.. http://www.drugs.com/lisinopril.htmlWhat should I avoid while taking lisinopril?Avoid drinking alcohol. It can further lower your blood pressure and may increase some of the side effects of lisinopril. Do not use salt substitutes or potassium supplements while taking lisinopril, unless your doctor has told you to.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • January 14, 2009
    • 00:54 AM
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