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Black out episodes..please help

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  • Posted By: one_and_only4105
  • March 16, 2009
  • 00:48 PM

My boyfriend is having many episodes within the last month. And I just want to give you this background info so you understand somehing later.

Way back in November he admitted himself to the psych floor because he was fearing demonic things and wanted counciling. They put him on rebuteral (if that is how you spell it) and when he got out of the hospital at the end of November he stopped taking the medication because he didnt really believe in medication for this stuff. He was relying on his Christian faith.

Now at the begining of February he started these episodes where he was blacking out. When they first started they came out of no where. When he woke up he'd have a headache on the left side of his head going into the front. He had an appointment to see a nuerologist a couple weeks later but the black outs got really bad so we scheduled an emergency appointment that day. When he went in the Dr. scheduled a bunch of test and sent him to a Cardiologist the same day. They put him on a heart holster for 24 hours. That same night he black out 5 times and it was worse then ever, he was shaking and choking and all this other stuff. That night we took him to the ER and demanded that they do the test that the Dr. ordered. That consisted of an Echo chamber thing on his heart, blood work, a CT scan, and an EEG.

All these tests came back negitive, as the hospital told us, and they said to schedule up with the Nuerologist and family Dr. then sent him home. The family Dr. looked at the CT scan results and saw that there was some sort of growth on his left brain. Then the next week when he went to see the Nuerologist that Dr. said that it didnt seem like much and that he didnt think it was really big enough to cause anything. (May I add, people have told me that this Dr. is horrible)

We ended up in the ER again because of constant and horrible black out episodes. They did an MRI but said that because he has braces it would screw up the image of the MRI. And again it didnt show anything but the Dr. said not to count on anything because he has braces.
So the Dr. in the ER last night blamed in all on his taking off of medication...could it really do that? and have an affect 2 and a half months later? they also thought it was because of stress and anxiety but his pysch. said that of his 20 years of doctoring he has never seen anything like this due to stress...especially since these episodes happen at random.

I just want to tell you the symptoms of some of these episodes now. Before he passes out his ears ring, his vision blurs, he gets really dizzy, and then he is out. While out he sometimes has difficulty breathing (last night was the first time he stopped breathing many times while out), he will choke, make weird noises with his mouth while his tounge is moving weird in his mouth (cant explain it), he never really sweats, sometimes his pulse is high and there has been times that he was calm. Then after and episode he has a horrible headache most times on left side or all over, his vision is still blurred, he has trouble talking and hearing, he is still dizzy, and is very tired. These are just some of the most common ones that he has. He also woke up from and episode yesterday not knowing anyone around him, he was completely delusional. He also has become sick to his stomach more then just at the times of blackouts, he feels sick mostly all the time.

Thank you for reading this all and can you please help me figure out what is wrong, or atleast put an input. Thank you.

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  • Does he have any arm or leg movements during one of these episodes?
    richard wayne2b 1232 Replies Flag this Response
  • All these tests came back negitive, as the hospital told us, and they said to schedule up with the Nuerologist and family Dr. then sent him home. The family Dr. looked at the CT scan results and saw that there was some sort of growth on his left brain. Then the next week when he went to see the Nuerologist that Dr. said that it didnt seem like much and that he didn't think it was really big enough to cause anything. (May I add, people have told me that this Dr. is horrible)Hi one_and_only4105,Your boyfriends symptoms are certainly neurological in nature. What you've described could well be seizures, rather than "black outs". Seizures can frequently be a classic sign of a brain lesion.The fact that some type of growth was noted in the left brain via CT...and the Neurologist he saw said that "it didn't seem like much and that he didnt think it was really big enough to cause anything" is a definite sign that your boyfriend needs to see a second Neurologist in a VERY timely manner!Let us know how things go.Be well!! John
    JonMac 165 Replies Flag this Response
  • Take him to a neurosurgeon, if anyone is going to operate on him or know what to do it would be most likely be a neurosurgeon. Find one that is associated with a major hospital and go make an appointment, if he has a brain mass it could be growing and causing more problems.
    SpineGirl 64 Replies Flag this Response
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