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Dizziness and blackouts

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 25, 2010
  • 08:28 PM

Im 20 years old, and i suffer from constant dizziness and blackouts, everytime i'm at home i sit down for a while or even lie down for a while and as soon as i get up, i get dizzy and everything goes dark for abt 30seconds or more i start to feel very weak everytime this happens. I haven't been to the doctors yet but i know my doctor will just give me tablets and say its because i don't have iron in me but i don't believe its just that. I've just had enough of constantly feeling like this and its becoming worse! Can anybody please tell me what they think it is? Or whats causing it??

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  • It sounds like you may have Orthostatic hypotension.
    Nadine Davis 24 Replies Flag this Response
  • Im 20 years old, and i suffer from constant dizziness and blackouts, everytime i'm at home i sit down for a while or even lie down for a while and as soon as i get up, i get dizzy and everything goes dark for abt 30seconds or more i start to feel very weak everytime this happens. I haven't been to the doctors yet but i know my doctor will just give me tablets and say its because i don't have iron in me but i don't believe its just that. I've just had enough of constantly feeling like this and its becoming worse! Can anybody please tell me what they think it is? Or whats causing it??The diagnosis in your case is NEUROCARDIOGENIC SYNCOPE. Don`t get frightened by this big word! This is a common problem in young thin women. You may need to see a Neurologist or a Cardiologist, but usually your Family Doctor can diagnose this problem. When you see your Family Doctor next, ask him/her to consider this diagnosis.This is a condition that is easily treated . Sometimes a study called a Tilt Table Test is done. However this is expensive and may not be readily available. In many cases the study is not needed because the diagnosis is made by the story. Treatment is available, and treatment may not be for the rest of your life. Look up this diagnosis on the internet.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I agree with the other poster.. orthostatic hypotension or it could be Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). With both those conditions laying down helps. Your sight is going dark as you are about to pass out (both these conditions can cause passing out)....... Do get your iron thou tested as low iron can cause issues eg weakness, fatigue etc etc
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies Flag this Response
  • I agree with having your iron checked. If it is your iron the doctors will put you on iron pills and you will feel alot better. Let us know when you find out. Good luck
    Nadine Davis 24 Replies Flag this Response
  • Regarding Orthostatic Hypotension-buy a blood pressure monitor and take you blood pressure sitting down and then stand up and take it again.Do this numerous times a day/night and note the numbers.If any abnormalities then report it to your doctor.They may wish to refer you to a cardiologist for a tilttable test and perhaps some other tests.Look up the words "orthostatic Hypotension" in Wikipedia and Medscape for more info.
    wdiagnosis1 33 Replies Flag this Response
  • better you visit your doctor.....
    DorothyHick 6 Replies Flag this Response
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