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Fainting

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 1, 2008
  • 09:26 PM

I have not gotten anything from about three different doctors, so maybe someone can help me out here!

I'm 24 years old now and started fainting when I was 18 years old. I faint when I'm standing up, sitting down, on the internet...it doesn't matter the position. My previous doctor thought I was having seizures and sent me two hours away to get tested. Tests, including blood work, all came back negative. A couple months later, I fainted again!

The things I experience is vision loss until I am in the process of hitting the ground or floor, dizziness, lightheadedness, and odd chest feeling. It's hard to explain but it kind of feel like when you're about to do something very daring for the first time...adrenalide I think!

I have a little girl who's almost 6 months and I need to know what's wrong with me. Anyone who can point me in the right direction, please don't hesitate in letting me know! I'm not anemic and don't have high blood pressure, diabetes or anything of that sort, by the way. Thank you in advance!

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  • I have not gotten anything from about three different doctors, so maybe someone can help me out here! I'm 24 years old now and started fainting when I was 18 years old. I faint when I'm standing up, sitting down, on the internet...it doesn't matter the position. My previous doctor thought I was having seizures and sent me two hours away to get tested. Tests, including blood work, all came back negative. A couple months later, I fainted again! The things I experience is vision loss until I am in the process of hitting the ground or floor, dizziness, lightheadedness, and odd chest feeling. It's hard to explain but it kind of feel like when you're about to do something very daring for the first time...adrenalide I think! I have a little girl who's almost 6 months and I need to know what's wrong with me. Anyone who can point me in the right direction, please don't hesitate in letting me know! I'm not anemic and don't have high blood pressure, diabetes or anything of that sort, by the way. Thank you in advance! One of the first places my doctor sent me due to fainting.. was to see a heart specialist and have all the various heart tests done. It could be your heart.
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies Flag this Response
  • You might be suffering from very low blood pressure. Have they checked it? Do you know what your blood pressure is? When you have this feeling coming that you are going to faint, lie down ASAP and put your legs up, so that as much blood as possible reaches your brain. I might prevent that you actually faint. Good luck with everyhing!
    Felsen 510 Replies Flag this Response
  • i agree with all of the above!? low blood pressure?low blood sugar levels this can happen especially when your stressed? heart condition next time when you feel this come on try and feel your pulse. is it strong? or irregular? hope this help!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • One of the first places my doctor sent me due to fainting.. was to see a heart specialist and have all the various heart tests done. It could be your heart.I don't have anything wrong with my heart, my blood pressure is fine and all blood tests came back more than good. I have been told everything looked "great" and how they wished they could tell me something else. Noone can tell me anything and it's making me really upset!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Sounds to me like you may have Vagus Vagal Nerve stimulation concerns. My husband has this too. He faints if he coughs too hard. Some people faint just from having a bowel movement. The vagus nerve is in the neck and different things can occur to cause it. Here is a bit of info: Fainting may occur if the vagus nerve, which supplies the neck, chest, and intestine, is stimulated. When stimulated, the vagus nerve slows the heart. Such stimulation also causes nausea and cool, clammy skin. This type of fainting is called vasovagal (vasomotor) syncope. The vagus nerve is stimulated by pain, fear, other distress (such as that due to the sight of blood), vomiting, a large bowel movement, and urination. Fainting during or immediately after urination is called micturition syncope. Rarely, vigorous swallowing causes fainting due to stimulation of the vagus nerve. Might be something to check into. Also...you mentioned you were tested for seizures by having blood tests two hours away? What about an EEG ? Brain wave test with the electrodes on the head? That is the accurate way to detect seizures...not by blood tests.good luck and hope you feel better:)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • my daughter has this: orthostatic intollerance...look it up ... also you may want more specific testing and do the tilt table test. This is from Wikipedia:A tilt table test is a medical procedure often used to diagnose dysautonomia or syncope. Patients with symptoms of dizziness or lightheadedness, with or without a loss of consciousness (fainting), suspected to be associated with a drop in blood pressure are good candidates for this test. perhaps you have normal blood pressure but with this special test you can find out how your blood pressure changes depending on your position....you may need to go to a special hospital or clinic. Joan
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