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  • Posted By: silver89
  • April 2, 2008
  • 00:09 AM

The doctors can't seem to find what is wrong.
I have had a Tilt Test which showed as negative (because I didn't pass out though I did feel 2 symptoms), a 24 hour ECG monitor and frequent trips to the hospital and doctor, but they can't seem to find out exactly what it is.
I'm currently not on any medication because of them not knowing what they are treating.
I feel as though I pass out quite frequently, it usually happens about 2 to 3 times a week on average, which I feel is a ***l of a lot. I had to quite college twice because of it, and I now can't work because no-one will employ me knowing there is the posibility I can pass out.
I feel as though my heart rate rises when I'm going to pass out, I get the palpitations, light headedness, my ears feel like i'm underwater, my lips go tingly and my legs go shaky. I have done some research but when I mention possible diagnosis to my doctor, he just ignores it ><
Does anybody else get anything like this, or have anything to advise?

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  • The doctors can't seem to find what is wrong. I have had a Tilt Test which showed as negative (because I didn't pass out though I did feel 2 symptoms), a 24 hour ECG monitor and frequent trips to the hospital and doctor, but they can't seem to find out exactly what it is. I'm currently not on any medication because of them not knowing what they are treating. I feel as though I pass out quite frequently, it usually happens about 2 to 3 times a week on average, which I feel is a ***l of a lot. I had to quite college twice because of it, and I now can't work because no-one will employ me knowing there is the posibility I can pass out. I feel as though my heart rate rises when I'm going to pass out, I get the palpitations, light headedness, my ears feel like i'm underwater, my lips go tingly and my legs go shaky. I have done some research but when I mention possible diagnosis to my doctor, he just ignores it >Does anybody else get anything like this, or have anything to advise?If you've had any recent head injuries, small or large, which you feel may be triggering these fainting spells, then demand a CT scan. Even better, demand a referral from your doctor to see a nuerologist. If the doctor doesn't think you should see one (as going through your doctor is the only way to get refered) then don't listen and demand you see one, if he refuses ask for a second opinion. Fainting so much as you describe needs urgent attention.
    carnivore 23 Replies Flag this Response
  • O, I missed that part out. I am currently already seeing a neurologist, he is my consultant (but not atall helpful), and I have had a CT scan, and an epilepsey test. They came back normal. The only bashes to the head I have had are the ones that happen when I pass out, but nothing before hand.I was thinking it could be a form of somatization...like a mental thing that doctors can't explain.
    silver89 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • I used to faint with the same symptoms. I was borderline anemic. Once my dr. prescribed iron pills I was fine. I also recently saw a re-run of America's next top model where a contestant fainted while waiting for her results. I can't remember what she called her disorder but it was one where there was no known cause for her fainting. She was rushed to the hospital and shortly released. You may be able to search it online for more info. It seems to me she said there were certain triggers she learned to avoid. Good luck
    italianirishj 9 Replies Flag this Response
  • O, I missed that part out. I am currently already seeing a neurologist, he is my consultant (but not atall helpful), and I have had a CT scan, and an epilepsey test. They came back normal. The only bashes to the head I have had are the ones that happen when I pass out, but nothing before hand.I was thinking it could be a form of somatization...like a mental thing that doctors can't explain.could just be dehydration, it can cause anyone to easily faint. if you don't drink much fluid, you should try drinking more, or if you feel you drink enough, drink more. try regular water for a while. even if it doesn't work, it's ALWAYS worth trying!
    carnivore 23 Replies Flag this Response
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