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Fainting, dizzy spells.. ?

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  • Posted By: fishbowl
  • April 21, 2009
  • 00:38 AM

Hey everyone,

I have yet another friend who refuses to go see a doctor, as she believes there's nothing to worry about. However, with the symptoms that she has, I'm worried that there's something wrong.

Some Background Info (the little I could get her to tell me):
- seventeen, female
- grandparents have diabetes
- history of cancer

- frequently dizzy; mostly from standing up and sudden movements, causing her to blackout, unable to remember/focus on conversation at hand or how she got places
- hot flashes, perspiration and flushing, frequently before fainting
- uncontrollable shaking
- fatigue
- pain in either side, sometimes both, on occasion
- underneath knees hurt, often swelling and bruising
- headaches

I was wondering if it might be something to do with low blood pressure. Anyone have any ideas as to what could be the issue? Any sort of diagnosis would be a help. Thanks in advance. (:

edit: I also wanted to know if you think she should seek medical attention for a proper diagnosis.

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  • Any heart racing, or slow beats, fluttering, skipping beats, etc??What are her normal blood pressure numbers?
    pamelasmc 82 Replies Flag this Response
  • It's definitely worth looking into her blood glucose levels, especially with the history of diabetes (See if you can find out if it's Type I or II - for her it would be more likely to be Type I). Probably worth checking thyroid and iron/Haemoglobin levels also. It's possible she could be anaemic (which can give low blood pressure especially postural hypotension)And if all else fails consider cerebral hypertension. It can cause fainting and dizziness as well as frequent headaches (particular upon standing).
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