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Feelings as though I will pass out

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 11, 2006
  • 07:48 PM

A couple of days ago and 3 times before, I have all of a sudden gotten the feelings as though I would die, its hard to describe-I feel as though I will pass, out and get really sick, like i will vomit, really dizzy. It is really scary a feeling of impending doom and last 5-10 minutes. Help!

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  • Are you taking any new meds? I cannot take meds that derive from heroin because of this feeling. Also, I felt this when I had been taken ambien and other sleep meds for too long.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 11, 2006
    • 08:32 PM
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  • Umm... panic attacks! I get one about every week. Same feelings. But if that has already been ruled out, then I would have to agree that it could be any new meds, or coming off any, or stopping an addiction
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 12, 2006
    • 06:10 AM
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  • I had panic attacks all the time. The impending doom is what is the worst part about it. After a while you start to avoid things thinking it may trigger the "impending doom" feeling but you find out later there is no trigger it just happens for no reason randomly weird fun-ness. Panic attacks stem from an anxiety disorder (for me). I never thought of myself as stressed but I guess I am "high strung"? I take 200mg of Zoloft now and everything subsided. No more panic attacks, no more anxiety issues.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 14, 2006
    • 04:09 AM
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  • I've also had panic attacks in the past & that does sound like what I experienced. However, you may want to have you inner-ears checked...that will cause dizziness/ faintness/ nausea. Also, high or low blood-pressure problems could be part of your problem. Good luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 14, 2006
    • 09:08 PM
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  • It sounds like vertigto or maybe meniere's disease; with the dizziness and vomiting. Is the impending doom just that you feel so horrible? or are you describing an actual psychological symptom? I'm a little confused by the comment.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 15, 2006
    • 05:28 PM
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  • This has happened to me for years. I take xanax for panic attacks and it does help it go away but it is just a bandaid and some doctors are afraid you will become addicted to it.Recently, I read about changes in blood pressure and how the changes when standing up, standing in a line (ie. at a store) or even having to sit still, can cause your blood pressure to drop (in some people). When I sit in a business meeting (300 people sitting still and quite), I start to feel dizzy, see white spots, and feel like I might fall off of my chair. I thought this was a panic attack. Since I am not a nervous person and I'm used to presenting to large groups, I felt this reaction was a very odd just to be sitting there. I believe it is more of a blood pressure issue. Through conveying the experience to my doctor (prior to my knowledge of the effects of blood pressure fluctuations) I have learned it difficult to find the correct words to describe the feelings you may have and 'panic attack' is a diagnosis that jumps out first. It is nice to have a bandaid in your pocket but it would be better to know if there is a solution. I will let you know what I find out. I have also spent over $600 on 'anxiety' tape programs. They were okay but not the answer for me.Does anyone know how one's adrenals could affect this? I have noticed that I have a strong and quick 'flight or fight' response. Could this be giving you a feeling of impending doom? I try to always sit in the back of a room by a door so I can get up and move. This does help me, do you think it could help you?Good luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 15, 2006
    • 06:36 PM
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  • HiIm 46 and I have experienced something very similar...it usually happens and night, lying down when Im trying to sleep...suddenly my head feels dizzy and I feel as though I will pass out...I have gone to emerg 3 times in the last year for this, terrified Im going to pass out...my heart rate is fine, blood pressure is fine...Im basically healthy...I told the doctor on my last trip to emerg I thought I was going to die...he said it was psychological because they couldnt find anything physically wrong with me...I have attibuted it to perimenopause symptoms...he gave me ativan to calm me but I dont like taking drugs...it has happened to me a several times in the last year and half...glad to hear Im not alone...what can you do about it? Please help!mw
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  • I agree with the others here.. it does sound like a panic attack and could be just that! What interests me is that you are just getting these sensations when you are laying down going to sleep (so they dont ever happen when you are up and moving about?????) Possible if they are only when you are going to go to sleep and laying?.. maybe your BP is at that point dropping too low??? That could cause dizziness, nausea.. can bring someone to pass out and along with that feeling as it's a horrid feeling when one IS about to pass out.. a panic attack. It's possible that your BP may appear fine normally when taken in doctors clinic.. but I personally think it would be good to know if it is dropping too low when you are resting, sleeping etc. Maybe ask about having 24 hr hoilter monitoring done to rule this out. Does anyone know how one's adrenals could affect this? I have noticed that I have a strong and quick 'flight or fight' response. Could this be giving you a feeling of impending doom? I try to always sit in the back of a room by a door so I can get up and move. This does help me, do you think it could help you? Good luck. surges of certain hormones can be the cause panic attacks.. my doctor tested my hormone levels to see if there was a physiological cause. and yeah.. one can get a feeling of impending doom with panic attack........................................................ One can learn to control panic attacks (as long as there isnt something physiologically causing them). The following is how I got rid of my panic attacks... One needs to realise just when one is on the verge of going into a panic attack. (i myself found that there was like a "split instant", a fraction of a second...where the panic attack starts comes in, before it suddenly goes full blown). If you catch it before it really hits (and yeah they hit real quick!!).. one can choose to start breathing slow deep breaths (I count slowly when doing that). Dont focus on the panic but focus on slow and deep breathing. Dont allow your breathing to get out of control! Breath in (one) and think relax, breath out and think relax. Breath in (two) relax etc Focus too on something relaxing (practice this at times when you arent in panic attack mode) eg visualise a forest with birds singing or the gentle surf of the beach). Imagine you are in a calming place, listening to the waves or birds. (I even managed to do this and stop a panic attack at the supermarket checkout). After stopping them in their tracks.. after a time I stopped getting panic attacks and hence now dont get them no more. i hope this helps.
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  • sounds like anxiety/panic attack see you doctor for evaluation which he/she may want you to consult a specialist for either behavoural therapy or medication. Anxiety and panic disorders tend to deteriate to a point where they will begin to control your life if not sorted out early so dont think this is a silly condition that doesnt need treatment that is for your doctor to decide. I strongly suggest seeing you doctor
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I agree with the others here.. it does sound like a panic attack and could be just that! What interests me is that you are just getting these sensations when you are laying down going to sleep (so they dont ever happen when you are up and moving about?????) Possible if they are only when you are going to go to sleep and laying?.. maybe your BP is at that point dropping too low??? That could cause dizziness, nausea.. can bring someone to pass out and along with that feeling as it's a horrid feeling when one IS about to pass out.. a panic attack. It's possible that your BP may appear fine normally when taken in doctors clinic.. but I personally think it would be good to know if it is dropping too low when you are resting, sleeping etc. Maybe ask about having 24 hr hoilter monitoring done to rule this out. surges of certain hormones can be the cause panic attacks.. my doctor tested my hormone levels to see if there was a physiological cause. and yeah.. one can get a feeling of impending doom with panic attack........................................................ One can learn to control panic attacks (as long as there isnt something physiologically causing them). The following is how I got rid of my panic attacks... One needs to realise just when one is on the verge of going into a panic attack. (i myself found that there was like a "split instant", a fraction of a second...where the panic attack starts comes in, before it suddenly goes full blown). If you catch it before it really hits (and yeah they hit real quick!!).. one can choose to start breathing slow deep breaths (I count slowly when doing that). Dont focus on the panic but focus on slow and deep breathing. Dont allow your breathing to get out of control! Breath in (one) and think relax, breath out and think relax. Breath in (two) relax etc Focus too on something relaxing (practice this at times when you arent in panic attack mode) eg visualise a forest with birds singing or the gentle surf of the beach). Imagine you are in a calming place, listening to the waves or birds. (I even managed to do this and stop a panic attack at the supermarket checkout). After stopping them in their tracks.. after a time I stopped getting panic attacks and hence now dont get them no more. i hope this helps.++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Well about a year ago I started having ringing in my left ear and was checked for Minere's disease...my hearing was fine...I still have a bit of ringing at times...nothing serious. I did experiene about 3 days of constant dizziness and was given drugs that treat Vertigo...it wasnt vertigo...no vomiting...well that did go away. My BP seems okay when I visit the doctor and on the last visit to the emerg it was up a bit (10 pts) but this feeling of passing out scares me so that I panic and start walking around so I wont pass out (which I never have)...anyway, I am seeing my doctor again this week and not sure what he will say. The nurse at the emerg told me about breathing exercises but how can you do that when you are just trying not to pass out (thats what I think anyway but never do). I also sometimes get this weird sensation in my head (foggy head, sensation of some kind) and back of my eyes...weird stuff. Please say Im normal, someone!!!Thanks for your advice.Hangin in there!
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  • I start to feel dizzy, see white spots, and feel like I might fall off of my chair. Does anyone know how one's adrenals could affect this? I have noticed that I have a strong and quick 'flight or fight' response. Could this be giving you a feeling of impending doom? Ah the white spots. Yes I get these too, usually when my blood sugar drops. I also have that jarring forward feeling. I'm thinking along the lines of adrenal problems too. And as for the flight or fight, lets just say that if my house was on fire I would be the first one out the door - I'm wired up to move. My blood pressure always tests normal but on my last visit to the doctor he did a lying down test (which was normal) and a standing up test (which was slightly elevated). He says this means that it can't be an adrenal issue but that's not true. In 30% of causes the blood pressure is unaffected. I have been doing lots of research, obviously he hasn't.
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