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Loss of consciousness! CT scan neg

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  • Posted By: wildmam
  • December 26, 2007
  • 05:27 AM

Found my 58 yr. old husband unconscious, while on walk in woods. He was completely out of it. Could not speak for a couple of min. when he came to. Was confused, didn't know what had happened. Hospital checked blood enzymes, CT of head and spine- all neg. Husband said he felt fine, then when he looked down the ground appeared to be crawling. He felt dizzy, but not as much when looking straight - down the crawling leaves. He remembers staggering and then nothing until ambulance. He has had heart cath, carotid check, blood checked all within the last year. Going to family Dr. tomorrow. This all happened while out of town. Any ideas? I am scared.

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  • Most common cause is anemia. So he needs to increase Iron rich foods in his diet. I read some where that "For 3 weeks, drink a cup of mineral water to which 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar and 2 tbsp of non-pasteurized honey could prevent future fainting spells".
    Someguy 15 Replies
    • December 26, 2007
    • 04:06 PM
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  • Thanks SomeGuy. It couldn't hurt. He has been anemic within the last year, but right now his bloodwork looks OK. Can't get him to a neurologist until 1/3/08. He is feeling fine, but in my mind I still see him lying there unconscious. I am watching him like a hawk. Thanks again
    wildmam 4 Replies
    • December 27, 2007
    • 05:04 AM
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  • Maybe it was a seizure. One of the US supreme court judges has had two in 20 years. Chief Justice John Roberts, I think. Look up "Justice Roberts and seizures" and there are some articles of once-in-a-while seizure activity written. One or two is semi-normal. Anything more is not. The confusion AFTER the blackout, and the fact that it was unwitnessed would send me to a neurologist. Also, look up BPV and do the floor positions. Vertigo is one of the symptoms.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • December 27, 2007
    • 00:35 PM
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  • Thanks Rad-skw. I wondered about a seizure. His family doc is off till after the new year, but I did get him an appt. with a neurologist 1/3/08. My Mother's best friend had an apparent seizure years ago. Never happened again. I will feel better when we get to the neuro doc. Hanging in till then.
    wildmam 4 Replies
    • December 30, 2007
    • 05:38 AM
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  • Hi my wife has some of the same symtoms as you. We were at the restaurant getting something to eat and on the way home she went unresponsive. I took her to Monroe Regional Medical center in the town here where we live and they didn't find anything. The doctors did at ct scan, chest xray, blood test, and urine test. The only thing they found was a UTI. They said that it was possible that the UTI was causing the symtoms. However when she went to see her regular doctor he told her if that was the cause then they should've admitted her becuase the infection would've been in the blood. Since she has had an ultra sound of her arteries in the head, a sleep study, an eeg, an extended eeg. All of the tests came back negative or normal except for the sleep study it showed a mild for of hypopnia but the oxigen blood level didn't show enough of a deficite to suggust a cpac machine would help.. The neurologist has put her on clonazepam .5 mg, relpax 40mg (only when having a migrane), a dietary supplement "Migravent", and provigil 200mg. My wife had a tingleing sensation in the face for around three weeks before she had the unresponsive attack. She is continuing to have problems while she is on the new medicine however she is not passing out. She has told me that she can hear everyone talking around her when her goes out but can not move or talk except in a tone almost unheard. She is continuing to see the doctor over everything so I'll keep you updated. Also before all this started she has a problem with her pancrease and has to be on a pancreatic enzyme into order to digest food. She was having diarea every day as a norm but has gotten that under controll with citrucel. She has fibromyalga, type 2 diabetic, mitrovalve prolapse, bundel branch block, psoriasis, and mild ashma.
    crackerJac 5 Replies
    • December 31, 2007
    • 05:18 PM
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  • Bless your hearts! It's weird the things that can happen. My husband has fibromyalgia, arthritis and is on a cpap machine. He takes Lyrica for the fibro. If your wife hasn't tried Lyrica she should ask her doc about it. It has helped my husband tremendously and he didn't really believe there was such a thing as fibromyalgia! We rang in the new year tonight. I am greatful for every day - especially after such a scare. Hanging in till we see neuro. Thanks for your post.
    wildmam 4 Replies
    • January 1, 2008
    • 08:06 AM
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  • All the previous posts are probably right and the neurologist is the way to go for now but I thought I might just chip in this bit of info just in case even thoguh its unlikely. I have passed out for no appearant reason in the past a couple of times. and they could not figure out anything as my neurological tests blood work X rays all were fine. It turned out I had a disc displacement in the spine in the neck, and it seems according to specialists I have seen that it can cause this almong with other symptoms such as numbness and dizziness. They told me not much could be done and sent me to physiotherapy but that didnt help. I went to a chiropractor for about 6 sessions and this never happened again and my other symtoms were gone as well.Though it is unlikely I thought I should mention it anywaysGood luck!
    Locke_gb7 22 Replies
    • January 1, 2008
    • 11:04 AM
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  • Please have your husband checked for BPPV benign paraxysmal positional vertigo. Four years ago I was waking up on the ground and floor with no knowledge of what just happened. My neurologist diagnosed seizures. I was on a different seizure med every two weeks because I continued to pass out. I had to stop driving for 11 months and stop working. I had all kinds of test you can imagine. I cound not even cook or take a bath unacompanied by someone else because I might black out. I stayed on the computer always researching. Finally I ran across BPPV and the symtoms were very similar to mine except most people don't loose conciensness. It is an imbalance in the inner ear. It was corrected by 2 procedures where they reposition you head to get the particles back in position. Throughout the years I have had to go back to get it reajusted. When I think of all the unnessisary medication and troubles. Please have this test. It is non-invasive and very simple to have it performed.
    ms-kat 1 Replies
    • January 1, 2008
    • 00:10 PM
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  • Try to get this:Electron Beam Tomography Angiography http://www.humc.com/heartcenters/ctscanning/what.shtml insurance doesn't pay for it so be prepared to pay out of pocket.. maybe see an eye doctor, too...
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • January 1, 2008
    • 09:51 PM
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  • Thanks Locke, ms-kat, Monsterlove. My nephew who is a physical therapist said he should be checked for BPPV. My husband has had two back surgeries. Lots of arthritis. Monsterlove, my husband has seen an optomologist within the last year. He had an episode of temporary lost vision in one eye. It happened twice. His carotid arteries were checked, eyes checked, all ok. Tomorrow his primary physician should be in her office. Gonna try to see her then. Next day neuro. Thanks to all and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
    wildmam 4 Replies
    • January 2, 2008
    • 04:58 AM
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  • My wife has been seeing the neruologist and is continueing to go to see him but no answers yet. However she is not passing out any more. The weakness and dissiness are still there though. We are still befuddled about what is going on. Bless your hearts! It's weird the things that can happen. My husband has fibromyalgia, arthritis and is on a cpap machine. He takes Lyrica for the fibro. If your wife hasn't tried Lyrica she should ask her doc about it. It has helped my husband tremendously and he didn't really believe there was such a thing as fibromyalgia! We rang in the new year tonight. I am greatful for every day - especially after such a scare. Hanging in till we see neuro. Thanks for your post.
    crackerJac 5 Replies
    • January 13, 2008
    • 02:35 PM
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