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Cocaine induced syncope...

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  • Posted By: Oneironaut
  • April 29, 2013
  • 09:06 AM

On Saturday the 27th of April, I spent a night partying with a few people. I am not a habitual cocaine user but I would partake if the situation and setting was right. Throughout the night I snorted about a gram of powder cocaine and was done at around 3:00 am Sunday morning. I drove home and was sitting in front of the television coming down. Around 4:30 in the morning I decided to take a shower to help with the come down. I sat in the tub and let the hot water pour over me for about 15 minutes, trying to help clear my sinuses. I stood up and was standing underneath the shower and without realizing what was happening, I had fallen backwards out of the tub, tearing down the shower curtain and rod with me. Thankfully I landed sitting down on the outside of the tub and hadn't hit my head nor broke any bones. Now i have blacked out once before when I was younger but this was different. I don't remember slipping in the tub or the feeling of hitting the floor, I heard the sound of the curtain rod hitting the floor but it remember it being muffled and not as loud as you would think. I also remember a short feeling of shock when I was sitting on the floor and no thoughts were coming to my head, like my brain had just stopped working, and as soon as it had happened I snapped out of it and was totally coherent and conscious of where I was and what had just happened to me. I've never experienced anything like that before in my life and was really shaken up about it for about half an hour after the event.

So I decided to google about what had maybe happened to me and a lot of articles about seizures and shaking fits involving cocaine came up, but none of them accurately described the feeling I remembered. Then I came across syncope and it's symptoms described the feeling I had to the letter. A transient loss of consciousness and postural tone, characterized by rapid onset, short duration, and spontaneous recovery (according to wikipedia). So after further research I deducted that a heart arrhythmia due to the cocaine might have caused it's onset. I am a 24 year old male with no history of heart problems, seizures, blackouts, or neurological disorders.

In conclusion to this article it's been about 24 hrs since the incident and I feel fine. No chest pains or other weird feelings, my heart rate is normal and my sinuses are clear. I have decided that I am done fooling around with cocaine and will stick to just a few beers or maybe a joint when it comes to relaxing and wanting to have a good time. I did not write this article to be judged by the people on this forum, only to inform and educate people about my experiences with the drug. I hope anyone that reads this who also has also experimented with hard drugs, will take into consideration my story the next time they are offered any hard drugs or stimulants.

-Sincerely
Andrew

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  • You were lucky it sounds like. Happy to hear you're feeling better.
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