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Random fainting, No diagnosis!

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  • Posted By: princessofheartbreak
  • April 3, 2009
  • 11:21 PM

Okay well I'm a 15 years old female. For the past two years or so I've been having random episodes of fainting but recently it has been getting worse. I also have unbearable migraines and occasionally my arms twitch uncontrollably.

For the fainting it happens randomly. Sometimes it happens when I stretch my arms and back and sometimes it just happens randomly like when I'm sitting down or even when I'm standing or laying.

When I begin to faint, everything slowly fades to black, my hearing fades and I fall. I am fully aware that I am fainting, my neurologist says that That means I am conscience during my episodes. Sometimes my vision doesn't even fade during the fall and I am able to see as I fall. Sometimes I have the ability to catch myself right before I hit the ground.

The fainting only lasts for a few seconds then I can get back up..But while I am waking up my whole body tingles and my head feels warm and fuzzy,I also feel disoriented and confused and sometimes dizzy. Sometimes the tingling feeling feels like it hurts as well like that numb pins and needles type tingle.

The migraines and the twitching also occur randomly and do not seem to happen during the fainting episodes. I also occasionally have chest discomfort that feel like someone is lightly stabbing me, I'm not sure if it counts as pain because it is not very strongly discomforting,t he stabbing feeling can most often last all day. And sometimes I have the feeling my heart is beating too fast and that I am not able to breathe

Well recently due to a pediatric neurologists advice, me and my mother stopped going to the chiropractor and I was admitted into the hospital for 2 and a half days earlier this week.
While at the hospital they did a EEG, EKG, a "echo" on my heart, a xray on my heart and they took blood to do thyroid tests. Also during the hospital stay I had no episodes and They recorded no seizure or heart problem activity. Though the only thing they did notice is that my blood pressure does change drastically between sitting, standing and laying down.

Due to the fact nothing happened while at the hospital a rude neurologist has put me on magnesium oxide and prenatal vitamins because she believes that I have some sort of vitamin deficiency that is causing my fainting, though I was not tested or anything to confirm this theory. She also has another theory that I am dehydrated and instead of my body telling me I'm thirsty; I pass out. She also seems to think I may be stressed and that is the reason for my fainting.

I personally believe none of these are true because one, If I had a vitamin deficiency wouldn't I pass out no matter where I am?; and two, I drink a lot of fluid every day, I cannot possibly be dehydrated. Stress seems to be a possible theory although the fainting happens even when I am not stressed or upset.

Does anyone have any idea what might actually be wrong with me?

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  • I cant edit my post so Id like to add something I almost forgot....I also have my own theory on my fainting. My father was in pest control and had his own business back when my family and I lived in ohio. We still have chemicals throughout our house from the old business and my family still uses them to kill bugs very often.My theory is that I could have some sort of allergy or chemical poisoning due to the bug poison my father has/uses? The main poison we use is called "Dragnet". I use it as well and it seems to kill bugs very easily and I know it effects them neurologically, I do not know what is in this poison exactly. I think this theory makes more sense considering it is all around me when I am at home or around my family because they use it and have it on them and because it also would explain why I did not have any episodes while at the hospital. It also seems that I pass out far more often and deeply when I am at home rather than anywhere else. I am not sure but I think I have seen my dad slightly pass out randomly before as well.Could poisoning be the cause?
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  • Hey I'm so sorry to hear about your fainting and know how frustrating it can be when no one can figure it out, I'm not a doctor and this is just advice from the average joe but your symptoms sound almost identical to a health show episode i saw about a girl who was in a car accident and years later began fainting and having severe head aches people thought she was over reacting and one day months later one side of her face begane to droop and her speech became slurred which is a side effect of storkesthis may not be your case at all but it's something to bring up with the doctors, again i'm sorry it's hard don't give up :D
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  • Whoa! Are you saying someone sprays these types of chemicals on you? What I mean is I worked for Orkin for a number of years as a technician and can tell you most chemical reactions are caused from direct exposure to pesticides through the skin. In pest control we follow the label. The label is the law and most Pesticides are sprayed or applied treatment on a monthly basis. Dragnet is permethrin right? If my memory serves me correct. that's the same active ingredient as those lice shampoos you buy for your kids when they get lice in school or dog shampoos. Actually the most hazerdous chemicals chlordane, dursban and organophosphates have been removed from the market. jmho i dont think chemicals are to blame. Maybe, something else. hthGood luck!Carlos
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  • I've had this same thing happen to me since I was around 12. I am now 24. Although, my fainting spells come and go. They are never on a regular basis. I can go months to years without having one. Then all of the sudden w/o warning I feel it come over me. Also, have the accelerated heart rate, stabbing chest pains, and the same feeling of numbness before I faint. I understand where you are coming from it is really frustrating to not have an answer. Especially when it is something that so directly effects your day to day life. I'm thinking there maybe something to a drastic change in blood pressure. I have noticed, at least with me, mine usually happen when I stand up too fast or my heart feels like it's racing too fast and I can't properly catch my breath. I really don't have a solid answer for you though. Just wanted you to know you were not the only one with this problem! Good luck with everything. If you find anything out, please let me know. I have wanted an answer for years. Sorry I couldn't be of much help to you. Keep your chin up! =)
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  • hi, i have the same thing happen to me ,i kno how it feels i was fustred. i fainted in schools and had to go to the hospital. the hospital told me there was nothing wrong but go see my doctor so i did. my doctor put me on this heart moniter and she found i had an iregular heartbeat so maybe you should talk to your doctor maybe that could be it. sorry i not much help but hope what i said might help hope you feel better.
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  • Okay well I'm a 15 years old female. For the past two years or so I've been having random episodes of fainting but recently it has been getting worse. I also have unbearable migraines. Though the only thing they did notice is that my blood pressure does change drastically between sitting, standing and laying down. You should try researching "postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome". It sounds as if you have that. "Postural" posture can bring it on. "othostatic" happens while standing... "tachycardia".. fast heart rate. In other words ones heart races in response to postural changes. This may cause drastic changes in your BP like you are experiences and can cause fainting and other symptoms. I have POTS myself and at times I are aware as I near faint and collapse (while other times I havent been aware and passed out completely before i hit the ground). (POTS can happen when sitting or laying down but is less common then.. but some do get it all the time). POTS is more common in teen girls. Well recently due to a pediatric neurologists advice, me and my mother stopped going to the chiropractor and I was admitted into the hospital for 2 and a half days earlier this week.While at the hospital they did a EEG, EKG, a "echo" on my heart, a xray on my heart and they took blood to do thyroid tests. Also during the hospital stay I had no episodes chemicals may be setting off the POTS.. or i assume you may of been sitting down more or laying more than you usualy do in hospital.. and hence then you didnt have any POTS attacks. The more you stand or are upright.. the more likely one is often to bring on a POTS attack...so by the hospital situation, you avoided one.
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  • http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showthread.php?t=74436 this is another teen girl who also has POTS.
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  • i've been fainting since i was 4...iam 12 now and i have no clue wat i have..i can tell when i fainte. i start to get tingly and dizzy/ligth headed and i start to get tunnel vision. then its black. when i wake up i feel very clumsy and ligth headed and it takes about 5 minutes to go away......this happens every 2 years ... i really want to know what it is..the docters say its just fainting
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 1, 2010
    • 00:54 AM
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  • I've had this same thing happen to me since I was around 12. I am now 24. Although, my fainting spells come and go. They are never on a regular basis. I can go months to years without having one. Then all of the sudden w/o warning I feel it come over me. Also, have the accelerated heart rate, stabbing chest pains, and the same feeling of numbness before I faint. I understand where you are coming from it is really frustrating to not have an answer. Especially when it is something that so directly effects your day to day life. I'm thinking there maybe something to a drastic change in blood pressure. I have noticed, at least with me, mine usually happen when I stand up too fast or my heart feels like it's racing too fast and I can't properly catch my breath. I really don't have a solid answer for you though. Just wanted you to know you were not the only one with this problem! Good luck with everything. If you find anything out, please let me know. I have wanted an answer for years. Sorry I couldn't be of much help to you. Keep your chin up! =)the same thing happens to me i am 18 but my fainting started when i was 12 i only fainted 3 times since but they are random and i have no clue what it could be from i did a test that studied my brainwaves and the results were fine i have no clue what could cause this
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  • go to a cardiologist, and have a tilt table test done...I have similar problems for 15 years and they now have me on medicine that has reduced my episodies drastically
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