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  • Posted By: kattone
  • January 13, 2009
  • 03:35 PM

I am a 46 year old male, non-smoker, have always been very healthy, never on any medications. On the 5th of December, at 9:30 pm, I had an "episode" which started with me working at my home computer, when I stood up and walked about 8 steps, I went unconscious and hit the floor face first. I didn't feel any warning dizziness or anything, just next thing I know I am looking at the carpet real close up. My wife was in the next room, and when she came to me, I sat up and leaned back against the wall, and passed out again. while I was out this time, my wife said I turned white, starting sweating profusely, and was blabbering at her incoherently with my eyes wide open. (I dont recall any of that) this lasted for approx. 2 minutes. when I came to again, I felt completely and totally exhausted, could hardly make myself move.
I went to the hospital, they admitted me, and ran every test they could think of for my heart, circulation, and head. the only thing they found is I have moderate high blood pressure, so now I take 10 mg of lisinopril, which has my b.p. back to normal.
Also, the night this happened, I had drank 3 beers (with a meal) over about 1 1/2 hours (don't know if that had any effect).
Then, last Wednesday, the 7th, I was at a friend's house, and had four beers over a 3-hour period, quit drinking at 9:30 so I could drive home ok around 10:30 like I usually do. but after I quit drinking, I started feeling progressively drunker, until it got to the point I could not stand up. I was extremely dizzy, and had to sit with my head between my knees to keep from vomiting. I eventually passed out like that, sitting up with my head down, and when I came to I was completely exhausted to the point I could not even answer my phone. I could hear it ringing, but could not get up enough strength to answer it. my friend said I turned really pale while I was sitting there, and he called my wife around 11:30, who had to come and get me. I could barely make it out to the car. now I am not a huge drinker, I rarely drink more than six beers at a time, usually more like 2 or 3. but I know I could drink a 12-pack and not feel like this made me feel. And the other strange thing is that on new year's eve, in between these two episodes, I drank six or seven beers, and didn't feel anything other than I normally would after six or seven beers. so alchohol may be a trigger, but not the cause.
I searched the net, and the closest thing I have found symptoms-wise is a mini-stroke or TIA, but I didn't have any paralysis that I know of.
if anyone has any idea what this may be I would surely appreciate any info you could give me. I surely will stop drinking until I figure this out, but I feel kind of like a ticking time-bomb not knowing what is wrong with me.

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