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Undiagnosed Fainting Spells

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  • Posted By: Sethuofo
  • September 18, 2007
  • 02:43 PM

Hello and thanks in advance for any help. My girlfriend and I have been trying to figure this out for a while and we still have no idea how to help her condition. She has pretty bad asthma, but rarely-to-never has asthma attacks because she uses a long-term type of inhaler (not fast acting). Anyways, when she get these fainting spells she becomes weak, her vision begins to fade, as well as hearing, etc. (common fainting signs), but she doesn't go out cold, it is more of her NEEDING to sit down immediately, and usually after 5-15 minutes of sitting, it passes. She also says that when she puts her head between her legs it helps. She also tells me she can feel it coming on at least 10 minutes or so in advance if she hasn't eaten enough. Also, I'm not sure where this comes in, but on the occasion that we smoke marijuana, she usually the exact same symptoms come on. I wonder if it has something to do with a drop in blood pressure, or some sort of glycemic condition. She doesn't have any other diagnosed conditions (except asthma). and She is pretty thin and tall. Thanks again for any help.

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  • Have her get tested for cortisol. Inhalers for asthma can cause adrenal problems after long term use. This could be a dangerous situation. Make sure the testings are from 7-9 am or 3-5 pm. I really think she should look into this. Don't ignore it. what inhaler does she use??
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 18, 2007
    • 04:08 PM
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  • She was using Advair, then she switched to Pulmicort, but I guess she quit using them about 6 months ago (unbeknownst to me)because she was worried about side effects, etc. She said that she can tell that she can't breathe as well since stopping them. I didn't state before about the frequency of her episodes, but she only gets them about once a month, and even it is mild and doesn't get to the point where she needs to sit down. "Usually when the subway gets stopped in the tunnel and she has to stand for a while", but it she keeps moving it doesn't come on compared to just standing.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 18, 2007
    • 11:50 PM
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  • Maybe diabetes. Easy enough to test. I thought marijuana was therapeutic for chronic asthma. So. if it bronchioles are dilated, would it follow that the venous system would also dilate and blood pressure would drop? Anyone?
    rad-skw 1,605 Replies
    • September 19, 2007
    • 08:09 AM
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  • I was having "fainting spells" too along with many other symptoms. The only thikng that will help her is what helped me.. Find NAET or Bioset therapy. Take her to the first 3 sessions...she will get better.. I only know, because I did. where do you live?..I'll help find someone for you...mommy cat:)
    mommy cat 1,654 Replies
    • September 20, 2007
    • 11:24 PM
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  • It's not diabetes. I'm telling you to get a cortisol check done as soon as possible. it's very possible the inhalers effected her adrenal glands. Could she be pregnant?? That's another possibility, but more likely cortisol. Don't ignore it. Please go it it checked out. If it were diabetes anyway an endocrinologist would spot it. either way you can't go wrong. Let us know what she decides. More likely hypoglycemic. That would cause dizzy spells. What is her blood pressure. Check it- if it's low get the cortisol ran.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 21, 2007
    • 01:03 AM
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