Fainting

Discussion in 'General Health & Wellness' started by aloneandmiserable, Apr 2, 2004.

  1. aloneandmiserable

    aloneandmiserable New Member

    Anyone know some common causes of fainting? I should probably start off by saying that I’m 18 years old, seemingly in good health, don't take any meds, and there’s a 0% chance I’m pregnant. Anyway, Today I was feeling kind of weird (rather weak) so I was lying down most of the day. Around 4:00 I decided that I was being lazy and needed to take a shower. So I got out of bed sat at my computer and checked my emails then went to the bathroom and got in the shower. I was probably in there 10 minutes when I went to put shampoo in my hair when suddenly I felt nauseous, dizzy, began to see dark spots in front of my eyes like when you stand up too fast. Then the next thing I remember is the feeling of smacking my head against the wall in the shower and waking up sprawled on the bathroom floor. I don't think I was out for more than a couple of seconds. I got up dried off and went and laid down for a while.
    this wasn't the first time this has happened. Last November I woke up and went to the bathroom and while sitting on the toilet I suddenly felt really dizzy, nauseous, and hot. I sat there for a minute and when I thought I was feeling better I got up and headed for the door I remember feeling dizzy and trying to run out the door. Once again I only remember the feeling of smacking my head against the door and waking up lying on the floor and being confused of where I was.
    Another time I remember something similar happening was when i was in the shower over a year ago when I felt nauseous dizzy ect. But was able to sit down in the shower before I passed out.

    Anyone know of a reasonable explanation of why this happens? I don't really want to go to the doctor b/c I feel I’m making to big of a deal about it and there’s probably nothing they can do
  2. maidmarion

    maidmarion New Member

    Hello aloneandmiserable,
    I have a couple of ideas - I felt like this anumber of years ago when I was anaemic (sp)? so maybe you could get that checked out?

    And also - my cousin has a 'passing out ' problem, and with him it is his blood pressure suddenly dropping causing blackouts - he is having more tests now.

    I hope you will see a doctor soon about this.....it would be easy to injure yourself when falling.....

    Love MM
  3. pbsolid

    pbsolid New Member

    Sounds very similar to the fainting episodes that I used to have, I suffer with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue syndrome but I must stress get these episodes checked out because it could be a heart problem, although my heart was monitored it was found to be okay, this then led to investigation of epilepsy, the consultant explained that any form of fainting is now thought to be the onset of minor epileptic seizures if the heart/blood pressure checks out okay.
    After all their investigations heart monitor and brain wave scans he decided I was having epileptic fits(although no convulsions just passing out and feeling groggy when regaining consciousness)and wanted me to take epilepsy drugs which I refused because my thoughts were that my neck and shoulder tension were the cause, the tension would build up, the muscles contracting strongly(my neck and shoulder muscles are never relaxed always in tension/pain)just before I passed out.
    I have never taken any epilepsy drugs and do not suffer from these episodes anymore, because I think it is a stress/tension related thing, so if I felt this unusual tension build up in my neck and shoulders and weirdness I immediately lie down and try to relax and let all the tension go, it might take an hour before feeling okay, then get back on with my life but take it easy.
    I think that relaxation is something we all think we do but have never learnt to do correctly, relaxation is all about doing absolutely nothing but being aware of our bodies needs, we always seem to push ourselves too much.
    Please get yourself checked out because fainting could possibly be life threatening.
  4. Sharon1226

    Sharon1226 New Member

    I used to faint all of the time when I was a teenager. It didn't matter where I was at or what I was doing at the time. Going to the mall, tanning, walking, etc. I would just faint.

    Anyway, the culprit was low blood sugar. It would dip so low that I would get the same feeling you describe and then pass out. Low blood pressure can also cause it.

    I think you should go to the doc and get yourself checked out. Fainting is not a normal thing for someone. There is something that is causing it and you need to find out, so that you can get it under control. You don't want to faint behind the wheel of the car and end up killing yourself or someone else.

    Take care,
    Sharon
  5. helpeachother

    helpeachother New Member

    Hi, one of the documented symptoms of either CFS or FM (i cant remember which one) is Orthostatic Hypotension. My expert CFS/FM specialist takes BPs sitting and standing during an OV. I dont know if it has to do with the position or the change in position. He is looking for a dip in blood pressure which can obviously cause fainting. The others above had some good thoughts too. Peace and good luck.
  6. WakeMeUp

    WakeMeUp New Member

    Go see a neurologist. Like others have said, fainting is not normal.

    I suspect you may have what they all Chihari Malformation which will cause fainting. Do a web search on it.

    Another thing is low blood sugar or hypoglossycemia (spelling?). Drink orange juice when you feel like you are going to faint and see if that helps. And try and eat something with it like cheese crackers.

    Or you blood pressure is low like someone else said. You can eat salt to get it back up. I only say this because you cannot afford to see a doctor - but you really need to see a doctor, as I am not one myself. What I say are not cures for what you have, but something that might help you until you get to the doctors office.

    Also, you mentioned it happens when you take a shower. Try leaving the bathroom door open to let the steam out. Maybe you are allergic to something in the shower - products, mold, or something.
    WakeMeUp
  7. beaker65

    beaker65 New Member

    One other thing to have checked is your thyroid. I used to faint all the time when I was in my teens into my middle 20's. My doctor told me it was in my head...he said he checked everything and nothing was wrong with me.

    I switched doctors...my present doctor asked me a few questions and immediately sent me for a thyroid test. Sure enough, I had hypothyroidism. I've been on meds ever since and have never again fainted.