Main Article on Fainting Question: What was the cause of your fainting? Submit Your Comment Comment from: C., 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 07 I'm an intern studying phlebotomy. As soon as the phlebotomist I was shadowing injected a man's arm for a blood draw, I felt flushed and dizzy. Next thing I know, I'm lying with an ice pack on my forehead and one behind my neck, and one of the nurses lightly tapping my cheek, asking me if I can hear him. I don't understand because this has never happened before; I've never fainted. Comment from: Chd, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: September 04 I am a 77 year old male, 6 ft. and 175 lb. After morning shower I was sitting at the counter, had a sip of coffee, and started reading the paper. Suddenly I felt nauseous and vision blurred very quickly. My wife said my breathing changed, head went back and eyes rolled to the back of my head. This happened 3 times within a couple of minutes. She called 911 and somehow got me into my recliner. I spent 3 days in hospital having every conceivable test including spinal tap. Nothing showed up! I had a mild headache for several days prior to the fainting. Comment from: adely, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 06 I fainted couple of days ago for the second time. First time happened two years ago. I have a spine injury and suffer from severe migraine headaches. The doctor did ECG and brain scan but could not find any obvious reasons. I had migraine symptoms at the time and got up to take sumatriptan. Next moment I found myself on floor. I am very worried it could happen again whilst driving or something. I have sound in my ears like water moving and pain on the right side of neck. Comment from: melanie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 02 I have fainted twice, and both times were exactly the same. It started with feeling a debilitating fatigue that would reach a point where I felt so weak I could cry. Both times I started to feel a pain in my stomach that built in intensity. I started to feel very hot, followed by feeling as though my arms were going to sleep. Next followed a feeling of the lights going out. I never remember the fall, just waking and couldn't talk or move well, and feeling a heaviness. Comment from: heathermac, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 10 There is also occlusion of the vertebra-basilar artery from atherosclerosis or (no one ever thinks of this one) instability of the atlas, from trauma including rotatory neck manipulations. These are drop attacks and look like fainting except there is no loss of consciousness. The eyes go dark, extreme dizziness occurs and the limbs collapse, legs first. The person feels like they passed out but is still aware. By falling, the neck position changes and they come to again quickly but it can cause strokes if the artery decides to spasm. Comment from: jade123, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 10 I have fainted twice within a year, but I’ve never had any health issues in my life. The recent one just a couple of days ago was at a concert, and I had only been there for about an hour or so when everything slowed down and my body didn’t feel like my own. I kept noticing small things about people walking by, like their skin and I began to see little white spots in my vision until the white spots got bigger and I guess I passed out then. My friends said that I just fell straight backwards and my eyes rolled back and I had no pulse for a minute. The people carried me out of the crowd and I was out for about 20 minutes until she poured ice on me. Even after I was conscious I was still very disoriented and had a hard time understanding and responding to the paramedic’s questions but he checked everything and said I was fine and to not drive. But on my way home I had this pounding headache. Even after a couple of days the headache remains and my entire body is sore. Comment from: Sassy Senior, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 12 I have fainted since I was in 4th grade. I am now 61. I was diagnosed with sinus tachycardia in 1989 and have been on beta blockers ever since. Time to time they have had to be changed and dosage adjusted; but currently on 50mg. Tenormin. July 24 became lightheaded while singing hymns at church and I sat down as I knew the signs and didn't want to faint and cause a scene. The following Sun., July 31 it happened again; only during the sermon I became very lightheaded. I leaned over and even lay across my husband's lap trying to avoid fainting. I finally realized I was going to either faint; so I asked him to help me out of the sanctuary. He helped me through the double doors in the entrance hall where I had to lay down. A nurse who attends there saw me and followed us and helped by getting some wet paper towels and water. Once I was able to get up my husband and I left. I saw my electro physiologist and cardiologist today and he said I appear to be fine and advised me to continue as I've been. He only wants me to drink more water and Gatorade for electrolytes and if I have another episode he wants to do some kind of EKG test where they go up through the groin and stimulate my heart and see if he can recreate the episode. I have had tilt table and did not faint. Very confusing. Comment from: jay122176, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 25 I was grocery shopping. I have a history of TIAs and stroke. I got dizzy in the store and blacked out and fell to the floor for a few seconds. I got up and walked to the pharmacy to sit down. SLIDESHOW Tinnitus: Why Are My Ears Ringing? See Slideshow Comment from: Snowy, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: December 31 I was in a store at the checkout line when I started shaking. Then I could not hear anything, and I fell backwards, fainting. It was the weirdest thing. Comment from: Evan, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 09 The cause of my fainting was an article I was casually reading in a magazine. A person was telling how he had had a heart attack and mentioned feeling pains in his chest. At that point I started to feel a pressure in mine, and a strange sleepy feeling, which culminated in my losing consciousness. I don't know how long I was unconscious: it may have been only a few seconds. I don't know why reading the article had such a drastic effect! Comment from: Deidra, 35-44 Female Published: January 22 I start to feel like I'm about to faint when I get too warm or the kid's are fighting with one another. Comment from: Sdnvncmck, 13-18 Female Published: May 01 About 3 years ago, when I was 12, I was at the vet for my dog’s check up. I was standing up for quite a while and I started to feel really sick. I couldn't see properly and everything was blurry. Before I knew it I was on the floor with the vet and my family standing around. My chin had been cut open and there was blood everywhere. I hadn't really felt dizzy after that until last year. I was standing up in science. The felt very faint but was too afraid to tell anyone, I had a substitute teacher that day too. So I ended up waking up on the ground with the whole class looking at me... The science teacher was shaking with nerves. This time I had smashed seven teeth, cut my chin and broke my jaw. Ever since that day I've been fainting pretty frequently. I have been tested for basically everything possible. The tilt table test came back positive so basically all my doctors have said so far is not to stand up. It's not really working though. I am now 15 and I'm scared I'm going to have to live with this for the rest of my life, it's wrecking it. I pass out nearly every day now. Comment from: Cindy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 08 I was having a mammogram done, and I felt nauseated and weak. I got and lightheaded and I knew I was fainting. I was able to sit down and next thing I know, the nurse was calling my name and giving me candy to eat. The mammogram nurse said I had my eyes open and my pupils were dilated. I don't recall being awake until I came to and seen the nurse with the candy. I have felt weak, low-energy and tired ever since. Comment from: kp, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 29 First time I fainted was after I had a tooth pulled. Comment from: Dee, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 01 My husband faints every time he raises his arms above his head. Comment from: Thomas, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 08 Vertigo was the cause of my fainting. The room started spinning at 10pm. I lay down on the couch and started sweating really bad. I felt myself about ready to faint, so I started to call family, but then I was out. I did not open my eyes again until 12 hours later at 10:30am. Comment from: TJ, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 24 I fainted from low blood potassium. Comment from: nicki, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 28 After showering and getting dressed this morning, I apparently fell, hit my chin on the sink counter then landed on the floor. I remembered seeing the clock say 6:05 Am and then not again until 6:45AM. I woke up not knowing anything, with blood under my head (my chin was cut open). I ended up at the dentist with 8 broken teeth, then to a doc for stitches in my chin. I will be going to my regular doctor tomorrow and I’ll be back for many other dental appointments. This has never happened to me so I am anxious to know what might have caused it. Comment from: sunny, 55-64 Female Published: April 01 I had severe stomach cramps. I laid down then I felt like I had to go to bathroom. I got up halfway to the bathroom and passed out. I finally woke up, though I didn't even know I fainted. My husband was there, and I had moved my bowels all over. QUESTION What is vertigo? See Answer Comment from: lmark, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 07 I had just finished an hour long workout with my personal trainer when I fainted. It was not until the very end of the session (after doing sit ups) did I just feel light headed. Then I fainted, but regained consciousness within a few minutes. Comment from: priscilla, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 06 Spent a couple of hours out in the sun and when I started to walk back to the car I began to feel lightheaded. Next thing I knew my husband was helping me into the car -- I had fainted and the really freaky thing was that I wet my pants when I fainted. Comment from: max, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 06 Not really sure to be perfectly honest! I have MS and type 1 diabetes. I have been very tired lately but when this happened I felt fine. I was actually having a good day! Then my legs suddenly started to feel weak. I started getting weird pains up my back, told my daughter I felt like I was going to pass out. I went and sat down but by then my ears were ringing so badly I couldn't hear anything but a hum. My heart was racing, I broke into a sweat, and I mean instantly soaked! I managed to calm my breathing down a bit and then felt nauseous. Got up to go puke and next thing I remember is being on the sidewalk, looking up at my daughter going "are you ok Mom?" After I got myself back to feeling somewhat ok and got home, my legs from my hips to the top of my feet felt like they had Charlie-horses. Chest still felt weird. Next day, legs are a bit better but still felt ...off! Doctor appointment on the 5th, see what she says but any ideas in the mean time....I am happy to hear them!!!