Main Article on Fainting Question: Please describe your experience with fainting. Submit Your Comment Comment from: Jods, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 03 I decided to try CBD oil for my anxiety. I had never tried it before so I didn’t know what to expect. I also take many psychiatric medications and they interacted in a wicked way. I was very confused and totally was convinced if I couldn’t stay conscious I was going to die. I knew I was starting to pass out, but I was so scared I was going to die, that I kept trying to stop myself from passing out. I really had to dance around the room trying to keep myself from fainting. Comment from: Angeliki, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 03 I had a blood test yesterday. After the needle was removed I felt sick, and like my head was being squashed by a pillow. I fainted and was out for 5 minutes. I heard the nurses saying I was unresponsive and really bad but I was also dreaming that I was walking with my son. I didn’t know where I was when I woke up but I had been holding my legs out straight the whole time. Never happened to me before. It was quite weird. Comment from: Annie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 20 I have suddenly been passing out 2 to 3 times a week. I am currently seeing doctors but I was wanting to know of anyone who has experienced this before going down. I get a sudden overall silence, can’t hear a thing, and a very calming feeling over my body, a sense of floating, if that makes sense. That’s the best way I can explain it. Any input is very welcome. Comment from: KayMiss, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 11 I was hugging my dad after his work day. I remember saying that my legs felt weird right before he set me down. Suddenly I was out, apparently I slipped through his fingers towards the floor. I remember seeing something that terrified me but I can’t recall it. When I woke up, not knowing where I was and being surrounded by my dogs, my terror grew, and I started screaming and punching. No pups were hurt and my dad pulled me up. I still wonder what I saw when I was out, but maybe it’s better that way. Comment from: Eve_m, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 28 I was standing in the train, it was very hot and I slowly started to feel weak. I held on to the railing very hard and I suddenly was in a dark room with no noise and no light but I knew there were things outside this darkness. After a while, I slowly started to see light and I was sitting down on a seat. I couldn't talk for an hour, and my hearing came back slowly. I fainted without dropping to the floor for 5 minutes apparently. Comment from: Maybe Afterlife ?, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 21 I have passed out many times before, however, recently I have fainted about two times and have vividly seen, dreaming about other family members that I don’t know, but feel like I once knew them. In a matter of seconds, I see different family members and I am always someone else, like a girl talking to her mom, or an old man seeing his family members, or a young man seeing his younger brother ride a bright red bike; all the while going through so many emotions all at once like sadness, happiness or anger. Comment from: Alteredbeasties, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 27 I was in my car around 10 pm. I had just got back from the store with the boys. I sent the boys inside and instructed them to go inside while I picked up mom from Walmart. I made a phone call to mom and was ready to leave. The next second I was waking up from a nightmare in my car. At first I was not sure why I was in my car. I was very confused. it slowly started coming back to me and I went inside. I looked at the phone and realized the landlord had texted me 5 times to turn off the car. Scary. Comment from: Toby1959, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: August 05 My mom lost consciousness. She looked wide-eyed but she didn't have a seizure. The doctor said her blood pressure was super low and her sugar was really high. Comment from: LM, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 28 I fainted once in a crowd. It happened in stages, slowly; black vision, jelly legs, and then out. I woke up a few minutes later. Before I opened my eyes, I felt more peaceful and serene than I’ve ever felt in my life. I could smell the grass and feel the sunshine, I was half dreaming that I was in a park at a picnic, just relaxing. Then I opened my eyes and realized what had happened. I couldn’t hear properly for a couple of minutes. Afterwards I was fine, just tired. Comment from: Stephreff20 , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 19 I was at work and dropped something on the floor. When I stood up, I felt woozy, my vision darkened, and my ears started ringing. I told my coworker, I think I’m going to pass out. He said he tried to grab a chair for me but I fell so he pushed it out of the way and tried to catch me. Yelled to a 2nd guy who ran in and checked my pulse. I woke up when he was standing over me. Felt like I was in a dream. Everything was blurry and I had a headache. Felt tired the rest of the day. So embarrassing! QUESTION What is vertigo? See Answer Comment from: Dodo, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 14 I was sitting in bed. Suddenly things turned dark around me, kind of like going through a very dark tunnel. I tried to fight it, knowing something was wrong but passed out anyway. When I started to regain consciousness I could feel my head jerking to one side and heard noises in my head like when you're struggling to get proper radio reception. The fainting happened a week ago and nothing since. Comment from: Deborah, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 09 When I look up skyward I faint and fall backwards. Everything goes smoky grey and noises are distant. Once when I was sat on the edge of my bed I put my head back to see if it still happened. All went black and grey, with a loud buzzing noise. I had the feeling I was going backwards but could vaguely see the back of me still sitting on the bed. It was so weird. It happens quite a lot now. The doctor said it's vertigo and it will go on its own. But it's not going yet. Comment from: Whatwasit , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 02 One day when my child was about 4 months old, I got sick and couldn’t stay conscious, I literally kept blacking out. It lasted for the entire day and I could barely force myself to wake up. Wake, then faint. Her father refused to come home, so my dog would alert me when she needed something, by barking and putting his nose to her diaper to let me know when I needed to force myself to move to her and care for her. It was a struggle, I cried so much fighting it, I don’t understand it to this day. Comment from: J, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 16 I was in a pub sitting on a tall chair with some friends having beers. I started to feel dizzy, and when my vision started to darken, I said 'I don't feel well' and rested my head on my arms on the table, trying to recover and stop the process, I couldn't. Then I experienced something similar to a good dream I can't remember any details of, but I felt relieved and peaceful, I didn't want it to end. I woke up on the floor, they were putting ice on my head and I understood that I had fainted. Comment from: Maklia123, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 14 When I was little, I was chasing my stepbrother in the hallway and out of nowhere I fell on the ground, not breathing or waking up until my dad did CPR on me. Comment from: EK, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 10 I was in the shower yesterday, and I was rinsing the conditioner out of my hair. I turned to face the water so I can wash my face, when all of a sudden I started feeling pressure in my head, my heart rate went up, and I started getting tunnel vision. Now, I've passed out before, so I knew what was happening, so I tried to just calm my breathing and make it stop, but next thing I know, I'm waking up on the bathroom floor. While I was unconscious, my mouth was tingling, like there were bugs in it! Comment from: tara, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 01 I passed out and when I came to, I think I had a seizure. I started seeing stars, white spots in my vision that wouldn’t go away and over this 5-10 minute period, towards the end, my vision was completely white. I involuntary dropped the water and heard her yell! Then I went limp and when I came to, my whole body was shaking, I was in fetal position, and I was groaning. A few seconds after waking up I was able to talk and found out I was out for about 30 seconds. I don’t think I ate that day. Comment from: Bels, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 01 I was lifting and I started to get lightheaded. I wasn’t tired but I felt I had shallow breathing. I went to sit down and woke up on the floor. Fainting felt as though I was in a dark room on a cool floor slowly sinking into it. It was the most peaceful I have ever felt, honestly. Comment from: Mark, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 19 I don’t know if it was fainting. I would be awake but not aware of it, talking then feel like I just woke up. I am sitting up and everyone is asking what I was talking about and laughing, but I don't remember. I used to do this all the time and I was on meth. Comment from: Samuel, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 19 I fainted for almost two hours a few years back. Before fainting, my head was killing me, I had nausea, and also felt very weak. After regaining consciousness, my top was dripping wet. It was past 11 pm and the place I was, was very cold. I never went to the hospital because I feared the worst. SLIDESHOW Tinnitus: Why Are My Ears Ringing? See Slideshow Comment from: Fred1982rick, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 17 Sometimes I will be walking and slowly a darkness is all I can see approaching me from all sides. If I quickly sit down and breathe slowly the fainting feeling will usually go away. This time though, I stood and let the darkness completely take over my vision. It felt like someone, absolutely no pain but a moment of sharp pain at the end, had grabbed my heart and squeezed it, when the darkness took my vision. I woke up on the ground moments later and went on with my day. Comment from: Hello45, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 14 Since I was young, I've experienced fainting with triggers like blood tests, banging my leg or being scratched by a cat. It's happened so many times, that I've lost count. I usually always black out, and I see strange things when I'm unconscious, but I'm not really aware of what's happening and am unable to control myself. Sometimes if my blood pressure is low enough, I vomit. I've been told I cry out loud, however, I'm usually unconscious when this happens, so I'm not aware I'm doing it. Comment from: Dawn, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 10 I was working on the computer and then fainted. I woke up, then I could not see out of my left eye. Next thing I know, I was puking, don’t know why! Comment from: Kathie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 30 I was sitting on the floor, stood up to go to bed and while lying down, suddenly felt really dizzy. Next thing I remember was that I was falling into a dark nightmarish hole, like Dante’s Inferno. I heard someone screaming really loud and woke up realizing I was the one screaming. My friend later told me that I hyperventilated and suddenly stopped breathing. My face turned blue and she thought I was dead for 2 minutes. Then I started convulsing and screaming. Scariest fainting experience. Comment from: Fitzy, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: April 23 I gave blood this morning and after it was over I fainted. When I fainted I felt like I was dreaming a thousand dreams all at once in a really fast slide show. It was crazy and terrifying and I couldn’t wake up from it. Then I woke suddenly to three nurses over me. Absolutely terrifying. It is 9 hours later and I still feel dizzy. Comment from: Summers, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 21 I've had fainting spells throughout middle school. Back then, I was quite embarrassed by that. The first ever fainting spell I can remember dates back to when I was about 7 years old. I was just so uncomfortable in my skin. I remember walking to my grandmother and falling into her lap the moment I reached her, and became blue. Everything became pitch black. The next thing I can recall is watching myself being carried to the next-door doctor's house. I woke up after a few minutes. Comment from: Stargazerko4crv, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 19 I was at the post office which is a huge glass atrium. It was hot in there and I started to feel dizzy and confused. I remember telling my 9 year old I didn't feel well and I leaned against the counter. I remember waking up to the sound of what I can best describe as the electric charge of a computer booting up. Like a zzzz-zzzz-snap. Then I heard a voice asking if I was ok. I opened my eyes and asked 'where's my kid?' My son had not gone crazy and destroyed the post office while I was unconscious. Comment from: StellaBlu , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 16 I was going for a minor cosmetic procedure. When signing the waiver, I saw “blood clots” and “death,” and immediately felt woozy, hot and like my limbs were heavy. The next thing I know I was in some strange dream state, but I felt this cold pressure on my face. Slowly it began to dawn on me that the cold pressure was the floor, and that I had fainted right off the chair. I felt awful after and was emotionally drained for the day. Banged myself up pretty well during the fall. Comment from: L, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 16 When I was unconscious, I felt like I was eating the sweetest sugar. Like the feeling of being on softest bed hugging those most valuable to you, just a feeling of fulfillment and warmth. I did not realize I fainted, and was shaken up out of it, so I was momentarily very upset to be disturbed out of that euphoria. I wonder why my brain signaled that feeling. Initially, I thought of a daydream of a similar feeling when I was trying to relax and breathe just before fainting. Comment from: TJ, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 05 I was working and started feeling strange. My heart was racing and just… strange. Eventually I started thinking I was going to have a panic attack, but I didn’t have time to do anything about it. I woke up on the floor to a worker holding my head up, someone checking my pulse, and another screaming, “I think it’s a seizure!” It wasn’t, just spasms. I’ve passed out before, but I knew I was going down then. This time I blacked out before I even knew I was going to go down. Just woke up that way. Comment from: Sarah, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 05 The first time I ever passed out, I was vomiting and I told my dad everything's fuzzy, meaning my eye sight was becoming static, like on the TV. Then I woke up and my dad and a nurse had carried me to a room and was cleaning vomit off of me. Comment from: IndicaVibez , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 29 I already felt weird lying down, but I got out of bed, went to the bathroom, my heart started to race and everything got staticky. I got up and tried to walk but passed out. Comment from: Anonymous , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 03 I was in the shopping center and I felt dizzy. I tried to find a way out but my vision was dissolving into darkness. I fainted and came round with a security guard kneeling down beside me with a bottle of water and another holding my feet up. They checked I was OK, gave me water and bought me a snack from the café. I guess I fainted from dehydration and low blood pressure; I drink through. Comment from: Tj, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 27 If I hit a nerve (elbow on doorframe) or give blood (which I can’t do anymore now), my heart rate rises, my vision starts getting patchy, and then I pass out. Whilst I’m unconscious I hallucinate (similar to my sleep paralysis) and apparently I scream the place down. When I come to I’m paralyzed in my legs and arms and I’m normally so frightened I hyperventilate and pass out again. It’s terrifying. I suspect this is tied in with my post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Comment from: Kittyk5683, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 14 I have fainted a couple times in my life but this time it scared me. I was in the shower and I could feel my head getting dizzy and everything was going dark. I remember hearing someone scream at the top of their lungs and when I came to I thought it was my boyfriend or it was in my head, but he told me that I was doing the screaming and my body was shaped liked a banana. Like I've said I've fainted before but I've never screamed when I woke up. I think my body was naturally frightened. Comment from: Drew, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: October 14 Every time I see unnatural, unwarranted, extreme violence and gore in videos or shows, I feel like I have to throw up, my heart starts racing and I black out. When I faint, it is absolutely terrible. I can't hear, feel, taste, smell, or touch anything, all I know is the need to scream. I try to scream but can’t hear myself and it burns. Time is a meaningless concept while I’m out. I have been known to start yelling and tensing up in real life while I’m out. Comment from: Stulniciee, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 09 I was lying down in bed playing Xbox, and all I remember prior to fainting was feeling nauseous and dizzy. I woke back up with the controller still in both of my hands, confused, and tired. Comment from: BeStrong, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 06 First of all, fainting hasn't ever happened to me before. I do have a few diseases and other health issues. I'd been feeling terrible off and on for 3 weeks, with severe, terrible headaches and nausea with vomiting on occasion. Last night, I awoke at 3 AM with a sharp pain in my lower right abdomen. I went into the bathroom and grabbed a bucket just in case. Nothing happened. When pain was subsiding I got up to go to bed, and woke up on the floor confused. By the time I was able to get up to go lie down, it was almost 4:30 AM. Comment from: Vivid dreams, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 28 I was getting a blood test done. I was sitting down when I started to feel really dizzy, saw spots and my knees couldn’t stop shaking. I told the doctor and then I don’t remember anything else. When I woke up I freaked out because I did not understand where I was. I was dreaming very vividly, and it felt like days had passed. In reality I was out for about half a minute. I’ve never fainted before, am a blood donor and had eaten plenty of food that day. Comment from: Dizzy Diva, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 22 I was donating blood. The needle was hurting me, and the nurse walked over. She asked if I felt lightheaded, and I said, “yes, please take it out.” That’s the last thing I remember before fainting. Then it was like I was having a crazy dream! Rock music playing and so many different scenes flashing before me (I can’t specifically remember anything I saw). Then I woke up and was so confused. I had no idea where I was for about 5 seconds, and then I started to figure it out. I was sweaty. Comment from: kylie , 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 15 I have type 1 diabetes. I was sitting down, then all of a sudden my body got hot. I got up just and got to the back door. I was about to collapse in a faint. I got cool air on me and have taken my jelly beans. Comment from: Trish77, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 08 I was standing in the kitchen feeling lightheaded and nauseous and I felt the sudden urge to urinate so I kept telling myself, ‘just make it to the bathroom you can make it.’ I don’t even remember walking down the hall but I slipped on the rug and fainted. The odd part was, when I landed on the floor, I must have put my hands down flat to catch my fall. My blackout only lasted 30 seconds before my fiance picked me off the floor and I was awake again, but I couldn’t move my hands for 5 minutes; seizure perhaps. Comment from: Elizabeth, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 03 I stood up, and after about thirty seconds I got the worst lightheadedness I have ever experienced. It made me unable to speak, and I was right next to the bed, but my legs basically collapsed and I sat down. My arms got really weak and my abdomen started twitching uncontrollably for maybe 10 seconds. I couldn’t talk to do anything because I was scared. The fainting feeling stopped and I stood up really quick because I was freaked out. My head started getting extremely heavy and almost blurred my vision. Comment from: Jess, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 18 My feet started to get tingly, and my body got extremely hot. I tried to sit down, got nervous, tried to get up and lost complete consciousness. I hit my face and my knees on the way down and was told I fainted twice within 10 minutes. Comment from: dtrain, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 31 I was sitting at the kitchen table drinking my tea (bear in mind I have back issues). I got up and started to feel and tingly, lightheaded, couldn't breathe and felt like I was going at light’s speed. Then I woke up on the floor with extreme sweats and a headache. Comment from: Mike, 13-18 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 31 I had a hoodie on, it was night time, and I started sweating badly and did not feel good, so I got up and started walking. Then my eyes got so blurry and my ears started ringing. Then I fainted, but I realized somehow that I passed out. I saw all black and was screaming, ‘help me,’ but it was in my head because, when I woke up, there were people coming out of the store and I know no one heard me scream ‘help me,’ and that I was saying it in my head. I hit my head on the concrete and it sounded like a soft but hard hit. Comment from: vel, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: July 21 I had no consciousness for 8 hours. I fainted for 8 hours, taken to the emergency room, and no memory, but awoke not able to walk or talk well for 1 week. I had hallucinations moderately, and recovered in about 2 months. I also had bad esophageal problem at the same time. Still weak 3 months later but cognizant. Comment from: Kimcat666, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 23 I suffer from Meniere’s disease and had the bones in my ears replaced 15 years ago. I have had issues other than fainting, but within the last month, just before a storm, I will taste extreme salt, and pass out for hours and wake up freezing. Comment from: minicoop, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 22 Fainting for me is a horrific event. I feel an overwhelmingly strong feeling of nausea that is so intense. I feel like I am going to throw up, but I feel my whole body become numb, then I begin to panic, and I can't hear anything or anyone. My vision starts to go out from my peripherals in until I wake up. I have blacked out three times and again during a tilt table test with nitroglycerin and that was the most traumatic experience, as I was strapped down during, out for 45 seconds, and woke in a panic. Comment from: Mick, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 26 Two months ago my forehead was extremely hot suddenly. I passed out, don’t know for how long, but when I woke up I was fine. It has never happened before or since. Comment from: Kris, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 06 Lately I have been so tired in the morning, my vision is messed up like I have to have one eye shut, and it lasts for an hour or so. Then, at night I have long blackouts where I apparently move things, like the salt shaker for example, and when I come to they are all on the counter in front of me. Then I have been fainting or having a seizure and falling hard. I only wake up when I fall because of the pain. I have no clue what is happening to me. It has happened every night for a couple weeks. Comment from: Tayla, 19-24 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 05 This is the second time this has happened. My partner cut his hand and it was all good at the time and he thought nothing of it. Over two hours later, he is in the shower, taking the Band-Aid off, the cut is fine, there is no blood, and it is tiny. A few moments later he starts to feel dizzy and sits down. Within less than a minute he faints and is jolting but this is because he was sitting up and not lying down. He comes to, a few minutes later, and is fine. But it only occurs to cuts in his hand. Comment from: Hiya, 45-54 (Patient) Published: March 31 Last year I had a serious injury. I walked into Accident and Emergency and was put on a trolley. I could feel myself getting tired, and fainted. Next thing I know the doctor asked me how my arm was. I could not open my eyes, just gave a response. Next thing I had spots in my eyes, then I heard the doctor shout, ‘stay with me.’ I was gone, to be shouted at again, ‘right, I’m moving you.’ I was awake for a few minutes then he said, ‘I'm going to give you some oxygen,’ and it was lights out again. Comment from: PartAnxietyGirl44, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 10 I have passed out a lot lately. The very last time of fainting, honestly, I don’t remember it. There have been various times that I don’t remember it happening, or someone trying to wake me or whatever. The very first time was at my job. I started feeling very odd. Noises and store music began to fade. I was at the cash register and I hollered over to another girl, well, sort of... I tried yelling and calling out her name. Then I woke to people standing around me. I can’t remember how long I was out. Comment from: Foxy24f, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 03 It started around Thanksgiving and I noticed that sometimes I just couldn't keep my eyes open. Then I started having these fainting episodes of being perfectly fine one moment and waking up hours later not having a clue of where I am, everything fuzzy, and then it starts coming back to me. Now it's happening more frequently. If someone is there, they normally can wake me up after 1 minute or so, but alone it could take 30 minutes all the way up to 3 1/2 hours. It's so scary because no warning at all! Comment from: CitizenHP, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: March 02 I’m just more prone to syncope than most. I have fainted at least a dozen times. I can feel the fainting episode coming so I can usually warn those around me. Then I am just out. Darkness. Feels like you’re asleep for days, though it’s really just a few seconds. Then eventually something or someone will wake me and I’ll slowly figure out where I am and what happened. This part is unpleasant. Like I woke from a coma. Then I usually feel a little queasy and totally exhausted the rest of the day. Quite the experience! Comment from: Mae-alston, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 27 I only know what I was told about my fainting. I remember, sleeping and waking up around 4:44 am. I left my lights on so I turned them off, watched a little TV, smoked, and went to bed around 5:30 am. I was alert once on the ambulance. I didn't know what happened. My mom said she heard a bang and asked if I was ok, and I didn't respond. Then I started making noises and she found me on the floor shaking. I couldn't walk or form sentences. I have a huge knot on my head with missing skin. Comment from: Lady , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 25 After a long day at work and experiencing some anxiety about lower back pain I was feeling, my vision began to blur/appear as white fog. I was sitting in my car, parked. I called a friend and said I didn’t feel right, as I could hardly speak, and to have someone come check on me. I saw a neighbor and approached her and fainting, collapsed to the ground. I immediately began dreaming, there were two or three guys around me as I was on the ground. The neighbor woke me up and I stumbled back into my house. Comment from: Pr, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 21 I'm not sure if my fainting was because I got up from where I was sitting suddenly, but as soon as I took 3 steps I realized I had fallen on my knees as I was waking. My body began breathing in a manner where my body was rocking forward exactly like a baby when they're crawling. I wasn't crawling, it was like my body wanted to move but I couldn't; simply rocking back and forth as I felt myself breathing through my mouth. In less than 5 seconds I got up because I was embarrassed that had happened. Comment from: Molly67, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 19 While taking care of my aging parents and under stress, I was on the phone talking about them when I woke up face down under the dining table. I had fainted and my cheekbone had hit the edge of the table. I went to the emergency room and stayed overnight. Many tests, and nothing found. I had a black eye that was 1/2 of my face. Two weeks later, it happened again but I felt it coming and fell onto an ottoman. I came close to fainting many other times and had to stop driving. Feels like I am dying, checking out - just terrifying! Comment from: kristen2027, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 18 I'm 7 1/2 months pregnant. I was standing in the living room when all of a sudden it felt like someone pushed my head really hard to the left, only it wasn’t a push outside my head, it was inside my head. I was able to catch myself before I went down hard and I didn’t fully lose consciousness. I don’t know what would cause this fainting spell. it was like someone pushed my brain. Comment from: Rose, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 03 I had occasional fainting episodes for a couple of months. Then one evening with no warning I blacked out, went to the hospital and spent the night being monitored, then a Holter monitor for 24 hours at home. All ok and the doctor assumed it to be BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo), and two months went by with no issues. I got up to use the washroom one night and found myself on the floor. When I came to, I was hallucinating my surroundings, yelled for mom, finally I turned around and recognized my bedroom, but couldn’t figure why I was on floor or why the apartment was so different. Comment from: GKS, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 02 I was extremely thirsty and had a glass of water before going to bed. I was sleeping on the floor while watching TV in the family room. Around 3.30 am I felt really thirsty. I got up quickly and had a glass of water in the kitchen. After drinking the water I felt dizzy and fainted. I woke up within a minute and saw my wife and kids panicked and calling 911. I wondered what had happened. My wife asked if I was ok and then calmed me down. I felt as if I had a really good sleep. Comment from: Sophie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 26 I have fainted multiple times in my life, I'd say it occurs every 3 to 4 years. Circumstances have all been very different. I want here to describe the feeling that I have while I am unconscious, because it is a very distressing experience for me. I'd say the closest thing I can compare it with is a bad trip (from drugs). My brain is extremely stimulated and I have no control on it, like dreaming at 200 m/h. I feel very anxious and usually wake up soon after. A few seconds passed out feels like hours. Comment from: Roxxane S, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 18 I was walking to my kitchen in the morning. I started to feel, kind of like that feeling you get when you stand up too quickly and things start to go grey. Well, that was happening so I stopped, thinking it'd go away in a minute like usual. Then everything went black and my mind couldn't focus on one thing. There was a loud crash, I remember thinking something just happened outside. Then my vision started to come back and it felt like I was floating. Nope, I was on the floor after fainting. Didn't feel anything, but got bruised. Comment from: Kk, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 12 I had just smoked, got in the shower with my boyfriend and I laid my head on his chest. My eyes were open and everything was getting black and the bathroom fan was getting loud. I was fighting the blackness because I know this wasn’t normal and all of a sudden it was all black and loud and I woke up to my boyfriend looking down on me asking me if I was okay because I had fainted, fallen in the bathtub and started twitching for a couple seconds. Comment from: someone , 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: December 09 While I was in the process of fainting, I saw a bunch of memories of thoughts that I had before I fainted, pass in front of me in a blurry vision. It kind of felt like I was high on some drugs or something, however I wasn’t. I wonder if anyone else has experienced this. Comment from: Wobble knees , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 02 I saw dark static-like dots, felt winded, and my knees became weak. I remember fainting and falling to the ground but I didn’t have the strength to stop it. I was phasing in and out, blind, I heard people around me but I couldn’t respond. I tried to stand up and passed out again. This time I had a vivid (nonsensical) dream while collapsing, and afterwards, I remember thinking “oh good, I’m waking up”, but it was not a dream. I remember feeling like I wasn’t real. Comment from: Tans , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 12 I had given blood around 2 pm that day, and had driven my kids around as I do. I had dinner at 7 and fell asleep on the couch at 10 so I went to bed. Five minutes later my dog was crying so I put him out. I was waiting at the door and felt really tired and a bit sick. I decided to head back to bed. Next minute I woke up on the floor and I could hear my daughter talking. I felt the cold floor underneath. It was a weird situation and I think I moaned something when I fainted, because they came over and helped me up. Comment from: Fluffypikachu19, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 07 I have fainted before, and I do feel lightheaded and weak when I stand too long. I get very sweaty, bursts of adrenaline, and my hearing gets quiet and fuzzy. I feel like I have to scratch or move my body to help keep it from happening. What triggers this is when I think too deep about death/human things, it is hard to explain. Comment from: RyanMiddo95, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: November 01 This happened this morning at work on Halloween (31/09/2019). I was getting my face painted, halfway through getting it done I asked to stop for a minute. At first I thought it was my anxiety kicking in because I felt pretty sick. But then I started to get pins and needles in my arms and legs, couldn't move them and I could hardly hear or see a thing. My work colleague grabbed me some water, and then I asked to remove most of the paint. I carried on with work as normal afterwards. Comment from: jamhead1, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 29 I am on about 10 different medicines for cirrhosis of liver, hypothyroid, hypogonadism (low testosterone injections every other week. I have osteoarthritis in my right knee and auto immune diseases (psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis), for which I take 40 Humira injections every other week. This is what has been going on over last week or 2. I get these sensations whenever a fainting episode is about to appear. It usually starts in my head where it feels like I am going to faint and then it slowly starts where I fall asleep in weird positions and I sleepwalk and fall over. Comment from: Turquoise , 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 24 My partner went to shower after eating a large bowl of Thai soup with lots of chilies in it. I could not eat it. I heard a massive crash, so I went to him, and then another bang. He was on his back, head above body and his legs were rigid and pointing toes down, and his arms jerking. Looked like he was foaming at the mouth but there was some vomit in the bath. I rang for an ambulance and he did not regain consciousness for about 5 or 6 minutes. We went to Accident and Emergency. Heart is ok, they think it was a faint! Comment from: Tuffy73, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 01 This morning I got out of bed too quickly (I guess). The next thing I know I hear the bedroom door hit the bedside table and I woke up on the floor. I was very disoriented and couldn't figure out why I was in the floor or even where I was for a moment. Then there was pain in my finger and I realized I had fainted. Very scary. Comment from: Ducky, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 19 I have fainted a total of two, almost three times in my life. Each time was due to insufficient blood supply to my brain for one reason or another. I always start by feeling hot and cold flashes in rapid succession, followed by nausea and difficulty breathing. My vision gets clouded by static and my legs buckle and I collapse. I usually recover seconds to minutes after collapsing, because the blood supply has returned to my brain whilst I’m horizontal, but I feel weak and tired for hours after. Comment from: Gigi, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 18 I have severe pain in left hand from broken wrist that did not heal properly. Every night it happens. I got up this morning with very bad pain and felt woozy. Made my way downstairs doing what I usually do, unplugging phones and iPad, and went into the kitchen in the dark to turn on coffee and was reaching into the fridge to get creamer, and down I went fainting. Don’t remember anything except that my head bounced a couple of times on floor. Don’t know how long I was there but I remember thinking, oh god, I am lying on the cold floor. Comment from: jetsetgrl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 10 A few weeks ago I experienced anaphylactic shock and fainted directly after eating some non-grain granola. I believe that the culprit was flaxseeds, as I do not believe that I have ever eaten them before and I have no prior history of food allergies. I am 53 years old. The ambulance came and I passed out as they were carrying my down my steep cement stairs, I came to in the parking lot below. It felt like I had been dreaming and it was very strange. I can't quite remember the dream. Comment from: g, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 10 I was in a cafe drinking a coffee and eating a sandwich. I started feeling quite hot, I took off my jacket, and I then started getting cold sweats and stars in my eyes. So I rested my head on the table and passed out. All I remember before fainting was seeing black, and then I saw a white tunnel or white light which I was running towards. I was suddenly screaming in my mind telling myself to wake up and to not reach the end of the tunnel, to then suddenly waking screaming out aloud, whilst people were shaking me. Comment from: sluu, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: September 06 I went to sleep at about 11:00 am today and 2 hours later suddenly got up. I started shaking, feeling dizzy and I fell to the floor in a faint. Comment from: Brittani, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 04 Just today, my blood sugar was lower than I thought, and because of this, I found myself losing my sight. So I held onto something to keep my balance, and the next thing I knew, I was on the floor, fainted. The other time, I'd thought I was at least somewhat awake, but apparently not enough to realize not only had I sunk down to the floor, I had been hitting my head on the wall. The result was I had a bit of a bad headache and my ears just hurt terribly. Comment from: Anonymous, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 27 I was really jetlagged so I had slept for most of the day, forgetting to eat or drink. I felt tired walking to my dance class and when I started the warm up I felt terrible but thought I just hadn’t exercised in a long time so continued. I could feel my heartbeat was going crazy and it was hard to breathe and my vision started going dark around the edges. When I came around it took a second for me to see and hear properly and I was later told that I had frozen in place before fainting and collapsing. Comment from: Mitch jw , 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: August 16 Last night I was just relaxing watching TV not doing much. All of a sudden I felt a bit sick, not too bad though. Then 5 minutes later I was ready to throw up, I went and stood outside the backdoor of my house and as leaned against the wall and closed my eyes. I envisioned myself lying on the floor (what I’d see when I woke up) but in those 3 seconds I thought I was unconscious for an hour. I then woke up finally but was unable to stand or think. I became very sweaty fast even though it was wet out and end of summer. Comment from: Eliana, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 15 When I was 15, we did the passing out game (I know, stupid, I wish I hadn't done it), but when I passed out, I heard screaming and fire all around... almost like a small village was on fire. I don't know, but when I woke up the silence relaxed me. I found out that if my friend hadn't caught me, I would've head my hit on a sharp corner of my TV stand. So... I haven't done since. Comment from: Worried, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 13 My wife passed out for about 30 seconds. When she woke up she thought she was her 14 year old self and then shortly fainted again. When she woke up she was herself again but with a terrible headache. Wonder if I should be concerned that she thought she was her younger self. Comment from: Fainted , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 12 My boyfriend and I were at the shops and well, we were waiting for our food. He was busy showing me something on his phone, I remember looking at it and then everything went yellow and then bright. I woke up on the floor with my boyfriend holding me. I thought I was having a nap on my couch at home and asked my boyfriend what he was doing. He told me I just slid down the side of the counter. He explained it looked like someone just turned me off and I was unconscious for about 20 to 30 seconds. Comment from: Avery5280, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 15 I fainted for the first time in my life today while getting my first ever mammogram at the age of 40. I remember feeling queasy in my stomach while being held tight by the mammogram machine. Next thing I knew I woke up with the technician massaging my head while I was lying on the floor. The crazy part about this experience is that when I was unconscious, I felt like I had a very restful deep sleep for 8 hours and I dreamed I was by the beach. I woke up feeling very rested and with peace. Comment from: Gen, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 11 I was sitting, looking at the computer and all of a sudden I felt very dizzy, about to faint, and things were getting black. I tried to focus and in a bit my mind cleared. I'm questioning why this happened and what I need to do. Comment from: Stephanie, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 30 I fainted 3 times in my life and each time it occurs I never know when I am fainting, I just wake a few seconds later feeling lost and confused. My most recent one was yesterday, I got out of bed around 3 am, took four steps, and fainted without a warning. I had no idea of what happened. I woke up with a serious pain in the back of my head, and a severe headache and a back pain. My girlfriend said I did scream while I fainted but I have no idea, it’s very terrifying. Comment from: Travis, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: April 19 I have had epilepsy when I was young but it went away. Every time I go on a boat out on the sea or dams, I sometimes get this weird feeling, and I start feeling dizzy. Then my legs collapse and I faint, then I am fine for the whole day, I can do anything on water and it won't happen to me that day. But the next day it might happen (I have nearly drowned due to this on a water slide). Comment from: KathyJo, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 22 Many years ago, I was at a house party with my boyfriend. As we were saying our goodbyes I felt lightheaded and fainted on the floor. I remember feeling so at peace. I saw myself in a bed and in this dream there were people crouched beside the bed. Then there was talking that got louder and louder and I remember wishing they would leave me alone. I woke up on the floor and felt so refreshed, like I had slept for 12 hours. Comment from: PattyB, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 06 Last night I felt feverish, and had a headache, and cold. I put a heavier material over my night clothes, and I had a blanket to give me more heat. I thought I may have a 24 hour bug. I took an Aleve and melatonin to help me sleep. I could not sleep, and perhaps had about 3 or 4 hours of sleep. I got up in the morning to get some water to drink. I felt like vomiting, with acidic taste in my mouth but nothing came out except vile tasting fluid. I filled my cup with cold mixed with hot water to drink when I slowly sank into the kitchen floor and fainted. It must have been less than a minute and I found the cup of water spilt and myself soaked. Comment from: Ida, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 04 I have fainted many times in my life. I have experienced two types of fainting. When I stand for too long I faint, it happens quickly, I pass out, hit my head, and while out I experience nothing. When I start to recover I am aware of the pain from hitting my head and I wonder what happened, but I recover quickly and I am fine. The second type is when I faint because of my nervous system drawing all my blood to my abdomen and I feel very ill. I know I am going to faint, I then lie down on the floor, put my legs up against the wall and wait. While I am passed out, I have hundreds of images flashing extremely fast in my head. I try to make sense of what’s happening. I cannot move. After a while the images stop and I realize that I have fainted. I talk to myself in my head. You have fainted, it’s ok, just focus on your breathing it will be over soon. Just breathe, deep in, deep out, in, out. I do this till I recover and can move again. This is an awful experience, I hate it. I am starting to wonder if my brain is being damaged while being so deprived of oxygen that I see these images (normally experienced by people with near death experience). I wonder if I should maybe get an oxygen mask to put on next time it happens so that my brain can get oxygen sooner. Comment from: Nitin Menasigi, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 21 I am 29. Whenever I hear the trimmer sound while trimming in saloon I faint, I have fainted 3 to 4 times. And recently I fainted while doing tattoo, it was about to finish when I started feeling suffocated and I went out and sat on the staircase. I fainted and was unconscious for a minute. When I was unconscious I could hear some factory or workshop sound. After I woke the right side part of my head pains. After resting for some time I am fine. Comment from: x, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 13 Yesterday, I was working in the garden under sun shine. Though I worked (light work) about 1 hour but I was under the sun for 15 to 20 minutes. Then I came under a tree shed in the garden. I was then quite normal. I took a sip of drinking water from my friend. After that I felt uneasiness in the upper portion of my body. My vision become blurred. This situation continued for 5 or 6 minutes. After that I fainted and fell on the ground. Probably after 1 or 2 minutes I came to my senses as reported by my friend. After 10 to 15 minutes rest everything was totally normal. I feel deep acidity and irritation in my stomach. It started after drinking the water. I think that due to acidity it may have occurred. Comment from: Tuck, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 30 Several years ago I was in NE Thailand. It was a very hot day, I went with my Thai friends to a local market and ordered some food and a fruit shake. I saw some stars, and felt woozy. I tried to get up and make it to the washroom but fainted. I hit my head on the pavement and lost consciousness for just a split second. Ambulance came within minutes and I spent the night at a local Thai hospital. Outstanding care, blood work, CAT scan within 15 minutes or so. I had IV drip, etc. It hasn't happened again since. To this day, I am not sure what triggered this, could have been dehydration perhaps and possibly reaction to food. Not really sure. Comment from: Bruce, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 04 I've experienced 3 identical fainting episodes approximately 10 years apart for each. I believe it had something to do with the heat and dehydration. I suddenly would feel hot, sweaty and ill, and continue to pass out if standing. IV brought me back to normal each time. Comment from: soprano, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 26 I've fainted or near-fainted a few times in my lifetime. But two specific faints concern me. Both times I heard a loud buzzing sound. I had been on my feet, standing or moving, for a long time. Likely I was hot and tired. The first time, standing for hours in one place, I bent over and got back up much too quickly! I heard buzzing and crouched but still blacked out a few moments (friends held me). I stayed crouched until my head cleared. The second time, alone in my home, I moved too quickly (down/up) when doorbell rang and heard buzzing. I tried to lower myself but passed out. I came to on my own, bleeding from head, and called 911. No reason for faint found in hospital except 'T' trace in blood trending down. No chest pain or other warning symptom. Two subsequent faints likely from loss of blood, but I seem to be fine now. I do, however, dread hearing that buzzing sound again, and wish I knew the cause. Comment from: -R.-, 35-44 (Patient) Published: April 17 My lungs credit my subconscious one portion of air per each inhale; debiting upon exhale; expecting a good balance of aery standing. Moreover, my subconscious, at times, breathes shallowly, landing itself in air debt. Paying the piper, it starts a gulping deep breath, as it arches my spine, shoulders, and head backwards. With so much air trapped, while arching backwards, if I continue, I faint! This is the reason behind my fainting. I hope it helps. Comment from: Karen, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 11 I find myself forcing myself to wake up as though I am about to lose consciousness and faint while I am asleep. I have to force myself to move and it is getting harder to wake up. Comment from: Sho, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 13 I came down the stairs and went into the living room and just passed out.