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Fainting

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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: Donna, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 14

I was calling my cat and I felt weird, like I was light headed and I was about to go down. Then I got to feeling better. I wonder what caused this.

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: Oliver, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: May 08

Fainting can be caused by an overactive vagus nerve. This can slow down digestion after a heavy meal. Blood is redirected to the stomach and gut making the blood pressure drop and you faint. Eat smaller meals, eat regularly and drink more water. Do not miss meals and then eat one big meal to make up.

Comment from: RAVI, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 17

In the night, I suddenly woke up from sleep. My stomach ached, and I wanted to go to the toilet. I went to the toilet, and near the door of the toilet, I suddenly fainted. When my wife and daughter woke me up I woke up with a fever, and sweating.

Comment from: Luther, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 22

I have had a lot of fainting without any warning signs. I just all of a sudden black out.

Comment from: GroovFlowr, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 17

I was sick this past Saturday, but only a minor cold. I spent most of the day sleeping on the couch and didn't have a lot to eat or drink. Sunday morning I felt much better, had a shower and breakfast and started going about doing things at home. I sat down for a few minutes to talk to my fiancé, stood up, felt everything drain from me, and the next thing I knew I was on the floor with him kneeling down beside me. I sometimes get dizzy when standing too suddenly or in too hot of a shower. I suspect that not eating much or staying hydrated all day Saturday, combined with my menstrual cycle (which started the day before I got sick and often wreaks some havoc on my body hormonally, especially with blood sugar) caused me to faint upon standing. It was my first experience with fainting. (I have passed out before from blood sugar issues, but this felt completely different and my glucose checked fine.)

Comment from: someone's wife, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 11

I fainted just today, the second time in six months. The first time, my head felt buzzy and I was down for a bit longer. This time, I just felt dizzy and found myself on the floor. Both episodes occurred after getting up quickly from a reclined position on the couch. I make it from the living room to the kitchen before falling. I am a bulimic and have been purging frequently as of late. Dehydration is most likely the cause of my episodes.

Comment from: Dan , 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 10

I've had A-Fib for almost 15 yrs and the pre-syncope is getting more frequent. Today I had my first actual fainting spell. I get a fuzzy feeling that feels like a pressure is expanding inside me. I start to get overwhelmed by the sensation that a wave of lightheadedness is taking over. A very unpleasant feeling it doesn't hurt, but I try to fight it all the way. I try to breathe deeply, hold my breath, bend over, head between the knees, but to no avail it prevails against me. It usually just takes me to a point of near fainting and then I quickly recover. I fainted in front of several people today and they freaked. I am looking for some answers as I am certain all here are as well.

Comment from: waltecar, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

My experience occurred when I was admitted to the hospital ER with chest pain. I had been having chest pain off an on all day accompanied by shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. The ER staff administered oxygen, 3 nitroglycerin tablets about 5 minutes apart for the chest pain in addition to 5 baby aspirin. I remember starting to feel very nauseated again and like I was going to have diarrhea along with being very short of breath. That was all I remember. I didn't know what had happened to me. When I woke up, I was sweating profusely, lying with the whole gurney tilted practically standing on my head and thought that I had fallen asleep as I had been so tired and worn out from feeling like this all day. The doctor said that my blood pressure had bottomed out because of the loss of fluid (vomiting/diarrhea) and the nitroglycerin had dilated my blood vessels quite a lot. They had Iv's in both arms running them wide open to bring my pressure back up. Needless to say, this writer was kept in the hospital 3 days to determine the cause of the chest pain symptoms. The syncope came from the treatment they gave to relieve the chest pain that compounded the affects of the fluid loss.

Comment from: mrsbarbara, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 27

The person that I cared for was pregnant and did not know it. She was really passing out.

Comment from: Becky, Female (Patient) Published: November 11

I have fainted a few times in the past, and I often feel dizzy and lightheaded. Today I had to have my blood taken and as soon as the needle goes in I start to feel light headed, then my eyesight starts to blur and eventually I cannot see anything. Also my hearing goes slightly and all I can hear is buzzing. This usually this only lasts a few seconds and then I return to normal. Today I fainted and when the nurse woke me up it was the strangest feeling, like I had been dreaming and I didn't understand where I was.

Comment from: Suzy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 21

While standing at the sink to wash my hands, I looked in the mirror and saw myself very pale, the next thing I knew it was several minutes later and I was on the floor. I was awakened by my golden retriever licking my face and crying, standing over me. I took a few minutes to gather myself and then rolled over and pulled myself up. The same thing happened two weeks previous but I had time to sit down before I fainted. However, it took me am entire hour to be able to actually get up without feeling like I was going to faint. When I actually did faint, two weeks later, I had absolutely no recall of falling. It was terrifying.

Comment from: Mike, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 29

I'm 45 and fainted for the first time last night while having dinner at an event with coworkers, sitting at a large crowded table. I guess I had about 15 seconds of warning, where I felt myself sinking uncontrollably into unconsciousness, like I was falling into myself. I guess I fought it, and I remember saying to my wife next to me that I felt I was passing out. The last thing I remember was her telling me to look up at the lights. The next I was looking wild-eyed at a circle of people around me, who'd apparently caught me as I slumped forward. Several people helped me away from the table to some lounge chairs, but I passed out again as they were sitting me down, with less warning. An ambulance was called, and several friends held up my legs as we waited for its arrival. But by the time it got there 20 or so minutes later, I felt pretty much fine. In the ER, docs took all the vitals and everything was fine. So what happened? I'd had a stressful day. I had long meeting where I gave an hour-long presentation - but this was not unusual for me. I'm an endurance cyclist, and had recently lost a bit of weight due to physical activity (not dieting). That day I'd eaten a very late lunch due to the meeting, and a very late dinner due to the event. Had a bit of wine with dinner, but I do that often. Nothing unusual. Scared my wife to death (she was thinking heart attack at first), and my coworkers were pretty freaked too. I'm a fit, active, healthy person who has never had any health problems. Wish I knew what caused it, if it's likely to happen again, what I can do to avoid it, or if this was just some isolated, singular episode due to the perfect storm of small events that culminated in my body deciding to shut down. Either way I'm worried to go cycling, drive, or even be by myself at the moment. Guess I'll just take it easy for a few days and see what happens. Don't want to be afraid, but hard not to be.

Comment from: Evan, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 27

The only time I have actually fainted was while reading an account of someone having a heart attack (I was in my teens at the time). He described feeling pain in the chest, at which point I started to feel a pressure in mine. I felt a strange sleepy sensation and gradually lost consciousness altogether. I suppose I wasn't unconscious for very long. When I came to, I felt weak and confused, and also, if I remember, sweaty. I was also very embarrassed. I wonder if my experience may be too unusual to be useful to other people.

Comment from: Crowbar, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: March 18

I was being prepared for cataract surgery. The IV had just been inserted when I began to feel faint and feel hot around the face. My pulse dropped to between 40 and 45. My normal resting pulse is 56. (At age 82 I'm still doing aerobic exercises every other day.) The cataract surgery was scrapped and I was shipped off the the emergency room at a local hospital.

Comment from: anonymousfainter, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: March 16

I have fainted three times that I can recall. The first time, I was in the shower, getting ready for school. The day before I hadn't gone because I had the flu, but today I was feeling better. All of a sudden, I felt dizzy. I yelled to my mom and told her I was sick. The next thing I know I'm covered in a towel, being carried by my dad to my room. My parents put my feet on a pillow and made me lie down. I felt very tired for about an hour, and later that day, I went to the doctor to see what had caused the episode. The doctors didn't know why I had fainted, so they decided to take some tests. I was beside myself when we did the blood drawing, and afterwards, I looked around, and felt dizzy. I lost my balance (I was sitting) and held on tight to my mom as she caught me. When I woke up, the nurse was completely freaked out. Apparently I had been shaking and I got very pale. The doctors were very alarmed and performed more tests, but they still couldn't figure out what had happened. The most recent episode was about a week ago. I hadn't had much of a breakfast, and I was at the allergist to figure out why I had been having hives, and to see if I was allergic to anything. They did the usual tests: blood and urine, and everything went well. After the appointment, however, my mother remembered I was late for my booster. The nurse administered the shot, and right after she took out the needle, it felt like every strand of muscle in my shoulder was being pinched very hard. I started groaning and complaining about the pain. I asked the nurse how long it would last. She started telling me but I interrupted her because I started seeing spots and her face was going black and I was feeling dizzy. I told her I was feeling woozy, and all of a sudden I was driving on a road surrounded by a forest, and I was talking to someone with an outfit very similar to one I had... and then I opened my eyes and I was facing the ceiling of the hospital room and I heard the word seizure. Apparently, my face had gone completely pale, and I sort of laid back and closed my eyes and started shaking for about three seconds, and then woke up. And I had had a dream. My ears were ringing afterwards, and I felt out of balance and tired. And we still don't know why it happens. We're just assuming it's a shock reaction to pain or loss of blood.

Comment from: cj, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 08

I fainted in the shower 4 days ago. I had gotten out of bed, went to the bathroom as usual and got into the shower. I was shampooing my hair when I felt that aura and the feeling that it was about to happen. I was so annoyed - I knew I should get out and sit down but I wanted to finish my hair and use the conditioner so I thought to myself that I just needed to hurry and rinse it out and wash and be done but next thing I knew I was sitting on the floor of the shower leaning back against the wall with water running over me. Luckily I was not hurt. I have fainted about 7 times in my life, 4 in the last 10 years. Another episode happened last year when I woke up thirsty and went downstairs to get some orange juice. I got it out of the refrigerator and started toward the counter. Next thing I knew I was on the floor with orange juice everywhere. Another time was at a crowded museum looking at a painting, and another at a winery waiting for tastings at the bar. I mentioned the juice episode to my doctor last year but he brushed it off. I have been advised by a friend who is also a Dr. to insist on tests this time, so I am calling tomorrow. I suspect dehydration which is a chronic state for me but hope it is not a heart problem or something worse.

Comment from: Karen, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 08

About 5 weeks ago I was getting ready to go to a doctor appointment with a 2 year old I take care of every day. I went to warm up my car and returned to my house, opened the door and bent over slightly to pick up the child to carry him to the car. As soon as I took one step backward I knew I was going down. I felt the feeling of numbness come over me and felt my legs giving out. I went down but did not black out. I couldn't move and my speech was slurred a little. I kept telling a 5 year old who was also with me to go get my 24 year old son from his bedroom. I kept trying to tell my son to call 911 because I thought I was having a stroke. I was able to pull myself into the house and stayed on the floor until First Responders came and helped me onto a chair. They checked me out really well and said it wasn't a stroke but said I should go to the ER. My husband took me. Doctors did EKG, monitored my heart, ultra sound on my heart, X-rays, and CAT scan. Nothing wrong was found. They decided maybe high blood pressure medicine might have caused it. I felt perfectly fine till the fainting. The 2 year old was not injured in the fall.

Comment from: Tom R, 55-64 Male Published: February 25

I've fainted three times in the past 12-15 weeks. I've had no warning other than a sensation of lightheadedness that I thought I had under control by leaning on something and letting it pass. Then --boom- I'm looking up from the floor. Luckily I haven't hurt myself other than a bruise or two, and it's never happened outside my home, like driving or something. I don't drink, or do drugs, but my blood pressure is a tad high. I just don't get it.

Comment from: miss librarian, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: February 08

I am 75 years old and have been diagnosed with congenital heart disease. My "fainting" is associated with falling while walking around. The period of lack of consciousness is very short. Upon regaining consciousness I feel very disoriented and confused. So far the only damage I have done is bumps and soreness.

Comment from: Nikki, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 08

I've been experiencing headaches for a few weeks. I just figured it was sinus headaches but then I started getting dizzy spells. Last night I was standing and experienced a cold tingling sensation that went from my legs up through my head and face and the next thing I knew, my husband was standing over me yelling my name. I have an appointment with my doctor in a few days but I'm scared of what I will find out. I still don't feel right and have a headache.

Comment from: Etalee, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: February 05

Age 86. The fainting spell usually occurs while in a sitting position. My head droops, and I lose consciousness for maybe 2 minutes. Symptoms for stroke or heart problems are negative. Have been to ER 3 times in past year; all test results are good, no problems. One time the vision was blurred for a time, then returned. Kept for observation over night, then I was sent home. After the seizure no coughing was present. As caregiver, I feel there is an electrical short and the circuit breaker clicking off, then coming back on.

Comment from: Sunshine, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 19

I got up during the night, with a mild cramp in my leg to walk it off. I passed out without any warning or dizziness and woke up on the floor about 20 minutes later with a cut on my head. I was also shaking. We called 911, and I went to the ER and was admitted for 2 days. The heart, carotid arteries and brain scan tests were normal. Blood pressure is normal. Potassium was normal. I feel better but have to get out of bed very carefully by not turning my body.

Comment from: G-Man, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 05

Shortly after waking this morning I had a severe coughing fit--a remnant of a cold. Exhaling continually for a number of seconds, I suddenly lost my balance--as if sitting down in an adjustable chair that's been lowered more than expected. I fell into a wall behind me and ended up sitting down hard on the floor. I think I was disoriented only for the time it took to fall. I got up and went to sit on a bed for a minute. I was relatively okay after that. ("Relatively" in that I wasn't refreshed by my night's sleep.)

Comment from: 13-18 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 28

My son, who is 16 years old and in good health, fainted. He didn't hit the ground hard and wasn't out but a couple of seconds. He doesn't remember what happened. We took his blood sugar level after eating and it was 168. We took it this morning before he ate and it was 78. He has chronic sinus problems, and takes medication for it. He is very active, but has said that he has been dizzy several times when standing up.

Comment from: 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 15

I was on the way home from work, sitting on a train comfortably reading a book. Suddenly I felt extremely hot and my vision was getting progressively more and more blurry. I had a strange salty taste in my mouth, and felt as though I was going to be sick. I looked across the aisle and saw a girl on her mobile. I tried to get her attention but my vision had gone and I could feel pins and needles type sensation on my legs going up towards my lower back. Then suddenly I couldn't keep my eyes open and I felt my head flop backwards. I must have been out of it for about a minute or so. When I woke, the girl was helping me out of my coat and had called for help. I was taken to A&E (accident and emergency), and was discharged after giving a blood sample. The doctor is querying a seizure of some type. My bloods came back fine.

Comment from: cane22, Female (Patient) Published: November 25

I have experienced fainting four times already. I've got double vision and a cool sweat with a headache. I really don't know what it is. I just started experiencing this for no reason. I've even experienced this in a crowded place while I was simply sitting still. I wish I knew what it was. I know I need to see a doctor. If you are experiencing any similar symptoms, hurry to a doctor.

Comment from: helen, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 02

I received an injection to my eye from my doctor. I felt no pain from this. After about 10 minutes, my eye bled a little and I started to feel weak and passed out. I have fainted many times in my life usually from the sight of blood although I try to fight it.

Comment from: Helenna, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 12

While sleeping, and changing positions, I will experience vertigo. It soon passes, but happens quite frequently. Once, having to get up, during the night, dizziness was quite extreme. I took one step, and immediately blacked out, and collapsed on floor. This was not long in duration and I soon became conscious, however the condition exists. After sitting up, I must wait for the dizziness (vertigo)to pass before taking a step, for fear of collapsing again.

Comment from: 65-74 Female Published: January 19

I've had two episodes of fainting. Once in the summer, and once last night around 2:30AM. It happens once I get out of bed, either walking or standing. Last night I was taking my dogs outside, my ears had the wave sounds and I had to lie on the grass to keep from falling. I managed to get into the house and then I just lay on the floor. I had been packing up stuff to move, up and down stairs, and my legs had bad cramps so I had put heat on my legs before all this happened. The time before I had sonograms on the carotid veins and my heart, nothing was found.

Comment from: rchambo, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 21

The last thing I remember I was sitting at my computer playing a card game. I started to have a strange dream, almost like I was high on drugs (pleasant and without any pain). My wife came in the room and found me out cold with my head on the computer key board. As soon as she woke me I felt fine.

Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care

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