Patient Comments: Fainting (Syncope) - Treatments

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Comment from: mybunnybell, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 26

My first experience was when I was 7. My parents split up. Sitting in a chair, I felt dizzy and fell out of chair but did not lose consciousness. After that, every few years if under a lot of stress, I would feel dizzy and would watch my eyes roll back in head. I would awake and find myself on floor. No idea how long I was out. This year (April 2012), I was under immense stress due to a job-related issue. I awoke in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. While sitting, I felt dizzy. I was awakened by my fiancée because he heard a thud noise in bathroom. Ended up in the emergency room with a bad concussion. Since then I've had 4 more episodes. Many tests and no answers. My older daughter had her first episode at 7 and several more since. Is this something hereditary?

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Comment from: angeliickiss, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

Hi, I am 29 years old and have had fainting spells since 2001. When they first started, I would be either in the shower or getting out when I would get dizzy, start sweating, and have some abdominal pain - then I would find myself on the floor. My mom would rush to my aid and give me orange juice to drink. But during the time I am blacked out, my mom said my lips were blue and it would take her to slap me in the face and screaming my name to wake me up. I started to wonder if I was diabetic, well after having my family doctor do blood work and everything else, I was told I wasn't a diabetic and to not worry. Some people faint for no reason. I'm sorry, but this is my life and I refuse to just take that as an answer. Well, as time went on it got to the point to where I would have a fainting episode once every few months. I am really scared.

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Comment from: Rene205, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 26

I am 37 and can remember having fainting episodes as a child maybe once a year. I seem to experience pre-fainting more often now. Most of it is while standing. Laying down helps me when I start feeling warm, with a light sweat, and the room is getting dim. If I drink something cool that helps also. I did blackout and fall with minor injuries when I got up from lying down to quick. It helps to know that others have similar experiences with syncope and not feeling odd because the doctor cannot find why this happens.

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Comment from: take5hair, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 15

I FINALLY have a diagnosis! The Syncope was detected by a Tilt Table Test, and an Electrician side Cardiologist that UNDERSTANDS the situation, because he himself has Vasovagal Syncope! My biggest issue is to be SURE I am drinking a large amount of liquids per day, to eat pretzels or something with some salt if I feel dizzy or pre-fainting, and I also am low on electrolytes so keeping Gatorade or Propel around for drinking when the symptoms begin. I also know standing too long, or starting to sweat too much is a pre-syncope sign of fainting so to sit down or put my legs up is helpful.

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Comment from: Busi, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 12

Im 27 years old and have been suffering from random blackouts since 2007. Usually it happens in the mornings. I feel nauseous, start getting a cold sweat and next thing I'm waking from the floor. My Doctor diagnosed an iron deficiency but I have since sorted that out and even donate blood yet I'm still getting the fainting spells. I've been referred to a specialist for tests, hopefully I will get to the bottom of it.

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Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 15

We were sitting and chatting the next moment I was very tired woke up later will people was putting a wet cloth on my neck and face.

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Comment from: Fran, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 15

I am stage 4 colon cancer receiving chemo. I have had very few side effects. However, twice about 2 days after receiving chemo when feeling the need to have a bowel movement, I started chills, sweats, and sinking feeling. Both times I was seen by paramedics - low heart rate and blood pressure. A few minutes before the episode I felt fine. I think my vasovagel nerve must be getting more sensitive so as the abdominal cramping starts, the reaction takes place. If anyone has a similar story would love to hear if you have found a way to curtail these episodes.

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