Patient Comments: Heat Exhaustion - Symptoms

What were your the symptoms of heat exhaustion?

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

I am not sure if I should be checked out or not. I don't have insurance so I hesitate. I finished mowing the yard almost half an hour ago. When I finished I was very weak and my legs hurt. I am not very physically fit, so it took me two hours to cut the yard. Now I'm feeling extremely nauseated. Have been drinking a lot of water. Not sure if the heat got to me or what. The sun was beating down pretty hard and it is already 84 degrees here.

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Comment from: Conster, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 07

I had heat exhaustion today. Spent all day outside at the zoo, it was humid and hot (90 degrees), but no direct sunlight. I went home, and sat outside in the shade. I hadn't been hungry and hadn't eaten much. I went to mow the lawn and felt tired, but during mowing started to feel real weak, then slightly dizzy, and stomach cramps and nausea followed, all within a few minutes. I didn't make it to the back door before I started dry heaving. I ran inside, bent over sink, rank cold water and put it on my face, and then vomited for about 3 minutes. It is now evening, and I have drank one liter of water, and ate a little, but very tired, headache, and still having some nausea. This happened last year during tanning in a tanning bed. I didn't throw up as much, but I had to lie down for two hours after and was very weak. I don't sweat like most people do. I have never had sweat roll down my forehead. My skin just gets damp, so I think I'm very susceptible to it.

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Comment from: angeleyes46, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 29

Heat exhaustion can happen even when swimming! The heat index was 107 degrees, drank plenty of rehydrating fluids, but wasn't enough. I was sweating then it stopped, I was dizzy, muscle cramps, severe headache, and lethargic. It took three days to recover; I may have been close to a heat stroke. Be careful even when swimming!

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Comment from: cyclistat60, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 05

I went cycling on Saturday (very hot and humid) but drank enough fluids so that I only felt tired that day. Had a margarita that night but apparently didn't drink enough water and juices with potassium etc. to rehydrate because the next day I was dizzy and felt exhausted. I had had an earlier bout a couple of weeks before with vertigo and vomiting, hot and cold chills, so was apparently more vulnerable.

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Comment from: uriasfamilypc1, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 16

Along with all the symptoms you described, I was unable to think clearly or speak clearly. My temperature was 101 degrees. I think I was heading for heat stroke honestly. Thank GOD I was able to get out of the heat fast!

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Comment from: Lori, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 01

I'm guessing that I had heat exhaustion. It was very hot in my house, outside temps were approximately 90 degrees. We couldn't afford to turn the Air Conditioning on so early in the season, so we had the windows open and a bunch of fans on. We were having dinner and suddenly I got a headache, I was having trouble swallowing, I became achy all over, I thought I was going to pass out and my heart began to race. I suddenly had diarrhea. When I got up from the table, I was very weak and walked slowly to the bathroom, holding onto furniture as I went. After the bathroom, I took an ice pack from the freezer, a wet wash cloth for my forehead and face and I turned a fan on blowing directly on me as I laid down on the bed. After an hour, I began to feel better but my heart didn't stop racing until another hour passed. After those 2 hours, I was able to get up and walk around. I felt very tired. I remained achy all over and had foot cramps for the entire night, allowing me only to get about 2 hours sleep total.

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Comment from: kkelly, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 12

I was at an outdoor fair and and was dehydrated when I had heat exhaustion. While I was standing in line to buy a drink--water or diet Coke, I began feeling dizzy, light-headed, had stomach cramps, became extremely irritable. The man selling the drinks asked if I was okay and I replied, "I don't think so". He, then, began giving me several glasses of water. My sister later said the the middle of my face was very red in a circle and the outside of my face was very pale. I recovered slowly and was still not well in the evening.

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