Patient Comments: Heat Exhaustion - Symptoms

What were the symptoms of your heat exhaustion?

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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Comment from: admiralgreybeard, 55-64 Male Published: May 03

After working on my allotment in the sun for approx 8 hours. I experienced extreme tiredness, aching, muscle cramps, headache for 30 hours, and pains in my stomach similar to severe indigestion, lack of appetite and even not wanting to drink liquids(although I forced myself).This has lasted for nearly two days.

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Comment from: David, 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: May 21

When I had heat exhaustion I got cottonmouth and was very thirsty. I started to get a bad headache in the back of my head and felt tired. When I got home I drank three bottles of water and rested. I wasn't back to normal until the next morning.

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Comment from: marathonnoob, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 07

After running a mid-day 8-miler on a warm (but not hot) day, I did my usual recovery routine. Rehydrating (sports drink and water), protein powder, sit and rest for half an hour. I felt slightly nauseated, so I held off on eating for a couple hours. Two hours later, I was experiencing chills, cold sweats, body aches, and a headache, along with mild nausea. This progressively got worse, until I was sure I had heat exhaustion and tried to take a cold shower (try that when you're shaking from chills, eek!). I got more nauseated and lethargic as the night wore on (this was about 8 hours later). My poor girlfriend had to witness me vomiting uncontrollably as I made my way to my apartment door to let her in. After that, I seemed to turn around a bit. I drank water as much as I could through the night, and the next morning, started reintroducing food (crackers). I write this around noon the following day, and while I feel like I have a bad hangover, the worst is over.

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Comment from: Mart, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 23

I took a long hike in hot Sarasota. I had lunch in an air-conditioned restaurant and drank a glass of water. After lunch I continued the hike, ending in a historical building which also had AC on but not very cool. While standing still, listening to a presentation, I felt faint, nauseated, and very hot! I got out of the crowd, and layed down on the sidewalk in the shade with my feet elevated. My head didn't hurt, but I had terrible abdominal cramping! I recovered after water, cooling off in the AC, and sitting down for a while.

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