Patient Comments: Fainting - Describe Your Experience

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

The first time I blacked out was at 7 years old when my hamster bit me. Second time at 7 was when I had blood drawn. I have to lie down when I have blood drawn. I black out and have a major seizure when I am stressed also. I have blacked out when sitting and once fell in a doctor's office when nobody was supervising me. I ended up hitting my head and getting a black eye. When I have a seizure, I am told my eyes roll back in my head with severe shaking and tremors all over. My hands ball up in a fist so tight my nails cut into my hands. I also have low blood pressure and feel faint when I stand up. I also get severe vertigo and have balance problems. Doctors have never given me any solutions or explanations of any of these incidents. I am really frustrated since I don't know what to do or how to prevent these episodes. I have tried yoga but can't do the moves where I put my head down and then get up since I get so dizzy. My balance is terrible so I also have to hang onto something to balance if I try standing on one leg so I don't fall. I have a history of falls and have fractured my vertebrae from falling. It is really scary since I live alone and don't know what I will do if I have a bad fall at home with no one to help me. This is all very difficult to live with and I am always afraid of having some kind of accident. Sometimes I am afraid to drive. I feel limited in my activities and since I fractured my vertebrae I now have trouble standing for more than a few minutes due to my back being in pain after 7 years.

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Comment from: Shelly, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 15

My problems with syncope usually happen when I have vomiting or abdominal pain from a stomach virus, or if I have even a slight fever at the beginning of the flu. I have had fainting happen twice when the technician was trying to get blood sample. My veins are small and the attempt was very painful. Also it happened once right after waking up from a hernia repair when I was feeling abdominal pain. When this happens, I feel extremely weak, unable even to hold my head up, and my blood pressure drops very low. I have had a tilt table test, and have had an echo cardiogram, but both were normal. I have normal weight and exercise regularly, get checkups regularly. I do have fibromyalgia and have had a partial thyroidectomy.

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Comment from: Rita, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 09

I fainted at my uncle's wife's funeral. My aunt was only 36 years, young with 3 kids, 19, 17, and 11 years of age. I was devastated because we were very close, her loss was agony to me. When I saw her in her casket, I recall thinking the embalmer did an extraordinary job, then suddenly, I felt tingly all over and my legs felt like jelly and then I fell backwards in to a friend's arms. Twenty seconds later I awoke in a chair with people around me who told me I fainted.

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Comment from: JLO, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 08

I fainted in college, faint when I donate blood and recently when my youngest was admitted for pneumonia while there they were swapping his IV (I am not squeamish). I told the nurse I thought I would faint, walked to the bed, got to my knees and passed out, came to and passed out again. I tend to be dizzy a lot. Back in college the neurologist said I have an abnormal normality, in other words X percent of population has this neurologic abnormality that makes it totally normal. I feel light headed before an episode usually warm/hot/ stuffy/like I'm going to get sick, then the black spots move in and I know if I don't get to a 'safe' position I may or may not go out. Everything is fine afterwards, we chalked my last episode up to exhaustion and dehydration.

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Comment from: robin, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 29

I don't know if I passed out or blacked out. I got up feeling ok, and went to take a shower. As I was washing I felt very dizzy and fell out of the shower. Everything went with me when I landed on the floor cracking my tail bone.

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