Patient Comments: Fainting (Syncope) - Treatments

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Comment from: jo, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 11

I have been experiencing syncope symptoms for two and a half years. I have had countless investigations from bp monitors, mri's, a week in hospital being videoed with neuro leads. Recently I was fitted with a heart loop which picked up that my heart had been stopping during the blackout, which resulted in emergency treatment to fit a pace maker. This surgery went wrong the wires caused damage to my heart. I still have blackouts and am awaiting further tests. I am finding the whole experience increasingly distressing and can see no light at the end of the tunnel.

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Comment from: lookelou, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 26

My husband is 64. He is fainting frequently and is now getting hurt when he falls. It is generally when he stands and takes 4 to 5 steps although it happened in Wal-Mart when he was in the middle of shopping. He's had a tilt table, EKG, ECCO, Cortoriod Artery ultra sound, worn a heart monitor for 24 hours, CAT scan of his brain, had his blood pressure meds reduced and asked to eat salt. But nothing is found. He is diabetic and is trying to lose weight. He's 265 after losing 35 lbs. over several months (1 to 2 lbs. week) by cutting back. He has PTSD and has had ECT's monthly for a year and several times prior to that in two week sets. His memory is terrible. He is concerned he can't remember anything after a few minutes. We are concerned. Docs can't figure it out.

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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 fianc´┐Że 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: 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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