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Why am I Passing out ?
« on: 01/02/2008 20:21:36 »
Ok.. I have been experiencing if you will Passing out  a lot lately.. I will be standing cooking or doing

dishes or nothing at all and boom I am on the floor. Now I have informed my doctor who is working on the

problem at hand, which is good, but in the mean time I do not understand the physical aspect involved in

passing out or loosing consciousness. Why does a body loose consciousness.. and why when you wake up is

it hard to remember what happened.. Like in between.. I am unaware of what was happening and was

shocked to find myself on the cold floor and came to extremely cold and shaking uncontrollably.. I

thought it was just the cold floor.. any ideas..???

Oh By the way I was already standing and had been on my feet for about ten minutes... so I had not

gotten up fast or anything.. Just suddenly had a terrible feeling and boom..I am starting to recognize

the feeling that occurs right before I go down.. and was able the last round, to holler for help.. my

son was here with his dad watching a game..

If someone could explain.. that would be great!
« Last Edit: 14/04/2008 06:35:24 by Karen W. »


 

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Re: Why am I Passing out ?
« Reply #1 on: 01/02/2008 20:29:30 »
Well Ithink it's usually lack of oxygen to the brain. But this could be due to a number of causes- anaemia is a common one apparently.
 

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Re: Why am I Passing out ?
« Reply #2 on: 01/02/2008 20:33:42 »



Ok The feeling that radiates up my spine spreads out like this these tiny lines . It goes into the back of my head and wraps around my shoulder sand settles in the center of my chest like not heaviness but like something is going to burst.. its weird but lately it gets to that point and stays real funny in the back of my skull and boom on the ground I go...I don't know if that helps but there it is!
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Re: Why am I Passing out ?
« Reply #3 on: 01/02/2008 20:44:33 »
Well Ithink it's usually lack of oxygen to the brain. But this could be due to a number of causes- anaemia is a common one apparently.

I have indeed had some oxygen intake trouble.. but that brings to question why lack of oxygen also!

My last blood test said my potassium was low again.. not bad though, I think she said.. 3.6 she wants me at 4 she said.. so I don't think thats it as it has been 2 in the past weeks.I had to have iv potassium for about 6 hours in the hospital plus t big fat potassium pills before they let me go home..

This time the level was better.

 

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« Reply #4 on: 01/02/2008 21:08:42 »
Another possibility could be epilepsy, although I am not at all sure this would be a cause in this case, but it does seem conceivable that slat imbalances (e.g. too much or too little sodium or potassium) might possibly have an effect on the nervous system that may trigger epilepsy - but it is pure speculation on my part.

Lack of oxygen is certainly the most common, but who said you have to be common.

I am assuming that when you come around, you are fully functional, and do not have temporary loss of motor function or anything like that (otherwise it might be mini-strokes).
 

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« Reply #5 on: 01/02/2008 21:12:53 »
Just extremely weak and shakey.. a bit disoriented too. kept nodding off.. I felt better after I had some cool water ... My mouth was dry as cardboard when I came to. That was true of each incident.
 

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Re: Why am I Passing out ?
« Reply #6 on: 02/02/2008 08:07:41 »
Thanks for the suggestions.. I have seen the doctor and we are waiting some tests..,

she thinks its cardiac related but we are not sure..

If it were a lack of oxygen, what is it that could be causing low oxygen...? Can

bacterial Pneumonias cause low oxygen?
 

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Re: Why am I Passing out ?
« Reply #7 on: 02/02/2008 09:08:13 »
Pneumonia does reduce the blood oxygen, because much less of the lung surface is available for oxygen exchange. If you have pneumonia it can be difficult to get enough oxygen into the system to do anything except lie still!
 

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« Reply #8 on: 02/02/2008 15:45:12 »
Not sure that pneumonia sounds like the answer (although I don't claim any qualifications to know).  The reason I am doubtful is that Karen said above that she was able to call for help before going down.  I would have guessed that anything that primarily effected the lungs, and only secondarily effected the brain, would have made it difficult to call for help.  It sounds to me that this is something that has a primary effect upon the brain before it effects the lungs (although pneumonia could be a complicating factor, or be having a chronic rather than acute effect upon the brain - I really don't know).
 

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Re: Why am I Passing out ?
« Reply #9 on: 02/02/2008 16:19:51 »
Something odd that happened that made me yell for help was that for a few split seconds I felt very aware of my heartbeat.. not in my chest but in my ears like a deep thumping drone.. then I yelled for help.. but Then I remember waking on the floor.. My son had put a pillow under my head and two blankets over me.. Rob had a cool cloth on my head.. but I did not know how long I had been there.. John said 5 or 10 minutes.. could have been hours for all I knew.. I was very confused when I came to.
 

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« Reply #10 on: 02/02/2008 16:34:03 »
Something odd that happened that made me yell for help was that for a few split seconds I felt very aware of my heartbeat.. not in my chest but in my ears like a deep thumping drone.. then I yelled for help.. but Then I remember waking on the floor.. My son had put a pillow under my head and two blankets over me.. Rob had a cool cloth on my head.. but I did not know how long I had been there.. John said 5 or 10 minutes.. could have been hours for all I knew.. I was very confused when I came to.

Sounds like your heart problem playing up - maybe your heart was failing to pump properly, trying ever harder to no effect (hence the thumping in your ears), and then just failed to get enough blood to the highest point in your body (when standing, that would be your brain), so your brain just had to shut down.
 

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Re: Why am I Passing out ?
« Reply #11 on: 02/02/2008 16:53:48 »
Well whatever it is the Doctor has run more tests in hopes to figure it out. She is thinking along your lines also. We will see.I guess low potassium can do stuff to your heart as well as too much potassium..  she is checking that again as I was just a tiny low the last round.. but its been a few weeks so she checked again wednesday too. I don't know the results yet.

 

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Re: Why am I Passing out ?
« Reply #12 on: 02/02/2008 17:22:01 »
Just..........get well will ya ?
 

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Re: Why am I Passing out ?
« Reply #13 on: 02/02/2008 17:25:57 »
Just..........get well will ya ?

Yes Sir.. I am working on it! Thanks Neily.
 

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Re: Why am I Passing out ?
« Reply #14 on: 03/02/2008 07:49:00 »
I hope they find the answer for you..
 

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Re: Why am I Passing out ?
« Reply #15 on: 03/02/2008 12:45:50 »
Me too! Thanks Jna.
 

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Re: Why am I Passing out ?
« Reply #16 on: 03/02/2008 15:47:50 »
Goodness Karen, it sounds almost like what has been happening to me.

My symptoms:

Sudden loss of weight, lost over 1 stone in less than a month and occasional PR bleeding.
Passing out easily when getting up too quick from laying down or after bending down. Feeling feint after eating food. Heart palpitations just before passing out with a strange sensation on one side of the neck and also the beating in the ears. I have passed out a few times while just sitting down.

Like you, just after that happens its boom, on the ground and unconsciousness for a while. The first time it happened I thought it was a heart attack.
Another thing is feeling cold, soaking with sweat and shivering when coming round.

The diagnosis:

Low blood pressure (92) but the heart seems fine. Passing out while sitting was probably caused by an internal bleed. The bleed was caused by a ruptured polyp in the colon. Loss of weight caused because of several polyps and a large sigmoid polyp (now all removed)

The consultant I had was very good and explained a lot.

It seems that when suffering from low blood pressure just a small internal bleed can cause you to pass out. Having a bleed or even just eating can cause the blood to get diverted to the area where it is needed most. A simple thing like stubbing you're toe on the door jamb....ouch! can make you feel feint and standing while urinating can do the same.

In my case it was due to the colon and internal bleeding.

There is a term for it but I forgot what it was called, a double barrelled name with Vein or Veinous in it!

BTW Blood samples were taken and any deficiencies, anaemia or vitamin were ruled out.

Do you suffer from low blood pressure?

In any case, take care and be well soon.

 

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Re: Why am I Passing out ?
« Reply #17 on: 03/02/2008 16:02:20 »
I have heart problems..aneurysm in my aorta, valve problems, aorta valve problems also.I have some kind of septal problem I think.. anyway instead of the normal three flaps I have two in some valve in the heart.. which he is not sure as to weather its a problem..! Having some aorta regurgitation and left ventricle problems, and a couple chronic infections, hashimotos disease,It is yet to be decided what is behind the chronic infections!

I have in the past had low blood pressure until all these problems then my blood pressure shot through the roof!

We do have similar symptoms.. It sounds like they fixed it for you eh?? I hope you do well and thank you so much for your post.. Makes me feel less alone.. Really Thank you! And BTW I have passed out twice sitting down doing absolutely nothing and then also whilst standing and moving around. It was very weird!
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« Reply #18 on: 03/02/2008 19:32:38 »
I cant find a hug smiley so,

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« Reply #19 on: 03/02/2008 20:38:43 »
Thank you Mad man.. very much! Hugs are great!

Here is a smiley site Just copy urls and paste in post..

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Re: Why am I Passing out ?
« Reply #20 on: 18/02/2008 00:34:25 »
OK.. round 100!!! At least it feels like it! I had a bad episode last night.. Passed out again but was alone.. was out for a few hours. When I came to was cold again basically the same as before except my chest was hurting.. I felt like I was drowning in fluid. It took me a bit of time to get off the floor..and too the bed.. I had been experiencing some personal stress and hyperventilated... felt like I could not breath... then boom on the floor.

I am sure that my being upset did not help me any....  How does one keep their feelings in check to alleviate that unneeded anxiety and pressure?

Any suggestions would be great!
 

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« Reply #21 on: 18/02/2008 02:12:09 »
How does one keep their feelings in check to alleviate that unneeded anxiety and pressure?

Any suggestions would be great!

Not sure how one can make suggestions on that.  It is something I do quite well just naturally, because that is who I am.  I don't do anger, I don't do panic, and I don't do mad passionate love - that is who I am.  You are you.
 

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« Reply #22 on: 18/02/2008 06:03:56 »
Thanks George.. I wish sometimes I did not do them too! I'm afearing that  there is nothing I can do except run away and disappear to where There are no problems.. got any places like that to go!
 

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Re: Why am I Passing out ?
« Reply #23 on: 18/02/2008 07:23:01 »
Goodness Karen, it sounds almost like what has been happening to me.

My symptoms:

Sudden loss of weight, lost over 1 stone in less than a month and occasional PR bleeding.
Passing out easily when getting up too quick from laying down or after bending down. Feeling feint after eating food. Heart palpitations just before passing out with a strange sensation on one side of the neck and also the beating in the ears. I have passed out a few times while just sitting down.

Like you, just after that happens its boom, on the ground and unconsciousness for a while. The first time it happened I thought it was a heart attack.
Another thing is feeling cold, soaking with sweat and shivering when coming round.

The diagnosis:

Low blood pressure (92) but the heart seems fine. Passing out while sitting was probably caused by an internal bleed. The bleed was caused by a ruptured polyp in the colon. Loss of weight caused because of several polyps and a large sigmoid polyp (now all removed)

The consultant I had was very good and explained a lot.

It seems that when suffering from low blood pressure just a small internal bleed can cause you to pass out. Having a bleed or even just eating can cause the blood to get diverted to the area where it is needed most. A simple thing like stubbing you're toe on the door jamb....ouch! can make you feel feint and standing while urinating can do the same.

In my case it was due to the colon and internal bleeding.

There is a term for it but I forgot what it was called, a double barrelled name with Vein or Veinous in it!

BTW Blood samples were taken and any deficiencies, anaemia or vitamin were ruled out.

Do you suffer from low blood pressure?

In any case, take care and be well soon.



Ok.. Tonight seems to have me.. This time when I felt that bad feeling I was sitting watching TV... but had my cuff on. was at this desk.. so I reached for the camera and clicked on my blood pressure readings till I couldn't hold the camera cause I had to put my head down before I slid out of me chair..

Here are the readings:\

I did not feel good so got pictures of pressure readings.. it got worse so I continued to check pressure ..















It stayed low for quite awhile... I would say 45 minutes to 1 hour... then I started feeling better but I had laid down..My chair so I could recline a bit..





 Pressure seems to come back up after the terrible nausea coughing and general ill feeling has passed.. I was just had not taken the cuff off after monitoring just minutes before..

 

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Re: Why am I Passing out ?
« Reply #24 on: 21/02/2008 17:36:43 »
That BP seems awfully low Karen but I'm glad the reclining helped you a bit and I hope you go as soon as you can to see the Doctor and explain.

A have to admit also that I'm a bit like George when it come to any anxiety or pressure.
 

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