Patient Comments: Fainting - Describe Your Experience


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Comment from: Dragonslayer, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 31

I had outpatient invasive hand surgery with complications, and that night even with Tylenol 3, the pain was so intense I got out of bed and sat outside for a few moments. When I came back in I suddenly knew I was going to faint. Everything in my peripheral vision went black and my circle of vision got smaller and smaller until it was just a speck. I was able to stumble to a chair before I actually fainted, then sat and retched into a wastepaper basket for 45 minutes. It was not pleasant.

Comment from: John, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 20

Onset of fainting is preceded by coughing... even when lying down. Then I'm unconscious for less than a minute, along with a seizure.

Comment from: Carhy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

I woke up one morning with severe and very painful muscle spasms in my left leg. They were so severe that I felt nauseated. I was extremely lightheaded. I remember struggling to walk half way across our campsite. I remember hearing myself fall onto the forest floor fainting, but I have no memory of falling or landing. The next thing I remember was opening my eyes looking up at the forest canopy while lying on the ground. The spasms, nausea and lightheadedness were completely gone!

Comment from: Stacieinsac, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I fainted today in the dollar store. I have never fainted before. The last month or so I have been close to fainting many times. The symptom that concerns me most is shortness of breath. I quit smoking 2 years ago so it's very probable I have emphysema. But since I quit smoking 2 years ago and my fainting episodes just started 1 month ago I doubt it's the main problem. Another symptom is I have zero energy to spend during and after the episode. Wonder if this could be my heart.

Comment from: PaulB, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 17

I fainted 3 times last night. I had had some alcohol in the early evening and also taken a 100 mg sildenafil tablet (normal for me). I had been for a 40-mile bike ride earlier in the day. The episode began with muscle spasms and cramps in both legs and when I stood up, I fainted 3 times in around 20 minutes, after which I was fine. I was taken to the emergency room. Blood tests and EKG revealed nothing unusual. I’m told all fine, and to keep on exercising. Maybe a few days without sildenafil.

Comment from: Pat, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 09

My daughter called me today and said that yesterday she passed out, and has no idea why! But she fell to the floor.

Comment from: KEEPHATON, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: September 11

I have constipation and when I take a laxative and then walk, but then stop, I feel lightheaded. The sunlight gets too bright, and then as soon as I start moving I faint.

Comment from: Yankkifan, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 20

I have fainted 2 times now with no warning. I have fallen like a cut tree; just went down. No dizziness or weakness, nothing at all.

Comment from: Grace, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 23

My husband is having bouts of dizziness daily. Today he passed out while out shopping. His CBG is 10.1. He is complaining of numbness in his left foot and his big toe on the right foot. He hasn’t been sleeping well and is also having episodes of diarrhea.

Comment from: REANNON'S MOM, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 09

My 40 year old daughter has always passed out at the sight of needles. It started at age 8 having blood drawn for lab test. Last year she was in pre-operative stage for female uterine ablation. When the nurse was about to do an IV my daughter said ‘lights out' and passed out while hooked to monitors. It showed no heartbeat for 6 seconds she said. She then woke up and said 'I blacked out, didn’t I!’ So surgery was cancelled and she was sent home. She was told to see a cardiologist to see why. She says she died and came back.

Comment from: Johney E R, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 09

I had 3 blackouts in an hour and a half. When I picked myself up off the floor the third time I had no control over my left leg or left arm, and slurred a little when talking. I have right leg prosthetic below the knee and had to drag myself to my wheelchair and pull myself up. It happened Saturday night, it's Monday and I am still having problems controlling, but getting better.


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Comment from: Jab.39, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 04

I was sitting on my couch and got up and went to the kitchen. Upon standing up I felt dizzy. I sat down at my table for a few minutes. When I got back up the dizziness got worse. I remember just leaning my back against my counter and cabinets and fainting, hit the floor. I remember everything. I could feel myself convulsing and could hear my mother and daughter's dialogue, and can remember it, but I couldn't react. Upon coming to I was extremely dizzy and sweaty.

Comment from: Concerned spouse, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: April 24

My husband is the one who has fainted 4 times, and all 4 times he came to and was sweaty and very weak. He would lie down for a few hours and I would keep checking on him until he woke back up but the doctors he has seen couldn't find out why he would faint or how to prevent it from happening again. Wonder if anyone has experienced the same thing after fainting. He would be weak and sweaty and would sleep for hours before he would feel normal again.

Comment from: MJ, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 27

I get this strange sensation. It’s either faint or throw up. It happens right before fainting. Sometimes I lie down with my feet elevated. That seems to stop the faint feeling, then I throw up. I have fainted while lying down to prevent it. The last time I got the strange feeling and didn’t have time to lie down. I passed out and hit my head on cement and then threw up. I went to the emergency room and had CAT scan. I had a concussion. I don’t know why I faint. Tests come back normal afterwards.

Comment from: Worried, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 22

My fiance is pregnant. Last night we were walking in the grocery store. She bent down to pick something up. After she stood up she felt bad. Soon after she fainted and was out for about 15 seconds. When she came to, she vomited. I am concerned if this is normal.

Comment from: Aj, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 05

As I walked my left knee felt so much pain like it feels when it is dislocated, so I immediately sat down. Then it hurt, I felt I couldn’t breathe. I thought I was going to suffocate until my vision was getting blurred. I have felt my knee pain for almost a month but this time it hurt so much that it led me to almost faint.

Comment from: Stacey, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 30

My partner has 2 stents fitted in his heart. Over the past few months he has started coughing, then faints and starts having fits. He has stiffness in his legs and shaking both hands. Sometimes he froths at the mouth. He turns red, and when he comes round he feels weak and cannot remember anything.

Comment from: Corinne, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 18

I was driving and passed out while driving. My friend who was with me grabbed the wheel. When I came to, everything was sideways (like the V8 commercials), and it took several hours to go back to normal. It has never happened before or since. The hospital found nothing wrong with me. I have always wondered what went wrong. I was 18 at the time. The other weird thing about it was I had a false pregnancy test.

Comment from: Pagey, 074, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 19

I fainted last Saturday, when I got up from my sofa too quickly to answer my door. When I was standing, my head went extremely dizzy and I started to get a cold sensation flowing through me. Next minute I knew I was lying on the floor. My Neighbor had to help me back in the living room. I went to the hospital next day, got tests done, and everything came back fine. Doctor told me it could have been dehydration or a drop of blood pressure that caused it. But I still feel light-headed and dizzy when I walk.

Comment from: James, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 23

I got up that morning like normal going to work. I didn't realize that I wasn’t doing my job correctly. Anyway when my hands and fingers felt like they were freezing I knew something was wrong. By then my eyes had gotten really blurry, I was sweating like crazy, very hot, and fainted for about 10 seconds. I woke up feeling great and the emergency room couldn't find anything wrong. This happens about once in 5 years.

Comment from: TashaA, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 27

When my daughter was 17 months old she had an abscess in her throat next to the artery. She had to be admitted into the hospital. They needed to put an IV in her. Five adults plus I were trying to hold her still so that they could get the IV in. She was screaming and crying wiggling and moving as much as her little body could. She ended up fainting/falling asleep. But she never stopped breathing. I don’t know why she passed out.

Comment from: Justiceforall83, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 19

I was told I have an extra heartbeat in the lower chamber of my heart. However, when I try to walk upstairs or when I walk for a while I will feel my heartbeat, then I get dizzy, and my ears block up and start ringing. So I just stop and breathe and the faint feeling goes away when I catch my breath.

Comment from: Need help, 13-18 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 07

I have an 18 year old daughter that keeps having fainting episodes slipping in and out of consciousness. The doctors have done blood test and ultra-scan of her heart and they said there is nothing wrong and sent her home whilst she was collapsing in front of the doctor. Walking out the door she collapsed again. I don’t understand how they can say there is nothing wrong.

Comment from: Khaleesi, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 30

I was working at my desk on the computer when the fainting episode happened. It felt like I was falling down a hill or like the floor was tilting when I realized what was going on. I was trying to hold on and I hit my head on the desk. I didn’t have control of what my hands were doing. I felt nauseous and about threw up, was hot and sweating, then cold.

Comment from: Mrs. Jones, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 15

I happened to be ushering in church about 4 years ago when I realized something was wrong. I felt as if I couldn't catch my breath, and super weak. The dizziness was profoundly making me feel like a ton of bricks. I tried calling out to no avail. I reached out to a lady who helped me. I didn't know it was a fainting spell until blood work done at the Veterans Affairs clinic and I was diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia. Now my activities are limited.

Comment from: Jennifer w, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 10

I fainted at home and fell flat on my face on the edge of my son's computer. I knew nothing until I heard my son calling me from a distance and I came round. My face mouth and nose was bleeding onto our new carpet. They called for an ambulance and my blood pressure was very low so I had to go to the hospital. They said I had a heart attack. They did a lot of heart tests. My face was completely bruised, my eyes swollen shut, my teeth had gone through my bottom lip, and my nose was filled with dried blood.

Comment from: Sm, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 06

I was at work Saturday, let me say I'm on the methadone program, and I fainted at work twice that day. My boss took me to the clinic but they refused me because I kept passing out, so they sent me to the hospital. Once I got there I started feeling better so they let me go. Monday I went to work and they said I couldn't work until they hear from the clinic but they knew that the clinic refused to take me. So they fired me because I'm on methadone program.

Comment from: Raider74, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 12

I got home from being out, and had 2 beers while out. I smoked marijuana when I got home (which I have done regularly since I was 20, with this never happening). I was sitting down and felt like I should stand up and move around, and next thing I know, I am staring up from the ground, trying to figure out where I was. I kind of came to and got to my feet, and next thing I know, same thing again, on my back staring up. I do not remember falling either time.

Comment from: Hialeah Rouge, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

The first time I ever fainted was when I was still a young child. I was in a hospital/clinic for something routine. I was less than 5 1/2. This is only memorable due to the smell they add to ether. It was very strong and every time I’m going to faint the smell fills my nostrils; even if I’m in a pizzeria or an elevator. I also see the pattern on the plastic fluorescent light covers that I saw as I was looking up when I fell. Although I don’t think I faint a lot, it has been more times than I can remember precisely. In my 20s I was hypoglycemic and passed out from that. I didn’t know enough to associate the warning [hunger] headache with hunger and I’d push through only to smell the gas just as I began to see the crystal pattern as my vision starts to black out. I am almost 65 now. I still get that ether smell in my nose and that’s my warning to get to the lowest place - the floor if possible and lie down or sit leaning against a wall in the absence of a place to lie down, also so I don’t hit my head on anything dangerous. I come out if it almost like one comes out of anesthesia with the sensation that no time has passed and often find my face test streaked although I don’t think I actually cried. I have gone years without fainting, then it may happen 2 or 3 times in a year. I didn’t know it was worrisome until now that I’m older and medical professionals scare you with every little symptom that might be a harbinger of something deadly. I never had to worry about atrial fibrillation, bradycardia, tachycardia, a ruptured aneurism, myocardial infarction, hypertension, or high or low blood pressure. I also don’t recall lingering headaches after fainting when I was younger and I wonder what I’m missing.

Comment from: Larry, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 04

This morning I felt nauseous and lightheaded but especially as if something was weighing on my brain, then it would go away and then come back. I was driving and could feel this weighing on my brain coming on and suddenly I was on the other side of a busy road with cars coming at me. I was fortunate enough to be able to squeeze my way into a parking lot on my left side, but I blacked out! I have no memory of getting over to that other side of the road; lucky it wasn’t a head on collision.

Comment from: wanda, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 03

I have had a number of tests and the diagnosis is vasovagal syncope. Strangely, my fainting occurs when I'm sitting for an hour or so in church; even though I stand once or twice for songs. I have no warning and I generally remain erect and sitting but unconscious with my chin down touching my chest. Within 4 or 5 minutes after someone has put me in a supine position (lying flat) I recover. A previous tilt test was not able to produce any fainting and cardiac evaluation was completely normal. I wonder if I would be a candidate for a pacemaker to reduce these episodes. I also have essential tremors in right hand and some neuropathy in my legs.

Comment from: Teri Lynn, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 10

I do not totally faint, but tingly feeling comes from my legs upward, nausea, profuse sweating, can't lift my arms, can't walk, and hearing is muffled. This only happens when I eat outside when it is hot and humid. I feel like I'm going to die. Once I throw up, I'm back to normal. It's horrible! It's happened about 8 times in the past 8 years. No more outdoor eating events for me!

Comment from: Drpprmt, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 21

Four weeks ago while camping, I was walking, passed out and hit the pavement head first. I know I passed out because I didn't use my hands to break my fall. I sustained a concussion, a broken rib and needed stitches. I have a rare arrhythmia and have been taking medication for it. The specialist is going to put a loop recorder under my skin to record my heart. Last year, before being diagnosed with the arrhythmia, I fell but always caught myself. No matter where I am now, or what I am doing, In the back of my mind, I am afraid I will pass out and fall again.

Comment from: emschardonnay, 75 or over (Patient) Published: November 22

I am a diabetic controlled; on no medications. I fainted this morning while having coffee. I had no symptoms before the faint. I thought the chair was tipping over but it was me and I fell flat on my face and hurt my nose. I did not pass out; just lay there till my daughter heard me a few seconds later. I sat up and stayed on floor for a while. I seemed ok at that point. My son in law took my blood pressure and it was 156 over 80, usually it is 132/78-80. I do take blood pressure medication. I am feeling ok now after eating a bagel and banana. I am just wondering if I should go to urgent care. I am on vacation right now.

Comment from: Carly, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 22

I have identified a new cause of syncope. I fainted frequently for a while because I had a hideously exhausted brain after having played too many brain games out of struggling with reasoning. When I started to take a break from brain games, the fainting as well as facial tics gradually got milder. Once my brain felt relaxed enough, I could make better decisions and determine how to speed a step of recovery. I tried pressing my head against a pillow and my hands really hard, and that minimized the facial tics. I wish the law would allow me to drive again sooner because I haven't seriously felt confused from fainting. I think it would be best for me to wait until I have stopped having trouble breathing, thinking of what to say, and having facial tics.

Comment from: Magwaggi, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 10

Before I fainted, I could 'see' a memory in my mind. It was a picture of something (which I can't remember now), but it was so persistent that it would not go away. I tried to get this picture out of my mind, but I felt this 'picture' was beginning to take over and block my normal thinking. I managed to say 'Oh no' and put my elbows on the table I was sitting at, and then I passed out. I did not fall to the floor. Ambulance arrived and I was taken to hospital. Blood taken, hooked up to monitors, nothing abnormal. I will have a Holter monitor fitted when I can get an appointment. The same thing happened to me 3 years ago. I had a CT scan done at that time. But again, everything was normal. Very worrying. Obviously I don't drive for now, but would like to know what is going on.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Comment from: Peperscent, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 12

When a fainting episode started, I'd see black spots, but wouldn't be able sit down. Then I'd get the shakes, like a seizure then black. Now there's absolutely no sign. I had 10 concussions last year, and shattered my ankle. And even had a ceramic slow cooker fall break over my head, pork roast and all. The doctors only suggest fludrocortisone and salt. My blood pressure is 80 over66 still. That's healthy.

Comment from: golfnskimomma, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 12

I have had a long history of benign fainting spells since I was a child. The good news is that I almost always have an aura or sense that I am going to faint. Knowing the consequences, I usually drop to the floor so that I won't fall to the floor and hurt myself. The outage is extremely brief and I quickly return to normal activity once I resume wakefulness.

Comment from: DonRob, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: December 14

I first had a fainting episode approximately 7 years ago while flying. I was watching a movie and all of a sudden I found myself with an oxygen tube under my nose. I did not realize I had passed out. I was told that if I was alright, to contact my doctor when I returned home. I was diagnosed with vasovagal attack, due to low fluid intake and not enough salt in my diet. I had one episode after that about 3 years later while in my doctor’s office. I have learned also that because of my age I should slow down a bit when I get up after either waking up or sitting for a long time. It gives the blood a chance to flow back up from your legs to the rest of your body. Well worth the advice of my cardiologist and my regular doctor. Following their advice has been very helpful and at my current age (88) I am doing just fine.

Comment from: Marie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 25

I got Charlie horse cramps in both legs, tried to stand up to relief the pain, and fainted. After testing hospital thinks I am dehydrated.

Comment from: sweety girl, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: November 11

My father who is 99 years is being transferred back and forth from nursing home to the hospital with fainting episodes. We can’t figure out why he faints and then moments later up. For months we have been going to emergency rooms! I wonder if the medicines he takes contribute to this.

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

I've fainted a number of times over my life. I developed migraines at 18 that affected my eyesight. When I started taking contraceptives I started to pass out without warning. I crashed into my mom’s table and chairs, which gave me a black eye for my wedding! I even fainted without warning on the back of our motorbike. Scary! I had a CT scan that just showed a migraine condition that I knew about already. I had to stop the pill since I was pregnant anyway! So much for that. Migraines have stopped pretty much now but I had a sudden attack of nausea and everything was spinning around about fifteen years ago now. I passed out continually was taken to emergency. They said I had a low grade fever and an inner ear virus. My two daughters caught it from me and my oldest being taken to hospital by ambulance. We were vomiting continually and passing out. I never heard of inner ear virus before. It was scary!

Comment from: catzia, 45-54 (Patient) Published: October 02

I had several blackouts in one week till doctor figured I have syncope. It is not easy I had hot flashes. I have serious dizziness. I didn’t black out and fall, it occurs when I sit. I haven’t found any answers but, I took blood pressure pills and headache pills for my migraines. Now I am aware of signs before I get black outs, so I am more prepared nowadays. I avoid hot weather and keep myself as cool as I can.

Comment from: bardal, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 02

My daughter is 31 years old and has been healthy all her life. She started passing out almost daily. After lots of tests, result is neurocardiogenic syncope and bradycardia. Doctors say there is no known cure and does not usually last a life time, it should go away at some point. This has made her life difficult as she has 2 small boys and husband. She cannot work/drive. I am fearful of her getting hurt.

Comment from: Brunocenguy, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 27

On January 09, 2015 I was at a restaurant having dinner. While eating a slice of pie, with no warning prior, I passed out while I was seated in the booth. I was alone. I came to after opening my eyes and saw that I was looking at the seat of the booth. I raised myself up in the sitting position and was confused and disoriented. But I knew something happened. I had pie filling on my sleeve, and the plate, fork, and dessert were in disarray on the table. I thought that my heart had stopped and this is why I passed out. I don't know how long I was out, because nobody in the restaurant even knew I had fallen over on my right side. I drove home about a mile away. I was nervous about what happened. To be on the safe side, I went outside with my cell phone and called 911. The paramedics arrived and took my vitals. They took me to hospital and I was there from 10:30 pm until my discharge at 06:30 pm on the 10th of January 2015. I was given a chest x-ray, CT scan, and blood work for the lab. The doctor came to visit me and had told me about syncope. All my tests came back normal. However, I am a cardiac patient with history of heart attack, hypertension, artery disease, and high cholesterol. Also I am a cigarette smoker, which I know is the cause of my past and present heart conditions and problems. I don't want to smoke anymore but it is very difficult since I am single, and am addicted to the nicotine of tobacco! I start a smoking cessation program in a few weeks, and I hope this will help me to quit before the smoking kills me at age 51. Thanks for reading my story.

Comment from: Darnoc, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 10

I get thigh cramps and then pass out with a horrible tingling in my nose and head rolling as if drunk. I then wake up as if dozens of people are shouting at me, feeling very tense and soaking wet.

Comment from: Melody, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 17

On June 10, 2015 I went for routine blood and urine tests. Lab technician tried my left arm first and hit a nerve. Then tried my right arm and was able to draw blood but halfway through the second vial I passed out. They were able to wake me long enough to drink a bit of apple juice then out again. I was awake long enough to get into a wheel chair but really out of it. They got me to lie down, and my heart rate was really low. They wheeled me over to the emergency room (ER) where they put me on oxygen. I was very nauseous. Finally after 2 hours in the ER they gave me a shot of Gravol. About an hour later I threw up then started feeling a bit better. Half hour later they said I could go home. The only problem is I have had to take Gravol every day since or I feel nauseous and can't eat. I wish it would stop. Seems to be taking a long time to get over it.

Comment from: architect, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 04

I'm a male, slim and tall, normal health-wise, aged 53. I have fainted about 5 to 10 times in last 10 years. MRI report has shown syncopic attacks and ischemic focus, and I'm most-scared of my health and future as they say it may get worse and may turn into paralysis. I'm on low wages, worried about future insecurity and having no work, low payments, immense future worries, hence most stressed due to family responsibilities, etc., despite being highly qualified from a top university. So far I've had a severe fall while driving a 2-wheeler in the night, due to fainting, and recently fell down twice within a minute on the spot, and blacked out for a few seconds in a local train. I think all this happens to me mainly/primarily due to no physical exercises, and no regular sexual satisfaction at all.

Comment from: JayC, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 13

I usually faint after a strenuous activity such as running, climbing stairs or even after sex. It happens after the activity when my heart is beating very rapidly. I always associated this as to being out of shape and that I would need more exercise to improve my stamina for physical activities. Aside from that, there is no apparent solution I can think of to prevent my blackouts; other than that when I am feeling faint/exhausted I should try to sit/lie down to rest.

Comment from: mike, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 03

I have gotten this dizzy feeling before. But this time at the gym I finished my workout, and went to stretch, put my arms above the door, and got that feeling again. It did not pass. Next thing I knew, I was on the floor. I got up and went to the bath room and left. I called my doctor and he ordered an EKG, nuclear stress test, and a Holter heart monitor. My blood pressure has been slightly elevated for the past year. I am 53 and very active. Heart problems and diabetes run in my family.

Comment from: Former smoker, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 09

Back when I used to smoke I would cough and momentarily lose conscientiousness. I had a stent put in, which cured my addiction to nicotine and since then the dizziness and coughing have gone away. It's amazing how much better your body responds when you aren't putting poison in it.

Comment from: kt, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I faint from pain. I was getting an ultrasound in the x-ray clinic today and all of sudden felt the room to be too dark, too small, and too cramped. I then felt nausea and saw twinkles and knew from past experience that I was going to faint. Luckily I was sitting and I just went over on my side. Usually I have deep dreams when I pass out. When I wake up it feels like I can't distinguish between my dream and reality and I generally do not know where I am for a few minutes. When I wake I feel weak. I am a tall and strong person and I get very embarrassed by this weakness.

Comment from: Gami, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 15

I felt very warm, slumped over and lost consciousness. I woke up then lost consciousness again. I was taken by ambulance to the emergency room. I have had no other episodes.

Comment from: PJB, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

A couple years ago I passed out while washing dishes. I was put in CCU for a few days due to a low heart rate and a concussion. I knocked out 6 teeth. I had surgery last week and had a postoperative hemorrhage. I had 2 episodes in the hospital that had the staff doing CPR. My heart hadn’t stopped, it was having long pauses. My sternum is fractured from CPR. All my tests were negative, so my vasovagal syndrome got me again. I was discharged, went home and passed out and gashed my forehead. This is a maddening thing to live with.

Comment from: carmel m., 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

I have had 19 fainting spells, all in my room or with a full bladder, with no seizure as I was observed one time, off opioids repeated, some around time of kidney stone passage. I have naturally occurring low blood pressure (BP). Echocardiogram and reveal cardiac monitor has revealed nothing lethal, normal size heart on CXR, pedal edema and knee effusions present. I’m on Lasix for kidney stones, I cannot tell if postural hypotension occurs when I am troubled by an infection like urinary tract infection (UTI) from stones. Everything goes silver, like the old TV sets, I generally have no time to sit, and If I try to balance by grabbing on to something, I am more likely to be hurt by that object. I have hit furniture and walls. I broke my foot and leg doing this. I am also a nurse, masters prepared. I have no concussions, mainly out go the lights and I awaken to myself screaming in pain or experiencing pain.

Comment from: Lori, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 19

I had severe diarrhea during the night with constant leg cramps and passed out late morning after getting out of bed. I woke up early morning with a painful leg cramp and upon getting out of bed, fainted and lost urine. I was taken to the hospital and diagnosed with vasovagal syncope. I believe these episodes may be caused by dehydration. I am following up with a neurologist and cardiologist.

Comment from: nat, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 09

The very first time I fainted (I think that's what happened) I was in a club. I had been there for a few hours, and though it was crowded I had been feeling fine, and I wasn't drinking. I went outside for a smoke with friends and went back in, after about 20 minutes inside I noticed I had trouble breathing and it was getting really bad, so I started to head out of the club to get some air with my boyfriend when my sight got really bad, then everything went black and my legs just buckled and I blacked out. To be honest, I'm not really sure what happened but it was pretty scary.

Comment from: Scared, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: September 05

I was sitting at the breakfast table (had not eaten, just coffee), when I felt dizzy-lightheaded. I remember starting to put my hands to my head, the next thing my daughter was yelling at me and I was on the floor. She said I made noises before I fell, and she tried to answer me from the other room. Then the thud. I don't know the reason, have a call in to my doctor at the moment. I had a TIA (transient ischemic attack) several years ago, but this does not seem like it.

Comment from: Audrey, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 03

I have never fainted in my life but 2 weeks ago at work I was eating strawberries at lunch and suddenly I felt like my insides were quivering and I started shaking. My friend and I started to walk to the health center and the next thing I remember is waking up on the floor with people all around me. I don’t remember much of anything. I was in and out for several minutes. I don't remember getting in the ambulance or the ambulance ride itself. I was disoriented for several hours. I had an EKG, a CAT scan of the head, blood sugar, blood work, an echocardiogram and an ultrasound of my carotid arteries. Everything came back normal so the diagnosis was anxiety. Is this possible? I take medication for anxiety and depression and I also take medications for high cholesterol and hypothyroidism. I am still not sure what caused it.

Comment from: Lisa, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 19

I am 53 years old, my blood pressure in under control. I work retail and had been on my feet for 8 hours (this is normal) I then got stuck in traffic for over 45 minutes (not normal). When I got home out of the car, my feet hurt more than they did when I left work. I started walking to my door when I felt odd. By the time I got to my front door, I hit the ground. I don't know how long I lay there, it felt like a dream and I wanted to go to sleep and then I remembered that I was on the ground.

Comment from: rose, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

My past is laden with environmental instability, a few traumatic experiences, some drug use, alcohol abuse, an eating disorder, and now I'm sure subsequently, kidney, and bladder infections. I have passed out a few times after smoking in the past, but now, even though I've abstained from a lot of what ailed me, I get symptoms of passing out often. I tremble, and feel weak more often now. This seemed to increase since the winter of 2013, enough that I am a bit reluctant to drive anywhere in fear that I may pass out on the road. My father was born with and died of heart problems, so I probably pushed my luck of heart defects with the damage I have done to myself in the past. Due to money problems I haven't seen a doctor about it, but do plan to. Everyone's story matters even if just a little bit.

Comment from: Foofie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

I have been fainting since 1994, 20 years. After the first few times, I had many tests and finally got the diagnosis of syncope, but cause unknown. As I read all this information, I'm thinking it may be due to electrolyte imbalance or mild dehydration. Since 1976, I've been taking prednisone and Florinef, as replacement therapy, since my adrenal glands were removed when I had Cushing's disease. Next time I feel as if I will faint, I will drink some Gatorade. V8 also seems to help. By the way, when I faint, I never lose consciousness and can hear everyone around me panic.

Comment from: ava, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 13

In 2001 I blacked out going 70 miles on highway 30, I cannot believe that I'm alive. I have had 4 fainting spells since 2001. Now in 2014, I fainted and fell face flat on my ceramic tile floor. Major injuries and feeling really weak but the doctors still cannot find anything wrong with me. They are still running more tests so I hope that they find something to help me, my family is very scared and so am I.

Comment from: Misty, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

I have had several fainting experiences over the last year or more, where I"m standing, then have to sit as I feel the symptoms of fainting surfacing. Always, the following day I wake up with my body aching. The body aches can last anywhere from one day to 2 weeks, and also leave me feeling very weak.

Comment from: Looking for a cure, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

I faint several minutes after receiving dental injections of epinephrine, or of mepivacaine or Carbocaine. There is no cure. Now no dentist will work on me because they have no other injection to use. Even the university dental schools have no answer.

Comment from: Renee, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

The MRIs of my heart and brain are good with exception of small blood vessel disease in the brain. All blood tests are fine. But I frequently feel light-headed and faint after walking up stairs. A doctor I recently visited to help me find out what this is, actually said to me to go see a psychiatrist.

Comment from: Ohb, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

I can experience fainting either sitting or standing and walking. Usually I will see some type of star/blur/spots. Things begin to get louder. I then can feel a panicky type of thing with my body. It is real hard to explain. First the cardiologist and neurologist thought my migraines are triggering them. I suffer a very fast drop in blood pressure such as 56/38, it depends. Right now they are trying Botox shots in my head for the migraines to see if this will help the problem. So far it has not, it has been about 2 weeks since the injections.

Comment from: GreatDayToSmile, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 10

I first fainted on January 24th. I was sitting in a chair and the next thing I knew, my friends were waking me up. I let it go, considering it a once in a lifetime freak event. I was embarrassed and told my friends I never do that... until 5 days later. It was the same thing. I had been sitting in a chair talking with my friends, felt lightheaded for a split second, and then my friends were waking me up. This time, I landed on my face on a concrete floor and suffered head trauma. I'm recognizing symptoms now and they are increasing to nearly every day. I'm frightened to go anywhere, for fear of fainting and injuring myself again. I have tests next week and I can't wait to get answers and solutions because right now I am a prisoner to these spells.

Comment from: cypris, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 14

I had a young adult female client who would pass out frequently, no dizziness or vertigo, she just went pale as a sheet, cold, rapid breathing and would pass out but then wake up right away with some confusion, and then she'd be fine. She was able to know when it would happen next time so we got her to sit down and she would be fine. She says no one can explain why, no idea on what would cause her type of syncope.

Comment from: Dprang, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 13

I have fainted 3 times over the years. First time as a teenager in gym class, second in a subway car that was crowded like sardines and third picking up a bottle that was broken, unknowingly which pierced my right wrist. The only feelings I had were fuzziness while crumpling downward, then nothing. I came to fairly quickly and now I realize it was likely low blood sugar/loss of blood.

Comment from: Ken, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 02

I had a syncopic episode in 2000 at age 54 while driving to a job site. The paramedics hauled me to the emergency room but nothing was established as cause. After many tests and doctors I was diagnosed with stage 4 COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and asthma in June of 2002 and put on permanent disability. I had numerous episodes of dizziness when doing physical activity and I always attributed it to heat exhaustion. The doctors didn't seem too concerned about it so I just tried to stay in cooler surroundings. The dizziness has progressed in frequency and intensity and in October of 2013 I again had a syncopic episode while driving. I spent a week in hospital and numerous tests were done on my heart and nothing was found. I was discharged and told to follow up with my doctor. I have not been able to see my primary care physician and the dizzy spells are getting worse with the least amount of exertion. I am going to try to get an appointment with a pulmonologist.

Comment from: 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 27

I was driving and all of a sudden I felt very dizzy. I thought to myself that I need to pull over. But I blacked out before I could do anything. When I woke up I was on the other side of the highway. Thank goodness I didn't hit anyone. I spent the night in the hospital but nothing showed up in the tests I took.

Comment from: cjos, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 20

My first episode occurred last week which was Thursday the 12th, 201. I was sitting in a public sitting area and out of the blue, I felt dizzy, almost like I was in a dream, then I couldn't swallow or cough. Immediately I realized something was wrong, I couldn't breathe , it felt as though I was drowning, then my panic took over, then a loss of control, to which I closed my eyes, just before I did I felt myself twitching. It was so scary, I’ve had these before but mild, and never with loss of control or panic. When I came to, I felt so weak and I couldn't lift anything, then it happened again this past Saturday for which I was hospitalized. I just got discharged yesterday, but I’m very frightened. Everyone’s stories seem like normal fainting spells, mine don't, and the doctors didn't find anything wrong and summed it up to anxiety or the cold tablet medication I’d taken just 2 hours before my first spell. I’m scared and I don't want this to happen especially in public!

Comment from: jenninnc1, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 06

It has been about 2 weeks since I fainted. I had just moved to a new neighborhood so I was at a neighbor’s house introducing myself to a mother of a girl my daughter plays with. I have had multiple sclerosis for 11 years so I am on multiple medications. This causes me to be so fatigued. So lately I have been trying out energy drinks/shots. I am not sure if that may be the cause or not. The ambulance came and I checked out fine. I was just standing there talking and everything just started to kind of fade out and I fell backwards and pretty sure I had a concussion.

Comment from: nancy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 06

I passed out in December after I had been sleeping on the couch for a few hours. I got up and felt sick to my stomach. I went to the kitchen to let my dogs out and drank part of a diet soda to settle my stomach. The next time I knew I was laying on the floor in the living room. I had passed out. I did not have any dizziness prior to falling. I went to the emergency room the next day and was diagnosed with a concussion. Heart tests performed showed nothing. In October I was sleeping in my bed and during the night I got up to get a drink. I felt sick to my stomach and went to the kitchen to get a drink. I woke up on the floor and wondered why I was laying on the floor. I took my blood sugar and it was 119. I later discovered I had bruises on both sides of my spine, a big bruise on my hip and one on my arm. I live by myself so I don't know how long I was out. I had no dizziness prior to falling. I have low blood pressure and in December it read 83 over 53 at the doctor’s office prior to falling. The cardiologist told me that I would feel dizzy and feel like I need to hold on to something if it was low blood pressure. I have gotten up before and walked at an angle but did not faint. I work out regularly for an hour or so. Lately I do not have the energy to do that. I also experience chest pain when I do a normal workout on the elliptical. I feel a tightness in my chest which concerns me so I cut down on exercise. My thyroid medication is always adjusted and I have been on it for almost 20 years. I don't have symptoms of underactive thyroid like hair and skin although I have been cold most of the time and my temperature has been in the low 96s. The cardiologist office said the heart monitor showed I have pre beats. Carotid artery is 1% to 19% blocked. I am unsure of echocardiogram results as he does not have them. Result of EEG not in yet. I am scheduled to have a 21 day monitor placed on me this week.

Comment from: Northern Cape RSA, 55-64 (Patient) Published: November 26

I am a qualified nursing sister and I get vasovagal attacks usually between 02:00 and 04:00. It happens when I have a sudden urge to go to the toilet for e.g., having diarrhea. Just as I sit down on the toilet I get the attack and I always fall off the toilet onto my head, causing trauma. I now try to get up slower and sit on the bed first for a while to let the blood pressure normalize. Unfortunately I do not get any warning signs for what is about to happen.

Comment from: joseph, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 06

I had several fainting episodes in my 48 years: around the age 7, age 13, age 27, age 30 and age 40. The first sign was sweating, then turning pale, then getting dizzy, ears start ringing, voices start fading and then I pass out; very scary. I have been to several doctors but they didn't do anything, so I just did some research on my own, now I am just looking for some treatment.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 01

I was discharged from the hospital 13 hours ago after 5 days of seizure monitoring due to spikes in my EEG. The diagnosis was negative. At about 3:00 am, I woke up to turn on the alarm. I felt fine (no lightheadedness, sweating etc.). After pressing the first 2 or 3 numbers, I passed out. This is my 3rd blackout in 3 weeks and other (lightheadedness, confusion, shaking) symptoms when I change position. As I was falling, I did not see anything but I felt I was trying to control my body. I was shaking as I usually due but without losing consciousness. Echocardiogram revealed that my cardiomyopathy is back to normal. I have an abnormal EKG which shows abnormal Q wave. This has been happening for years. I have to wear some type of monitor and take a tilt table test. I am a mother and a teacher who has had many episodes witnessed by my children and students. I am afraid now!

Comment from: kenny, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 08

I had a massive heart attack - the “widow maker” it’s called, blockage of left anterior artery. I had 2 stents put in. The doctors say there’s no heart damage, but some lack of oxygen to brain. I can remember most things. It takes longer for me to do things. I have problems with sometimes fainting when bending over and my head lower is lower than my heart. The last time it happened I was connecting the pool vacuum, fainted, and fell into the pool. I woke up when I hit water. The doctor finally paid attention, and now wants to do an electrophysiology (EP) study.

Comment from: Enkidu, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 08

I have had five episodes of fainting in the past 25 years, which have all run pretty much the same course. Severe pain, usually abdominal, followed by dizziness, cold sweat, low blood pressure, fainting, etc. Thirty minutes later I am fine. The first four times I ended up in the emergency room. No cause besides vagal tone is ever found. On one occasion I fell on the way down and gave myself a concussion, which is the only time, I spent a full night in the hospital. If I can just rest for 30 minutes, it is like nothing ever happened.

Comment from: Robyn, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: September 19

I was ironing; then sat on bed, used PEP (positive expiratory pressure) device and nearly fainted. I wondered why.

Comment from: George , 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 25

I was standing playing pool getting ready to shoot my ball in when all of a sudden everything went black and I felt a little dizzy. However since then I just feel lazy all day.

Comment from: Gordon5458, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 15

I woke up, walked to the kitchen, and fainted, I don't know why.

Comment from: Grace, 19-24 (Patient) Published: September 22

I have headaches, the pain is in the middle of my head. It’s been almost two months now, and I am also experiencing burning pains in my joints. I wonder what the cause could be. I used to faint a lot when I was young.

Comment from: Cyndi, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 27

I woke the other morning at 4 am. I started to get up to go the bathroom, when I got a cramp in my leg. My first thought was to stand up so I could stretch out the cramp. The next thing I know is I'm on the floor disoriented and my husband calling my name. I do not remember standing and I don't know how I got on the floor.

Comment from: [email protected], 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 04

I have had fainting spells 6 or 7 times in the last 3 months. Blood work, EKGs, brain scans, heart monitor, blood pressure, everything is normal. I am 61 years old.

Comment from: Kris, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I was in the doctor's office yesterday for a follow-up visit from a procedure I had done on my back a few weeks ago at a surgical center. That procedure did not work to take my back pain away so the doctor decided to give me injections of cortisone directly into a muscle in my back. I do not like needles but I'll try anything to relieve the pain. Instantly I was very hot, thought I was going to vomit, was very dizzy and the room started spinning. I was totally soaked in sweat but I did not faint. Almost wish I would have so I didn't have to feel like that. I have had a headache since then and my face is very flushed. I still have episodes of getting very hot and sweating. Sure hope it goes away very soon.

Comment from: worried wife, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 07

My hubby sometimes vomits the morning breakfast and just crashes down to floor with eyes wide open but unconscious. This worries me.

Comment from: toby, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 13

My husband died on March 9, 2014. Two weeks later I couldn`t cope. My son took me to Cuba, we had a nine hour wait at airport, then six hour flight. I never slept all that time. An hour after we got there I had an attack and I blacked out, my body was like I was levitating there. I came to and it happened again, three times I remember, but my son said I had two more but I don`t remember them. I woke up in hospital.

Comment from: darmontgomery, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

I have strep throat and while looking at my throat I fainted in the bathroom.

Comment from: Sew2, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 30

About once a year, I awake with an urgent need to poop and throw up. But I haven't the energy to walk steadily to the bathroom. I take a few steps and then drop to the floor to recoup before continuing. In recent episodes, however, I find that I have fallen. I have a gash over my eye that required suturing this last time. I am very healthy so this is quite puzzling and now very scary. I thought of putting a toilet stand by my bed, but I think I would fall out of it.

Comment from: temewe, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I had a miscarriage and bled profusely over a 4-hour period of time. I fainted from loss of blood. The bleeding had slowed significantly by the time my husband and I decided I should go to the emergency room to be safe. They did an EKG, gave me about a liter (one bag) of IV fluid and a couple of ultrasounds to be sure it was not a tubal pregnancy and that everything had cleared out okay. Also, as usual, my blood pressure was very low (90's over 50's). I have been home about a day and a half. I have been drinking a lot of water, continuing to bleed lightly, but am still nearly fainting whenever I stand up quickly.

Comment from: waltecar, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 12

My experience occurred when I was admitted to the hospital ER with chest pain. I had been having chest pain off an on all day accompanied by shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. The ER staff administered oxygen, 3 nitroglycerin tablets about 5 minutes apart for the chest pain in addition to 5 baby aspirin. I remember starting to feel very nauseated again and like I was going to have diarrhea along with being very short of breath. That was all I remember. I didn't know what had happened to me. When I woke up, I was sweating profusely, lying with the whole gurney tilted practically standing on my head and thought that I had fallen asleep as I had been so tired and worn out from feeling like this all day. The doctor said that my blood pressure had bottomed out because of the loss of fluid (vomiting/diarrhea) and the nitroglycerin had dilated my blood vessels quite a lot. They had Iv’s in both arms running them wide open to bring my pressure back up. Needless to say, this writer was kept in the hospital 3 days to determine the cause of the chest pain symptoms. The syncope came from the treatment they gave to relieve the chest pain that compounded the affects of the fluid loss.

Comment from: Marlene, Female (Patient) Published: August 26

I had a vasovagal reaction to a pedicure. The pedicurist was attempting to dislodge an ingrown toenail. I complained of pain, but at the same time I wanted her to fix this problem. She succeeded in cutting out about 1mm of nail along the side of the nail on the big toe. At last I broke into a sweat, unbuttoned my blouse leaned back in the chair, and that's the last I remember. When I came to, my granddaughter was on the phone calling 911. She said I had stopped breathing and was convulsing. Momentarily I didn't know where I was. Then it all came back. I asked her not to call for an ambulance, but I agreed to go to Emergency at the hospital. My heart rate was 55 on arrival, I am not a diabetic or on any medication. My EKG was normal, except there was a slight bauble which the doctor said might be caused by low potassium. He ordered a full blood profile, which came back normal in all respects. The triage nurse had said, "A latte, and a pedicure -- doesn't usually land you in Emergency!" The conclusion was the episode was triggered by intense pain.

Comment from: Dan , 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 26

I've had A-Fib for almost 15 yrs and the pre-syncope is getting more frequent. Today I had my first actual fainting spell. I get a fuzzy feeling that feels like a pressure is expanding inside me. I start to get overwhelmed by the sensation that a wave of lightheadedness is taking over. A very unpleasant feeling it doesn't hurt, but I try to fight it all the way. I try to breathe deeply, hold my breath, bend over, head between the knees, but to no avail it prevails against me. It usually just takes me to a point of near fainting and then I quickly recover. I fainted in front of several people today and they freaked. I am looking for some answers as I am certain all here are as well.