Patient Comments: Heat Stroke - Symptoms

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What were the symptoms of heat stroke that you experienced? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Alicia D., 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

I have damage to my brain's executive function and electrical system, the result of a head injury. Whenever warm weather and/or humidity combine to about 85 ('feel' temperature), I suddenly experience symptoms that appear as a combination of pin stroke [TIA] and heat stroke. Specifically, included consistently are sudden onset of high pulse (up to 170), lowered heart rate (down to 54), sweating, dizziness, ambient weakness, blurred vision, and mild nausea at times, before I pass out. My normal HR is low average, 104/68. Otherwise, I'm a 70 year old female; have been an athlete forever; and have exceptional health. During my related medical journey, extensive testing has been done by multiple experts. However, after 5 years of recurrence following my traumatic brain injury (TBI), no doctor has had a reliable diagnosis, remedy or treatment plan. Writing here is a long shot! I'm unable to be outdoors between April and September. And I can't imagine living like a caged animal six months annually any longer.

Comment from: 21, Female (Patient) Published: July 05

I was working all day in the hot, humid weather. We are just starting to have super high temperatures lately so I haven't quite gotten used to it yet (apparently). I started off dripping with sweat, which is normal for such weather so I didn't think anything of it. I also felt like it was such an effort to move my limbs in the heat. I found that my arms were getting really weak and so I sat down on the floor. I collapsed and couldn't sit up or really move my arms or legs. I felt really wobbly and started shaking a little. For some odd reason, I started crying hysterically. I was perfectly fine emotionally though, so this was very confusing to me. My body was just acting crazy and I felt trapped on the floor, shaking, crying, and weak. I couldn't pull myself up and I was very lightheaded. My body was very sweaty as well and it got increasingly warm. Luckily, my mom was home and helped get me water and cold washcloths. That has helped a lot. Not sure if the wobbly feeling is related but salty food helped me on that end.

Comment from: horse, Published: June 12

My symptoms developed over a period of time. We went hiking in the dessert, got lost, and were out for three hours with no water. I only weigh 100 pounds. It started with muscle cramps. I had been sweating like crazy. Next I started to feel nauseous. Then my fingers stopped working. I couldn't hold on to anything. The world started to spin and then I started seeing black and blue spots. I was hiking between adults and I had no one to tell. I got dizzy and started to lose my balance. I fell a lot. When one of my peers caught up to me, I called them the wrong name. I stopped sweating and turned really red. When we got back to camp, I started to hear and see things that weren't really there. I started to shake and got really cold. I was nauseous for the rest of the day and in the mornings for a few days after. I was exhausted and slept every time I sat down and am still easily worn out a month later.

Comment from: loki5312, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 26

My skin got very red, hot and dry because of heat stroke. I wasn't sweating at all, and my heart felt like it was trying to beat out of its chest.

Comment from: deb, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 30

My symptoms included uncontrollable shaking and chills that lasted for over 30 minutes.

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