Patient Comments: Heat Stroke - Experience and Preventive


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Comment from: JN, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 08

Summer of 2018, 11:00 a.m. My sister was helping me carry a 5 gallon bucket of soil to the truck and when we got there I started having problems breathing. I couldn't catch my breath and couldn't talk, was sick to my stomach like I was going to vomit, and felt superhot. I jumped in the truck, turned the a/c on high and poured a glass of ice water down the front of me. I started feeling better. I didn't get medical attention and was ok. I believe I had a heat stroke.

Comment from: Boof, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 10

I was on vacation in south Florida a week ago. My friend and I were getting henna tattoos which were done on an outside deck in the hot sun. While I was getting my tattoo I started feeling extremely thirsty, then went into panic mode for water. Nausea set in as soon as I stood up. The next thing I knew I was in an ambulance. They told me I had just had a heat stroke. Since that day one week ago I haven’t felt the same. I am very tired and light headed.

Comment from: Mar, Published: July 26

I have been taking allergy shots for 7 years. Three or so years ago the FDA changed the allergens available. I had to be retested. I started have eczema and horrible itching all over my body. My dermatologist had me try every cream, cleanser available, and some prescriptions. My ENT had me take allergy shots twice a month instead of weekly during the summer months. I noticed my skin showed no signs so eczema after about a week. As soon as I got shots the itching and rash would start over. I stopped taking shots about 2 months ago and my skin is fine. So stupid of me to have not figured out the problem a long time ago.

Comment from: bcinkc, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 28

After swimming underwater in an outdoor hotel pool is when I first noticed the problems. I believe bacteria gave me an inner ear problem. I could not hear out of my right ear and had a severe earache. Doctors don't know what the cause of my Meniere’s disease is. I feel the dizziness when I am under stress or due to sudden directional head movement. I have controlled my attacks by changing my diet. I don't have caffeine, chocolate, and salt. I have always suffered from allergies and asthma. I have permanent hearing loss and constant ringing in my right ear. I have not had a full blown attack for three years. I hope soon doctors learn more about the treatment and cause for Meniere’s disease.

Comment from: Nelly, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 22

About a month ago, I was at karate practice which was at the stadium of my school, outside. I really pushed myself and started to feel light headed, pounding headache, and muscle fatigue. Since it is karate, my sensei is all about pushing us to our limits. I took water breaks but I guess it wasn't enough. I went back home feeling extremely exhausted and went to sleep. While I was in bed I started to feel short of breath, heart palpitations, diarrhea, and sweats. I went to the emergency room but wasn't seen due to lack of beds, it was around 12 am and beds would not be open until 8 am. So, I just went home and recovered on my own. I felt better after a week but had another episode which wasn't as bad but now it's taking me a bit longer to recover. Now, I feel extremely exhausted and sometimes a bit breathless. I've decided to stop karate and regret not stopping myself because I was way over my limit. Glad to be alive though.

Comment from: John, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 04

I was gradually getting hotter and red in my face with the heat stroke. I was sweating more than usual. Felt dizziness, giddiness, and nauseous. Eventually needed to lie down before actually vomiting, which I never did, thank goodness.

Comment from: Katie Earl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 18

I had a heat stroke walking too fast for too long. I couldn't move for a while. I had a bad doctor but made it out the hospital after a few hours.

Comment from: InPainFromDTAP, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 06

I was given a DTaP over a week ago now. I had not stepped on a rusty nail or had any particular reason except it was offered and encouraged. I received the shot in my upper left arm. I had no side effects until yesterday (day 7). I thought I had slept on my arm wrong. But today the pain has gotten worse. It hurts to type or raise my arm.

Comment from: carenotr, Published: June 22

I was anxious about an error I made and was putting my glasses on too quickly to see the error and jammed the end of the frame into my eye. The pain was horrific. The first day and a half I felt nothing but hard pressure around the entire eye. After that I felt pain across the front of my eye. Since it happened on a Saturday, I didn't see the doctor until Monday and she diagnosed a corneal abrasion from the top of my pupil into my iris. I have been using the prescribed antibiotic ointment in my eye three times a day but the pain is still aggravated when I blink of move the eyelid.


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Comment from: senora, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 07

I fell a few weeks ago and started to have pain in my right flank a few days later. I thought I had cracked or broken a rib, so I went to my doctor. After 2 more weeks of guesswork, 2 CT scans covering my entire torso, blood and urine tests, and 2 trips to the emergency room, the doctors said that, by process of elimination, they were going to treat me for pleurisy. I have just started treatment, so I guess I will know in a few days if the diagnosis is correct or not. Very painful and very frustrating for the past month.

Comment from: Mark H, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 20

I broke the end of the tibia and slightly up the fibula with my foot turned the wrong angle when I fell back on it from about 1 foot high. This was a task I've done thousands of time before with no problems.

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

I experienced heat stroke this last summer while on a mission trip in Mexico where we built a house. On the specific day we got to the work site around 7AM and I spent the next 3 hours tacking black tar paper to the side of the house while the sun beat down, hitting the black paper and intensifying the heat. Around 10 we took a break to regroup and I noticed my eyes weren't focusing correctly and my mouth was super dry. I decided to sit down and take a 5 minute break. When the time came to get up and start working again I couldn't move and I could only barely mumble in response, and it took a lot of effort to get that mumble! I was carried to our van, water poured over me and the AC was turned on. Luckily we had medical staff on the trip with us so I was able to be taken care of. It took 4 hours, 1 full Nalgene bottle of saline water, one bottle of water and 4 bottles of Gatorade for me to get full movement back in me body. I felt sick, shaky and dizzy for days afterwards. When I returned home I consulted with my doctor and it was determined a medication I was taking, a beta blocker, contributed to the heat stroke. There were definitely signs of heat exhaustion first though and I wish I would have paid attention to them instead of pushing through.

Comment from: Feeling crappy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 19

Well, l was told l have acute bronchitis and like the rest of you all over the board with what to take and what to do. I am losing sleep and getting frustrated. I have antibiotics and inhaler Robitussin (but not working fast enough for me). This really takes the punch out of your daily routine. I hope we all feel better soon.

Comment from: Jeritxam, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

I was diagnosed with MS about 6 months ago. My husband and I went for a motorcycle ride. I had a beer and a glass of water. I was feeling ok. We headed back on the beltway when my stomach began cramping, I was sweating, could not speak an then all of a sudden the sweating ceased, I blacked out and could not move. Luckily, he got me to an air-conditioned area. It's been days and I am still vomiting, diarrhea and a slight headache and I still do not feel right. I am in bed taking good care of myself now. The MS flares when I get over heated. I must listen to my body!

Comment from: Annie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 06

I was on holiday and had spent the whole day at the beach - swimming in the sea and tanning in the sun. I made quite a few serious mistakes that eventually led to my severe heat stroke. First I had two glasses of beer at the beach, then later that night at home even though I was feeling a bit flushed and hot; I felt ok and had a glass of wine with my friend. Within an hour I was delirious and felt very sick. I collapsed into a stupor like sleep and awoke in the middle of the night feeling nauseous. I ran to the bathroom and I had a terrible bout of diarrhea. I felt like I was just passing a fountain of water from my butt! Then my whole body went ice cold and I thought I was going to pass out on the loo, when suddenly I threw up violently for a few minutes. After that I felt fine. But I kept my stomach light the next day and kept myself hydrated with electrolytes and definitely stayed out of the sun.

Comment from: EmmaJulieStar, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I'm only a 15 year old, and I do marching band. Every summer my fellow band members and I march out in the heat, and we always have Popsicle breaks and water breaks, we even get into the water/sprinkler. But today, started this afternoon at 1:55 pm on 8/4/2011, I had my first heat stroke. I was so cold, but I was very hot on the outside and I did charts and marched, but it was very difficult and intense also, so I got really light headed, so I was like, that's nothing at all. Then I almost white out and so the staff told me to be in the garage with a fan. I didn't felt so well, so I thought maybe if I ate lunch I'll be better. But it only made it worse. I started to heat up more and I was very shaky and I started to cry when I get a stomach pain and such. At 5:45 pm, things got very much worse; I got a giant migraine, started to hyperventilate pretty fast and got very light headed that I couldn't see straight. I never learned to relax, but it was very scary, but the good thing is I never had to go to the hospital for it. If I did, I know my band fellows and staff would be very sad about it. Thank God I'm ok.


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Comment from: Cathy S, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 03

I had a heat stroke 30 years ago at the age of 16. It was a very hot day at the park, after a while I started feeling weak and felt very dizzy. Next thing I knew I was waking up with alot of people around me. Luckly 2 ladies knew what to do. They carried me to a bathroom and put me on the cold floor and poured water on me. Still till this day I still get sick but I never get that sick because once the heat rises I stay inside. It puts a damper on things but I never want to feel that way again.

Comment from: vcob, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

After falling asleep in the sun for six hours in heat over 90 degrees, I awoke with a terrible headache and vomiting. I continued to have the headache and was sick to my stomach for three days. I went to my family doctor, and he said I had a heat stroke. He said to hydrate myself with Gatorade and eat plenty of salt to retain my water.

Comment from: Charlotte, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 05

On Sept 4th I attended an outside birthday party on an extremely hot day. I felt I was getting too hot but did not want to be a party pooper so I continued to remain outside with everyone else. After 3 or 4 hours, I could not take anymore and felt I was not even going to make it to my car but I did. After I turned on the A/c unit, I begin to feel water running down the left side of my face and when I wiped it, there was nothing there. To this day, I have this feeling all day every day. I do have a doctor appointment tomorrow to see what he says. I feel sure it was a heat stroke. I will never sit out in the sun for that long for any birthday party, even though it was my grandson's.

Comment from: Father in need, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 15

I have a broken tooth that got infected 2 days ago and now the left side of my face is swollen, my left eye is swollen shut. I need help, I already went to the emergency room and got antibiotics and pain killers and it is getting worse.

Comment from: SuzyQ666, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 22

Well over a year ago, (May '12) I was taken to the local emergency room by the paramedics who were called in by my manicurist and another woman in the hair salon. It was an inordinately hot day, I had had little or nothing to eat, yet had been drinking a sufficient amount of water. So I thought. Anyway, I was kept at the hospital (after spending all afternoon in the emergency room getting MRIs on what seemed to be my entire body) overnight and had an IV pumping fluids into me. A young neurologist who saw me in the emergency room said I'd suffered a TIA (transient ischemic attack), while my personal physician felt the more likely situation was that I'd had heat exhaustion and dehydration. (There was no evidence of a clot or leaking blood vessel.) I left the hospital after about a 24 hour stay and drove home. I don't know if I'll ever know for sure whether I'd had heat exhaustion, heat stroke, or a TIA. All I know is that I was wide awake the entire night, unable to sleep. When I was discharged, I was given a packet about stroke, had a visit from a social worker and more information than answers.

Comment from: Serenity, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I was 27 and I experienced heat stroke in August 2013, when Iowa was experiencing its record-breaking heat wave. I was going in and out of work for 6 hours with only one break 1/2 way between. It was store policy that liquids were to be kept in a room 3 yards from the registers and you could not drink if you had a customer or there were customers in line. I was feeling faint, light headed, clammy palms, 99.5 temperature when I got home, I felt pretty weak and just lied in bed after work. I also had light sensitivity and headaches that continued into September along with clammy palms quiet often.

Comment from: DianeH, 45-54 Female Published: August 06

I went out bike riding later than I normally do, (10:00 a.m. rather than 7 or 8) on an extremely hot day. I went to a path I ride normally 2-3x a week. I rode a little farther than normal and rode faster on my way back. It came over me in no more than 2 minutes. I started to see spots and felt light-headed, so I decided to get off my bike in the shade. I started to feel disoriented and leaned up against a fence before passing out. My head hit a metal post on the way down; fortunately I was still wearing my bike helmet. I was so lucky that a number of strangers, stopped and stayed with me. They gave me their water and gatorade and I sat for a while. I felt nauseous and vomited up all the water I had ingested. They were wise enough not to let me ride back by myself and called some friends of theirs to bring their van and pick me up and they drove me back to my car. It was unbelievable. Much of this I don't remember but the guys who helped me walked me through what had happened. I still can't believe it happened to me. In hindsight, it makes perfect sense. I had no fluids prior to my ride and didn't start to drink until I had been riding for about a half an hour in extreme heat and humidity. I was very fortunate.

Comment from: patricia.ethridge, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 02

I am a 34 year old core driller and I work in the heat all day. I live in Alabama so you know it is very hot here. I came home after working 12 hours in excessive heat, got very weak and passed out. I was taken to the hospital and they said they couldn't find anything wrong. I was glad. Everyone be careful working in this heat and stay hydrated.

Comment from: 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: July 24

My son was playing baseball and started feeling dizzy. His hands and feet felt like gravity was pulling him down unable to move. Could not keep his eyes open, started seeing colored squares in shapes. Then everything went gray. It was hard to breath. My son tried not to fall. He started to hear a siren-like sound. He struggled to get to shade and get water. He drank Gatorade and rested for one hour felt better, but very weak. Told he had heat stroke and dehydration. They forced him to play in the sun after the one hour of rest. The next day he is still very weak and his legs feel funny.

Comment from: michelle, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 11

Yesterday I was out with my family at a festival for only about an hour then we went to go get something to eat after. It wasn’t that hot outside, but when we went to eat we ate at a picnic table outside and I suddenly wasn’t hungry although I didn’t have anything to eat that day (mistake number one). All of a sudden I got sweaty and dizzy and my husband had to catch me, I was falling off the bench. I was drenched in sweat with severe dizziness and felt like I was going to throw up. My husband carried me to the truck and put the air conditioner on immediately. I could barely breathe. My other symptom was numbness of my fingertips which was odd. All the way home I had my eyes closed from the dizziness and felt that I had to go to the bathroom. I went to bathroom and had severe diarrhea and felt clammy. I didn’t want to drink or eat anything. Finally, after a couple of hours, I felt better and drank. The headache was still there, even the next day, and felt very weak. I should have eaten that day and drank fluid -- learned my lesson.

Comment from: litbitnelson, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 24

We live in Texas where it has been over 100 degrees for 69 days now. My husband pours concrete for a living and doesn't hydrate well enough. He came home and looked awful, saying he almost died today. He went to sleep for a few hours and woke up with a major headache. I believe he suffered from a heatstroke. I'm giving him gatorade to hydrate him. Protect yourself and your KIDS!

Comment from: Gretchen, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: July 18

Don't put off calling for help if you, or your loved ones are having symptoms of heat stroke, or heat exhaustion. A person can seem fine one minute, then be unintelligible the next. It can be fatal. Cool them off and rehydrate! Call for an ambulance. I've been through it with a loved one and it's not a good thing. Even if you think they are ok, wait a few minutes, it can change. My gut instinct told me to go back and check. Thank God I did. Please don't ignore symptoms.

Comment from: kayak11, 55-64 Female Published: June 23

I was stupid! I live in Southern Florida. It was 94 degrees, the water was like glass, and I wanted to go kayaking. I kayaked for three hours and felt great until I stood up! Everything went spinning. I got cold, felt as though I needed to vomit and couldn't think straight.

Comment from: Riposte, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 10

On Sunday last I worked in my yard for 3 hours on a day that I thought was cool and overcast. I felt a little light-headed, so I went in and had some really cold water. I was still felling funny , so I came back in, but before I could put the A/C on, I passed out. I came to, put the A/C on, and lay with my legs up in front of the A/C. Soon I started to vomit, then I felt a pain on my right chest. The Ambulance took me to the Emergency Room where I was treated for a Heart Attack for one day. Eventually I was diagnosed with "Heat/Humidity" Stroke. I have been home for two days, but now realize that I feel a bit weak still. When I checked, I had lost 6 pounds in 3 days!!

Comment from: mahs soccer 21, 13-18 Female Published: October 01

Today during a cross country meet at Pierce College, one of my friends suffered a heat stroke, and my other friend suffered some other heat-related illness. The temperature reached 97 degrees, I think. I suffered from heat exhaustion, but I’m OK.

Comment from: KKain, 19-24 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 15

Today was not the hottest day of the summer as it has been 34 here all summer but, 25 degrees was hot enough to give me heatstroke. I was heading home around lunch time, got in my car and felt great. Within a few minutes I began to lose some of my vision where I found it difficult to focus on the cars in front of me and how close or far they were. I also had a very hard time seeing the stop lights and my orientation was very distorted. I drove home thinking it was nothing and never expecting heatstroke, I thought it was just fatigue. I got home and felt sick to my stomach therefore, thought it was a good idea to have a nice cool glass of water. Within ten minutes, I got this pounded headache almost a migraine. I finally realized I had just experienced my first heatstroke. Scariest thing of my life as I did not take the symptoms seriously and it could have been fatal.

Comment from: Concerned, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 24

I have been trying to carefully watch what is going on with my body reactions. We are experiencing extreme heat that has not let up for over a month now. I live in the STL area, and we have been breaking records all summer. Days and days over 100, with nights that don't get below 80, an old brick building that keeps our bedroom in the 90's even with air conditioning running. No rain for over a month here either, and the ground has huge cracks in it. I am also hypothyroid, and I've been very near panic a couple times. My body never sweats much or cools off right, and I am currently taking only 1/2 dose of my thyroid meds, trying to stretch it out until I can get in to my doctor (who won't renew my prescription without a visit, despite my being a patient for 7 years!). I am also partially disabled, so can't get out and about. I drink water all day long, have a Frogg Togg to help stay cooler, and am currently using an ice bag packed with cubes, and keep moving it on different pulse points. This is the first time in a long, long time that I've felt dying was a real possibility, and I never would have thought it would be from the heat! Our building also has a black roof, and it is miserable in here. There's no place to go though, and I have no car, so ice cubes and cold drinks are all the weapons I have right now. It's pretty scary stuff, with no real end in sight.

Comment from: 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 11

My son works at a restaurant around equipment that reaches up to 500 degree temperatures. The air conditioner on the cooking line went out and all the other employees were sweating heavily, but my son was not sweating at all. He then began to have symptoms of hallucinations, confusion, rapid heart rate, serious confusion, slight nausea, odd feelings, and behavior.

Comment from: conniew10, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 30

I was in Vegas on vacation last week and the temps were 105-114. Spent one afternoon walking the strip but thought nothing of it. Next day one the way home via the airport which wasn't very cool, I started having trouble breathing and felt very hot and nauseous, I think I was having a heat stroke then but refused to go to the hospital. 2 days later with a continuous headache and feeling very hot I woke with fever blisters over 3/4 of my lips. I should have hydrated better and seen the doctor when the symptoms came up. I just wanted to go home. I knew it wasn't a heart attack because it felt different.

Comment from: BillyC., 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 15

The other day I had to walk eight miles in almost a hundred degree temp. With no water. Some time along the way I stopped sweating, became dizzy, and got chills. The next thing I know I was crawling out of a ditch. I had no idea how I ended up there. After six hours of walking, the last of it I don't remember, I finally made it home. My left arm and hand was swollen, my left shoulder and neck felt like someone was tearing my arm off, I was vomiting uncontrollably, my head and left arm was throbbing with pain, I was hallucinating, I was dizzy to the point I couldn't stand up. When my wife finally got me to the ER, I sat there for five hours before I was seen. They said it was just exposure and mild heat exhaustion. They hooked me to an I.V. and sent me home. That was two days ago, and I still feel horrible, and hallucinating.

Comment from: 55-64 Female Published: June 15

I was stranded on the side of the road for a period of 2 hours with temperatures around 98 degrees and I have history of heart disease, diseased liver and of acute renal failure. This was on Sunday and I am experiencing nausea and vomiting as well as stomach cramps after being out in the heat for a short period of time on Tuesday. I also had a terrible headache on Sunday that kept me awake that night and did not subside until Monday night- and I am still having trouble feeling cooled down.

Comment from: 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I am a 15 year old female, healthy, and I ride a bicycle 10 miles daily. While cutting grass today in the 100 degree heat I felt thirsty, sat down, was handed some water...Before I could get a drink I started having a seizure and fell to the ground. My Father grabbed me, the seizure lasted 30 seconds and then I passed out. I woke up one minute later as my father rubbed me down with a wet towel while waiting for an ambulance. I was sent to the hospital, was told I had a heat stroke. My parents saved me...I am glad they are both nurses.

Comment from: nmalien, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 01

I was waiting at home, with the windows open, for the AC Repairman to appear and fix my unit (Texas in May 2011). I must have fallen asleep or dozed for approximately 4-5 hours in an ottoman with my legs up. When awakened, the room reflected a temperature over 100 degrees. I immediately took a cool shower, trying to cool down. Since that time, I have had a massive headache for the past five days, repetitive chills and fever with nausea and coughing, regularly and heavily hydrated myself with no problem urinating, had a stiff neck and sore scalp, been able to eat proteins briskly but had no appetite or tolerance for carbohydrates, have increasing ability in motor skills but was initially very clumsy and incapable of fine motor movement. I am extremely tired, physically exhausted but sleep makes the headache worse. I cannot seem to maintain a normal body temperature while outside and upon entering AC, I sweat profusely for 30-45 minutes. My evening temperature fluctuates between normal to 103 degrees. I could have prevented this from happening by letting my children wait for the blasted repairman!

Comment from: 25-34 Male Published: May 12

My wife and I were in a very hot room during a vigorious activity. I felt a tense pain from the back right side of my neck to the front right side. Lots of sweat but didn't cool off. Got cold water and poured it on the top of my head and the pain went down instantly. I think that I might have had a mild heat stroke.

Comment from: Clint, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 12

It was on Friday when I experienced Heat Stroke. I'm 37 and I was working on a ranch in South Texas setting up a hunting stand. The temperature was 95 in the middle of the day and all the sudden I started getting chills, shaking, headache, slurred speech and felt like getting sick. I also stopped sweating and I could not cool off. It's Sunday and I am finally starting to feel beter. I should have had ice cold water to drink and not warm! I should have had more breaks. I will be more prepared next time.

Comment from: tata, 19-24 Female Published: March 17

I am a 20 year old healthy female, Tuesday morning went to the beach from 10am - 7pm weather was cloudy and windy. Then I went to friends house afterwards, started feeling dizzy, my friend said my eyes looked dilated then I feel weird. My friends helped me up asked if I was ok, I replied yes but don’t remember anything, then I passed out. I was carried inside, my leg and lip were twitching. I came too was given water and then had a really bad headache.

Comment from: kayc123, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 01

After reading the signs and symptoms of heat stroke, I now realize I get mild forms of that regularly. Had a serious episode of it the other day I think, where I spent many hours under direct sun on a very hot day whilst I mowed my lawn, later that day I got massive migraines, confusion, vomiting, light sensitivity and fevers that lasted 3 days. I didn’t seek medical treatment at the time thought it was just a bug. No lasting damage done.

Comment from: socrates, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 21

My sister, who is very aware of correct hydration, has had signs of heat stroke while hiking. The last time she was hiking in high desert, temp about 80. She is missing a large part of her thyroid, but is otherwise very healthy and very active. I am the medical go to guy in our family, but I can't find out if the tipping point is lowered with repeated exposure.

Comment from: Sparky, 55-64 Male Published: September 14

I think I had heat stroke or exhaustion yesterday after a volleyball practice. I am a volleyball coach and was involved in some very active and challenging drills with my team during practice. I was tired and hot but felt fine all during practice but never drank any water or liquid at all. 15 minutes after practice I became dizzy, disoriented, confused and generally in a state of la la land. Could not think straight or talk talk to anyone without being confused. After water, food and rest for about 45 minutes I was ok. Guess I need to drink water just like I tell my players.

Comment from: skater1234567890, 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: June 12

Yesterday at the park I began feeling very lightheaded and queasy. I'm only 14 and was with my friends. There was no water in our area so we decided to walk to the water fountains. I started to get really hot and sweaty. I began sweating so much that I stopped all together. I was halfway there when I vomited, but I didn't tell my friends because I thought I might just be sick. I was still walking with my friends, but it became too much for me and I collapsed. I didn't think I could make it and my friends thought I was just joking because of how I passed out. I could have prevented this by not wearing black clothing in the Texas summer. I'm feeling better now, but I was in the worst situation of my life.

Comment from: last call, 45-54 (Patient) Published: April 05

I had a heat stroke last year. I was working on the floor for about 5 hours and my legs gave out a few times, and quickly had me dragging one. I went to the doctor and was told to take it easy. I later passed out due to the cramps and pain, and laid in the sun for the next 5 hours. I have sever nerve damage and damage to l4 and l5. It’s almost a year into this and I am still on pain pills, it hurts to sit, walk, and lay down.

Comment from: 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: November 19

My senior year of high school in 2006 on the first day of football practice I had a heat stroke. I was unconscious and my heart stopped beating for two minutes and 27 seconds.