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    I didn't know where to put this so I'm putting it in the general section. After going to the restroom I had a stomach ache and the next thing I knew I was on the floor with someone telling me I had fainted for half a second or so. I have never been dizzy before or fainted before. No health issues. I have had Cerebral Palsy since birth. I do NOT have epilepsy. No weird movements during episode. I drank something with sugar after just in case. I'm NOT diabetic. I feel normal now. Any idea what could cause an episode like this??? Help?
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    hey funnylegs!

    when i was about 12, i had tonsillitis. my mom took me to the er because i had 104 fever. it was my first time in the er. they said they were going to give me a shot. i hated shots. was terrified of them. they gave me a shot, i stood up to walk out of the room with my mom and i fainted. i had never fainted before and have never fainted since. everyone asked my mom why she didn't say i was allergic to penicillin (they assumed that's why i fainted). my mom said i had never been given penicillin before. they told her i was allergic to it. fast forward through the years and everytime a doctor's office asked if i was allergic to a drug, i always said "penicillin".

    one day, a doctor asked me how i knew i was allergic to penicillin. i told him the story and he said i prolly wasn't allergic to it, i was just scared of the shot and my blood pressure dropped when i stood up after the shot. he said that was "orthostatic hypotension". my blood pressure tends to run low, but i have never fainted because it got too low. anyways. i have taken penicillin since then and nothing has happened.

    sometimes when you push to have a bm, your bp might go up with the pushing, then when you stand up, you get the orthostatic hypotension. maybe you had a minor stomach virus. i read in your other post, same subject, different forum, that you were going to your doc. i am sure everything will be fine. fainting is not always a sign of a serious condition, especially a one time occurence. i'm glad you're getting checked out, though. it will ease your mind.

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    ((((((funnylegs4)))))) ~

    Like Jeannie, I also thought of the pressure associated with a bowel movement, since you mentioned the bathroom and an upset stomach. I witnessed an elderly patient have "vasovagal syncope" after straining in the bathroom. (Jon was misplaced in a hospital ward with 3 elderly men, while awaiting his own room.)

    http://www.innerbody.com/diseases-co...ovagal-syncope

    Please let us know what your doctor says tomorrow.

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    hey funnylegs!

    when i was about 12, i had tonsillitis. my mom took me to the er because i had 104 fever. it was my first time in the er. they said they were going to give me a shot. i hated shots. was terrified of them. they gave me a shot, i stood up to walk out of the room with my mom and i fainted. i had never fainted before and have never fainted since. everyone asked my mom why she didn't say i was allergic to penicillin (they assumed that's why i fainted). my mom said i had never been given penicillin before. they told her i was allergic to it. fast forward through the years and everytime a doctor's office asked if i was allergic to a drug, i always said "penicillin".

    one day, a doctor asked me how i knew i was allergic to penicillin. i told him the story and he said i prolly wasn't allergic to it, i was just scared of the shot and my blood pressure dropped when i stood up after the shot. he said that was "orthostatic hypotension". my blood pressure tends to run low, but i have never fainted because it got too low. anyways. i have taken penicillin since then and nothing has happened.

    sometimes when you push to have a bm, your bp might go up with the pushing, then when you stand up, you get the orthostatic hypotension. maybe you had a minor stomach virus. i read in your other post, same subject, different forum, that you were going to your doc. i am sure everything will be fine. fainting is not always a sign of a serious condition, especially a one time occurence. i'm glad you're getting checked out, though. it will ease your mind.

    thank you for sharing,
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    Thank you so much Jeanie! When I described the event to my doc via phone she thought I had a virus and had a bad reaction. I felt kinda like when I would get stomach virus in grade school from the other kids. Like the same desire to vomit. I will be more careful when I "go" now. About 11 years back I was temporally diagnosed with high BP but on a second opinion this was reversed and I was told my BP was normal. Could a BP problem be showing up again? I have a morbid mind so I feel better being checked. I do NOT want this to happen when I am working.

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    hey funnylegs!

    rose's link was really helpful and i'm pretty sure that's what i had after my shot. seems like a few causes the article mentioned might also apply to you, like being in the heated environment, then going to the bathroom and feeling sick. i think you prolly got light headed for a second or two and fell because you were down for such a short time.

    if you've had your bp taken recently and it was ok, it doesn't seem to me that high bp would be the cause. high bp usually develops over time, although sometimes when you are sick your bp goes up a little (that always happens to me), but not enough to cause lasting complications and then it goes back to normal.

    i would think a few simple tests would probably give you an "all-clear" dx. i worry about unexplained symptoms. then i think and if i can find a plausible reason for them, i go with that and wait. if i don't improve, i go to the doctor. your doctor's explanation that she thought it sounded like a reaction to a virus seems plausible.

    take care of yourself, but don't worry TOO much ,
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    Hi,
    I went to my Drs appointment today. It went well. I described what happened in detail. The passing out got her attention for sure. She was shocked because I am apparently one of her healthiest patients. She kept asking me if I felt light headed or dizzy again and again as she tested me. I didn’t. She did the usual tests then tested my BP, blood and tested the electrical activity in my heart. I think the heart test was called either EEG or EKG. I forget. I have seen those tests on TV but I didn’t enjoy it being done to me. It freaked me out being wired up! It helped that the nurse performing the test was a fan of my work. She said my electrical activity in my heart was normal. My BP and temp were slightly higher than normal but she said that was from the virus she thought I had, and my obvious stress from the situation especially since the heart rate went down the 2nd time she tested the BP. I asked her what she thought the passing out was from. She said the blood had pooled in my lower body and away from my brain from overheating and moving too fast, so I passed out. So its the same as in Rose's link. Vasovagal Syncope. I have to go slow in heated environments and avoid hot showers and sit after baths. I can resume my usual activities. I don’t have to disclose this condition or take extra steps unless I feel light headed, if I do I’m supposed to sit on the floor immediately(like the character in my film did). She did not think the fainting was dangerous but wants me to get a heart ultrasound to make sure I don’t have a heart valve malfunction or a hole in my heart. That was a bit alarming but I don’t want heart disease so I’m happy to check to be safe instead of sorry. I told her I have a huge fear of heart diseases so she felt it was better to check to ensure it does not happen when working etc. Please pray the ultrasound reveals normal results!! I do NOT want heart surgery or problems. Thanks Rose and Jeanie! You are awesome!
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    Most likely you had an EKG to test your heart; an EEG tests your brain. An EEG is much more annoying, with a cap on your head and electrodes glued to your scalp. The ultrasound will be much easier to tolerate.

    I feel strongly that you had vasovagal syncope and that your heart is fine. It's best to have everything checked out, so that you can relax and be confident that your heart is in good shape.

    It might be a good idea for you to get a wristband BP monitor and take your BP periodically everyday (at the same time each day). When you wake up and get out of bed, after meals, when you feel especially stressed, before bed, etc. Keep a chart. This will help your physician in diagnosing you.

    Your heart rate and BP could have been elevated simply because you were stressed and worried about fainting and heart problems. Many people have a higher BP in the doctor's office than they have when they are at home resting.

    Try to release your fears and trust that you are well. Visualize a healthy heart beating inside your chest. Fear creates stress, and you know that isn't good for you (or anyone).

    I'm glad the link was helpful. I have an unusual amount of experience in the medical world, and it's good to know that it's useful.

    Be well and get some sleep ~

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    Most likely you had an EKG to test your heart; an EEG tests your brain. An EEG is much more annoying, with a cap on your head and electrodes glued to your scalp. The ultrasound will be much easier to tolerate.

    I feel strongly that you had vasovagal syncope and that your heart is fine. It's best to have everything checked out, so that you can relax and be confident that your heart is in good shape.

    It might be a good idea for you to get a wristband BP monitor and take your BP periodically everyday (at the same time each day). When you wake up and get out of bed, after meals, when you feel especially stressed, before bed, etc. Keep a chart. This will help your physician in diagnosing you.

    Your heart rate and BP could have been elevated simply because you were stressed and worried about fainting and heart problems. Many people have a higher BP in the doctor's office than they have when they are at home resting.

    Try to release your fears and trust that you are well. Visualize a healthy heart beating inside your chest. Fear creates stress, and you know that isn't good for you (or anyone).

    I'm glad the link was helpful. I have an unusual amount of experience in the medical world, and it's good to know that it's useful.

    Be well and get some sleep ~

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    Thanks for the clarification on which test Rose!! I guess I will always have a risk of passing out from this for the rest of my life if its definitely vasovagal syncope? Crap. I don't want people hovering over me or treating me as fragile because of this. I am resting and trying not to worry. Yes this forum is very helpful and I feel like I can better communicate with my docs because of you. My doc also mentioned the DRs office causing people to have high BP. How would I get a BP monitor? How much does it cost to get one that has reliable results??? A device like that would likely just make me stressed every time I put it on, but I can try it. Do you mean Kardiamobile like on TV?
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    ((((((funnylegs4)))))) ~

    You can probably find an assortment of BP monitors at your local drug stores, for as little as $15 up to over $100. Here's an example:

    https://www.hdis.com/digital-wrist-b...e-monitor.html

    A wrist BP monitor would be easier to manage and to carry along with you in a backpack or purse. Think of it as a data gathering device, which will help you and your doctor manage your health better. You are the project!

    I don't think that vasovagal syncope is a long term condition. It may very well have been a situational/circumstantial occurrence for you, where things came together in a perfect storm to cause it to happen. Let's think positively.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Earth Mother 2 Angels View Post
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    You can probably find an assortment of BP monitors at your local drug stores, for as little as $15 up to over $100. Here's an example:

    https://www.hdis.com/digital-wrist-b...e-monitor.html

    A wrist BP monitor would be easier to manage and to carry along with you in a backpack or purse. Think of it as a data gathering device, which will help you and your doctor manage your health better. You are the project!

    I don't think that vasovagal syncope is a long term condition. It may very well have been a situational/circumstantial occurrence for you, where things came together in a perfect storm to cause it to happen. Let's think positively.

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    I will look into this but at this point my doc does not think I need it. Thanks so much Rose!
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