Is this me?

Is this me?

AM I FAINTING?

If you are reading this, you – or someone you know- has probably experienced a loss of consciousness (LOC)/”blackout”/”pass out” or perhaps fallen after a dizzy spell.

If this has happened to you, it is always important that you get the advice of a medical professional to obtain a correct diagnosis particularly if you had NO warning before it happened.

What follows can help you get a diagnosis and understand more about what a diagnosis of fainting is but it must not be used in place of talking to your doctor or nurse about an event or experience.

This website deals with a particular reason why someone might have a full or near LOC.

FAINTING is a term given to a specific reason by we lose consciousness which is centred around how our bodies keep enough blood supplying our brain to perform actions we take for granted every second of our day.

If you experience dizziness and lightheaded spells on standing, prolonged sitting, in crowded places and warm environment before losing consciousness, you could have a diagnosis of vasovagal syncope or also commonly known as fainting

How do I get a diagnosis?

If you experience dizziness and lightheaded spells on standing, prolonged sitting, in crowded places and warm environment before losing consciousness, you could have a diagnosis of vasovagal syncope or also commonly known as fainting

Symptoms commonly experienced by anyone that is prone to fainting are:

  • Dizziness
  • Feeling hot and flushed
  • Blurred/altered vision
  • Sweating
  • Palpitations
  • Head fogginess

You may find that your symptoms usually occur under several consistent circumstances. These are called the TRIGGERS. The most common triggers are:

 

  • Dehydration
  • Warm Environments
  • Crowded Places
  • Strong Emotions such as stress, fear and shock

These triggers make you more vulnerable to an episode of blackout. In a day when all these factors come into play, you will have more propensity to a blackout. You may find that sitting down or lying down helps with your symptoms, and you recover a lot quicker when you do that. However, if you require a long recovery time following an episode of LOC, and there had been witnessed episode of jerky muscle movement or tongue biting, you will require further assessment and investigation by a medical professional to exclude causes such as epileptic seizure.

If the above description of symptoms and triggers resonates with you, then you may have vasovagal syncope. HOWEVER  it is very important that you visit your doctor if you suffer a loss of consciousness to obtain a correct diagnosis particularly if you had NO warning before it happened.

Read here about how to get the right diagnosis.

 

 

IF YOU KNOW THAT YOU HAVE FAINTED WHAT’S THE NEXT STEP?

The key to understanding why up to 40% of us faint, and to learn how to STOP Fainting is to understand how our body uses its BLOOD PRESSURE SYSTEM to work against gravity- and sometimes The Blood Pressure system involves a delicate balance between the brain, heart, blood vessels that pipe blood around, our environment and our ‘hydration’ (how much fluid in our bloodstream).

If blood pools the brain notices and gets the vessels to squeeze the blood upwards and the heart to beat faster to maintain blood going to it. However, when one or more element is affected we can faint. When the heart and then brain do not receive enough blood, most commonly, you will usually get warning signs (feeling hot, sweaty, sick, weak, palpitations, dizzy, blurry vision, problems hearing) before a loss of consciousness. This is brief because when you fall down FLAT the blood flows back to the brain and you will always wake up naturally.

Click on our articles, blogs and videos to help you explore these different elements of fainting in more detail.

Understanding WHAT happens in your body when you faint and WHY faints may be triggered  are the first steps in learning Why YOU may faint, how to take more CONTROL, stop fainting and improving your quality of life.