Have you ever fainted?

  • metalxracr

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    Aug 20, 2008 10:18 PM GMT
    I never have before but I think I almost did today. I got in my car and as soon as I drove off I felt very light headed and then, I had that feeling you get when you spin a lot and then stop, things were slightly spinning. I pulled over two houses down and a guy that I know was outside and I told him how i felt and it suddenly went away. He just drove me back to my house. It was really strange though, I've never felt anything like it.

    What does it feel like right before you faint?
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    Aug 20, 2008 10:30 PM GMT
    I faint quite a lot, and it sounds like you were getting there. The room starts to swing a little, and then dark shapes start to swim in your peripheral vision, and then you're on the floor.
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Aug 20, 2008 10:35 PM GMT
    I have fainted two times. It's a strange feeling, I can't explain it, it's like the light leaving your eyes.

    Can I ask what you were doing before you got in your car?

    It would be no harm to have a check up with your Doctor. If there is something there, there is nothing like catching it in time.

    Take care.

    Mike
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    Aug 20, 2008 10:36 PM GMT
    Yep twice. One when I was very young. Was jumping up and down the mattress with my younger brother. I slipped and hit the wooden corner of the bed frame. I blacked out. I still have the 'Harry Potter' scar on my forehead, though it's fading after about 15 years now.

    Another incident in Grade 6 or something. Ran right into the rear end of a truck backing slowly. I hit a metal protrusion on the Quidan (the sugar cane carrier frame that most trucks here have) with my temple. I literally bounced and everything went loony, world spun for a bit then darkness LOL. The driver and his helper (who was guiding the truck into the parking place) scolded me severely. I had turned my head back to a friend behind me which was why I didn't see the truck. But they were pretty relieved I was alright.

    I seem prone to bumping my head. Sometimes I swear I can hear screws rattling around in there. icon_lol.gif
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Aug 20, 2008 10:37 PM GMT
    Colm_ saidI faint quite a lot, and it sounds like you were getting there. The room starts to swing a little, and then dark shapes start to swim in your peripheral vision, and then you're on the floor.


    Colm, you were drunk. That's different icon_rolleyes.gif
  • metalxracr

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    Aug 20, 2008 10:40 PM GMT
    I wasn't doing much before that and I think I have figured it out. I woke up a little early and got caught up in a lot of calls and things I had to do and I had even had lunch yet. Also it was really really hot in the car when I got in. I'm sure I'll be fine.
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Aug 20, 2008 10:49 PM GMT
    metalxracr saidI wasn't doing much before that and I think I have figured it out. I woke up a little early and got caught up in a lot of calls and things I had to do and I had even had lunch yet. Also it was really really hot in the car when I got in. I'm sure I'll be fine.


    Yeah, that was probably what caused it.
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    Aug 20, 2008 11:26 PM GMT
    MikePhil said
    Colm_ saidI faint quite a lot, and it sounds like you were getting there. The room starts to swing a little, and then dark shapes start to swim in your peripheral vision, and then you're on the floor.


    Colm, you were drunk. That's different icon_rolleyes.gif


    I almost never faint when drunk, it's more a forgetting to eat thing, usually when I'm busy at work. Not everyone who drinks is an asshole, just as not everyone who doesn't isn't.
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    Aug 20, 2008 11:39 PM GMT
    only when you play that game where u hold ur breath and someone has their hands agaisnt your throat.


    I was a foolish kid. icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 20, 2008 11:40 PM GMT
    Several times after I get immunized for various things.


    Your eyes go out of focus, the room seems to spin slightly and if you're anything like me your doctors hauling you up onto her couch. icon_rolleyes.gif
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Aug 20, 2008 11:58 PM GMT
    Colm_ said
    MikePhil said
    Colm_ saidI faint quite a lot, and it sounds like you were getting there. The room starts to swing a little, and then dark shapes start to swim in your peripheral vision, and then you're on the floor.


    Colm, you were drunk. That's different icon_rolleyes.gif


    I almost never faint when drunk, it's more a forgetting to eat thing, usually when I'm busy at work. Not everyone who drinks is an asshole, just as not everyone who doesn't isn't.


    Did I say asshole icon_question.gif

    Oh, get a sense of humor, for crying out loud.
  • metalxracr

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    Aug 21, 2008 12:38 AM GMT
    MikePhil said
    Colm_ said
    MikePhil said
    Colm_ saidI faint quite a lot, and it sounds like you were getting there. The room starts to swing a little, and then dark shapes start to swim in your peripheral vision, and then you're on the floor.


    Colm, you were drunk. That's different icon_rolleyes.gif


    I almost never faint when drunk, it's more a forgetting to eat thing, usually when I'm busy at work. Not everyone who drinks is an asshole, just as not everyone who doesn't isn't.


    Did I say asshole icon_question.gif

    Oh, get a sense of humor, for crying out loud.


    LOL! ... interesting
  • GQjock

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    Aug 21, 2008 1:05 AM GMT
    The classic "fainting" spell is brought on from not enough oxygen reaching the brain
    ... and this is usually brought on by the typical fight or flight response
    where epinephrin or adrenalin surges through the body and reroutes blood and oxygen to the voluntary muscles and this switch along with more shallow breathing can make you feel faint
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    Aug 21, 2008 1:31 AM GMT
    Yes, I have.. And felt ashamed and odd and clammy. Once when ice-skating, another time after just getting up off a chair. Weird.
  • Timbales

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    Aug 21, 2008 1:40 AM GMT
    I fainted when I had the flu. I was in the bathroom and hit my head on the toilet and the wall.
  • DCEric

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    Aug 21, 2008 1:48 AM GMT
    For me I faint and I know why...

    I have something know as neuro-mediated hypotension. The name is a misnomer, what it actually is the result of everything in America being low sodium, and my body having trouble regulating salt. So when I have an episode, my heart sends a message to my brain saying "pressure low" at which point my brain sends a message to my heart saying "stop beating". Brilliant. It isn't dangerous, but it results in most of my bodies functions rebooting. I pass out, My skin breaks out in a sweat as it reboots, I have puked and defecated as a result of those systems rebooting, and for a very brief period I am not breathing and have no heart beat. Then I get up and walk away as if it didn't happen.

    Simple solution: when I feel things going 'wrong' in my head, grab some potato chips.

    The point is, check with your doctor. It might seem minor, but there could be something big in play that is easy to solve.
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    Aug 21, 2008 2:21 AM GMT
    I have only fainted once, and I don't think it really counts as fainting. It was more of a "fall asleep standing up" kind of thing.

    My cat woke me up meowing at my door at 4am a couple of years ago. I remember getting out of bed, opening the door, closing the door...then I heard a very loud band and I was horizontal on the floor.

    The bang I heard, that woke me up, was my own head smashing into the floor. I was fine, but, pardon the pun, it certainly woke me up to the fact that I have to keep my eyes open until I'm laying down.
  • SuneFL

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    Aug 21, 2008 2:32 AM GMT
    Twice.
    The first time at 17 at a gym. Was going to buff up for college. I didn't eat enough and ... wham... right into a nautilus-machine. Ended up in the hospital with a fracture nose and skull and dozens of stitches. It really freaked the trainer out. Turned out it was a bit of hypoglycemia.

    The second time was about 8 years ago when I was called in early to work. It was a bout of dehydration. I was standing in the kitchen and felt a pressure in my skull, then a pinching in my nose and everything went black. I woke up looking at the lights. No major damage that time. Needless to say, I didn't go to work.

    as GQjock mention... your body is responding to something. Go to the doc... better safe than sorry.
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    Aug 21, 2008 2:54 AM GMT
    well I was on the Trampoline the other day and I fainted because I hit my head on the metal thing. it was almost about 5 min faint. when I opened my eyes, my friends and the owner of Trampoline was looking at me.. like WTF ? lol I'm OK no blood , maybe my characteristic changed after that point... jkjk icon_razz.gif

  • SuneFL

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    Aug 21, 2008 3:23 AM GMT
    ...king2139...
    I don't think you fainted. I'm pretty sure you knocked yourself out...
    Usually fainting or blacking-out doesn't involve hitting your head on something ... 'til after you fall!

    If this had been another thread... I'd respond: "Yeah! I definitely can take the guy above me. icon_lol.gif"
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    Aug 21, 2008 3:34 AM GMT
    The only time I recall fainting was when I was tripping my tits off with a friend in NYC. He took me into a subway station, but I didn't want to go because I thought there was blood smeared on the walls and I could smell carnage.

    Once we were on the platform, me freaking out, I looked at my hands and I thought my skin was splitting and the insides were coming out. I passed out and my friend said, when I came to, that he had said something to a nearby woman who said, "He looks comfortable . . "

    When I was again conscious, the insanity/psychosis was only intensified. The trip lasted a total of three days during which I scandalized my family during Thanksgiving Dinner (I thought I was on the menu!).

    Those were the days! (It's a wonder I have two brain cells left.)
  • metalxracr

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    Aug 21, 2008 3:38 AM GMT
    CarlosGringo saidThe only time I recall fainting was when I was tripping my tits off with a friend in NYC. He took me into a subway station, but I didn't want to go because I thought there was blood smeared on the walls and I could smell carnage.

    Once we were on the platform, me freaking out, I looked at my hands and I thought my skin was splitting and the insides were coming out. I passed out and my friend said, when I came to, that he had said something to a nearby woman who said, "He looks comfortable . . "

    When I was again conscious, the insanity/psychosis was only intensified. The trip lasted a total of three days during which I scandalized my family during Thanksgiving Dinner (I thought I was on the menu!).

    Those were the days! (It's a wonder I have two brain cells left.)


    You thought you were on the menu?? LMFAO!! Sorry, but that just made me laugh really hard!
  • Arkguy84

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    Aug 21, 2008 3:40 AM GMT
    The few times that it has happened to me it started with a loud buzzing in my ears and my finger tips going numb. But it's only happened when i have cut my self. I can't deal with the sight of my own blood. Others I'm fine with , but mine not so.
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    Aug 21, 2008 3:50 AM GMT
    Only once. The doctor showed me what they were going to do to me in surgery (it was a urinary tract clean-up). Next thing I knew, I woke up on the floor. Guess my body didn't like the whole idea of the surgery and freaked. It was a very weird experience.
  • ASH557

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    Aug 21, 2008 3:51 AM GMT
    I have fainted a good number of times.

    But the last time I fainted was in April when I was donating blood. I've donated blood many times before. But I had never actually watched them stick the needle in. So I was feeling rather edgy that last time and decided to watch. "Holy shit that's a huge needle" was the last thing I said before I got really dizzy and fainted.

    When I woke up the nurses said I looked like a zombie coming back to life. Pale and sweaty too.

    I don't think I can donate blood ever again.

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