Anyone ever faint before?

I think I just about fainted while waiting for the train today. I am sick as a dog at the moment, kicking probably the craziest flue I've ever had, 5 days of serious flu symptoms and still counting. I had to go out today to do some errands however and when I went to buy my monthly transit pass I ended up having to wait 30 minutes in line with 2 armfuls of groceries. Normally that wouldn't be an issue, but in my state I found it immensely tiring. When I got to the train station to go home my head started swimming, my body tingled, my vision got this sort of hazy glow over everything and my hearing became incredibly muffled as if I had cotton in my ears. I remained in this state, almost feeling like I was going to fall asleep standing until about halfway home on the train when it cleared up?

Is that common for fainting or am I dying of everything cancer or something?

I think you answer your own questions in your post. You really shouldn't be stressing your body in such condition.

P.S. You could also be pregnant.

I saw a guy in wrestling faint once. 145 pounder was rolling around for control with his opponent when he yelps and comes up and his nose was against his face. He runs to the trainer and when the trainer touches it, the guy drops like a rock.

Shihonage beat me to it.

The only time I've ever done it was when I was pregnant, and your description of the initial process is pretty apt. Looks like you skipped the falling down and hurting yourself step, which is a good thing.

Do you have someone around who can help with the errands and stuff until you get your strength back?

Having fainted twice before, no, you didn't.

One time I was ill and I fainted from being sick and having an empty stomach... I took a step into the bathroom, my vision started to blacken, my feet went out from under me, and I woke up with a split lip (apparently I had hit the corner of one of the bathroom stalls going down, but I didn't feel it at all) being carried by my arms and legs. I was in sixth or seventh grade at the time... A long time ago.

The second time was more recent. I sliced the tip of my finger open with a pocket knife, a deep cut that left a flap of skin and nail attached by a small piece of skin, letting it act like a hinge. Thankfully, the knife was sharp, so the cut was clean and practically painless. It bled pretty generously. I don't have a problem with blood, but I'm assuming that the shock of seeing that kind of injury on myself caused my body to shut down temporarily. I didn't actually faint until about seven or eight minutes after this happened, but I recognized what was happening. Rapid loss of consciousness, blackening of my vision, etc. This time I had the opportunity to sit down before I was overwhelmed by it. I woke up with one of the employees where I work, an ex-paramedic, waving ammonia salts in my face.

If you could stand, you didn't pass out. I'm not a doctor, so I won't even try to guess what did happen to you, though.

I've fainted too many times to count. I have a weird condition that when my body *should* up my heartrate to compensate for things, it plummets instead. Anyway, I've learned that anytime you get that hazy vision and/or muffled hearing, the best thing to do is sit down and put your head between your knees if possible. You need to get the bloodflow back up to your head to clear it up and just standing there waiting for it to pass can just lengthen it or cause you to completely pass out.

Since you've been sick, it's likely dehydration that contributed to it. That gets me all the time.

And before anyone asks, NO, I'm not pregnant. I get asked that almost every time I get faint.

I fainted once in front of a few hundred people bruising a girl's knee and flattening a saxophone in the process. When I woke up they were playing taps above me. True story.

No, you did not. Be glad.

Strangely enough apparently to the Army "FAINTED" is an acronym (isn't everything?)

FAINTED- "Faked An Injury Necessary To Escape Duty"

Never fainted myself. Hope I don't. There's lots of sharp corners in my house :/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...

Yikes, that's crazy. I was getting over being sick a week or so ago and whenever I would get up I had an insane case of Vertigo and nausea. I started seeing spots and stuff too. Needless to say, I parked my ass right back on that couch and played video games and/or slept it off. It wasn't a good time but I knew my body was telling me to chill out.

I've gotten close a couple times due to being in extreme heat and/or humidity and at the time I was healthy as a horse. Important thing to remember is to get out of whatever situation you're in and find some place to sit or lay down. Elevate the legs and try to remain calm.

Yes, I did. In a most embarassing way as well. It was the High School Winter Concert and I was in 5 inch heels, locked my knees and boom! Did a header on the stage. Luckily I was in the first row, so the only hurt was my pride.
I felt wierd, saw the white light and then my teacher asking if I was ok.

I'm like Yellek, though I lack fallopian tubes and am almost certainly far more bald.

My latest was during a flu-like illness. I was in the can at like 3:00 in the morning trying to decide whether it would behoove me most to puke or sh*t and my body instead chose what's behind door C and started shutting everything down. I've gotten really good at recognizing the symptoms and, if feasible, assuming a position where I limit damage should I make it the whole way out so I moved the bathroom carpet nearer and just went with it on the ground.

One really neat thing about losing consciousness is the really wild dream-like things that occur during the brief time you're out and how it seems like you've dreamt for hours when you only exited for a few seconds. The sad thing is that the recollection dims fast.

My least favorite was departing reality whilst getting a spinal tap. I told the goddamned nurse that I was heading out -- while he ironically bellyached about this doctor always requiring a nurse/orderly to be present in case the patient fell -- and the numbsack just told me to breathe deeply. Fine, I'll breathe deeply so I'll be sure to have plenty of air in my lungs when I hit the floor with a f*cking needle lodged deep in my spinal column. Gave my wife, who was waiting outside the room, quite the nasty jolt hearing my body hit the floor taking the little table they had me leaning against with it.

Sounds like you came close, man. I'd take it real easy for a while.

Kiri wrote:

Yes, I did. In a most embarassing way as well. It was the High School Winter Concert and I was in 5 inch heels, locked my knees and boom! Did a header on the stage. Luckily I was in the first row, so the only hurt was my pride.
I felt wierd, saw the white light and then my teacher asking if I was ok.

I wonder how many people actually know about the locked knees phenomena. Supposedly it can make you faint on cue but I'm not the experimental type.

shihonage wrote:
Kiri wrote:

Yes, I did. In a most embarassing way as well. It was the High School Winter Concert and I was in 5 inch heels, locked my knees and boom! Did a header on the stage. Luckily I was in the first row, so the only hurt was my pride.
I felt wierd, saw the white light and then my teacher asking if I was ok.

I wonder how many people actually know about the locked knees phenomena. Supposedly it can make you faint on cue but I'm not the experimental type.

I've witnessed it, and almost done it myself. Seems to happen mostly in choirs where people are standing/singing for long periods of time.

I fainted once, apparently because of that locked knees thing. While in the Air Force I was standing in formation one warm day and got similar symptoms. Vision tunneling to black, etc. I fought it off once and fell backwards into the guy behind me the second time. I recovered instantly and felt fine, if a little embarrassed.

I've never fainted though my ex had that problem of her blood pressure dropping if she ever got stressed. She really had me worried the first few times it happened - especially when we were in town waiting for a bus... After a while i kinda got used to it, though hearing that she'd fainted during the day when i wasn't there to take care of her really made me worry :/

BTW, what's this locking of the knees thing people are talking about? I'm not sure i can do it...

Once at just over six gravities and again right after getting my wisdom teeth removed.

Ok sounds like I was about to faint, good thing I didn't then as I probably would have landed on the train tracks a good 4 feet down.

Hmmmm, twice. Standing in church, everybody holding hands, and started getting that weird tingly feeling. Boom, next thing I know I'm being carried outside by my dad. Luckily I was a little guy and the fall didn't hurt that bad.

No. 2 was more recent. I'd trapped a finger in a crack while bouldering, and had torqued it pretty good falling. I was concerned that I had broken more than just the nail, so I went to the doc. Nothing broken, so he went ahead and relieved some of the pressure on the nail by twisting an exacto blade on it, with me in a sitting position. Once he punched through the nail he started squeezing blood out. It is at this point that I discovered that I can handle seeing my own blood, but not when it's coupled with very sharp pain. Boom, out. Doc had gotten a nurse in by the time I woke up. Was laughing, said he hadn't seen anyone pass out that quickly before. I thought I'd been out for an hour, with the dreams I'd had, he said it had been about 4 seconds.

Now I look away every time I get blood drawn. I'm not as overly sensitive as I initially thought though. I sliced my hand open pretty badly a couple years ago, and once I had stopped the bleeding I opened it up and started poking around seeing if I had done any tendon or bone damage. I was doing alright until I saw the fatty tissue, then I knew it was deep. Got a bit queezy then.

I don't know that I've fainted before. I've been knocked out once or twice. Passed out drunk more that I care to tell. A friend of mine fainted recently though. We were out riding about a month ago, really early in the morning, and the temp was about 35 degrees F. He decided to stop in at a motorcycle/tractor shop we passed so he could buy a full face helmet and a wind screen. We walked in the door and he went down right next to one of the rototillers. I thought he was goofing off, because it was pretty controlled fall. Knees first, then spin, and on his back. But when I went over his pupils were really small and his eyes were moving sided to side really fast. Once he got back up we hung around for a while till the temperature came up, then headed out. Needless to say I kept a close eye on him the rest of the day and made sure we didn't over do it again.

I almost fainted once, the story is quite funny too! It was this past summer and we were at a relative's house for whatever holiday it happened to be. Everyone had a few drinks and we decided it would be fun to walk down to the park and swing on the swings! Well, thanks to my amazing gaming addiction and love of food I can cook in under 3 minutes, I'm not quite as slim as I used to be. As I'm swinging on the swings the chain breaks, sending me about 10 feet from the swingset (I happened to slide across the ground) and somehow chopped up my finger pretty good as well. Blood was pouring everywhere and I thought I was ok to walk back to my relative's house. Everyone said I was white as a ghost and I did feel REALLY bad. My finger didn't hurt but I felt like I was going to drop to the ground. A couple cold washcloths on my head, the nauseous feeling for a few minutes, and a couple glasses of water and I felt better. Totally embarassing to skid across the ground after breaking a swing in front of my GF, mom, brother, and 2 aunts

Duoae wrote:

BTW, what's this locking of the knees thing people are talking about? I'm not sure i can do it...

I tried to search for some medical backup, but couldn't find anything. I think locking the knees (straight legs, not flexed, almost like the knee is indented back into the leg) puts pressure on the bloodflow, which given enough time decreases the amount of blood getting to the brain. I'd guess that not everyone's legs actually lock into a bad position or else it would happen a lot more often.

In my search I did find the weird name for my condition "Vasovagal syncope" which sounds much creepier than the casual term of "common faint".

you had a spinal standing up? I had exactly one before they realized all my fainting was epilepsy and not meningitis. Was the most painful experience of my life. They hit me with straight morphine twice before I stopped screaming.

DeThroned wrote:

As I'm swinging on the swings the chain breaks

I would have passed out laughing if I was there my friend.

Yellek wrote:
Duoae wrote:

BTW, what's this locking of the knees thing people are talking about? I'm not sure i can do it...

I tried to search for some medical backup, but couldn't find anything. I think locking the knees (straight legs, not flexed, almost like the knee is indented back into the leg) puts pressure on the bloodflow, which given enough time decreases the amount of blood getting to the brain. I'd guess that not everyone's legs actually lock into a bad position or else it would happen a lot more often.

Probably but back when i first started in the marching band my parents warned me about not locking my knees because they'd seen people pass out during basic due to that.

If you're active while you're sick it's very easy to end up dehydrated which makes it easier for a person to faint. Sounds like you were close to it.

Yellek wrote:
Duoae wrote:

BTW, what's this locking of the knees thing people are talking about? I'm not sure i can do it...

I tried to search for some medical backup, but couldn't find anything. I think locking the knees (straight legs, not flexed, almost like the knee is indented back into the leg) puts pressure on the bloodflow, which given enough time decreases the amount of blood getting to the brain. I'd guess that not everyone's legs actually lock into a bad position or else it would happen a lot more often.

In my search I did find the weird name for my condition "Vasovagal syncope" which sounds much creepier than the casual term of "common faint".

With regard to the knee thing,

The page you linked wrote:

One account for these physiological responses is the Bezold-Jarisch Reflex. This reflex involves a variety of cardiovascular and neurological processes, which can be summarized as follows: Prolonged upright posture results in some degree of pooling of blood in the lower extremities that can lead to diminished intracardiac volume. This phenomenon is accentuated if the individual is dehydrated. The resultant arterial hypotension is sensed in the carotid body baroreceptors, and afferent fibers from these receptors trigger autonomic signals that increase cardiac rate and contractility. However, pressure receptors in the wall and trabeculae of the underfilled left ventricle may then sense stimuli, indicating high-pressure C-fiber afferent nerves from these receptors. They may respond by sending signals that trigger paradoxical bradycardia and decreased contractility, resulting in additional and relatively sudden arterial hypotension.

And for the couch potato / older people, chances are good you've been on the receiving end of this:

Orthostatic hypotension (also known as postural hypotension, and, colloquially, as head rush or a dizzy spell) is a form of hypotension in which there is a sudden (less than 3 minutes) fall in blood pressure, typically greater than 20/10 mm Hg, that occurs when a person assumes a standing position, usually after a prolonged period of rest.

Symptoms, which generally occur after sudden standing, include dizziness, lightheadedness, headache, blurred or dimmed vision (possibly to the point of momentary blindness), generalized (or extremity) numbness/tingling and fainting. They are consequences of insufficient blood pressure and cerebral perfusion (blood supply).

I get really bad orthostatic hypertension, even though I'm a youngen and am active. I passed out once because of it, woke up about 15 seconds later. When I do get this, I have to sit myself down so I don't pass out into something sharp.

rabbit wrote:

you had a spinal standing up? I had exactly one before they realized all my fainting was epilepsy and not meningitis. Was the most painful experience of my life. They hit me with straight morphine twice before I stopped screaming.

Oh, now you tell me. Sorry I sent you that flashing .gif file. Hope you didn't break anything.

I have low blood pressure.
If I stand up from lying down really fast, I can make myself 'faint' or pass out.

I've fainted a couple times. For me, however, it was generally anxiety induced. Haven't fainted really since getting diagnosed/treated for anxiety.

I fainted on my first day at a co-op assignment, working for the department of defense during college. I went to a meeting/introduction in a small, stuffy, overcrowded conference room. Having to stand, with a shirt & tie on, nothing to eat for breakfast, not to mention the general nervousness of it being my first day at a 'real job' were all contributers to my fainting spell.

I just remember feeling nauseas and thinking 'I have to sit down, ever if it's on the floor'. The next thing I'm waking up, staring up at the bottom of the conference table. Apparently I missed cracking my head on it by about an inch or so. Anyway my manager took me over to the base infirmary where they checked me out, gave me some fluids and crackers, and sent me on my way.