Passing out?

Discussion in 'Your Symptoms' started by Concernedgal, Dec 22, 2016.

  1. Concernedgal

    Concernedgal Active Member

    Today at work . I passed out . Or so they said. I don't remember too much but, from what I've been told is that my eyes roled to the back of my head and I had temporary loss of concousness. All I remember is being tied down in the ambulance and was being told that everything will be fine except for the fact that I had a severe tachycardia. This was blamed on a panic attack. After test were preformed. That was there conclusion. They gave me something for my heart arrhythmia. I feel kinda odd still. Has anyone else here passed out from a panic attack? My first time experience with this symptom.
     
  2. SparklyStarfish

    SparklyStarfish New Member

    I havent passed out from panic, but I have passed out before. Strange thing I can remember being passed out, like my brain was working but body wasn't type thing.
     
  3. Concernedgal

    Concernedgal Active Member

    I have no memory of the event. A friend of mine told me what happened and she called 911. All I can remember is being in the ambulance. They told me to stay calm and basically not to freak out. I have never passed out. Never. My primary care doctor is going to k ow about this today. I told the paramedics that I felt fine , but, they told me to just relax and I heard them talking to the doctor on there little" walkie talkies" that I had a supraventicular tachycardia. Which I Google it and it said that it meant an uncontrollably high heart rate which causes an arrhythmia maybe? I need to find out more.
     
  4. SparklyStarfish

    SparklyStarfish New Member

    Hmm its seems concerning, I hope everything is ok! If you ever need to just talk im here ^-^
     
  5. Alex

    Alex Senior Member

    @Concernedgal I hope all is okay now. I think when you do have a panic attack your heart will beat much faster and if you have heart problems as well, that can be an issue.

    Maybe you should try and find out if there is a family history of this? My mother has a murmur, and it's in her family; my aunt and cousin have similar issues with their hearts. It skipped me, but perhaps it's worth finding out. There are other reasons for passing out; a lack of food, oxygen, and other medical issues, so perhaps it's best to look at all angles in case it's something more serious.
     
  6. Concernedgal

    Concernedgal Active Member

    They called it "Vasovagal Syncope", they said that is occursbecause in the presence of extreme fear, the brain exerted so much energy that it needed more blood, as a result my heart could not meet the demands. So when my heart rate was up "it was 138 bpm btw" basically it was just too much for me . They say that when you faint , it's your bodies way of forcing itself to produce more blood flow to the brain.
     
  7. Alex

    Alex Senior Member

    It's good that they 'know' or feel that is the cause because you can then address it. Fear is a natural reaction, but we can train ourselves not to be frightened or to limit it. Maybe the meds are contributing to it as well?
     
  8. Concernedgal

    Concernedgal Active Member

    I sure hope not. Because the majority of the time, they are just what the doctor ordered"pun intended " . And i'm in the process of going through CBT therapy. They are suggesting pretty much what you are. To realize that panic and anxiety is just a feeling , I am not going to die and basically to think about my panic and anxiety in a different way. I'm trying to do it but, it takes patience and i'm afraid i'm not a very patient person. Lol. But, i'll keep trying.
     
  9. Alex

    Alex Senior Member

    I'm not patient either, but surviving depression forced me to learn a greater degree of patience. I used to think I could be cured in 18 months, but it doesn't work like that! What I said to myself is that there is no one I need to do this for except me, and that do it properly will take time, and we only learn in hindsight.

    Don't feed the fear, and I see social media can do that. Taking control of what you choose to think and do is the key, but you have to create your own boundaries.
     
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  10. Concernedgal

    Concernedgal Active Member

    Will you explain a little more about, " create your own boundaries? " hope that's not a stupid question. o_O.
     
  11. Alex

    Alex Senior Member

    By creating your own boundaries, what I did and do is decide how far someone can go before I say 'enough'. Now, your boundaries can change, and it's okay for them to be shorter or longer depending on how you are feeling. It is a misconception that there is a standard per se. For example, with my brother once he starts being rude to me, then I stop him straight away as he tries to get away with it. If say a stranger behaved in the same way I would give them some leeway, so the boundaries for each situation vary. That's what I mean by creating your own set of boundaries.

    Now if you are having a bad day, then those boundaries can be short and tight, but you need to do that for self preservation at times. Hope that helps explain what I mean.
     
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  12. Concernedgal

    Concernedgal Active Member

    Ok. Thanks. Are you a psychologist or something. Lol. You sound like one. If your not 1... you should be.
     
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  13. Alex

    Alex Senior Member

    Just someone who has experienced life, and who is still learning! I'm more of a realist, and help others when I can.
     
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  14. Natasha0717

    Natasha0717 Active Member

    Hmmm....I have passed out twice, not from anxiety. Once was from eating too low-carb, and the other time was from inhaling too much smoke during a house fire.
    But I can tell you that both times I was also tachycardic...(like you in your situation.) But mine had nothing to do with panic attacks at the time, just the rapid heart rate.
    Mine had gotten up to 130 BPM, and I don't remember what it was when I was eating low-carb (TOO low-carb)....I just remember I got weak and collapsed, and then the heart rate was up as well. Sometimes I wonder if the fast heart rate is what makes us pass out (?) Instead of us passing out first, getting scared because of it, and THEN having tachycardia....maybe it's the other way around...
     
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  15. Concernedgal

    Concernedgal Active Member

    It was your heart rate that caused you to faint. My doctor called it " Vasovagal Syncope " she said that this happens during the presence of extreme fear. Your brain exerted so much energy that it needed more blood, as a result. .. your heart could not meet the damands. When you faint.. it's your bodies way of forcing blood to reach your brain. That's way they say to lay down if you feel faint. Most of the time if you lie down , you won't faint. In my case my heart rate was 138 bpm . When a friend of mine called the ambulance, all I can remember is being tied down in the ambulance there is a 15-20 minute period that I can't remember. Luckily they said that's common. When your brain doesn't receive blood flow.. loss of memory can occur. And as far as your low carb diet, carbs contain natural sugar that your body needs for energy. You probably fainted from low blood sugar. I couldn't do the low carb diet. I bet I would faint more often . Lol . I've made an appointment with my primary care doctor to get this resolved. Hopefully. . We can. :shame:
     
  16. AngelaMc

    AngelaMc Member

    Although I passed out before it wasn't due t my panic attacks, it was caused from my blood sugar dropping. I usually experience the chest pain and shortness of breath during my attacks. I believe your Doctor should do more testing to see if there is another underlying cause of this.:)
     
  17. Concernedgal

    Concernedgal Active Member

    We are talking about supraventicular tachycardia. Here's information on it. Screenshot_2017-02-08-19-21-21-1.png
     
  18. misszerable

    misszerable Junior Member

    I've passed out in the past for a variety of reasons. When I was about 11 and had two teeth pulled out, I passed out the following morning during breakfast. I didn't feel any discomfort or pain at all during and immediately after the session with the dentist and I thought I had a full night's rest. And that still happened. That made me fear going to the dentist and having my teeth pulled out. I'm thinking I might not be as lucky next time around. I had also collapsed several times when I was made to stand still for a few minutes, like about 15 minutes. One time, I attended church with my father and siblings. There were no seats available so we had to stand. After a few minutes, I saw stars around me and everything went blank. The next moment, my father was carrying me off outside the church premises. Then in one P.E. class when we were made to do 50-meter dash, I almost collapsed but I had time to tell my teacher and she massaged my upper arms until I got my color back. Thankfully, I seemed to have outgrown those episodes, and my heart has gotten stronger over the years.
     
  19. Concernedgal

    Concernedgal Active Member

    So it was determined that your heart was the cause? Should I be concerned? There are other variables that would make me think my heart was responsible like not being able to withstand heat. I literally get severe panic attacks if i an in a temperature of over 85 degrees and I live in Alabama so it does... way above 85 . I'm trying to get my air conditioning fixed in my car .. I sure hope I can because that would make life so much easier. Another reason is that if I eat a heavy meal, I feel weird as if my heart is in my throat , you know the feeling. I've had ekg, and chest x-ray and all those procedures done when I 've complained about my palpitations during a panic attack. The doctor has tried to give me beta blockers for my anxiety but, i'm to scared to take them.
     
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  20. Bakanyan

    Bakanyan New Member

    I've passed out once when I was 14. It was in the school and I was extremely nervous. I had missed seven days straight classes, shutting myself in my room and was afraid to face my friends and teachers thinking that they might call me a shut-in or scold me for being so socially awkward. I went to the class early because my mom told me that there is no way that she is going to keep me in the house unless I attend the school...so I figured that if I had to go anyway, I better go early and muster my motivation.

    I sat in the class for half an hour before the second earliest guy came. We talked a bit but he wasn't really on good terms with me so I was left with an unpleasant taste. The next five minutes I imagined the teacher and other students talking about me and scolding me which lead me to pass out. Unlike in most people's case, my passing out was totally emotional. I was 14 and perfectly health (maybe lacking a bit of sleep, but nothing too major). By the looks of it, yours might also have physical factors. If you are concerned about your heart (or body) leading you to pass out, you should see a doctor. Online forums will help you emotionally and psychologically but there is no way that we can tell what is wrong with your body better than a real doctor.
     

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