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    Hey guys,
    For the past 4 years now I've had a problem with fainting. Its frequency tends to vary; I can go from periods of never fainting at all to periods where I'll faint on a weekly or at least a monthly basis for no apparent reason. I originally thought it was my diet so I've increased my intake and I am now at a size 12/10 and I am still fainting! I eat three meals per day with healthy snacks in between. (Sorry for the long post, extra information available but you can skip, if you have any suggestions etc.)

    I've been to the doctor with it; they gave me a diabetes test, which came negative and the doctor has not investigated the problem any further. I've been told to demand tests to be done but I don't know what tests I should be demanding, has anyone got any idea of potential illnesses or conditions that it could be? o.o This is really beginning to limit my life and is downright embarrassing.

    EXTRA INFO: When I faint generally for me there tends to be almost like two types of faint; I either feel really hot and bothered and weak and start feeling dizzy these tend to be when I feel like fainting but I am unable to faint, which is even worse because it goes on forever. When this happens my eyesight and hearing can start to shut down (optional), I find it difficult to process information (optional), colours tend to become brighter and sounds become surreal as if listening through a glass pannel (optional) and I tend to go either very pale or green colour sometimes with sunken black eyes (eyes tends to be optional, colour, next to always) This feeling faint sensation can last up to 1-1.5 hours if I do not faint. The alternative, is that my stomach immediately drops, I feel sick and sometimes gag but never throw up and I feel like I have to sit down, I then collapse to the floor and its usually over in a couple of minutes or at the longest half an hour. Any suggestions on this? Also probably should mention, this is not in any way related to my menstrual cycle, period or not, it will happen at any time of the month

    Thanks in Advance
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    Maybe your iron levels are lacking. I think you should demand the doctors look at your blood work again
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      I have this when I go out in hot countries, but yours seems extreme
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      (Original post by heirloom)
      Maybe your iron levels are lacking. I think you should demand the doctors look at your blood work again
      Its something I've considered, I've increased my intake of iron and am on iron tablets but nothing seems to be working. Could it still be a lack or iron?

      (Original post by arfah)
      I have this when I go out in hot countries, but yours seems extreme
      Well, its starting to be a bit debilitating now, I mean I love to do sports and exercise but its very difficult to do exercise when a lot of the time, I have to sit out of the session because I feel faint :'( Its really cruel :/
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        (Original post by Anonymous)
        Its something I've considered, I've increased my intake of iron and am on iron tablets but nothing seems to be working. Could it still be a lack or iron?



        Well, its starting to be a bit debilitating now, I mean I love to do sports and exercise but its very difficult to do exercise when a lot of the time, I have to sit out of the session because I feel faint :'( Its really cruel :/
        You should get yourself checked by a specialist, the doctor wont help in your case I hope you get better soon
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        (Original post by Anonymous)
        Its something I've considered, I've increased my intake of iron and am on iron tablets but nothing seems to be working. Could it still be a lack or iron?



        Well, its starting to be a bit debilitating now, I mean I love to do sports and exercise but its very difficult to do exercise when a lot of the time, I have to sit out of the session because I feel faint :'( Its really cruel :/
        Why did the doctor only do a test for diabetes? I really think you should demand further testing since its impinging on your life
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        Blood pressure maybe?

        Try increasing your salt intake a bit and see if that helps.
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        Stress can cause otherwise unexplained fainting. Have the fainting episodes happened around times when you've been particularly stressed? I'd guess things like an ECG and MRI would be tests that you could consider asking for.

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        (Original post by Complex solution)
        Blood pressure maybe?

        Try increasing your salt intake a bit and see if that helps.
        Well, I've had my blood pressure tested recently and that seemed to be fine, but I may have it checked again just to be sure Thanks for the help

        (Original post by River Shadow)
        Stress can cause otherwise unexplained fainting. Have the fainting episodes happened around times when you've been particularly stressed? I'd guess things like an ECG and MRI would be tests that you could consider asking for.

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        Not really to be honest with you, I mean they seem to just happen completely at random, if anything it would be the opposite because I've never actually fainted during exam time and now, during the summer holidays when I have absolutely nothing to stress about its happening again :/ I just don't understand why. ECG is an interesting one, because many have suggested the possibility of epilepsy because it does run in the family. :/ Could that be it though? I mean I'm fainting I am not having fits?
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        (Original post by Anonymous)
        Well, I've had my blood pressure tested recently and that seemed to be fine, but I may have it checked again just to be sure Thanks for the help



        Not really to be honest with you, I mean they seem to just happen completely at random, if anything it would be the opposite because I've never actually fainted during exam time and now, during the summer holidays when I have absolutely nothing to stress about its happening again :/ I just don't understand why. ECG is an interesting one, because many have suggested the possibility of epilepsy because it does run in the family. :/ Could that be it though? I mean I'm fainting I am not having fits?
        epilepsy can present itself in many ways, fainting is one of them. However it might not be epilepsy. But you really should be demanding more tests in case this turns out to be something serious.
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        (Original post by Anonymous)
        Hey guys,
        For the past 4 years now I've had a problem with fainting. Its frequency tends to vary; I can go from periods of never fainting at all to periods where I'll faint on a weekly or at least a monthly basis for no apparent reason. I originally thought it was my diet so I've increased my intake and I am now at a size 12/10 and I am still fainting! I eat three meals per day with healthy snacks in between. (Sorry for the long post, extra information available but you can skip, if you have any suggestions etc.)

        I've been to the doctor with it; they gave me a diabetes test, which came negative and the doctor has not investigated the problem any further. I've been told to demand tests to be done but I don't know what tests I should be demanding, has anyone got any idea of potential illnesses or conditions that it could be? o.o This is really beginning to limit my life and is downright embarrassing.

        EXTRA INFO: When I faint generally for me there tends to be almost like two types of faint; I either feel really hot and bothered and weak and start feeling dizzy these tend to be when I feel like fainting but I am unable to faint, which is even worse because it goes on forever. When this happens my eyesight and hearing can start to shut down (optional), I find it difficult to process information (optional), colours tend to become brighter and sounds become surreal as if listening through a glass pannel (optional) and I tend to go either very pale or green colour sometimes with sunken black eyes (eyes tends to be optional, colour, next to always) This feeling faint sensation can last up to 1-1.5 hours if I do not faint. The alternative, is that my stomach immediately drops, I feel sick and sometimes gag but never throw up and I feel like I have to sit down, I then collapse to the floor and its usually over in a couple of minutes or at the longest half an hour. Any suggestions on this? Also probably should mention, this is not in any way related to my menstrual cycle, period or not, it will happen at any time of the month

        Thanks in Advance
        Did you get tested for your gluten tolerence? My friend is a celiac and before she found out, she was getting really I'll from consuming gluten. I would definitely go to the hospital. Or push your doctor to be seen by a specialist. Its better to find out now than later!
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        Did you get tested for your gluten tolerence? My friend is a celiac and before she found out, she was getting really I'll from consuming gluten. I would definitely go to the hospital. Or push your doctor to be seen by a specialist. Its better to find out now than later!
        Out of interest, was she fainting due to her gluten intolerance?
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        (Original post by River Shadow)
        Stress can cause otherwise unexplained fainting. Have the fainting episodes happened around times when you've been particularly stressed? I'd guess things like an ECG and MRI would be tests that you could consider asking for.

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        How exactly would an MRI help in this person?

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        Are you worrying about a faint coming on before it happens? I fainted once years ago due to hyperventilating from panic/anxiety, and ever since then I would get so worked up about fainting...not sure if you've considered this! Have you had your heart checked in any way? Blood tests?
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        (Original post by Mushi_master)
        How exactly would an MRI help in this person?

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        That's what I was wondering too.

        OP, there are countless reasons that could be the cause of you fainting, you will need to speak with your GP again to have it all investigated. Go have a chat with him/her and explain how this is affecting your daily to day life to the extent you've told us here.
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        (Original post by Mushi_master)
        How exactly would an MRI help in this person?

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        (Original post by moonkatt)
        That's what I was wondering too.

        OP, there are countless reasons that could be the cause of you fainting, you will need to speak with your GP again to have it all investigated. Go have a chat with him/her and explain how this is affecting your daily to day life to the extent you've told us here.
        I think my general reasoning was doing the scan to see what the brain was doing...

        OP, the NHS site might help? http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Faintin...roduction.aspx
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        (Original post by River Shadow)
        I think my general reasoning was doing the scan to see what the brain was doing...

        OP, the NHS site might help? http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Faintin...roduction.aspx
        It's a bit of a jump to go from a blood test for diabetes or an ECG to having an MRI. There's other things they could do first which would be decided on a referral to a specialist, however there are so many variables I don't want to go into them all. The OP needs to go back to their GP first to see what course of action is most appropriate first.
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        (Original post by River Shadow)
        I think my general reasoning was doing the scan to see what the brain was doing...
        Nailed it.
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        (Original post by Anonymous)
        Out of interest, was she fainting due to her gluten intolerance?
        She mostly got sick a lot but yes she did faint a lot too. SHe was always out of energy, felt really tired a lot.

        I would ask for a full blood test. Please don't leave this any longer. It's best to find out soon.
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        (Original post by Welsh_insomniac)
        I would ask for a full blood test.
        Do all the tests!
       
       
       
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