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    Hello!

    So, I'm an otherwise healthy 17 year old who is currently struggling with taking baths and not almost fainting ahaha
    Okay, so this all started towards the beginning of 2015 - I'd be in my bath, then either have to stand up to get something/ wash myself and then (quite literally) just suddenly almost pass out.
    Recently, however, my heart rate will race, then slow down to some ridiculously slow rate, and then speed back up again - which would leave me clinging onto what was left of my conscious mind.
    Yesterday, the above happened: I was in my bath and it wasn't warm, at all! I started feeling sick so made my way to the toilet, where I found that my heart rate had leaped up, then dropped so suddenly and then rose back again. I felt very dizzy, lightheaded, sick, struggled to stand and couldn't see/ hear much (apart from a loud ringing).
    This was probably the scariest of them all, BECAUSE I could feel my heart go from racing to almost stopping...literally! Of course, it didn't stop, BUT it got down to a speed that I was very uncomfortable with it being at.

    I am aware that the heat, standing up quick and other factors, such as dehydration can be an issue.
    But do you think I should worry or just quit? Or even consider going to a GP?

    Thanks for your time!!!
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    Hello!

    So, I'm an otherwise healthy 17 year old who is currently struggling with taking baths and not almost fainting ahaha
    Okay, so this all started towards the beginning of 2015 - I'd be in my bath, then either have to stand up to get something/ wash myself and then (quite literally) just suddenly almost pass out.
    Recently, however, my heart rate will race, then slow down to some ridiculously slow rate, and then speed back up again - which would leave me clinging onto what was left of my conscious mind.
    Yesterday, the above happened: I was in my bath and it wasn't warm, at all! I started feeling sick so made my way to the toilet, where I found that my heart rate had leaped up, then dropped so suddenly and then rose back again. I felt very dizzy, lightheaded, sick, struggled to stand and couldn't see/ hear much (apart from a loud ringing).
    This was probably the scariest of them all, BECAUSE I could feel my heart go from racing to almost stopping...literally! Of course, it didn't stop, BUT it got down to a speed that I was very uncomfortable with it being at.

    I am aware that the heat, standing up quick and other factors, such as dehydration can be an issue.
    But do you think I should worry or just quit? Or even consider going to a GP?

    Thanks for your time!!!
    Definitely consider going to a GP, this doesn't sound normal at all.
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    (Original post by zuzulla)
    Hello!

    So, I'm an otherwise healthy 17 year old who is currently struggling with taking baths and not almost fainting ahaha
    Okay, so this all started towards the beginning of 2015 - I'd be in my bath, then either have to stand up to get something/ wash myself and then (quite literally) just suddenly almost pass out.
    Recently, however, my heart rate will race, then slow down to some ridiculously slow rate, and then speed back up again - which would leave me clinging onto what was left of my conscious mind.
    Yesterday, the above happened: I was in my bath and it wasn't warm, at all! I started feeling sick so made my way to the toilet, where I found that my heart rate had leaped up, then dropped so suddenly and then rose back again. I felt very dizzy, lightheaded, sick, struggled to stand and couldn't see/ hear much (apart from a loud ringing).
    This was probably the scariest of them all, BECAUSE I could feel my heart go from racing to almost stopping...literally! Of course, it didn't stop, BUT it got down to a speed that I was very uncomfortable with it being at.

    I am aware that the heat, standing up quick and other factors, such as dehydration can be an issue.
    But do you think I should worry or just quit? Or even consider going to a GP?

    Thanks for your time!!!
    Hi! So it's definitely worth seeing your GP about this. They may say you're fine, run a few tests, or refer you to a specialist. What you describe doesn't sound so normal. It's definitely worth getting checked out even if just for peace of mind
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    (Original post by zuzulla)
    Hello!

    So, I'm an otherwise healthy 17 year old who is currently struggling with taking baths and not almost fainting ahaha
    Okay, so this all started towards the beginning of 2015 - I'd be in my bath, then either have to stand up to get something/ wash myself and then (quite literally) just suddenly almost pass out.
    Recently, however, my heart rate will race, then slow down to some ridiculously slow rate, and then speed back up again - which would leave me clinging onto what was left of my conscious mind.
    Yesterday, the above happened: I was in my bath and it wasn't warm, at all! I started feeling sick so made my way to the toilet, where I found that my heart rate had leaped up, then dropped so suddenly and then rose back again. I felt very dizzy, lightheaded, sick, struggled to stand and couldn't see/ hear much (apart from a loud ringing).
    This was probably the scariest of them all, BECAUSE I could feel my heart go from racing to almost stopping...literally! Of course, it didn't stop, BUT it got down to a speed that I was very uncomfortable with it being at.

    I am aware that the heat, standing up quick and other factors, such as dehydration can be an issue.
    But do you think I should worry or just quit? Or even consider going to a GP?

    Thanks for your time!!!
    I think it's likely you need to see a GP, at the very least call 111. They'll give you an idea as to how urgently you need to have contact with a primary care service (as in hours or days).

    You're describing palpitations occurring with the lightheadedness, do they last for long afterwards or how long are you having them before feeling lightheaded?
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    I feel lightheaded and dizzy almost straight after everything starts - the only way to feel okay again is either by sitting or lying down.
    I called 111 last Friday and they were a little concerned but advised me not to worry because it's probably postural hypotension (low blood pressure upon standing up/ getting up).
    For future reference, I'll just take my time when standing up to prevent the same thing from happening.

    Thanks for your concern.


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