how to avoid fainting at work

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the first day of my period is always like hell. the last time I was at work and had just started my period and I had the worst migraine, could barely work and then fainted so I had to go home. everyone at work was so worried as obviously I didn't want to explain the reason for me fainting so made something up.

today I just got my period. im very scared the same thing will happen at work today. I have looked up how to avoid fainting and one of the things it says is to avoid standing for long periods of time.

the problem is that my job requires me to stand for long period of time. theres no where I can sit down. even if I did sit down my manager or colleagues will know something is wrong as last time before I fainted I kept sitting on the table because I was feeling so dizzy.

can you give me any tips to make sure I dont faint again

so far I have made sure to have a good breakfast and I will also eat a good lunch, drink plenty of water, I have taken vitamins for the day already.

I dont think this will be enough though im so scared its stressing me out.
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I think you need to notify a trusted colleague if not your supervisor, you don't have to explain your period but say your health is having a bad spell.

To avoid low blood sugar/pressure make sure to have some sugar and while you stand try and do some gentle leg exercises or march slowly on the spot or something to keep your blood going. There are those Dextrose blood sugar energy sweets you can have if you feel low.

But also, excuse yourself to the bathroom or whatever you need during a shift to have a breather. You should not have to worry about fainting at work! It sounds physically demanding, if you had an office desk job you may not worry as much. So your supervisor may expect people have health concerns every now and then.

This is your natural cycle though and you should live it out comfortably. Working life would suppress it all if it could...
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One more thing: migraines do their own thing, they're very hard to deal with (i got them) and what you should do for your health is really just lie in a dark cool room until it goes away. If it's severe it's impossible to do anything anyway, it affects your vision and nausea.
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(Original post by Anonymous)
I think you need to notify a trusted colleague if not your supervisor, you don't have to explain your period but say your health is having a bad spell.

To avoid low blood sugar/pressure make sure to have some sugar and while you stand try and do some gentle leg exercises or march slowly on the spot or something to keep your blood going. There are those Dextrose blood sugar energy sweets you can have if you feel low.

But also, excuse yourself to the bathroom or whatever you need during a shift to have a breather. You should not have to worry about fainting at work! It sounds physically demanding, if you had an office desk job you may not worry as much. So your supervisor may expect people have health concerns every now and then.

This is your natural cycle though and you should live it out comfortably. Working life would suppress it all if it could...
thank you for your response
I will make sure to keep some sugar sweets by me while working

to get to the bathroom you need to walk down stairs and the last time I fainted it was because I was trying to get to the bathroom hence why everyone was worried. the thing is everyone else is perfectly fine with the physical aspect of work except me. im the youngest one there as well as im 18

(Original post by Anonymous)
One more thing: migraines do their own thing, they're very hard to deal with (i got them) and what you should do for your health is really just lie in a dark cool room until it goes away. If it's severe it's impossible to do anything anyway, it affects your vision and nausea.
if I get a migraine at work do you think I should go straight home or what should I do
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thank you for your response
I will make sure to keep some sugar sweets by me while working

to get to the bathroom you need to walk down stairs and the last time I fainted it was because I was trying to get to the bathroom hence why everyone was worried. the thing is everyone else is perfectly fine with the physical aspect of work except me. im the youngest one there as well as im 18


if I get a migraine at work do you think I should go straight home or what should I do
What's your job role? I know it's just that with physical work health problems are exacerbated, so you can't help theses things. Your employers also partly rely on you guys being in good physical shape. Stairs are tricky, that's why if u have a colleague friend or someone you trust they could aid/escort you if you didn't feel well

If your migraine is so bad that you feel you're going to faint or make mistakes/risks with your work you should tell someone it's really bad and you're not sure what to do. They will probably tell you to take a break or ideally go home. What can you do? it's debilitating

If it's moderate and you can take some aspirin and just make it through your shift then go straight home to bed then do that. Since you fainted once already they should be understanding you want to avoid it again
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(Original post by Anonymous)
What's your job role? I know it's just that with physical work health problems are exacerbated, so you can't help theses things. Your employers also partly rely on you guys being in good physical shape. Stairs are tricky, that's why if u have a colleague friend or someone you trust they could aid/escort you if you didn't feel well

If your migraine is so bad that you feel you're going to faint or make mistakes/risks with your work you should tell someone it's really bad and you're not sure what to do. They will probably tell you to take a break or ideally go home. What can you do? it's debilitating

If it's moderate and you can take some aspirin and just make it through your shift then go straight home to bed then do that. Since you fainted once already they should be understanding you want to avoid it again
I work as a tutor in a small centre hence why we stand and mark students work as theres not much space. its quite a fast past environment as all students are working on their own worksheets so we're always moving around between students.

I am only there for 2.5 hours which is a relativity short shift but the last time I fainted within 30 minutes of being there

but I will take your advice so thank you for your help
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I work as a tutor in a small centre hence why we stand and mark students work as theres not much space. its quite a fast past environment as all students are working on their own worksheets so we're always moving around between students.

I am only there for 2.5 hours which is a relativity short shift but the last time I fainted within 30 minutes of being there

but I will take your advice so thank you for your help
Oh I see, maybe then the sugar tablets and deep breathing techniques can be enough to get through it, especially as they may delay your chances and not get it within the first 30 minutes

Good luck feel better soon
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Have you sought medical help for the issue? Taking the pill can sometimes help.
You have a lot of years of this ahead of you so it would be a good idea to try and get it managed better now
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Have you sought medical help for the issue? Taking the pill can sometimes help.
You have a lot of years of this ahead of you so it would be a good idea to try and get it managed better now
I dont know why I never thought it was serious enough to seek medical help about it as it has only started getting worse since last month.
but yes I will do that. thank you.
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