Why did I faint or collapse last night?
January 23, 2011 9:59 AM Subscribe
I collapsed this morning. I know you're not my doctor and I know I need to see one, but I can't afford to unless it's immediately life-threatening. Can you help me figure out what might be wrong with me?
posted by Night_owl to Health & Fitness (74 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Yesterday, I had a few drinks in the afternoon and had a big bowl of pasta with cheese for dinner. I fell asleep for about 6 hours. I woke up, and did not eat for about 4 hours. I went into the kitchen to make myself some food. While waiting for it to cook, I very suddenly felt extremely nauseous. I braced myself against the counter. The next thing I know, I'm on the floor, 3 feet away from the counter, shivering. (Note: it's about 65 degrees in my house, so it's not weird for me to be cold on the tiled floor.) I couldn't have been out for more than 2 minutes, and it was probably closer to 1.
I'm 22, female, not pregnant, and have no known conditions. The only time something like this has happened to me before was 3 years ago, in the summer, when I decided to take a hot bath and my blood pressure shot up (or something, I don't know the actual medicine of it). This felt very different though.
I'm kind of freaked out and something like this is hard to google and I've been watching too much bad hospital tv recently to deal with this reasonably. I really, seriously, really can't afford to go to a hospital. I know of a free clinic, but it's only open on Tuesdays.