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August 21, 2011 8:50 AM Subscribe
YANMD, but I fainted last night and I'm a little worried....
posted by motsque to health & fitness (22 answers total)
Here's what happened: Yesterday I ate breakfast and lunch before meeting a friend for dinner & drinks. I had a light dinner with two drinks and then we went to another place for a few more. I did have quite a bit of liquor but I was fine when we walked from there to the hookah bar.
At the hookah bar I split two hookahs with my friend and drank some water, then a little bit of coffee. I stood up to put my shoes on and got woozy, so I paused for a minute to steady myself and crouch back down.
Here's what I remember: I remember falling to the floor on my left side with my shoulders jerking around. I had the feeling that my mouth was open and I didn't feel that I could close it. The last thing I recall was moving my right hand to try and push myself off the floor. The next thing knew I was on the other side of the cubby with ice on my neck and people fanning me. I woke up from a very clear dream of riding in a trolley down the street with my boyfriend (not that the contents of the dream matter, just that I was actually dreaming!).
Here's what my friend saw: I laid down on the floor on my left side. She started to call my name so I rolled on to my back and was looking at her right in the eyes. I said, "I'm so sleepy, I just want to go to sleep." But I took her hands when she held them out and stood up, then crumbled back over into the corner. The scariest thing is she said I was making noises like "gruuunhhhh" or something and she said she was scared I wasn't able to breathe. So she propped my head up and started to fan me and give me water to drink. Then I woke up.
The whole thing lasted about twenty seconds. I have a history of fainting that has recently accelerated: sixth grade, twelfth grade and now all of a sudden, ten years later, I've fainted three times in the last eight months. I'm not pregnant, underweight or anemic and generally healthy at all my checkups. I had been drinking but I was not drunk when this happened! (Although I was mortified anyways.)
Also, when I've fainted in the past, I'm back to normal pretty quick. This time, I felt like I had a really accelerated heartbeat until several hours later; my skin was clammy and felt like paper and I was going hot and cold while still very woozy.
Here are my questions:
1. What the hell happened?
2. Do I need to see a doctor?
3. I worry that a doctor will just lead to expensive scans that find nothing wrong, so what can I do to prevent or prepare for future episodes?