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Could food cause me to sweat super profusely and make me very dizzy, like falling over dizzy?

Asked by Adirondackwannabe (34619 points ) June 16th, 2014

On Father’s Day I made garlic olives and my Stepfather and I were eating those and chips and salsa. Never mind the culinary masochist comments. After a lot of each I started sweating like a pig and I got super dizzy. I was just waiting for the pain in my arms or chest to tell me I was in a world of hurt. My niece was up to see him too and she’s a resident so I had her check me out. It didn’t go further, but I was nervous. The sweating I expected, but the dizziness was not. Any ideas?

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dappled_leaves's avatar

Could it have been a panic attack?

Mimishu1995's avatar

Or could it have anything to do with the garlic? Are you OK now?

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@dappled_leaves No, stayed completely, well almost calm. No breathing issues, no fear, just concern.
@Mimishu1995 I love garlic, never a problem. I was fine that night.

ibstubro's avatar

Are you at the age for male menopause? Seriously. I think I’ve been there.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@ibstubro Nah, don’t believe in that. My inner child is just fine.

CWOTUS's avatar

Dizziness is one of the signs of a stroke, and also a sign of too-low blood pressure. (Anyone who has been on blood pressure medication is advised to be careful when rising from a prone, seated or squatting position too quickly, as the immediate rise can lead to dizziness, and in more extreme circumstances, even temporary loss of consciousness.)

In any case, one of the causes of dizziness is reduced blood supply to the brain. (It’s not the only cause, of course.) So I would guess that an allergic reaction, if you had one, which caused swelling in your neck to press against the arterial supply to your brain could have the same effect.

The sweating can be explained by the salsa, perhaps. Sometimes when I have too much of some that’s too hot (or too much wasabi at once), that can cause me to break out in a sweat.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@CWOTUS B/P was 120/76, pulse 66. I expected the sweating, that was a mean combination, but the dizziness was something new. No reactions, I’m used to those.

Seek's avatar

Any chance of an inner ear infection? Those can cause vertigo and dizziness.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Seek No, no symptoms of any inner ear problem.

johnpowell's avatar

I get something similar when I eat the 99 cent spicy chicken sandwiches from Carls Jr.

I wouldn’t worry all that much unless it happens again in different circumstances.

I’m not joking about my reaction to the Carls JR.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Sounds like the itis :P

longgone's avatar

How hot was it? Had you been drinking enough water ;)?

Dan_Lyons's avatar

my Stepfather and I were eating those and chips and salsa.

Sounds like there were some serious peppers in that salsa.

CWMcCall's avatar

If that was me I would have had someone drive me to the ER. From the AHA

Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

livelaughlove21's avatar

@CWMcCall The OP had no pain, nausea, or shortness of breath. His BP and heart rate were fine. It was clearly not a heart attack.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@livelaughlove21 Correct. I was dreading that stuff, but it never happened. Heart disease is bad in my family, I’m the oldest living male. But the dizziness was wacked.
Thanks for the other answers.

GloPro's avatar

Maybe it had nothing to do with the food. I’m the kind of weirdo that recreates a situation to test it.

MAYBE you just really whacked your sodium potassium channels by eating a shit ton of salt. You needed water to flush some of that out of your bloodstream and help repolarize your body. I don’t know that people understand how delicately balanced your Ca+K pumps are.
Did you have any tingles or cramps or stiff muscles/joints?

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@GloPro No tingles, cramps or stiffness. I watch all those levels carefully. I’m borderline low on sodium, and I take a very low dose K supplement. My doctor checks those levels all the time.

GloPro's avatar

Did anyone lick your skin to see if your sweat was overly salty? (Only kind of kidding) Did you bloat or shrivel in the next few hours?

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

No, no licking. :) No bloating or shriveling. I ate a bit later, then later that night was hungry so I ate again. No cravings, just normal hunger.

GloPro's avatar

Huh. And no headache? It might not have been sodium overload.
Next time don’t put those magic mushrooms in the salsa. I’m glad you recovered well :-)

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

No headache. But, slaps forehead, that’s why I couldn’t find my magic mushrooms last night. :) Thanks.

ibstubro's avatar

Here I was thinking blotter, or maybe a microdot mistaken for saccharine tab.

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