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Can anyone help me figure out why I had this sudden feeling?

Asked by SergeantQueen (11996points) November 26th, 2020

I know none of yall are medical professionals. Just trying to understand what happened.

I was helping my mom cook when suddenly I got really dizzy and had a bad hot flash. My vision got all weird where I was seeing colored spots. I felt like I was going to faint so I sat down for a minute. I felt a bit better but it got worse when I went to wash my hands.

My moms voice and the water sounded super muffled like I had earmuffs on. I somehow made it to my room after and fell onto my bed and turned my fan on.

I heard this weird sound in both my ears, not ringing but like a clinking sound. I thought it was from my fan at first. That all went away and I felt better enough to stand up but my heart was racing so badly I felt like I was going to have a panic attack. I calmed myself down.

I am not sure what happened. If anybody had experienced this I would be interested in hearing. I am going to bring this up to my doc on Tuesday.

Anyways, I hope you all are well. Happy holidays

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Zaku's avatar

I’ve had one dizzy/nausea spell, and one fainting episode in my life. I didn’t see colored spots or hearing distortion, and I don’t know what those might indicate – I expect nothing conclusive.

The one I had diagnosed, they said dehydration & swine flu. The other was I think heat/dehydration, or maybe food poisoning.

Were you feeling stressed before this? How much clean liquid (not coffee or alcohol) had you has to drink before this happened?

SergeantQueen's avatar

@Zaku maybe like a bottle of water.

Stress? Yes. I am wondering if it is a panic attack, but I have had panic attacks for 9 years now and never once felt this bad.

Zaku's avatar

Panic attack would be my first guess and hope. Or a dizzy spell causing a panic attack. I’d say make sure you drink enough water, be careful, take it easy, get enough sleep, and see what your doctor has to say about it.

janbb's avatar

It sounds to me like it could have been an ocular migraine. I don’t get them but a friend does so I don’t know a ton about them but you might look them up. I got really lightheaded recently after a fall on a hike and nearly fainted but not the other symptoms you had.

jca2's avatar

@SergeantQueen: Were you hydrated? I’ve fainted three times in my life, and all three times were from being dehydrated (in addition to other factors like heat).

Dutchess_III's avatar

Go check your blood pressure. It may be low.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

I used to feel like that in medical settings, or just reading about physical trauma. My blood pressure would drop and sometimes I would pass out. It still happens occasionally. I think it stems from an accident where I lopped off a fingertip as a toddler.

Mayo Clinic – Vasovagal syncope – “Vasovagal syncope (vay-zoh-VAY-gul SING-kuh-pee) occurs when you faint because your body overreacts to certain triggers, such as the sight of blood or extreme emotional distress. It may also be called neurocardiogenic syncope.

“The vasovagal syncope trigger causes your heart rate and blood pressure to drop suddenly. That leads to reduced blood flow to your brain, causing you to briefly lose consciousness.

“Vasovagal syncope is usually harmless and requires no treatment. But it’s possible you may injure yourself during a vasovagal syncope episode. Your doctor may recommend tests to rule out more serious causes of fainting, such as heart disorders.”

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

My meds cause my dizziness. Eating something helps. I would recommend reading up othostatic hypertension.

When I switched to drinking water only for beverages, and eating better helped. Also I stopped skipping meals.

kritiper's avatar

You better have a doctor check you out. You might have high blood pressure and be on the verge of a stroke or heart attack.

Dutchess_III's avatar

When I had crazy high blood pressure in 2007 (237 / 135) I had absolutely NO symptoms. 0. Nada. Nope. Nope. Nope. That’s why hypertension is called “The silent killer.”

SergeantQueen's avatar

I am going to a doc on Tuesday. Will for sure mention everything and have her check me out.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Let us know, Hon.

SergeantQueen's avatar

I will update. :)

janbb's avatar

Yes, please let us know.

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