Fainting - Causes

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Published: March 10

I have fainted twice within a year, but I’ve never had any health issues in my life. The recent one just a couple of days ago was at a concert, and I had only been there for about an hour or so when everything slowed down and my body didn’t feel like my own. I kept noticing small things about people walking by, like their skin and I began to see little white spots in my vision until the white spots got bigger and I guess I passed out then. My friends said that I just fell straight backwards and my eyes rolled back and I had no pulse for a minute. The people carried me out of the crowd and I was out for about 20 minutes until she poured ice on me. Even after I was conscious I was still very disoriented and had a hard time understanding and responding to the paramedic’s questions but he checked everything and said I was fine and to not drive. But on my way home I had this pounding headache. Even after a couple of days the headache remains and my entire body is sore..

Published: August 12

I have fainted since I was in 4th grade. I am now 61. I was diagnosed with sinus tachycardia in 1989 and have been on beta blockers ever since. Time to time they have had to be changed and dosage adjusted; but currently on 50mg. Tenormin. July 24 became lightheaded while singing hymns at church and I sat down as I knew the signs and didn't want to faint and cause a scene. The following Sun., July 31 it happened again; only during the sermon I became very lightheaded. I leaned over and even lay across my husband's lap trying to avoid fainting. I finally realized I was going to either faint; so I asked him to help me out of the sanctuary. He helped me through the double doors in the entrance hall where I had to lay down. A nurse who attends there saw me and followed us and helped by getting some wet paper towels and water. Once I was able to get up my husband and I left. I saw my electro physiologist and cardiologist today and he said I appear to be fine and advised me to continue as I've been. He only wants me to drink more water and Gatorade for electrolytes and if I have another episode he wants to do some kind of EKG test where they go up through the groin and stimulate my heart and see if he can recreate the episode. I have had tilt table and did not faint. Very confusing..