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Posted by: Drea, Friday, February 22, 2008, 2:48pm
Hi all,

I've been having a weird experience for the last few years: whenever I vomit (which isn't often, as I would rather do just about anything else), I pass out and wake up on the floor, usually with a couple of bruises. Two days ago I got the stomach flu and passed out at least five times while throwing up. Finally, I put myself in a seated position with my elbows locked in order to maintain consciousness.

I have a doctor's appointment scheduled, but wanted to know if anyone else has experienced anything like this and what they did about it. I'm not that confident in Medical Doctors, these days.
Posted by: 2330 (Guest), Friday, February 22, 2008, 3:29pm; Reply: 1
Quoted from Drea
Hi all,

I've been having a weird experience for the last few years: whenever I vomit (which isn't often, as I would rather do just about anything else), I pass out and wake up on the floor, usually with a couple of bruises. Two days ago I got the stomach flu and passed out at least five times while throwing up. Finally, I put myself in a seated position with my elbows locked in order to maintain consciousness.

I have a doctor's appointment scheduled, but wanted to know if anyone else has experienced anything like this and what they did about it. I'm not that confident in Medical Doctors, these days.


Oh, my, Drea! I have a friend who has a similar problem and she carries a strong medication with her all the time for nausea because vomiting can become a life and death matter for her in minutes!!! I don't remember the name of the condition she has but it is very serious. I am glad you already have an appt. lined up because sometimes these people can actually earn their title! I wonder if you can take ginger.....
Posted by: Henriette Bsec, Friday, February 22, 2008, 3:34pm; Reply: 2
Hugs to you that sounds so bad...
I have only passed out once when vomiting that is about it and that was bad enough :'(
Posted by: italybound, Friday, February 22, 2008, 5:44pm; Reply: 3
I passed out once after vomiting. I was walking back to my bed and passed out. I was lucky not to have been seriously hurt. My culprit was food poisoning. Do you think this is why you're throwing up Drea? Or could it be that and not the flu? So many similarities, I know.
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Friday, February 22, 2008, 6:03pm; Reply: 4
Sounds like a vasovagal response.
http://www.doctorslounge.com/gastroenterology/forums/backup/topic-3343.html
Posted by: OSuzanna, Friday, February 22, 2008, 8:03pm; Reply: 5
Thanks, Dottie1, that link was very interesting! My past experiences with vomiting involved feeling faint which I attributed to not being able to breathe properly, thus feeling suffocated. This vasovaga-thing is fascinating. Glad for those who have managed to prop themselves so as not to crack their noggins! :-/
Posted by: Drea, Friday, February 22, 2008, 10:25pm; Reply: 6
Quoted from Andrea AWsec

Thanks for posting the link, Dottie1. The doctor won't see me until I go to the ER, which I really don't want to do, based on the expense and the waiting around. Grr.
Posted by: italybound, Friday, February 22, 2008, 10:41pm; Reply: 7
Quoted from Drea
The doctor won't see me until I go to the ER,


Huh??????? What sense does THAT make except that he/she must be affiliated w/ that hospital and getting a li'l kick back.  >:(  Goodness, if your doc orders tests, insurance pays for them. Sounds like a nice setup for the doc! Sorry you have to put up w/ that Drea.  :K)
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Friday, February 22, 2008, 11:02pm; Reply: 8
Quoted from Drea
Hi all,

I've been having a weird experience for the last few years: whenever I vomit (which isn't often, as I would rather do just about anything else), I pass out and wake up on the floor, usually with a couple of bruises. Two days ago I got the stomach flu and passed out at least five times while throwing up. Finally, I put myself in a seated position with my elbows locked in order to maintain consciousness.

I have a doctor's appointment scheduled, but wanted to know if anyone else has experienced anything like this and what they did about it. I'm not that confident in Medical Doctors, these days.


Lay on the floor with your feet up,like on a chair or bed. It will raise your Blood pressure by getting the blood to your brain and heart. You will probably still feel whoosey.
Now why are you going to the MD?

Posted by: Drea, Saturday, February 23, 2008, 12:43am; Reply: 9
Quoted from Andrea AWsec


Now why are you going to the MD?



Because my mom, my friends, and the nurse practioner that was called when I was so sick a few days ago said that passing out while vomiting is not normal, and I should get checked out.

I'm not terribly confident in Western medicine, though. And being told to go to the ER is just one more example of it.
Posted by: Curious, Saturday, February 23, 2008, 12:55am; Reply: 10
Can you change the doctor?
Posted by: italybound, Saturday, February 23, 2008, 3:05am; Reply: 11
Quoted from Drea
....said that passing out while vomiting is not normal


I totally agree w/ this but I think it's a real CROCK that your doctor won't see you until you go to the ER!! I agree w/ Curious.....can you get a dif doctor? Maybe a friend or family member who lives close has a dr they could recommend.  :)

Posted by: Drea, Saturday, February 23, 2008, 3:34am; Reply: 12
Quoted from Curious
Can you change the doctor?


Three doctors have told me the same thing...I live in the medical backwoods...
Posted by: italybound, Saturday, February 23, 2008, 3:36am; Reply: 13
Quoted from Drea
Three doctors have told me the same thing...I live in the medical backwoods...


Have they given you a reason why?
Posted by: Drea, Saturday, February 23, 2008, 3:46am; Reply: 14
Quoted from italybound


Have they given you a reason why?


Because the doctor's office doesn't have the technology to draw blood or do the scans necessary and would just have to write me a prescription to go to the lab and to the imaging place, etc. They all said that the ER has all the necessary equipment right there...I'm going to call my insurance company and find out what they pay for an ER visit...

Thanks, all, for your support.
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Saturday, February 23, 2008, 1:27pm; Reply: 15
Here if you treat the ER as a doctors office they bill the patient rather then the insurance company. It becomes non emergent care.
What sort of Blood test will they do? Check you for anemia? A heart problem? Take your Blood pressure?
Posted by: italybound, Saturday, February 23, 2008, 6:18pm; Reply: 16
Quoted from Andrea AWsec
Here if you treat the ER as a doctors office they bill the patient rather then the insurance company. It becomes non emergent care.


Yes, here we pay $200 for an ER visit, whether it's a true emergency or not. Still sounds to me like they're trying to get you to pay for most or all of the bill instead of the ins co. That's just wrong!! Hope you get some good answers from your ins co Drea.  :K)
Posted by: Victoria, Saturday, February 23, 2008, 7:30pm; Reply: 17
The Vaso-vagal information was helpful, and I related to that.  For most of my life, whenever I had to get a shot or have blood drawn, I would become extremely pale, begin to sweat and tremble.  Then I would feel very sick at my stomach.  If I did not lie down, or at least sit down with my head hanging lower than my heart, I would pass out.

It doesn't happen much anymore, but if I ever feel even a twinge of the experience (I've learned how to recognize it), I get on hands and knees with my head hanging down, and the sensation passes quickly.
Posted by: 3039 (Guest), Saturday, June 14, 2008, 6:28pm; Reply: 18
My husband gets that and two of our MDs said it was a vaso-vagal reaction and is actually common. When he is vomity, which is rare, we have to lay him on his side on the bathroom floor with a basin.

Jennifer
Posted by: Rebecca_C, Saturday, June 14, 2008, 10:17pm; Reply: 19
I have vasovagal, which was diagnosed when I was about 10.  They did an EEG to rule out epilepsy because I'd passed out at school a couple of times (both times there were films involving blood) and has seizures instead of just gracefully falling to the floor.  I pass out before throwing up if I don't get to the floor first.  Other times it will affect me is getting a blood test, going to the dentist, anything involving blood. Given I also have low blood pressure, I just have to watch that I don't get up too fast otherwise I can trigger it.

The EEG just showed a mild imbalance on one side of the brain but my grandparents joked at the time that I was just having it done to prove that there was something in my head!  (At least it kept me from getting freaked out about the wires).

Do you pass out at any other time?  It sounds like your blood pressure gets low before you are sick thus it's causing you to pass out.
Posted by: Squirrel, Sunday, June 15, 2008, 2:05am; Reply: 20
Oh wow! I pass out when I throw up too - and I've never heard of anyone else doing it. I haven't vomited since being on the BTD. (dance)

I'll always have to kneel on the floor on front of the toilet, cross my arms and hold on tight to the edges to stop myself falling. That usually works. Even if I do black out, it must be so transient that I'm still holding on when I come round again. Just means I have to get there in plenty of time. Ditto with the low blood pressure.

Once I passed out and knocked my eyebrow on the bathroom door handle. I had a shiner to beat all, and my worried workmates spent all week trying to get me to confess to being secretly abused by my poor DH - who was in Brazil at the time! Nobody believed my story!

Thanks for posting this. It makes me realise I'm not alone.
Posted by: Drea, Sunday, June 15, 2008, 5:44pm; Reply: 21
Until I get health insurance coverage again, I will wait to look into this any further. Thanks for the suggestions jennihul and Squirrel. I hope I never have to vomit again, but if I do, I'll try them.
Posted by: Caz B, Tuesday, June 17, 2008, 8:08am; Reply: 22
My friend also passes out whenever she vomits - has done so since she was a child.  She has to do what Jennihul's husband does, lie on the floor with a container.  

Good luck Drea, hope you find some answers.
Posted by: JJR, Tuesday, June 17, 2008, 1:42pm; Reply: 23
I used to have that problem when I was sucking down too much of grandpa's old cough syrup, if you know what I mean.  ;)

I'm sorry, just trying to inject a little humor, even though this is not a funny matter.  I will say a prayer for you and I hope it gets worked out.
Posted by: mikeo, Tuesday, June 17, 2008, 2:08pm; Reply: 24
when I read your first post, I thought 'her BP dropped'which happens to most people who faint...and then I read the vasovagal response post and viola.
Posted by: Amazone I., Tuesday, June 17, 2008, 3:09pm; Reply: 25
ther's a beautiful & very helpful supplement called *phosetamine* from the german firm Köhler available...go for it and you will see that it
helps very effectfully but you ned to takre it between 3-6 monts.
Also nux vomica can do the trick, but not that quickly .... :-/

if you need the teutonic address where I'm ordering it (pharmacy)
so please let me know and I'm going to provide the address  8)to you  :D
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