Passing Out--Crohn's related??

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   Posted 1/13/2008 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone---last monday night i was doing prep for the following morning for a colonoscopy but anyway i fely ok and decided to take a shower, after a few minutes i felt really dizzy and called out for help. my mom found me passed out with the water running, i hit my jaw on the faucet and luckily did not break anything, but her screaming woke me up. I thought that i probably passed out from the lack of fluids and food etc.. but then on friday i had like another blackout moment in the kitchen and i had to grasp the table and sit down before i fell. Also, today i had a spinning feeling in my head and blacked out but quickly recovered as my mother began to get hysterical. I was wondering if anyone has experienced this or knows if it could be related to crohns or meds. i;m on 6mp, pred, remicade, protonix, zyrtec for allergies.

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   Posted 1/13/2008 4:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow I know ur mom mustv been worried sick. The only thing I can think of is ur blood or sugar levels. I have severe anemia (this can b caused by crohns especially if u bleed a lot, however iv had it 4 ever and am fighting getting a transfusion now). N e way, your hemogloben(sp) could b really low. Signs of this might b dizziness when standing, heart flutters, fatigue, or shortness of breath.
Or, I'm also slightly hypoglycemic (sp) which has also caused me to pass out when my sugar gets too low. Signs of this for me include a clammy feeling, a feeling like I'm sweating on my insides (if that makes any sense), lightheadedness, and sometimes if I let it get really bad I can get a little disoriented (finding it hard to talk). I can usually catch this by drinking orange juice or eating a few crackers until I can eat a meal.
If these don't sound like you. I'm sure someone will come along wit more answers. Until then, please keep someone around you in case it happens unexpectedly again. Be careful!
25 y/o female- crohns disease since 14
Ileostomy pending-very worried
Tried asacol,pentasa,prednisone,remicade,6mp,azasan, no avail
Seatons placed
Worst year ever!

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   Posted 1/13/2008 5:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had that happen, always when I am not feeling the best because of CD. There is something about the shower too. Many times I feel it coming and end up sitting in the shower too weak to stand up and turn it off.

Never pinpointed the exact cause but it has to do with either: drop in blood pressure, lack of food/nutrients, or dehydration. I tend to have two or all of these when it happens. I know it is scary.
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   Posted 1/14/2008 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been having dizzy spells & black outs lately. Once in the shower, too. I haven't passed out yet (I hope I don't) but everything does go black sometimes. I had really low blood pressure the last time I went to the dr, nurse thought I was sleepy. I have not been given a definitive dx yet, but have been told by DO that he thinks it's CD. Maybe these are related? I have been losing weight like crazy & feel so worn down. I wondered if I wasn't hypoglycemia because I did have problems with low sugar as a teenager, but then seemed to outgrow it. But maybe it's due to malabsorbtion?

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   Posted 1/14/2008 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Iron and B12 deficiency will cause this for me. i would have your nutritional values checked.
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
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   Posted 1/14/2008 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I think even dehydration can cause the dizzy spells, possibly even fainting...

Remember that law show that used to be on (can't remember the name, Law and Order maybe) and the one lawyer used to fart as he was fainting, that cracked me up!!  This post reminded me of that.

I am glad that you didn't get hurt passing out though, your mom must have been frantic...I know I would have been.


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   Posted 1/14/2008 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Fainting, blacking out, passing out can indicate a lot if different things that can be quite serious. I would suggest contacting your Doc and possibly look into seeing a cardiologist.....

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   Posted 1/15/2008 12:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Because you were doing the prep, it's quite possible it was dehydration. 
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