Fainting spells

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   Posted 10/11/2004 9:01 AM (GMT -6)   
A friend of mine has for some time now suffered from fainting spells, averaging to 6 times a day. The duration of his loss of consciousness varies from 5-20 minutes. It is debilitating, he can't drive, work, etc. Anyone recognise this? Any suggestions as to what to do? confused

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   Posted 10/12/2004 6:36 AM (GMT -6)   
first things to do are see doctor and get blood pressure checked. latter can be done at many of the major drug store chains. very low bp can cause fainting. also there is the tia, or mini-stroke. these may cause loss of consciousness for short amounts of time. so a trip to a neurologist may also be in order. linda

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   Posted 10/12/2004 10:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, one thing is for sure, and that is do what odettesmom advised....see a doc ! From experience, I do know that panic attacks can cause fainting spells. I understand that it is because when we panic we tend to hold our breath, which causes a shortage of oxygen to the brain, resulting in fainting until we breathe again normally. Also, when depression is diagnosed as a Bipolar disorder, seizures of the gran mall type are not uncommon.

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   Posted 10/12/2004 8:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with the other two posts. He needs to see a doctor immediately! If you are with him the next time he passes out, call an ambulance or take him to the ER.
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