I am posting about
laugh-syncope or laugh fainting. I was diagnosed with this back in 2012 following a car accident. I was driving with my wife and four of my children when we were singing to a song and I described a childhood memory connected to that song. We all began to laugh. I laughed hard and passed out.
"Mommy lee" posted on 4/2/2009 9:46 pm, a post where she mentioned herself passing out with laughing. Besides a Jerry Seinfeld episode that talked about
it, I had not heard of anyone else having this experience.
Before my accident in 2012, I never had migraines or studdering, or the often spells. I passed out at the wheel. We had just come through a traffic light so we weren't going very fast, thank the Lord. I came to, sort of half way. I was totally slumped over at the wheel. Muffled. I could hear the noises of my kids and my wife trying to wake me, but I couldn't move my body or lift my head. I couldn't really feel my wife pulling on my arm or slapping my face (lightly) . My foot was not on the gas, but we drifted over to the opposite lane and ran into an oncoming car. My head hit the steering wheel and I passed out again. I came to, to find we had run up an embankment. My wife had a minor concussion and my children were blessed to only have minor seatbelt burns.
Since then, I experience daily headaches and weekly migraines (some lasting all day). When I have belly laughs I pass out for a few minutes or so and come to and that usually is followed by a migraine. Is there anyone out there whom can relate?
I am on my second neurologist they're still trying to determine what this is. I've had all the scans to no avail. I'm not a hypochondriac but I would like to know so that it could be treated properly. Epilepsy, cataplexy, narcolepsy, all have all been ruled out. I've been on Topamax and the doctor changed me to Vimpat wich is crazy expensive, but it seems to retard the episode. The change was due to the decrease in lobedoe.
With Vimpat I have more of a warning of the passing out and I can stop laughing and sit down take deep breathes and let the tingling and so forth pass.
At this point I'm being seen by a sleep lab doctor at UVA Medical center. I use a C-pap machine for sleep apnea. The dr. Thinks maybe it has something to do with the passing out....without a proper diagnosis my neurologist will not release me to do any kind of work. Between the migraines, passing out, and the cocktail of medications I only have so many hours in a day that I'm actually functional before I'm extremely fatigued, headache pain, or drowsy/falling asleep from the meds.
Again, anyone relate? Please post.