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Posted By : MariachiBand1 - 8/20/2017 6:39 PM
I didn't know where else to post this topic, so I hope right here would be fine.

I was "fooling around" with my boyfriend the other day, and he accidentally poked me really hard in a sensitive area. Needless to say, it was excruciatingly painful and I told him I was about to pass out, and I did. As soon as I woke back up, he told me that while I was unconscious, the joints of my arms and legs were bending backwards, almost locking into place. My boyfriend said he had to bend them back correctly so I wouldn't hurt myself.

Now, I cannot find anything on the Internet about this. I have fainted before, but my limbs never did this before. I have extremely mild epilepsy, but I'm not sure that has anything to do with what happened. He said I wasn't shaking, so it couldn't have been a seizure.

Does anyone have any idea why this was happening?

Posted By : (Seashell) - 8/20/2017 10:22 PM
I do not think that you have anything odd or unusual happening in you with the reported joint laxity when you fainted.

When people lose consciousness, the body's response is to be hypotonic. That is, low to no muscle tone. Floppy. Low muscle tone would allow your joints to be hyper flexible and to be more apt to be slightly out of normal position and alignment.

Muscles have a normal resting muscle tone when we are conscious (and even during sleeo). Your muscles have electrical activity and are active but at a low level of contraction.

When losing consciousness and passing out, the body shuts down all non-essential systems. Resting muscle tone is one system that is temporarily placed on hold. This is what your boy friend was observing in you. Your muscles were hypotonic and floppy. Your joints were lax. Joint laxity would allow the joints to move out of normal alignment to the degree allowed by attaching ligaments and tendons.

Nothing serious or of concern. Your body was responding to the trauma of being punched as it should - essentially shutting down any non-essential body system. Your muscle state was placed on "sleep" mode just as when your computer downshifts when not in active use.
Karen
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Post Edited ((Seashell)) : 8/20/2017 10:39:32 PM (GMT-6)


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