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couchtater
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   Posted 5/19/2015 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Today while driving my car I had a split-second blackout spell. I felt my eyes roll back in my head and then I was back again.

It scared the daylights out of me. shocked

I used to have these spells a lot when I was working, about five years before getting diagnosed with lupus. They've only happened a couple of times since then.

When it happens I feel weak and things turn black around the edges. I get a falling feeling and then I'm back. Everything feels surreal for a few minutes afterwards.

Do any of you feel like this?

I'm seeing the rheumatologist on Thursday and will mention these spells.
Joy
Lupus, RA, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, Depression, Allergies, diabetes, and benign familia tremors

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Chartreux
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   Posted 5/19/2015 10:47 PM (GMT -6)   
My mom would get these, are you diabetic? My mom is diabetic and anemic...good thing you have an appointment very soon...many well wishes...
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couchtater
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   Posted 5/20/2015 12:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm a recent diabetic.
Joy
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Chartreux
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   Posted 5/20/2015 7:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Read up on diabetic about keeping your blood sugars in control, because I think when it gets low you can pass out..
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couchtater
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   Posted 5/20/2015 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Even with metaformin I never get below 100. I'm on a low dose right now.
Joy
Lupus, RA, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, Depression, Allergies, diabetes, and benign familia tremors

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

Chartreux
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   Posted 5/20/2015 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Might try getting your blood checked at the doctors office, your devise might be broken or not working correctly, but its something to ask at your appointment tomorrow.
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Becky20
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   Posted 5/21/2015 3:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Joy this sounds a lot like a mini stroke or TIA. I knew a lady who described very similar symptoms and expressed to me her fears of driving because of such episodes. Her dr said she was having mini strokes. And a quick google search says these are caused by blockage in blood vessels. I hope everything goes well today, you'll be in my thoughts and prayers.
Diagnosed with SLE lupus October 2014.

Chartreux
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   Posted 5/23/2015 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   
How did the doctor's appointment go? hope you talked about these blackouts...
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couchtater
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   Posted 5/23/2015 3:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I told her about it,
she seemed puzzled and told me if it happens again to let them know.
Joy
Lupus, RA, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, Depression, Allergies, diabetes, and benign familia tremors

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

Chartreux
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   Posted 5/26/2015 6:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I hope this never happens to you again, but keep a note pad handy and if it does write down any and all symptoms that happened with the dizzy spell and keep a journel of if you eat anything sugary or if it happened out of the blue, well after any meal times and if your morning blood sugars were good...but a journel should help...
Many well wishes...
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Becky20
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   Posted 5/26/2015 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
My husband was dx'd with diabetes in January, he has always ridden a rollercoaster of high and low blood sugar. 1-2 symptoms are similar to his low sugar episodes, but it's my understanding that people who lose consciousness due to low insulin don't usually regain consciousness on their own, not without addressing the low insulin issue.

Still do worry for you Joy =/ Mini strokes could be a precursor to a full blown stroke. Is it possible that you're low on a vitamin or mineral? Did the dr do a cbc? And have you ever mentioned it to your PCP?
Diagnosed with SLE lupus October 2014.

couchtater
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   Posted 5/26/2015 11:06 PM (GMT -6)   
My rheumatologist does blood work every six weeks.

I'm planning to see my pcp soon and I'll tell him about them too.
Joy
Lupus, RA, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, Depression, Allergies, diabetes, and benign familia tremors

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

LAWCHICK
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   Posted 6/8/2015 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I sometimes get a funny feeling I can't really see scribe. It's not a total black out but it's like I feel like I'm not fully with it but it only lasts a couple seconds. Hope you feel better.
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