passing out with severe sharp,sudden pain

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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 1/6/2008 12:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I passed out at work the other night after getting a severe, sharp pain in my head. When I woke, I was unable to speak, and had severe neck pain.
They did test for menigitis, an MRI, CT scan, etc and found nothing. I had a severe headache for 2 days. They are saying it could be an 'A typical migraine" that causes me to pass out.
Does anyone else ever pass out?
The thing is I've passed out about 5 times over the last 2 weeks. When they test my BP, laying/sitting/standing, everything is normal, and all test are normal so of course they all call it "stress".
this is the 2nd time I've passed out at work, so I'm afraid of losing my job. Plus, I'd like to know whats going on.
I don't know what to do.
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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 1/8/2008 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   

Reading your post, I can understand how scary it is to just pass out and then the dr find no medical reason for it...
I have been doing this for the past 4 years off and on. It seems to come with the terrible migraines that I get that I am now finding out are due to Chronic Lyme Disease but the passing out is a very scary thing for me also. I have had many spells and alot of them have resulted in cuts, bruises, and many scars from hitting things. When I do go out it a complete loss of consciousness and sometimes takes sometime for my family to get me to come out of it. The only solution that the drs have been able to give me is that when I am getting the terrible migraines that my nerves are inflammed and my brain is possibly swelling just slightly and affecting my nerves which in turn causes me to pass out when the headaches are very severe.

I am still searching for answers too and in the mean time it has become somewhat of a joke but not really, that I should stay away from anything that will harm me when I have a headache, don't drive (which I don't) and maybe get a helmet!!! :-) At least that would cut back on some of the scars on my head and face.


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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 1/29/2008 10:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I get migraines with passing out too... see my response to a post about auras currently on the previous page. It can be very scary especially when they first start and you are trying to figure everything out. You aren't alone!

I'm really curious about the energy medicine you mention in your signature. I've never heard of that. What is it?

Good for you for getting off all the med's. What an accomplishment!

To sum up quickly for you, what I think has helped me the most, assuming it's not a coincidence that my episodes have decreased so significantly, is an electrolyte supplement called "Trace-lyte" made by Natures Path Supplements. (I get mine from Long Life company or something like that. They charge $5 less than buying direct from the manufacturer and they have fast shipping and very courteous over the phone.) I also have eliminated aspartame, MSG and nitrates from my diet... but the electrolytes have worked the best. Seems to work differently than gatorade which never gave me much help. I try to drink mostly water.

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   Posted 6/23/2009 10:48 PM (GMT -6)   
My daughter had shooting pains in her head, and later had where half of her body went numb and she would pass out. We were told she had hemiplegic migraines. She also gets the shooting pains from the back of her head to her spine. They do mention drinking lots of water. Her calcium, Vitamin D, and phosphate are off. She also has an overlysensitive carotid artery and goes out if touched on her neck or overextends her back when turning.

Have they done any blood work to see if you're lacking in certain areas of vitamins that you need? We're still searching for answers ourselves.

Hopefully, you'll get more answers soon.

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   Posted 6/24/2009 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I have lost consciousness a few times from SEVERE headaches/pain. My doctor seemed to think it was, for lack of a better way to describe, a "shock" to my body because of the level of things temp. shut down to "reset" (I know, not the best explaination you have ever heard lol)

to answer vickabee- I did have a test and the only think they found that was abnormal was my IGG level. I have never found any specific reason for passing out though.
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