Post # 1
I had the strangest thing happen to me at my best friend’s engagement party this past weekend. And I don’t know if I should be concerned or not.
Fiance and I drove 7 hours that day to get to the party. We ended up ordering a small pizza before we left because we hadn’t really eaten all day and it was going to be another 3 hours before we got to eat at the restaurant. We get there, everything’s going well. I had two cocktails during the cocktail hour, a glass of champagne during the toasts, and 1 beer (which isn’t a lot for me) and I was eating during the cocktail hour. After dinner, I started getting intense abdominal cramps and got up to use the bathroom. Once in the stall (the ONLY STALL in the bathroom), I started to feel extremely nauseas and thought I was going to throw up too but NOTHING happened. I would have been content to stay there for a while to see if anything was going to happen but someone else came in the bathroom (and like I said, there was only 1 toilet), so I left the stall and went to the sink where the nausea became almost unbearable to the point where I was pretty sure I was going to pass out right in the bathroom. I was staring at myself in the mirror and my vision went gradually from seeing things perfectly, to blurry, to black around my periphery. While my vision was doing this, my hearing started to get muffled too and I started a cold sweat. The cramps were still there, but I couldn’t pay attention to them because of everything else going on. The lady in the stall finished up and left and I was just standing there (looking probably pretty drunk/high to anyone else). I lost complete track of time, but I think maybe after about 3 or 4 mins, things started getting better but my head was still not right! Someone else came into the bathroom (another friend of the bride that I hadn’t met before) and complimented my dress…Instead of saying “Thank you! I love your dress too” which is what I wanted to say, I ended up saying, “Thank you…I don’t know what it’s made of”…
OMG, I was so embarassed that those words came out (not to mention this girl probably thinks I’m high as a kite too), that I just left! I got back to the dining room where everyone was and my friends were all looking at me funny. Fiance told me I was gone for a REALLY long time and he was about to come in there looking for me. We ended up staying a couple more hours, sticking to water, and slowly feeling better. But it was the weirdest and strangest feeling ever. I lost complete control over what was happening to me and my speech and then it passed like nothing happened. I dont know if it was something I ate or what! I’m not any medication, I don’t use drugs of any kind, I can usually hold my alcohol a lot better than 2 or 3 drinks and I’ve never passed out or had dizzy spells like that before in my life. I hope that it never happens again! I felt horrible that I wasn’t myself for my best friend’s big night! She wanted us (the bridal party) to be up and dancing all night, but I just couldnt and I feel so guilty that I wasn’t able to come through for her and ended up sitting most of the night sipping water! 🙁
Post # 3
I have had really horrible cramps like that. I think it is gas. Im not sure if you ate something that didn’t agree with you, but once in a blue moon this will happen to me. The pain, the cold sweat, and even the nausea (which I actually believe is from the pain) There isn’t much you can do but maybe carry around some gas medicine? It doesn’t happen to me enough to take preventative measure, but I feel your pain! PS, I am so sorry you had to go through that in a public place!
Post # 4
Do you think there was something in your drink? This all sounds INCREDIBLY fishy to me….it sounds crazy bizzarre. Even if you drink on a relatively empty stomach, you shouldn’t have felt like that….
Edit: like toastercat said, I get really bad debilitating gas like that too. It usually ends with a 20 minute stint in the bathroom and I feel incredibly, violently sick. But I can always feel it coming on..it’s not sudden….
Post # 5
Oddly something similar happened to me at a wedding last summer. We were eating breakfast at a restaurant and suddenly my peripheral vision was gone/black and I felt like I was drugged. I told my boyfriend we had to leave immediately so I went to the bathroom outside thinking someone spiked something with a hallucinogen.
I actually hadn’t mentioned it to the doctor, but my initial thought was a mini stroke just because of the disorientation and SLIGHTLY disorganized speech probably brought on by a panic attack that happened shortly afterwards. I would suggest you get an appointment and not ride it out like I did. I came to my own conclusion it was vertigo because we were in a casino boat, there was a mirror on my left side and a man standing on my right (reflected in the mirror) and the carpet was a nauseating psychedelic pattern. Your brain does weird things when your vision gets messed up.
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
Gosh, that sounds horrible! Are you by any chance lactose intolerant (or have any food intolerance)? I don’t know if this is at all related, but I am lactose intolderant, and when I overdo it, my stomach hurts, and I get nauseous , but I never throw up – my fiance (the med student) tells me it is a sympathetic reaction to the abdominal pain which is why I get nauseaus and cold sweaty like you’re describing. The second part sounds similar to the experiences I have had before fainting – and you could have had this because the pain was making you nervous and/or was just so bad. I haven’t these together though, although it totally seems possible that one could have brought on the other. If it happens again, or if you’re really worried about it, I would definitely call your regular doctor. I hope this helps at all and I’m sorry you had this experience!
Post # 7
Thanks everyone. I thought it was gas too, to be honest, but I’ve never had it that bad where my vision and hearing were impaired like that. My coworker said something similar happened to her and then 9 months later, she had a baby…at the time, she just didn’t realize she was in the very early stages of pregnancy. I know that’s not what happened here…but what she said was enough to scare me pretty good. It’s odd because I’m usually the one with the iron clad stomach and my Fiance is the one who has the digestive issues and he had no problems that night and we were eating the exact same things — we split our meals so we each got to taste the shrimp and the filet. It was super strange. I am going to see my doctor today because I need to request copies of my records (we’re moving) so maybe I’ll have a chat with her about it.
Thanks for the help though! It definitely was strange. The speech thing is really what bugged me.
Post # 8
I think I would go to a doctor and tell her what happened. I had something similar happen and after a lot of tests they determined it was a complicated migraine. You don’t have to have a headache to get this kind of migraine.
Post # 9
I had the same thing happen to me a few times over the past few years. The doctor said that it could be anything from low or high bood sugar to dehydration. They never did come to a conclusion so to this day I’m not really sure what caused it.
Post # 11
That happened to me at a wedding last month!!! two drinks during the cocktail hour, plus food, and then we sat down to dinner, they put the salad in front of me and I thought, ” I am going to throw up!” and left the table. One of the other bridesmaids ended up taking me back to the hotel. In my case, I think I was severely dehydrated (I’d eaten but hadn’t had any water) and the alcohol must have made it worse.
Of course, at the time, every one just asked if I was pregnant.
Post # 12
My sister has had something similiar happen. She was told that it could be an intestinal twist or blockage that resolves itself.
It could have been some sort of allergic reaction. Did you have any new foods or types of alcohol?
Post # 13
that sounds like an episode of what i think was food poisoning that I had last week.. it was HORRIBLE.. my dad was talking to me and i was so zoned out.. I don’t even know what I said back.. I would say that was it. I popped 2 gravol and waited for it to knock me out.
Post # 14
When I get nautious I get panic attacks. It’s possible some of your symptoms were caused by panic. If you’re really worried mention it to your doctor next time you see him/her.
Post # 15
I am sorry you had to feel this way. From what you stated, it could be a panic attack. I used to get them all the time, and that is exactly how I felt. They would come at random time. Just to be on the safe side though, if I were you, I would go to the doctor to get checked out.
Post # 16
I would echo all the possibilities that the other bees have mentioned and just bring up one more. Was there a buffet? Was this catered by a group that handled all the food together? With people experiencing these reactions at events like this, I wonder if there’s something food-related involved… With buffets or catered events where large quantities of food are made at once, there may be an increased possibility of some kind of food poisoning…? I agree with everyone else that this is something you should ask your doctor about. I hate when unexplained things happen to my body too! It’s kind of scary when you can’t figure out WHY you’re feeling the way you are. I hope it’s nothing! 🙂