Post # 1
I went on a hike today to collect some data for an ecology class I’m taking, and ended up fainting! I’m hoping some of the bees have experiece with dealing with this! It was mid-day in the hot sun, with no shade, and pretty steep. However, this is not my first time doing this type of hike, and usually I’m fine. But today I started having a hard time breathing and had black dots in my vision, and ended up blacked out before fainting. I had eaten beforehand (though not a lot) and had plenty of water. I have no idea what’s going on!
I only started blacking out in the past 2 years. The first time, I stubbed my finger on an escalator at a supermarket, it barely hurt but 10 minutes layer I blacked out at the checkout lane. I couldn’t see, hear, or feel anything. Every few months since, random things set it off. I’ve blacked out snagging an earring while putting it in, while hiking, and just last weekend at the pumpkin patch. Have any other bees experienced this? I’m going to make an appointment to see my doc but in the meantime I’m at my wits end! Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
@Giraffes: You could have low blood pressure.. I have a history of fainting, mostly when I get blood drawn/injections, and my BP runs very low normally anyway. Needles apparently make it drop like a stone!
Hopefully you’ll check out okay at the doc. That would be worrisome indeed if it’s happening frequently.
Post # 4
I had this problem when I was in high school and college and I never could find out what was causing it. I had blood sugar checked right afterward and had to wear a holster monitor for a week but nothing was ever found. I make sure to eat well, drink enough and get up slowly. Sorry for not having an answer!
Post # 5
Are you otherwise feeling okay? Have you had blood tests done recently? I wonder if it could “just” be anemia or vasovagal syncope.
Post # 6
I get this sometimes when my B12 gets low. Do you take B12 vitamins? If not, you might want to talk to your doctor about it. Did you have any pain or nausea with the fainting?
Post # 7
@DaisyBelle: Actually, the last time I gave blood 4 years ago I felt really light-headed, and the nurses had me lay down for awhile. I hadn’t even thought that might be related, I’ll make sure to tell my doc. Thanks!
@Cyanfire: I have been feeling a little tired lately, but not much more than usual. And I haven’t had blood tests done since in years!
@chercee: I don’t take any vitamins other than the occasional vitamin C if I’m feeling a cold coming on, so I’ll definitley mention the B12 to my doctor and see what she thinks. I had a headache and felt sick to my stomach afterwards, but I felt fine before fainting, so I don’t know if its directly related.
Thanks for all the replies, knowing what could be causing this is helping me not to worry too much!
Post # 8
Sounds like it could be anemia to me.
Post # 9
@Giraffes: I would say anemia/B12 are likely culprits. Definitely check it out. Good luck!