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Frequent black outs, head ache, nauseous, spinning. What is am suffering from?

Hi, I m 16 year old female, and the very first time I passed out was because I was over heated. I was 8 years old. The next time it happened I was 15 and I was on a school field trip. It was the hottest day of the year, and we had to stand outside for about 2 hours, and I was wearing long jeans. I had a sudden craving for water, so I walked over to my teacher and as soon as I said something I could feel my legs give out. I passed out and next thing I know everyone is hovering over me, I went back to school with this weird feeling in my head that it would happen again, but it didn t. Last September I was getting ready for school and I took a drink of a soda , and 5 seconds later I had a sharp pain in my left side and I blacked out. I have no idea what caused that. In December I was in the shower and I felt really hungry, and then I felt like I was going to throw up. I just figured it was because of how hungry I was. I got out, blow dried my hair and I walked out to the kitchen to get some food, and I ran back in the bathroom cause I felt like I was going t throw up, and as I was looking for a clip to hold my hair back, all I remember is getting super dizzy, and I woke up 10 minutes later on my bathroom floor. I had a giant bruise on the right side of my head and I woke up with my head 2 inches away from the bathtub and I had no idea where I was at. Ever since then, I feel light headed & nauseous all the time. I ve gone to a neurologist and he said it was probably because all my hormones are going crazy and probably poor circulation. He ordered me to have blood tests, EEG , and a EKG . I m scared though. I m scared of needles, and he said that the goal in the EEG was for me to pass out. Passing out is scary, and I don t want to more than I have to lol. But this weekend I got really dizzy when I went out to dinner, so I sat on the bathroom floor with my head between my legs until I thought I had enough strength to get up. I always feel weird in my 1st hour, which is gym. We don t really do much, I just feel disconnected. Today I went home from school because in gym I could feel my face get hot, my head started feeling weird and the room started spinning, I went to the bathroom and sat there. I went back to class but then went to the nurse. Sometimes when this happens, my chest gets heavy or hurts and I feel like throwing up. I m really scared because I don t know what s wrong with me, can you help?
Asked On : Sun, 3 Mar 2013
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your history suggests vasovagal syncope.vasovagal syncope is a common cause of recurrent syncope.
clinically these episodes present as an isolated event with an identifiable trigger or a series of recurrent episodes.
symptoms can be explained by variable degree of activation or depression of the autonomic nervous system.symptoms before fainting are caused by decreased perfusion of brain.
vasovagal syncope is a very common condition and studies show that 20 % of general population suffers at least one episode.most common between 10-30 years of age.
My advice to you is to be relaxed your episodes seem to be benign episodes there is nothing to worry.please undergo the advised tests as they are essential to rule out other rare causes.hope this helps.take care!
Answered: Sat, 31 Aug 2013
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