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Feeling heaviness in the head, fatigue. What is happening?

Three times I have experienced a very quick onset of my head feeling like it weighed 50 pounds and I could not sit up..had to put my head down to keep from passing out...happened right after I ate twice...i became instantly tired and could not hardly keep my eyes open...felt like I had to fight to stay alert and awake...after about 15 minutes it edged off and I could think felt normal with the exception I was incredibly tired...I am 54 years old and active...still work 50 hours a week and chase grandkids around on a daily basis...When this happened the first time is was about 6-7 months again...2nd time 6-8 weeks ago and again today...I have to completely stop what I am doing and sit or lay down...One time I fell sideways and did not feel like I was able to lift myself up. Symptoms seem to pass fairly quickly but seem to be happening more...thanks for you help! Terri
Asked On : Mon, 18 Mar 2013
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Thank for your query Terri.
Transient attacks of this nature are typically caused by either a nerve reflex from irritation to the vagal nerve, that supplies the heart, stomach and lower oesophagus or from a circulatory problem to the brain, often related to your blood pressure. The association to eating will suggest the former I.e. reflux esophagitis . As this may cause you to faint, which will cause havoc when driving or from falling, I suggest you see this in a serious light and consult a doctor, to prevent this from happening. Kind regards.
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