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What is the cause of recurrent fainting, hair loss ?

My daughter is 17 and has been fainting for over five months, starting at 5-7 times a day and now only every few days. She has experienced severe hair loss duriing this time. After she faints, she has trouble walking as her body feels very heavy. We have seen two cardiologist ,a neurologist , pediatrition, chiropractor, and energy medicine with no real diagnosis or fixes. She s had MRI s, EEG, Tilt Table test, holter monitor and blood work, been hospitalized with no real results.
Wed, 11 Apr 2012
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General & Family Physician 's  Response

Welcome to HealthcareMagic forum.

I would be able to understand the problem better if you could describe in details the circumstances, symptoms that proceed, during and after the fainting. These details can give more insight to the problem.

As such fainting episodes are usually due to neurological or cardiovascular causes. Occasionally, it could be due to psychological factors.
In this regards, if neurological cause and cardiac causes are ruled out, perhaps visiting a psychiatrist may help you in solving your daughter’s problem.

Hope this helps.

Wish you good health.

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General & Family Physician Dr. Finu Mathew's  Response

From the described symptoms i would consider the possibility of seizures to be high despite the normal EEG and the Neuroimaging. The body soreness and difficulty to walk following these episodes further strengthens the suspicion of Seizures. Kindly take a second opinion from another Neurologist.
The possibility of Non Epileptic event cannot be brushed aside but an organic cause definitely needs to be excluded before such diagnosis is considered.
If possible make a video of the fainting episode to be shown to the Neurologist during your next visit as it will convey much more information than a verbal description. Also pay attention to details like if the eyes are held open or closed, are there any abnormal movements of limbs or body, thrashing or thrusting type of movements, deep fast breathing, color of face and lips(draining of color or pale ) ,response to call,tone of the limbs(stiff or lax) etc.
All these detalils will help your doctor in making a correct diagnosis even when the investigations dont help !

Hope this helps! Kindly get back if you need further assistance!

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