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MineralMan

(146,572 posts)
Sun Sep 11, 2016, 03:54 PM Sep 2016

Ever Fainted? Here's a Poll

Choose the answer that fits best:


89 votes, 2 passes | Time left: Unlimited
Yes, I have, at least once.
43 (48%)
Yes, I have, more than once.
23 (26%)
No, I haven't.
21 (24%)
I don't remember ever fainting.
0 (0%)
I would never faint. I'm strong and wouldn't allow that.
0 (0%)
Only wusses faint, dammit!
0 (0%)
I hate this poll.
0 (0%)
I'm not going to answer that. It might make me look weak.
1 (1%)
What do you meant by faint?
0 (0%)
I like to vote in polls.
1 (1%)
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Ever Fainted? Here's a Poll (Original Post) MineralMan Sep 2016 OP
Kick this if you want to see more responses, please. MineralMan Sep 2016 #1
Of course I have, mostly as a youngster feeling invincible. uppityperson Sep 2016 #2
done trof Sep 2016 #3
I have never fainted, but I have come close a couple of times. CaliforniaPeggy Sep 2016 #4
17 years old on my second day of Basic Combat Training, Ft. Gordon GA. MohRokTah Sep 2016 #5
Heh, I fainted on the day we got all our shots in reception anoNY42 Sep 2016 #54
I have fainted several times Island Blue Sep 2016 #6
Yes, at the dog park in subzero temps after a week-long migraine spell brought on by extreme cold hlthe2b Sep 2016 #7
Me too, lots of times. Laffy Kat Sep 2016 #37
Several times. NutmegYankee Sep 2016 #8
Of course. All it means is that your circulation is a touch off for a minute. nolabear Sep 2016 #9
Vasovagal JustAnotherGen Sep 2016 #10
I fainted/collapsed due to heat -- Hell Hath No Fury Sep 2016 #11
I got up too soon librarylu Sep 2016 #12
Had to go with the more then once duncang Sep 2016 #13
Yup. KMOD Sep 2016 #14
Bad flu, dehydration, heat Liberal_in_LA Sep 2016 #19
Tennis match, mid-morning. madamesilverspurs Sep 2016 #15
I've come close. RandySF Sep 2016 #16
I never have, but my wife apparently used to faint quite a bit while in college and just after. Dr Hobbitstein Sep 2016 #17
Well actually i didn't faint, i was knocked out nolabels Sep 2016 #18
I have, twice Hayduke Bomgarte Sep 2016 #20
Yes, From Heat Me. Sep 2016 #21
Twice, as a child Thirties Child Sep 2016 #22
I keeled over into the arms of the nurse who took blood for a fasting CBC. GreenEyedLefty Sep 2016 #23
Twice. silverweb Sep 2016 #24
It is how I ended up with a badly broken arm. Out of no where, the world spun and I was down on appleannie1 Sep 2016 #25
I broke a leg on the way down Warpy Sep 2016 #28
I've only fainted on purpose. Kablooie Sep 2016 #26
I remember that teen fad! MineralMan Sep 2016 #40
Twice in college, they never figured out why. redstatebluegirl Sep 2016 #27
I live in Florida RockaFowler Sep 2016 #29
giving blood once handmade34 Sep 2016 #30
Only when giving blood...or rather after giving blood. ileus Sep 2016 #31
Yes, a reaction to LA smog. Liberty Belle Sep 2016 #32
When I was about to be hit by a toboggan full of people who had picked up speed coming down a ski hi applegrove Sep 2016 #33
No, but I had pneumonia when I was in my 20s and it took me weeks to be 100% fine. Mass Sep 2016 #34
I have not, but came close. NT Adrahil Sep 2016 #35
had pleurisy (sp?) as a kid rurallib Sep 2016 #36
I passed out from 100 degree heat 20 years ago meow2u3 Sep 2016 #38
Passed out in a hospital yuiyoshida Sep 2016 #39
No, but I've come close a couple of times. MurrayDelph Sep 2016 #41
Fainted, blacked out 2x, knocked out 3x, concussed 4x? NightWatcher Sep 2016 #42
Hey me too. I've fainted, blacked out, and been concussed a few times as well. NightWatcher Sep 2016 #43
Dude, small world, I've had a few head injuries myself. NightWatcher Sep 2016 #44
I have twice. Both incidents related to fasting CrawlingChaos Sep 2016 #45
One faint - passed out about a week after a concussion csziggy Sep 2016 #46
Noro virus. Maru Kitteh Sep 2016 #47
Yep, fainted once. It was health related. n/t Waldorf Sep 2016 #48
back in the day i fainted getting a tb skin test dembotoz Sep 2016 #49
Yes... I'm a firefighter... belcffub Sep 2016 #50
Three Times ProfessorGAC Sep 2016 #51
No, I never have, but I felt close to it a few Zing Zing Zingbah Sep 2016 #52
Who "fainted"? Sunlei Sep 2016 #53
When I got my finger smashed in a car door CanonRay Sep 2016 #55
I've never fainted OriginalGeek Sep 2016 #56
Yes, twice. MoonRiver Sep 2016 #57
Yes, once.. KK9 Sep 2016 #58

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,673 posts)
4. I have never fainted, but I have come close a couple of times.
Sun Sep 11, 2016, 03:59 PM
Sep 2016

It was a reaction to a medication for my heart rate. I got very light-headed, realized what was happening, got my head down at once, and then I was fine.

I reported it to my cardiologist, he had me stop the medication, and that was that.

 

MohRokTah

(15,429 posts)
5. 17 years old on my second day of Basic Combat Training, Ft. Gordon GA.
Sun Sep 11, 2016, 03:59 PM
Sep 2016

I came from the North and started BCT during a massive heat wave first part of June.

Heat Exhaustion. Shade and water fixed it in a few minutes.

Island Blue

(5,891 posts)
6. I have fainted several times
Sun Sep 11, 2016, 04:01 PM
Sep 2016

all because blood and or injuries were being shown or talked about. I fainted in health class in Jr. High, in drivers ed in high school (movie where car meets train), and a couple of times at work when watching a required first aid movie. Ironically I'm also accident prone and have never fainted after I've broken a bone or gotten hurt. It is a really crappy feeling when you realize you're about to pass out.

hlthe2b

(103,467 posts)
7. Yes, at the dog park in subzero temps after a week-long migraine spell brought on by extreme cold
Sun Sep 11, 2016, 04:05 PM
Sep 2016

Last edited Mon Sep 12, 2016, 09:28 AM - Edit history (1)

So, no, it is not only hot weather that can trigger. As it turns out, the migraine (and the toll that a lot of excedrin did to my stomach) kept me from eating enough and I was hypoglycemic and felt a very hot rush throughout my body right before I hit the deck. I am in better health than I was two decades ago and have no pre-existing health conditions--including normal BP... Only goes to show it can happen to anyone.

Laffy Kat

(16,456 posts)
37. Me too, lots of times.
Sun Sep 11, 2016, 07:02 PM
Sep 2016

I'm hypoglycemic and I have to pay very close attention to my body. Sometimes by the time I realize my sugar is low I don't even have enough time to stuff my face with a carb.; I go out like a light. It's beyond embarrassing.

NutmegYankee

(16,267 posts)
8. Several times.
Sun Sep 11, 2016, 04:05 PM
Sep 2016

Once from heat exhaustion, others from rising from a sitting position way too fast for my blood pressure to sustain me.

 

Hell Hath No Fury

(16,327 posts)
11. I fainted/collapsed due to heat --
Sun Sep 11, 2016, 04:15 PM
Sep 2016

while doing landscaping. I experienced knee buckling and loss of conscious. I also made my way to the ER after coming to for a thorough check-up to make sure that I wasn't experiencing anything else since the collapse had come out of the blue and I was used to working under such conditions. Had an EEG and blood work-up. Came back as somewhat dehydrated and with protein in the urine. Was given the OK to head home. A very scary incident and very glad that I sought out medical attention after it happened. You can never be too careful.

librarylu

(503 posts)
12. I got up too soon
Sun Sep 11, 2016, 04:16 PM
Sep 2016

after natural childbirth and conked out in the can. I didn't tell the nurses.

I almost passed out from putting my head back once when my blood pressure was really low.

I probably had mild heatstroke when I was a preteen. To this day I can't take much heat for long.

duncang

(2,155 posts)
13. Had to go with the more then once
Sun Sep 11, 2016, 04:23 PM
Sep 2016

Once brought to hospital because also throwing up. Twice falling over and brought to our work medical department. Three times just handled on my own those were just real good woozy feelings like Hillary had. The twice to medical was due to the heat and the gear I was wearing.

madamesilverspurs

(15,883 posts)
15. Tennis match, mid-morning.
Sun Sep 11, 2016, 04:27 PM
Sep 2016

We'd just started. I served twice, next thing I knew I was flat on my back under a tree with a wet cloth on my head and one of the guys fanning me with a piece of cardboard. This was about a month after I'd relocated from New Mexico to Virginia, and the unaccustomed heat and high humidity nailed me. It was a bit of a shock for a physically active 29-year-old.



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Dr Hobbitstein

(6,568 posts)
17. I never have, but my wife apparently used to faint quite a bit while in college and just after.
Sun Sep 11, 2016, 04:31 PM
Sep 2016

Anxiety related, as she had and has no health issues.

It's common.

nolabels

(13,133 posts)
18. Well actually i didn't faint, i was knocked out
Sun Sep 11, 2016, 04:38 PM
Sep 2016

I was in an auto accident about forty years ago and ended up collapsing my custom three spoke steering around the other side of the steering column while trying to brace myself before my head impacted the dash board. Only lasted a few seconds and i walked away from it.

Thirties Child

(543 posts)
22. Twice, as a child
Sun Sep 11, 2016, 05:21 PM
Sep 2016

First time, in the first grade, while simultaneously getting a diphtheria vaccination in one arm, small pox vaccination in the other. Assume this was from panic about getting the shots, not the shots themselves. Those were my first shots - this was way before antibiotics, way before Salk, way before infant vaccinations.

Second time, in the second grade, coming down with what I now recognize as mono. Diagnosis at the time was "yellow jaundice".

Mr. Thirties faints fairly often, thanks to his excessive sweating and consequent dehydration. Apparently both too much and too little sweating can be problems.

When I heard she'd fainted at a 911 memorial, my first thought was heat exhaustion.

GreenEyedLefty

(2,073 posts)
23. I keeled over into the arms of the nurse who took blood for a fasting CBC.
Sun Sep 11, 2016, 05:41 PM
Sep 2016

I think I was out for just a few seconds but it felt like a long time.

silverweb

(16,402 posts)
24. Twice.
Sun Sep 11, 2016, 05:44 PM
Sep 2016

[font color="navy" face="Verdana"]The first time was definitely heat related. I was about 12, on a trip with the Girl Scouts to Washington DC. We had been standing in the hot sun for a long time, awaiting our turn for the White House tour. Next thing I knew, I was looking up from the sidewalk and frightened chaperones were bending over me. Shade and hydration worked quite well, and I was fine for the rest of the trip.

The second time, I was about 29 and had just had outpatient surgery the day before. I stood up from my chair and awoke on the carpet, staring at the ceiling. The doctor said it was probably a drop in blood pressure related to residual anesthesia in my system. Rest and taking in more fluid ensured that it didn't happen again.


There are many, many benign reasons for fainting and it can happen to anyone at any age.

appleannie1

(5,102 posts)
25. It is how I ended up with a badly broken arm. Out of no where, the world spun and I was down on
Sun Sep 11, 2016, 06:19 PM
Sep 2016

frozen ground.

Warpy

(112,174 posts)
28. I broke a leg on the way down
Sun Sep 11, 2016, 06:22 PM
Sep 2016

Mine is from orthostatic tachycardia, something I'd been telling doctors for years. This time they bothered listening and I got my beta blocker and I'm doing fine. Leg finally healed, also.

Kablooie

(18,693 posts)
26. I've only fainted on purpose.
Sun Sep 11, 2016, 06:22 PM
Sep 2016

In high school I'd take a few deep breaths then blow on my thumb and I'd pass out for a few seconds.

I was bored at a football game once and scared the people around me by doing this.

RockaFowler

(7,429 posts)
29. I live in Florida
Sun Sep 11, 2016, 06:23 PM
Sep 2016

I've fainted a few times from being overheated. You just have to rest and relax a bit. My husband's trick is put your hand in cold water. It works every time. Oh and now I jump in the pool to cool down. Not an easy thing to do when you are dressed up, though.

Liberty Belle

(9,577 posts)
32. Yes, a reaction to LA smog.
Sun Sep 11, 2016, 06:34 PM
Sep 2016

Paramedics revived me, and it never happened again.

Came close to fainting a time or two during pregnancy, from blood pressure dropping when i bent over. And I was young , not older. Can happen to anyone.

applegrove

(120,215 posts)
33. When I was about to be hit by a toboggan full of people who had picked up speed coming down a ski hi
Sun Sep 11, 2016, 06:35 PM
Sep 2016

I fainted the second before it hit me. I apparently flew up into the air like a rag doll, landed, woke up and had not one bruise or sore spot.

Mass

(27,315 posts)
34. No, but I had pneumonia when I was in my 20s and it took me weeks to be 100% fine.
Sun Sep 11, 2016, 06:44 PM
Sep 2016

I certainly would not have been able to lead a campaign of any type.

meow2u3

(24,849 posts)
38. I passed out from 100 degree heat 20 years ago
Sun Sep 11, 2016, 07:20 PM
Sep 2016

Turns out I didn't drink enough water while I was out in direct sunlight. Dehyrdated.

yuiyoshida

(42,080 posts)
39. Passed out in a hospital
Sun Sep 11, 2016, 07:25 PM
Sep 2016

Not because I was ill, but I saw something unsettling, and I won't talk about it. In any case they gave me Orange juice and checked my blood pressure for a while, before letting me go.. Have to admit, passing out in the Hospital is probably the best place due to getting help fast.

MurrayDelph

(5,358 posts)
41. No, but I've come close a couple of times.
Sun Sep 11, 2016, 07:43 PM
Sep 2016

Once, as a teenager, marching in a parade in Sacramento in the summer, and they made us all take salt tablets (BIG MISTAKE).

Once last year, when I became overheated just moving around the San Fernando Valley.

And two years ago, I was hospitalized for an intestinal blockage that they never did find the cause for, but suspect it to have been a complication of dehydration after attending Oregon Country Fair.

NightWatcher

(39,343 posts)
42. Fainted, blacked out 2x, knocked out 3x, concussed 4x?
Sun Sep 11, 2016, 07:45 PM
Sep 2016

I've fainted and hit my head on a rock while rock hopping where I dislocated both shoulders, got a black eye, and a concussion.

I've been knocked out in football once (I was told) and twice in baseball, when a batter got me on the backswing ( I remember).

CrawlingChaos

(1,893 posts)
45. I have twice. Both incidents related to fasting
Sun Sep 11, 2016, 07:47 PM
Sep 2016

In my youth I would occasionally do three-day fasts. On the third day I had a couple incidents of the lights-out/face-plant variety. In public, of course. Very embarrassing.

csziggy

(34,158 posts)
46. One faint - passed out about a week after a concussion
Sun Sep 11, 2016, 07:47 PM
Sep 2016

I was knocked in the head by a horse and was out for about ten minutes. A week or so later, went to a picnic with some friends and passed out. My husband was freaked, thought it was something to do with the concussion. At the emergency room they said I passed out from hyperventilation, but I started that when I came to while they were driving me to the hospital because I was panicked.

I've come close to passing out from over heating - spots in front of my eyes, feeling woozy - while working on the farm - I ran the hose over my head to cool off quickly. Twice after injuries - getting hit in the face with a horse's head and getting bitten on the breast, crushing the outside half of the breast - I went down to my knees, fighting shock while walking back to the house from the barn.

Then there were the other three concussions but those were not faints.

Maru Kitteh

(28,433 posts)
47. Noro virus.
Sun Sep 11, 2016, 08:07 PM
Sep 2016

Went down a few times. Don't think there was anything left in my body. Felt like maybe I was turning into raisin from the inside out.

 

dembotoz

(16,922 posts)
49. back in the day i fainted getting a tb skin test
Sun Sep 11, 2016, 09:15 PM
Sep 2016

i was working a summer job at a factory and everyone had to get one.
Nurse told me later that i was the only one in the history of the company that did that.

belcffub

(595 posts)
50. Yes... I'm a firefighter...
Mon Sep 12, 2016, 08:07 AM
Sep 2016

It was hot... when I got out I didn't strip off some of my gear... it was weird... woke up on the ground outside wondering what everyone was doing in my bedroom... took a couple of minutes to get my bearings... then I was fine...

ProfessorGAC

(66,780 posts)
51. Three Times
Mon Sep 12, 2016, 08:14 AM
Sep 2016

Once, i'm pretty sure i was dehydrated/lacking in electrolytes. Happened in the hotel after a day at the beach.

Once in an airplane restroom.

Once at the video store.

Each time was probably 15 to 18 years apart, so not exactly a recurring theme.

Zing Zing Zingbah

(6,496 posts)
52. No, I never have, but I felt close to it a few
Mon Sep 12, 2016, 08:26 AM
Sep 2016

times during my last pregnancy. Low blood sugar from not eating frequently enough made me feel really weak. I recall waiting in a long line at Walmart and I was so glad it was one of those rare times that my husband actually went shopping with me because I had to go sit down on a bench right away. I just couldn't stand in that line for another second. I've never felt like that outside of being pregnant, thankfully.

CanonRay

(14,443 posts)
55. When I got my finger smashed in a car door
Mon Sep 12, 2016, 10:47 AM
Sep 2016

It was about -20 outside, went into a warm restaurant holding my pancaked finger and hit the floor like a ton of bricks.

OriginalGeek

(12,132 posts)
56. I've never fainted
Mon Sep 12, 2016, 10:52 AM
Sep 2016

but I have been knocked the fuck out a few times. High school football, work accident, car wrecks...


unless passing out blind drunk counts. But that was only twice. The second time was to remember why I didn't like doing that the first time and so far I haven't.

MoonRiver

(36,926 posts)
57. Yes, twice.
Mon Sep 12, 2016, 10:52 AM
Sep 2016

Once due to an altitude change, when my family drove up a mountain in Colorado (I was a kid). The other time was due to overheating, which is actually a VERY real thing.

KK9

(81 posts)
58. Yes, once..
Mon Sep 12, 2016, 11:04 AM
Sep 2016

When I was only 18 and perfectly healthy. 4:00am, standing on a small step ladder, braiding a horse's mane. Got dizzy, started going down, grabbed the horse's neck and almost pulled HIM off his feet, as he had been asleep. Good thing he woke up in time, so we didn't land in a pile on the floor of the barn, with me underneath him. Don't know why it happened, probably not enough sleep, not enough food, etc...

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