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Old 07-12-2008, 11:34 AM   #1
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Excessive sweating, feeling dizzy, ready to pass out?

Hi everyone:


I'm new to this forum, so please bear with me. My girlfriend scared a **** out of me couple days ago with the following. She said she was at work when suddenly she started sweating excessively, feeling dizzy and almost ready to pass out. They sent her home and we went in for a blood test yesterday. Unfortunately they won't tell her the results until the end of the next week, and I'm very concerned for her and can't seem to wait for that long.

Does anyone have any clue what could've been happening to her?

Thanks in advance.


PS. She is 22, caucasian. We live on the West Coast of the US. After talking to her yesterday she revealed that the same had happened to her once before but with lesser effects.

 
Old 07-12-2008, 11:46 AM   #2
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Re: Excessive sweating, feeling dizzy, ready to pass out?

More common things I can think of at the moment are either heat exhaustion/dehydration or maybe she is pregnant?

Let us know what you find out.

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Old 07-12-2008, 06:10 PM   #3
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Re: Excessive sweating, feeling dizzy, ready to pass out?

could be an anxiety attack?

 
Old 07-13-2008, 12:34 AM   #4
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Re: Excessive sweating, feeling dizzy, ready to pass out?

It sounds as if it could be a vasovagal nerve response, which can result in fainting, or near-fainting, episodes.

Pinkpixie and Lindaru mentioned a couple of emotional and physical triggers that can cause a vasovagal nerve response. Other common precipitators include the sight of blood, sudden pain, fear, hunger, standing up too quickly, or standing in place too long.

It's good that your girlfriend is following up with a doctor, just to be on the safe side.

Good luck to her.

 
Old 07-13-2008, 12:15 PM   #5
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Re: Excessive sweating, feeling dizzy, ready to pass out?

Wow, thank you everyone for your input. Can't tell for sure, we'll have to wait for the test results.

I was thinking, could this be tied to her not-so-healthy "American" eating habbits -- you know, high cholesterol and stuff?

 
Old 07-13-2008, 12:24 PM   #6
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Re: Excessive sweating, feeling dizzy, ready to pass out?

I doubt it. She's pretty young. Unless she has a family history of high cholesterol. Could be high blood pressure, but the doctor would have told you if it was high at the appointment.

 
Old 07-13-2008, 01:13 PM   #7
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Re: Excessive sweating, feeling dizzy, ready to pass out?

She could be having a low blood sugar. When had she ate before this happened?...Did she feel like she wanted to gulp down food because she was hungry>?-when this was happening.

 
Old 07-18-2008, 12:16 AM   #8
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Re: Excessive sweating, feeling dizzy, ready to pass out?

Thanks again, everyone. A little update. She is not pregnant. Phew

Her "stupid" doctor didn't find anything specific. He told her that her iron is low, or something like that. What is that supposed to mean and how to get it "high"?

 
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