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Old 05-10-2012, 09:54 AM   #1
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Is it possible to be incapable of fainting?

This is a weird thing I've noticed over my life. I currently suffer from POTs and low blood pressure, which can often cause fainting (especially when you have it as bad as I do) but I've never actually fainted, and it was the main reason it too so long for someone to diagnose me with it. I've literally had low blood pressure of 60/40, possibly lower, and still been conscious. It just doesn't seem normal. I also had extreme iron deficiency anemia when I was younger, and my doctor who diagnosed it was literally surprised I was still standing and walking around yet alone conscious. Is it possible that I literally can't pass out? I've come very close, especially that one time my blood pressure was 60/40, but... never actually passed out cold. I just get really incoherent and slur my words and stumble around, like I'm super drunk or something.

Am I just one tough kid, or could I have something different? My doctors don't seem to think much of it, but I know there's a lot of things out there they don't always think of and I'm more or less just wondering if there's anyone else out here who's experienced this kind of thing.

P.S. I was also diagnosed with mild autonomic dysnfunction. Not sure if that could have something to do with it...

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Old 05-10-2012, 10:34 AM   #2
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Re: Is it possible to be incapable of fainting?

I would guess that you are one tough kid. In my experience, there are fainters and non-fainters. My sister was a fainter; there was nothing actually wrong with her, but one minute too long in the sun or in a stuffy room, over she went. I have also known people with similar conditions as you have who rarely if ever faint. It seems to be simply how you are made. Cheers, Sera

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