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Ivorygirl 05-18-2005 07:06 AM

16 year old daughter with Fainting Episodes
 
My daughter has had fainting episodes since she was about 5 years old. (At 2 years old she had one febrile seizure) These usually occur just prior to her getting sick, durung her menses, while at choir rehearsals/performances, after not sleeping/eating well such as staying up late studying or running out the door in the morning without breakfast, pain and the such. I guess she has had about a dozen of them that I can recall....and has had 3 within the past 6 months. I had a history of such episodes as a child and evenso her pediatrician & I have had her checked out for any neurological/cardiac causes which thank goodness have come back negative.

Yesterday, I got a call from the school nurse saying that she had fainted during 1st period. She had to be brought down to nurse's office in a wheelchair. She rested and felt well enough to go back to class. She hadn't eaten breakfast, had her period, and was wearing a heavy sweatshirt while finishing up a big presentation in front of the class when she blacked out. We have always discussed the importance of getting as low to the floor & alert someone when she feels these episodes coming on so as not to sustain a head injury if she were to fall. About a month ago she started with racing heartbeats & chest pain and was seen by the cardiologist who ran an EKG, did an echo & thorough exam all of which were negative. Just prior to that she fainted while at work hitting her head and an ambulance had to come to check her out. I arrived just as it arrived and asked them not to bring a stretcher in, which would humiliate her, and that I would escort her out to ambulance to be checked out. They checked her blood pressure and pulse and we went home after I signed her out. So everything is negative in terms of testing.

I guess my main concern is if there may be something happening that I may be overlooking.....I am pretty sure that this is just something like I had as a child but as a mother I just want to be certain that I am not overlooking anything. Also....for anyone who is a teen and experienced something similiar, I would love to hear how this makes you feel. I have shared with my daughter how it made me feel (embaressed, weak, different, scared) and assurred her that she would outgrow this since it happened to me up until I was about 21 and rarely ever occurs except in response to severe pain.

I told her yesterday that she wasn't being too smart by not having breakfast, wearing a heavy sweatshirt while doing a presentation in front of her class which makes everyone nervous.....three strikes and your out :D She laughed and we discussed the importance of doing things to prevent the fainting episodes as much as possible. Thanks for allowing me to vent....just wanted to see if anyone out there, either a parent or teenager and similar experiences or advice.....Ivorygirl :wave:

klasikal88keys 05-18-2005 10:38 AM

Re: 16 year old daughter with Fainting Episodes
 
Has she had her blood sugar checked? My daughter has experienced similar episodes. She is a majorette in her school band and twirls with a local baton corps. She is also has high anxieties...a very stressed person. She is 16 and has wound up in an ambulance at football games while performing on the field and has been taken to the E.R. She doesn't always pass out, but gets white, light headed, and her hands and around her mouth begin to tingle and go numb. Her pediatrician suggested the glucose tests for her blood sugar. (She has an absolute fear of needles, so this testing brought on even more symtoms. She did pass out at the doctor's office after getting her 15 yr. booster shot.) The tests were negative, and the doctor thinks she is hyperventilating. Any athletic or physical activity, even stressful situations, will bring this on. It has something to do with overbreathing through the mouth. She twirls in parades and shows and I've learned to carry a paper bag with me in case of any more episodes. When she begins to feel that way, breathing into the bag helps bring her around faster. Low blood sugar and hyperventilation are 2 issues I would check into Good luck!
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Ivorygirl 05-18-2005 12:02 PM

Re: 16 year old daughter with Fainting Episodes
 
I appreciate your response. My daughter did have her glucose checked and the glucose was on the high norm but it wasn't a fasting one & she had just eaten lunch and had a soda. So they attributed it to that. You may be right in terms of the hyperventilation.....she seems to do it when nervous such as in doing a presentation or performing in choir in front of others. Thanks for the info.....Ivorygirl :wave:

mystiq86 05-18-2005 05:06 PM

Re: 16 year old daughter with Fainting Episodes
 
More than likely, it's probably a neurological problem. There it could be a spinal cord problem. I forget the name of the disease, but I believe it when you have a pinched nerve somewhere on the spine, and it can actually cause you to black out like that, just out of nowhere. Sorry I don't know the specifics.

I used to black out all the time, like a dozen times a day. But my problem was postural hypotension. I'd get up from a seated or lying down position and I'd lose vision and muscle control and just faint. Once I got a mild concussion, b/c I hit the back of my head on my desk in my room (unfortunately, none of my roommates were around at the time). When I woke up, it took a minute to figure out what happened. I'm sorry your daughter is so ill. I have my own list of semi-serious health problems. I hope the doctors can figure something out. Don't give up.

Best wishes,
Natalie

iluvamystery 05-19-2005 01:04 PM

Re: 16 year old daughter with Fainting Episodes
 
hi :) i don't know if this is a possibility, but has she been checked for a vasovagal problem? the vagus nerve helps control breathing and blood circulation, and if this nerve is overstimulated for any reason (severe pain, shock, stress, fear), it can cause fainting. the loss of consciousness is commonly preceded by sweating, nausea, dizziness, ringing in the ears, dimmed vision and weakness. about 12 years ago i worked in a doctor's office and one of our patients was brought in several times with fainting episodes-turned out to be vasovagal attacks. good luck with your daughter.

Ivorygirl 05-19-2005 01:28 PM

Re: 16 year old daughter with Fainting Episodes
 
[QUOTE=iluvamystery]hi :) i don't know if this is a possibility, but has she been checked for a vasovagal problem? the vagus nerve helps control breathing and blood circulation, and if this nerve is overstimulated for any reason (severe pain, shock, stress, fear), it can cause fainting. the loss of consciousness is commonly preceded by sweating, nausea, dizziness, ringing in the ears, dimmed vision and weakness. about 12 years ago i worked in a doctor's office and one of our patients was brought in several times with fainting episodes-turned out to be vasovagal attacks. good luck with your daughter.[/QUOTE]

Funny you mention this because that is exactly what I was told I had when this occurred to me as a child. However, there was no real treatment for it at the time. I am wondering now, 25 years later if there is??? Being that there has been no other clear medical diagnosis I am assumming that this is the case. Thanks for the response.....Ivory

katie_b 07-06-2005 08:55 PM

Re: 16 year old daughter with Fainting Episodes
 
I agree with iloveamystery! It sound likr a vasogaval attack. It is usually called dysautonomia by a specialist. I would ask for a tilt table test done by a cardioligist...it really sounds like dysautonomia to me!
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