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Old 11-25-2008, 09:49 AM   #41
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Fainting at night

The same thing had happened to my Mother a few years back. Gets up to use the restroom during the night and passes out. They found nothing, however in the next two years had the same thing happen twice but only to the dizzy stage before she knew to get medical help. It was then found that she was going though kidney failure which caused the fainting and dizzy spells. She always seemed to be dehydrated. Whats weird about the whole thing is that when she goes to the hospital they give her saline solution IV and do some tests then send her home. I noticed that this would happen every November and I figured that there had to be some connection since it happened once a year every November. Then it hit me. SHE USES AN ELECTRIC BLANKET.

But to your question, make sure they check your kidney function if this dizziness or fainting accurs again.
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Old 11-25-2008, 02:40 PM   #42
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Interesting to read all the posts. It seems like tons of people have had fainting spells in the middle of the night going to the bathroom, so like many said, sitting up for a while before going to the bathroom would be good advice.

I fainted once when I was a teenager. I was sick for a couple of days. I fell asleep on the living room floor watching TV with my grandmother (my grandmother fell asleep too) and I woke up to go to the bathroom. Some time later (I don't know how long), I woke up in the hallway right outside the living room. What was odd was my grandmother was still asleep (didn't she hear me crash on the hardwood floor?)

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Old 11-25-2008, 03:29 PM   #43
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Then there's micturition syncope, which is when you faint while bearing down to pee in the face of blockage, such as an enlarged prostate.

These situational episodes fall under the category of "Situational Syncope" and result from various excessive reflexes firing in the involuntary nervous system controlling blood flow.

Any adult who faints should get at least one careful evaluation to exclude life-threatening causes.
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Old 11-25-2008, 04:26 PM   #44
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I fainted frequently as a teenager - usually during athletic events or while in church. My blood pressure is very low 90/60 and due to my height, I have to be aware of sudden changes ie. inactivity or lying down....easy does it, for me.
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Heh - remember being on a WW2 tin can during our asian adventure - made my way to the can one night(?-maybe - doing 6 on 6 off and the berthing spaces were always dim and red lit). Remem-ber looking down to pee and then seeing bulkhead and a bit of overhead as i went straight back on my heels and out.
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Old 11-26-2008, 01:23 PM   #46
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Why do you think this guy fainted? Interesting to watch how the speech deteriorated.

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Old 11-26-2008, 01:38 PM   #47
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A common error in tending to someone who may be fainting is to help them remain upright or seated. This only prolongs recovery, since almost all simple fainting cases recover rapidly once they are lying down (blood can "rush" back to the brain).

When held upright, many patients have brief seizures which greatly complicates both their well being and also the complexity and cost of their subsequent diagnostic evaluation.

Ease them down to a lying-down position and raise their feet higher than the heart.

Nerves, dehydration in this case, it appears.
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I notice that it has been a whole year since I initially posted this. You'll all be glad to know that I've had absolutely no feinting problems since I ditched the electric blanket. I've been using Rich's foot dangle routine any time I get up in the night and allowing myself to fully awaken.

Knock on wood.
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