Normally when I sleep at night, I tend to dream a lot and have an easy time remembering bits and pieces when I wake up. The past week, out of nowhere a random scene from a dream will flash in my head. It's usually something my mind made up, meaning I don't recognize the places or people. Once this image flashes in my head it's like my mind goes into over drive trying to figure out if this scene/event actually exists or if I made it up. In my head I say I don't care and think of something else, but my brain keeps trying to think harder to get more clarity of the picture that popped in my head. The problem with all of this is when it happens, I suddenly get very nauseous, light headed, and come very close to blacking out. Wednesday night as I was trying to go to sleep, it happened. Thursday while I was sitting at my desk and Saturday I was sitting in the audience at a theater it happened again. The next few days I had a couple more episodes, and the latest was today when I was standing out in the yard playing with my dogs. The only thing I can do during this time is take deep breaths and wait for it to pass. The whole thing lasts about two minutes and when it's done, everything is back to normal. I am 27 years old, female, and relatively healthy (no disease, healthy weight, good diet and exercise). Can anyone tell me what the heck is going on? I looked up panic attacks, but don't seem to match those symptoms.
Sounds to me like you need to go see your doctor, of course. It is not good for a person to feel nauseated, light-headed, and come close to passing out, irregardless of your mental thoughts at that moment, which are also a symptom. What these symptoms mean, I am not sure at all, but it sort of sounds like a seizure type situation, or possibly you have a blood vessel that isn't functioning right and is affecting your brain, but only a neurologist can run and interpret the types of tests that will uncover the problem.
I think this is a fairly important health issue for you, mainly because of the possibility of passing out while you might be driving or doing something where you could get hurt, so ask for an emergency squeeze-in appointment with your doc, and he can give you a referral to a neurologist group. If you do actually black out in one of these episodes, go straight to the ER, because if your circulatory system is indeed what's goofed up, you need to get it looked at immediately, because bleeds in the brain can lead to some rather serious consequences.
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