Every morning, I feel faint. It seems fine if I'm sitting or lying down, but the symptom returns when I'm standing. I've been trying to go to the gym in the morning, but I feel like I'd faint if I were to exercise. The faintness usually clears up by the afternoon, but it can be pretty awful in the morning. I had an internship at a bakery in the very early morning for a few days, but I had to quit because of this. I ended up getting so dizzy that I fainted while on the job.
Whenever I mention it to my mom, she just rolls her eyes and says that it's normal. Surely this doesn't happen to everyone!
Oh, i didn't know how long it was going on.... I see that you are 21 so I'm assuming this started in your teens? The reason that I ask, I googled fainting and got this... "Fainting is pretty common in teens. The good news is that most of the time it's not a sign of something serious. When someone faints, it's usually because changes in the nervous system and circulatory system cause a temporary drop in the amount of blood reaching the brain. When the brain is robbed of its blood supply, a person loses consciousness and falls over. After lying down, a person's head is at the same level as the heart, which helps restore blood flow to the brain. So the person usually recovers after a minute or two."
Here's some more info on the above: http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_body/health_basics/fainting.html#
Do you find that you usually faint more during a certian time of the month? Your iron levels could be low when you menstruate. It is very important for females to have iron... if you don't take a multi-vitamin already, starting with a Women's multi-vitamin might be a good thing anyway regardless if it helps you with this situation :)
Have you gone to the Dr.? It could be diabetes, low blood pressure, or you could be anemic, it could be heart arrhythmia, hypoglycemia, or even just dehydration... I don't mean to scare you with all these... they are all very treatable.
Thanks so much for the info! Yes, this has been going on since my teens.
The thing is, I don't always faint-- I just *feel* faint and dizzy. I've been told that my blood pressure is REALLY low, but the frustrating thing is that the doctors don't suggest anything to help it. I do, however, actually faint when I'm on my period or towards the end of my period, so it very well could be anemia. My periods are always pretty awful. I can't stand much the first day because of being weak/dizzy. Like you said, anemia would be a possibility. I guess I'd better get tested for that.
Oh, and "an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) can cause dizziness." when you go to the Dr. have them check your thyroid...
Here's another link I found that might be helpful: http://www.merck.com/pubs/mmanual_ha/sec3/ch20/ch20b.html
Increasing your salt and fluid intake could help with the low blood pressure but do not do if you have any heart problems. Also support stockings will help prevent blood from settling in your legs which will also help with hypotension. Hope this helped.
Got the blood test results back. I'd forgotten that I'd taken an iron supplement the day before to see if it would help with my faint/weakness...Obviously not a smart idea, because my iron levels came back REALLY high. Was asked to repeat the test in a month. A MONTH. Are you kidding me? What is wrong with me?? Surely I'm not just imagining these symptoms. I am so frustrated. ::(
I got a bunch of blood tests done, and nothing! Haha. No Celiac Disease, no anemia...Weird. I'm guessing that it probably just has something to do with my blood pressure, since it's always been super low.
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