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Stomach Cramp, Diarrhea, sweating , light headedness and fainting

I have experienced on 4 occasions in the last 6 years a rather weird Diarrhoea attack which really is painful and scary. Here is a description of what occurs.

1. Sudden abdominal pain which increases in intensity over a short time. The same sensation one might get when they are about to get Diarrhoea.

2. I go to the toilet and try excreting whatever wants to come out. However after about a minute of sitting there with nothing coming out I suddenly few light headed and am starting to get a dizzy spell like I am about to faint and my breathing weakens.

3. This borderline fainting sensation lasts for about another minute before I break out into a sudden sweat all over my body. Within a few seconds I have sweat literally pouring out of me, my clothes are wet as if I ran a marathon or something.

4. After a minute of sweating I suddenly feel something coming out of my rear end. I try to squeeze it out and only a hard stool comes out.

5. The sweating stops and the stomach cramp subsides. I think everything is over and I clean up. I walk out of the toilet and in about 2 minutes time the stomach cramp and the fainting sensation comes back (I've fainted only once to date from this and was out for about 15-20 minutes).

6. When I get back to the toilet I have a really violent Diarrhoea episode in pure liquid state. It takes a few minutes to subside and once I
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I get something like this too...but I have LOTS of intestinal problems...and namely...I also had my gallbladder taken out about 10 years ago....I get "attacks" where I have SEVERE pain in the midle of my gut (triggered by pain meds.....wine....greasy food...and ????) I get VERY pale...sweat PROFUSELY, drool and then either vomit....have watery stools, fart or....if I'm REALLY unlucky....suffer from these WAVES of pain, vaso-vagal(?) type symptoms for HOURS until they subside...sometimes hycosamine will work...sometimes 4 tums...and once and a while nothing but time cures it.....I have been told IBS....and intestinal intussusuption (found on two CT scans)diverticulitis...then I started to read up on Sphinter of Oddi syndrome...and it was like I was reading stories NOT from others suffering from it...but like I had written them myself....I get yellow stools and burning bile that backs up into my system and causes complete HAVOC....

All I can say is good luck to you....in 20 years, I have seen about 15 MD's and ALL of them have different opinions....and MOST of them tried to tell me it was "all in my head"
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I've suffered from a severe case of IBS (Irritable Bowel) for most of my life, and have had cases such as this happen to me often. It may or may not be related to some form of allergy. You should contact a specialist (gastro-intestinal), and please be sure to drink water, for the diarrhea and sweating can dangerously dehydrate you. It may also be the case of why you get so dizzy. Another thing I found that helped was being sure to lay down in a fetal position after the pain subsides, though I'm sure there is a much better way to deal with it.

I do hope what I said helps you, take care.
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Hi, I relate to a lot of what you said, I have never fainted, but all the rest applies and I have nausea with it, though am not actually sick. My understanding is like Kiesh said, that it's IBS. Although, I'm never sure if the sweating part is a result of coping with the pain, or if it's my body sweating out something that I'm allergic or intolerant to. If it's an allergy (for me) I think it might be to MSG, if it's an intolerance (again for me) at the moment I'm thinking it's to very fatty foods. It's always worse when I'm stressing about something. Does any of that apply to you? You can get IBS tabs over the counter (we can here in UK anyway). Or you might want to try testing out foods to see if you are allergic/intolerant. It's a pain to do this (I keep meaning to, but haven't yet). You have to keep a diary of everything you eat and how you feel each day. Then eat very bland food for, say a month. Next introduce whatever you want to test for. If it brings on the symptoms, you've probably found the cause. If not, add something else into your diet to test for that. But also, if you haven't already, do get some medical advice to rule out  the nasties. The odds are very much that it's not anything really scary, but you definitely should check to make sure. My doctor told me that approx 25% of people have IBS. Wishing you well. Louise
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I too have fainted during an onset of severe cramps.  I usually squirm on the bathroom floor and then I start sweating and then I wake up about 20 min later on the bathroom floor.  It is unimagineable pain that I am in and it is always a scarey experience when I am about to faint.  It is nice to hear that I am not the only one that experiences this.. Alicia
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This is a simple vasovagal reaction. It happens to many people when they have any kind of gastrointestinal upset, because  it stimulates the vagal nerve. It's the most common cause of fainting, and some people experience it nearly every time they have a bowel movement (bummer)! You can see my explanation to Trika (drinking water causes unconsciousness) for a complete explanation of how vasovagal reactions happen. Basically, though, your gastrointestinal upset +/- the valsalva pushing (holding one's breath and bearing down) are both adequate to stimulate the vagus nerve which causes an immediate drop in blood pressure and heart rate. The result? A drop in blood supply everywhere - including the brain - which causes a sudden loss of consciousness. Once our head is lower down (eg. on the bathroom floor!) it's easier for blood to get there thanks to gravity, and we regain consciousness.

Since the diarrhea attacks are pretty infrequent, I wouldn't worry too much about them. If I had to hazard a guess, I'd say that there's a clue in what you describe - you pass hard stool first, and then a few minutes later, have diarrhea. This can happen with people who are transiently constipated - there's a hard stool blocking the passage of everything else and your body will suffer excruciating cramps in an attempt to "move it along." Then, once the "obstacle" is passed, you'll have a bout of diarrhea, which may have resulted from the colon secreting fluid in an attempt to soften and pass the "obstruction."

Hopefully that makes these "mystery" bouts less mysterious!

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I was just looking to find out more about this same thing on the internet and found this site.  About 4 times a year I get stomach cramps that cause me to start sweating, intense diarrhea...the pain gets so severe, it makes me want to vomit. Often I find walking around or getting up and down helps the bowels to move and then I am fine; however, once, about 10 years ago, I passed out face first in the bathroom and woke up later. Then, just two days ago, another episode and fainting spell.  Unfortunately, I went head first and split open my nose, and now have a puffy lip and somewhat of black eyes.  But, I do find that it may be after a stressful event and I was probably constipated and finally relaxed and/or I have eaten some rich foods.  My husband suggested to take deep breaths more, and not hold my breath.  I just don't want it to happen where I hurt myself again, more serious, and no one is around.
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Thanks Jr for the explanation.  I just experienced the symptoms you described yesterday.  After having lunch at a spicy/greasy chinese restaurant, I had a severe stomach cramp 1st, then felt dizzy and passed out in a grocery. I remembered I went in a nice dream for very short time then became concious again.  I went to the bathroom and had soft stool.  My blood pressure was so low that ambulance came and sent me to ER.  After waiting for a doctor for more than 1 hour without anyone showing up, I decided to be discharged.  I was a little bit concern for my decision to leave, after reading your post, appears something not to be worried.  Thanks for the explanation.
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I to came across this site looking for answers. I have had this problem for almost 20 yrs and don't know what to do. It mostly comes on in stressful times but not always. I can eat a small amount or a large amount of food. Within the hour of eating and with about a 3 minute warning my stomach bloats up with gas. I go to the bathroom immediately have diarrhea. My ears get hot and ring, I start to sweat. the pain in my stomach is so intense the next thing I know I'm on the floor with someone slapping me to wake up. I don't know what to call it - Fainting or a sezure. When I'm out I feel like I'm shaking but my husband says I'm not.  I do have constipation but not when this happens.  I could have this 2 to 3 times a year or a few years could go by. Whenever, this is very scary and it drains me the rest of the day. What can be done? Help  ---- Sandra
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Exactly what you described happens to me maybe 2-3 times per year.  I went on line trying to find some answers too. It always seems to happen at night.  I've found the best way to avoid passing out is to stay in bed with my head down and my knees bent under me until the sweating and "burning up" part passes and then I am able to make it to the toilet after that. I don't know what triggers these episodes other than the fact that I usually haven't eaten very well that day (i.e lots of fatty foods etc.)  I never thought about the possibility that it was caused by constipation.  That might be something to thing about.  It certainly feels like my body is just completely rejecting something and doing whatever it takes to get rid of it.  It's nice to know I'm not the only one who has this happen to them!
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I have started fainting around I was 6 yrs. started w/ playing& headaches & as I got older it came w/ cramps & now for the last 12yr is happens when I get diarrhea. If it happen in the middle of the night I can promise that I will faint.
2 nights ago I awoke in extreme pain. Went to the BR where a fainted w/ in sec of sitting down. When I can to, I could feel pressure. I sat back down & the movement started. I could feel my self getting ready to faint again. so I laid my upper body on top of a hamper. the 1st movement was very solid & as every movement happen it became softer until almost water. @ this point I looked as if I had just ran 20 miles I had sweat running down my body & was physical exhausted. Now if the diarrhea happen in the time while I'm awake. I will get physical sick & vomit.. I'm a 35 yrs Female 62 bpm heart rate.
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I just had a bad episode last night.  I usually experience it 2x a year for several years now.  I relate my symptoms to eating a certain bad cheese.  last night was the worse of all.  It seems like it was longer and it really scared me.  I have to call my husband and have him hold me up.  He said I was so pail, the only thing that's preventing me from passing out is him talking to me.  I spoke to my Mom before and she told me that my Dad has the same problem and he also had episodes of passing out.  Since my Dad lived in another country I didnt have the chance to talk to him about this.  I already had colonoscopy done a few years ago and nothing was wrong.  
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i just had a bout at around 3am this saturday morning...i had felt this harsh pain, like gas regurgitating (sp?), from my throat into a burp in days leading up to this morning. I eat alot of spicy foods, drink coffee, and consume alcohol regularly, so i think it might have to do with these foods that trigger my stomach to want to throw it up but instead end up having a hard stool followed by liquidy diarrhea along with POURING sweat...

does everyone here eat the foods and liquids i mentioned as part a a regular diet? just wondering...thanks in advance for any response
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In your first post...that is just how I feel everyday!!! Today I went back to my docotrs...well they did a blood test last week, and I got the results today! I have Peptic Ulcer Disease...they do a bllod test to see if you have the bacteria H Pylori and mine was positive!

Just something for you to look into! I wish you all the luck in the world! I know how horrible it is in to live with all those symptoms! I suffered for 3 years till today! I only pray that this will end it all for me!!?

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I have experience the exact same thing on and off for years! Its so scary isn't it?! I am so relieved  to hear that its a real condition and I am not going mad! I must admit Chinese food is often associated with this for me so the MSG thing is a real possibility. Stress and dehydration is also a common denominator. I think we just don't look after ourselves and pay enough attention to our diet which is difficult to do these days.
Stress busting and healthy eating is the way forward!

Jacqui.  
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Wow, this is unreal.  I had exactly the same thing happen to me last week, just exactly as you described it (except no hard stool--just diarrhea). The same thing also happened to me 10 yrs ago, after I ate some fish; I thought at the time maybe the fish was bad, but now that the same exact thing happened again, I know it wasn't food poisoning. I do get diarrhea with bad cramps maybe 4 or 5 times a month, but not to the extent of fainting. Both times the fainting/diarrhea attack happened to me, I had just finished eating. The diarrhea lasted about 3-4 days, with some minor rectal bleeding. Also, I've noticed that when I get the "milder" diarrhea attacks, they're usually in the morning, anywhere from 5 min. to an hour after drinking my morning cup of coffee, or after eating lunch. I don't have any major health problems other than this!
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I too can relate to your story. Not just an hr ago I went through this same thing: stomach cramps and nausea; light headed, turned pale, I got really hot all over sweating from head to toe; loss in blood pressure that I couldn’t even hold my head up, felt like I would pass out; severe stomach cramps and liquid diarrhea, in my case there was no hard stool. I have experienced this problem probably 5 or 6 times in my life and I am 46. Difference today is that I did not eat a thing all day, only 3 cups of coffee over a 2 hr period and this episode occured around noon. In the past I some times felt like vomiting, but today I did not. After it subsided I had to lay down for an hr only for it to begin all over again, but this time not as bad. I was diagnosed last yr with a hiatal hernia and was prescribed Nexium twice a day. This is hereditary unfortunately. I just have to watch what I eat. I had forgotten to take my Nexium today.  I really believe it's a diet thing, watch your intake, don’t abuse it.
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I have this something similar happen to me after an intense workout. If I go to the gym and run on the treadmill or do the elliptical it wont happen. But if I play in a soccer game, which is a lot more intense, then it happens consistently. During the game I dont sweat much...I would say a normal amount. But when I am done playing, my back/chest/stomach area sweat profusely all night long. Only those areas though. Not my face or lower body at all. I take a shower-have even tried cold showers and I still soak the bed everytime. I have to sleep with towels wrapped around my upper body and change them every 30 minutes because they get soaked so quickly. Sometimes I also have stomach cramps along with this. Sometimes bad and sometimes not that bad. If I have a bowel movement right before playing or dont eat anything the whole day(which is also dangerous), it doesnt happen. I dont know what could be wrong with me but it very annoying and sometimes scary.
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Go for a WALK immediately upon onset of symptoms. The movement massages the gut, aiding the elimination process. It won't eliminate the pain (though sometimes it helps) but it helps the body get over the ordeal faster. At least it does for me.

Of course, if you feel faint, STAY PUT and sit or lie down, preferably in a carpeted room (not a concrete floor, like I've passed out on before).

I too have found that eating greasy food sometimes precipitates an episode.
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I too have suffered the same symptoms for the last 25 years. No doctor has been able to diagnose it. It seems that my body is trying to lose as much liquid as possible through intense sweating and extreme diarrhoea  I think that the very painful cramps and feignting are a result of the water loss. Usually, if I can recognise the attack soon enough I can head off the worse by drinking a lot of water very quickly. This morning, 2am, I had the most severe attack yet. So bad I had my wife call 911. The problem is that the docs never get to witness the attack. The doc in the hospital was convinced it was gastro entiritis (sp?).
I am encouraged to hear that my symptoms are not unique, but a little dissappointed that there seems to be no known condition and thus management of it. I read the reference to vasovagal reaction, but after reviewing many websites on the topic do not see that much similarity to our symptoms. I found the same to be true for IBS.
If anyone discovers anymore on this condition, please share.
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Check out Acute Pancreatitis. A lot of the symptoms are similar. I am awaiting results of blood tests. Will update once I have more info.
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I just had this happen to me at 6:30 AM this morning.  It was so scary.  I had this once last year, but I was in Lebanon and I thought it was because I drank some of their water and it was a virus or something, but it happened again.  I don't eat badly.  I stay pretty healthy.  I did have Chinese food last week, but nothing too greasy.  In Lebanon I didn't have any greasy foods.  It was all very healthy and I still had these symptoms.  I seriously thought I was dying.  It's nice to know that I'm not alone, but the circumstances are terrible.  I was sweating so badly and I just rested my head on the bathroom wall because I was so weak.  I hope there is a cure for this some how, but it doesn't happen that often.  
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went through this episode where I had the exact same symptons, fainted, profuse sweating, gastro upset. passed out three times.  this happened three months before with out the passing out. This time heart was racing,blood pressure low. couldn't call 911 if I wanted to.  couldnt get off bathroom floor for an hour or so. Went to emergency room..long story short..this episode had possibly damaged my heart and the heart attack enzyme was elevated. i had a murmur surgically repaired 27 years ago and now doctors are saying that there could be electrical problems to the heart,etc.......wanted to keep me in hospital to do a catherization that would check heart electrical impulses but i convinced my primary doc to let me do it on a outpatient basis...scary stuff
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I have had these symptoms since i can remember and I'm so relieved i have found this site so i now know other people suffer from this and its not just me. Cramps, Dizzy, Fainting, Sweaty, Loose Bowel Movement and often beeing sick. a couple of times i have fainted and have been shaking whilst passed out. It feels like I'm about to die. Some times i can't speak cos my tongue has gone funny and my hands are stuck in the same position. These attacks can last up to 20 minutes, they are so exhausting all i want to do is sleep after an attack. I have woken up in the night to go to the loo and pass out. The doctor doesn't seem to no what it is and the last doctor i saw said it was just me and my body and its somthing that i do. Lately they have been happening more frequently, Ive had 6 attacks since December 07. it is really quite scary and i would love to find a cure.
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I ended up in ER..took me about 5 hours after resting to have the strength to even go there.  Look up vaso vagal syncope  in my case they think it was neurocardiogenic syncope. I am going for tests. When I got home from hospital I noteived I had two bruises on my head where I had passed out in bathroom.Feels like the end is near when this happens but if you are relatively healthy your body has that mechanism in place to get you low to the ground fast so you can get blood to your brain..SEE A NEW DOCTOR..Go in educated. I had four doctors from the ER to a primary to a cardiologist and they want to do more tests..sounds llike you need that too..
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Ive had many a bump on my head mainly when i was a kid, I  didn't no what was happening or how to deal with it and i would just pass out on the toilet, coming round when my mum was dragging me out to the garden to get some fresh air. I'm a  relatively healthy 32 year old. Ive explained my symptoms to may doctors but still no answers. Ive just read about vasovagal syncope and it does sound like it could be that. I'm going to  print it off and show the doctor. It is more severe when i haven't had a bowl movement for a wk or so. Ive never had regular bowel movements and often go a wk with out going so Ive just started taking  senokot when i haven't been for a while in hope that this will work. thanks for your advice
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Man, you have been going through this since you were a kid.  plus the no bowel movements for a week at a time...must be stressing you out big time. I wish you all the luck. You sound like you might be from the UK?  if you are, I wonder what type of medical system is over there and why you haven't been properly diagnosed yet?  
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Yes i am from the UK and from my experience the medical system is rubbish, it didn't  help that my mum never took me to the doctors about it when i was a kid. Its becoming more frequent as I'm getting older and the attacks are more severe, its driving me nuts!!
To be honest i had given up with the doctors but now Ive read these articles I'm going to definitely go again
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it isnt great here either..I was afraid to death to even go to the emergency room because I have such a high deductable on my insurance. I really wish you all the luck in the world.. Sux that we have to look to the internet because we arent getting the help we need. and i hear you on the mother thing, I should have had this heart murmur fixed when I was nine, not twenty..Mother's decision..
Please keep me updated.  I will do the same with any tests I get done or whatever.
Take Care
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hi ican understand your worry i too have terrible bouts of ibs pain i too have tried to go to the toilet only to fall of in bath of sweat the pain from my bowel is excrutiating and i have actually passed out with the pain. my doctor says it is not life threatning but as i get older i fear this is going to kill me off.
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yer thats just what im worried about. i cant see my body is going to take it when i get really old.
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I have had this problem for 18 years now with mths of no bouts. I have even stopped eating meat and not eating for hours before going to bed. Lately the cramps and diarrhia have been at least twice a week and have happened at work. The pain is very extreem with sweating and vomiting. My stools are black and watery after the first movement. I am glad to find your blog I thought I was going crazy. The attacts are not like regular diarrhia that come from stress and food but very extreem and painful.
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I have had a similar condition for the past 8 years. I abused alcohol (a 6 pack a day) smoked a pack a day and ate very spicy foods. Then I had a near fainting experience and was driven to the doctor, who suggested to take some blood samples... which turned all ok. I stopped smoking after that, but I ended in the hospital a couple of days later; my stomach was killing me, every time I breathe I felt like I was going to faint, horrible. In the hospital they told me everything was fine with me and that all was in my head. Felt like trash for the next couple of years until I found this doctor who told me I had Neurocardiogenic Syncope. He gave me visken, nexium and rivotril. I quit drinking and eating spicy foods at this time. I felt good for a couple of weeks. Went to the hospital several times. Had some tests done. Positive for syncope once. Negative another time. Doctor decided it was all in my head and proceeded to gave me antidepressants... worst thing ever! Fast forward to 2008 and I went to a neurologist who told me everything was fine with my head, suggested me to take lighter antidepressants (which I totally skipped).
And now I feel like trash everyday. As I am typing this, my stomach burns, I have anxiety, and I feel like fainting... just like I felt yesterday and the day before that.
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Hi there, I have suffered from this for 10 odd years,(don't know why but it normally happens at nightime) same symptoms as most of you, profuse sweating, fainting, odd painful stomach  feelings,ringing in my ears,,,followed by diarreah (diarrhea) mostly. Anyway to cut a long story short, I thought I'd post what helps me through these bouts after trying everything else!!! in the hope it can assist anyone else with this darn problem.
Firstly as soon as I feel inklings of it coming on (I don't always, sometimes it's so quick) I reach out for the Gaviscon., this seems to calm my gut down immensley, then I try excercises  specifically for trapped wind ect, (lay on your back and pretend to ride a bike, ect )There are a lot of these excersises on the internet. Another is to move your hand in a circular kind of motion (like a massage) around your stomach area..Also, must be mentioned a hot water bottle on the back.......my main reasons for  doing this are to relax my stomach ect and try to pass wind,and burp to ease the pain. Also a hot bath helps, but be careful if you think you may faint.....My bouts seem to be brought on by a number of things,...eating foods such as onions, coleslaw ect, or not eating all day and rushing a meal. or being stressed,gassy drinks don't help either.. Hope this helps in some way, it's got to be worth a try,  Thanks
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I had almost the exact same thing happen to me recently...and I literally thought I was dying. I was like...this is it?? This is how it ends??? When I felt like I was about to pass out and drenched in sweat with unbearable cramps, I thought I needed an ambulance. After fighting with all my might to stay conscious (so that I wouldn't be left to die) I managed to call my boyfriend and have him take me to the hospital. It was a very random and sudden event and I had no idea what caused it. I had been drinking the night before though, and I don't think I had eaten much yet that day. The stomach cramps got worse until I had extreme liquid diarrhea at the hospital. After this event, I went to several doctors to try to figure out what had happened, and one concluded that I must have just had some virus, and another found nothing wrong after numerous tests. However, I do have pretty frequent stomach aches for no apparent reason, and they seem to happen most when I am stressed or anxious, so now I am considering the possibility that it could have been an anxiety attack. Does everyone else who has gotten this attack have at least some anxiety, or just some stress that preceded it? I have read that anxiety attacks can include all of these symptoms and that they can be purely physical with no real cause for the anxiety, or no conscious awareness of having anxiety. I know that anxiety-inducing situations can cause me to get stomach aches, even if I don't FEEL anxious, so let me know if you think this could be a possibility.
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Wow I thought I was the odd one that this sort of thing happened to.  I was crusing forums to see if anyone had anything related to what I'm experiencing now with my stomach (nausea and diarrhea for the past two weeks) But there have been a few rare occasions over the past few years were early in the morning I feel like I’m going to have diarrhea and have to sit for a few minutes before it actually comes out, mostly liquid, and then upon rising I almost (and sometimes do) pass out.  It really scares me!  Only once after this happened I got chills and I’m assuming a fever (I didn’t check) and I was running to the bathroom every few minutes.   That was when I was in the airport getting really to go on vacation so the REALLY sucked.  I’m almost happy I found this forum because it’s probably something else I should tell the GI that I didn’t think about when I go in for this current problem.  

And I really cant tell if its anxiety related or not, but I am an anxious person... it just dosen't seem to like up with when I am anxious though...
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Hi there. It sounds like I have the same thing you do.  I can go a week without any bowel movements. I was in my psychology class today and I could feel it was going to happen.  I got extremely sweaty and weak.  I couldn't even get out of my chair to walk out.  I felt as if I would collapse.  I then got a very cold sweat.  Its almost like when I'm going through this, I cant hear whats going on around me.  I zone out. When I got back to fully concious I could feel all the sweat on me.  Throughout my whole body.  It happened about 2 hours ago and I still feel like ****.  I am only 17 years old and I have had this happen to me about 7 times already.  I've fainted about 5/7 times and came very close the other two times.  The first time this happened to me was when I was in 5th grade.  Doctors can not figure out what is wrong with me!
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For me it's definitely related to not having a bowel movement that often so Ive been taking senokot every couple of days and it seems to be working. The doctor did say it properly isn't the best thing to use but its worked for 5 wks so i'm gonna continue use it. I still get slight stomach ache and feel a bit odd when i have a bowl movement but nothing like before.
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Wow, at your age, wouldnt think you would have to go through that....But that is exactly the symptons with that zoning out thing i forgot about...I have not had another since but I am an old fart, 46, compared to you..Hopefully, you have gone to the doctor..Let me know
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I sure hope that medication works for you but I go to bed every night still afraid to go BM until I really have to..Terrible.and sometimes I get that weird feeling that I can at least shake off....havent had an episode since and had a bunch of heart tests, EP heart test,etc..... so far so good...Hoping you will not have any more problems....Sorry havent written. among this ****...Im having financial issues that are causing more STRESS....Good Luck and take care!!!
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My usual: severe lower abdominal pain. Feels like someone stabbing me. Worse than bad pms. Then I feel weak. I go to the toilet. Explosive diarrhea and sweating and weakness and faint feeling (some times I do faint or lean on something to keep me from falling over). Then after it's over I get very cold. I still feel a little weak but I feel much better. I drink lots of fluids and am a pretty healthy 25. I don't believe it's all separate diagnoses. Like the vaso vagal and then another one for the diarrhea and another one for the sweating etc. I've been told a million different things but none that would accounts for the entire episode of symptoms. If we are all experiencing all of these symptoms then it's something completely different. Doctors are just guessing. They just want to slap some pills in your hand and send you off. I even was tested for a thyroid problem. Someone needs to get this figured out. I can't function. I'm worried all the time that it's going to happen in public. It happens several times a week for me. I'm starting a journal of what I eat and when these episodes happen and all the symptoms. Let's all do that and see if there's a common thread. At least then we see if it's a food allergy.
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wow. this JUST happened to me.... everthing except for the fainting.... though i felt like i was about to... actually, my body started to fall forward, but i have a dresser directly in front of my toilet, and i grab it with my hands and just let my body hang over for a bit.... then had the strenght pull myself up... and though i did not vomit... cold built up in my throat... which felt VERY unusual... and warm... this was about 15 minutes ago...

it was pretty scary, which is why before i went back to sleep, i had to check on the net and make sure it was nothing TOO serious where i possibly would not wake back up... (i was initially sleeping when i felt some form of an unusual contraction... like i needed to go to the rest room immediately... then came the hard stool, which took concentration to release... thought i was finished... had to come back, then had the VERY liquid diarreah (diarrhea), along with the horrible stomach ache, the weakness feeling, and some strange ear paralysis ringing or something...)

i'm heading back to sleep now... hope that it is all over... i'll make sure to drink plenty of fluids tomorrow...
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Had similar attack this Monday, OCt 13, 2008. Went to bathroom at 11 am to have bm - which was normal, then EXPLOSIVE diarrhea, explosive vomiting - grabbed trash can just in time, profuse sweating - even hair (and its kinda long) was dripping. Fell to bathroom floor to get face on cool tiles. Finally crawled to hallway to turn on a/c and crawled back to bathroon and passed out - again Explosive diarrhea all over floor, walls, etc. Massive chest pains & difficulty breathing. Thought my husband was going to come home from work at 5:30 pm & find me dead in a pile of **** and vomit from a heart attack. Laid on floor with towel for about 2-3 hrs - then crawled to bedroom and dialed my husband and said thought I was having heart attach & call 911 then I called my neighbor (don't know why). I then had to get to kitchen (seemed miles away) to push garage door open for ambulance and passed out in dining room afterwards (again in a pile of diarrhear) where firefighters found me. Had explosive diarrhea in ER for hours and passed out about 4-5 times, BP was about 50/20. Stayed in hospital for 3 days - thought going to die at first - theye ven stuck a tube up my rear to "catch" further diarrhea. AWFUL!!!  Said it was a viral thing going around. I sure don't want to be here if it comes around again........they even had to give me morphine several times because of the abdominal pain. I am 61 & NEVER had anything like this.
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I am sooooo glad to hear i am not the only one. Been in tears today. I've had this problem now since i was 18 sometimes it can occur 3x a months and sometimes 3x a year there is no consistency. the only thing i am sure of is that it is somehow caused by food. I have a reasonably healthy diet which has cut down the attacks. However i have kept a food diary on advice from the doctor and cannot find a common food cause it's sooo unpredictable and embarrasing. Today 15 min after my lunch break i knew it had started. The pain begins severe stomach cramps which come and then go come again and then go ever incraesing in pain until i am literally rolling around on the floor. The pain then reaches boiling point when i have to make a run for the bathroom (not ideal considering i am a teacher and this means having to grab someone to cover me IMMEDIATELY) once in the bathroom i have the most outrageous sweats i normally have to strip off as i get soaking wet again not great when in your place of work. I open a window but continue to burn up the pain increases and is now unbearable which is when i start to feel like i'm going to throw up before getting pins and needles in my hands and feet, colour drains from my face and then i pass out. Once concious again if i make it i get on the toilet to face diarrhea which is excruciating and feels like my insides are burning, then it feels like its all over and i clean up but oh no five mins later it's back less severe than before but still soooooooo painful this can happen four or five times each time lessening in pain until their is nothing left and i am exhausted. After this all i can do is sleep and although now hungry my stomach feels so tender eating is definately off the agenda for the next day or two OUCH. I don't know how much more i can take the doctor keeps fobbing me off but seriously you feel like your gonna die sometimes once my boyfriend phoned an ambulance but as it all happens so quickly the only thing left to see by the time i arrived was diarrhea that was a great experience. The fact that you cannot control or stop it is the worst i've been given tablets but it happens so fast it's too late and any tablets i take don't act fast enough and as if being at work when this happens is not bad enough what's awful as well is if your out or at someones house i have to make a mad rush for it or just deal with severe humiliation the worst was when trying to get home quickly and with noone i knew living close by and once the cramps set in i had no control and soiled myself in the car for god sake i'm 25 years old HELP
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I sure wish someone would have an answer for this. I have looked up all the suggested causes in this thread and none seem to fit.

Sudden onset of:

lower gut pain
dizziness/lightheaded
profuse sweating
clammy feeling
chills
fainting
diarrhea (not always)
when diarrhea, it is accompanied by severe lower gut pain/cramping
shortness of breath
severe weakness and shaking
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Like Jezah and many of you i was suffering the exact same symptoms :

lower gut pain
dizziness/lightheaded
profuse sweating
clammy feeling
chills
shortness of breath
severe weakness and shaking
very pale and white as a ghost
fainting

Age : 36

With this i have fainted on too many occasions to count now. From which i have suffered massive lumps on my head, many broken teeth , cut and badly bruised face.
Had my driving licence withdrawn and been unable to work for 18 months.

On 6 occasions i have awoken to find myself in the accident and emergency department of the local hospital, and another 2 times my mother has phoned the ambulance who by the time they arrive check my heart and blood pressure and by that time everything has calmed down to a bearable state and cant find anything major wrong with me.

The most annoying thing about this is that on 4 occasions, the doctor or paramedics
have asked me if i have been taking drugs or alcohol to induce this. And with the way they are asking these questions its very clear that they really don't believe what i'm telling them.

I have had an intolerance of alcohol my whole life and even as little as 3 beers, would have me being violently sick for 2 days (no joke). Any spirits would give me an instant burning sensation in my stomach and cause me to be violently sick too. And i was certainly not taking any drugs to cause this to happen (only drugs the doctor has prescribed and as directed).

At birth i had a operation on my stomach that would actually allow food to enter it, as anything i eat was just brought back up(think this may have been called an abdominal adhesion, and had also had my appendix removed at about age 6. And to make matters worse from birth to the age of 13 i also suffered fits.

I went from being quite healthy and taking no prescription medication to being very ill and taking 5 different forms of medication in a short period of time. My doctor prescribed me lamotrigine as they believed the fainting was a return of the fits i took when i was younger, which had no effect so they changed that to epilim which again has never stopped me passing out. In addition to this for the stomach pains i have been prescribed lansoprazole in the belief i may have a stomach ulcer thats been with me my whole life as i have always had stomach discomfort, and buscopan to relieve the pain of the cramps. And Maalox suspension for the build up of stomach acid.  

All of these meds have been useless as they have offered me no relief in any shape or form.

With me these episodes started with pain in my stomach and was quickly followed by a light-headedness/sinking/passing out feeling and most worryingly a pain in my chest/back and a racing heart , which eventually lead to me passing out and hitting the floor. 18 months ago this only happened maybe 2 times per month, but in the past 2 weeks this has happened on a daily basis.

Now to the good part of the story that will hopefully make this worth reading for people :) and may seem unbelievable !!!.

Out of sheer desperation 2 days ago when i felt the stomach cramps coming on and knew what was coming. I made myself 2 glasses of Jaaps health salts and drank them. This remarkably stopped me from reaching the point where i was starting to get the sinking/about to faint stage, and after about 20 minutes relieved me of about 50% of the cramp pains. And within 1-2 hours the pains had nearly disappeared completely.

And again today i felt the cramps coming on again, and again drank 2 glasses and low and behold it stopped it from progressing from anything worse than really bad cramp pains for about 1 hour.

This isn't a cure for the cause of what's making all this happen, but my belief is that i have some sort of internal blockage again that causes the cramps, and because of the fizzyness of the japps that its forcing the food past this blockage and relieving me of the terrible pain and stopping me from fainting and smashing my head and face to pieces.

I really hope this can bring relief to people suffering as i know how bad these episodes make you feel, not only physically but mentally. When your doctor and no one else can give you answers,  and it takes away your ability to work and drive and live a normal life it can really bring you down to a point where you feel life isnt worth living any more. Not to mention that most doctors believe that you are either an alcoholic or drug addict and are causing these problems yourself.

I hope in a few days i can check back here and see that some people have managed to find my (by luck/chance) remedy has helped them too.




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I ust had this experience last night.  I get them a couple times a year.  Still trying to conclude what the connection is.  Start feeling very light headed, the spins, knowing i must lay down put my head below my heart and make it ot the bathroom floor, or cold linoleum,  ear ringing, stomach cramps, passing bad gas, then start sweating profusely.  completey drenched.  I do breathing to keep me calm.  I will either vomit or take a bowl movement, sometimes both at the sametime. it passes soon after that.  Once i know i can get on the toilet, i am coming out of it.  Once dr told me it was low iron. I have had extreme stress at these times and usually have had 1 beer.  The bowel movment is usually large.  I dont experience constipation really.  I hae a bm on  regular basis.  But i do feel it moving thru my intestines.  
It does seem like there is a block of some kind maybe causing pressure on something that causes the fainting.
It is very scary when you are by yourself. Some have asked me recently about diabetes.  Glad to hear others have experience some of the same symptoms.  They come on with no real warning. There isnt really much anyone can do to help you.  I usually get a real cold wash cloth and the heat from my body ***** up the water in the cloth.  I do feel very dehyrated afterwards.
I know i need to go to the dr and just have things checked out.  I have a thyroid condition, a full hysterectomy, horomone imbalance, stress in all forms.  
I did do a aura cleansing and healing that day.  Wonder if the change of energies and the release of a bunch of stuff contributed in anyway.
Just glad to know i am not the only one having these kinds of spells. I am going to have my blood sugars checked keep you all in formed.
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I've had this too, and am glad to know I'm not alone. I am lactose intolerant, and learning this has sure cut down on "incidents".

Here's a tip for those who faint:

Put a chair in front of the toilet, facing the toilet, and place two pillows on top. This way, you can sit on the toilet, lean forward on the pillows, and just rest from the exhaustion and pain. If you have diarrhea, you're already on the toilet. If you faint, you're already "lying" down. I figured this out after fainting into the bathtub too many times, hitting my head on the porcelain.

Also - get someone to fetch you a large glass of water and drink as much as you can before passing out - you need to stay hydrated!
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I have had these symptoms two to ten times a year for at least 10 years.  I have just started passing out from them.  I have had two in the last six weeks.  I can't tell if the passing out is from pain, but I have also started getting totally delerious.  I lose control of my legs, they either get so weak that they don't work, or I am just so out of it, but nevertheless, my legs will not really work right.  I usually pass out trying to get back to my bedroom where I keep Phenagren by my bed just in case an episode happens.  I hoard these from family stomach viruses.  No doctor has prescribed them for me on my description of my symptoms.  Only a "call me" if it happens again.  These episodes happen at night and if I don't have Phenagren to take, it would last for days. Drs. have also said what they thought it was (whatever that was) would not be helped by Phenagren.  When I figured out a peanut allergy, the episodes were cut in half.  You have to not only cut out the obvious, by many restaurants use it to fry their food in.  The episodes seem to be linked to food.  I first noticed that it would happen on vacation, or after a rich meal.  My last one seemed to be linked to cookie dough.  Things I have considered besides another food allergy is some sort of sugar imbalance, lactose intolerance.  I also have asthma and have looked into auto immune.  When I  look back to my early 20's, I would have episodes, but they seemed to be linked to stress. I am definitely going to crawl back to bed from now on, because the bangs to the head are bad, but if I knock a tooth out, like somebody mentioned -- Can you imagine, wake up from the pain and delerium with a missing tooth?  I am 40.  Very in tune with my body, exercise and take vitamins and I am otherwise healthy, but I am starting to worry about the severity of the episodes.  
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I have the same symptoms as most of you, But i also have the feeling of severe stinging mostly from my thighs down but some all over ears lips & if i scratch it it breaks out into welts. Just wondering if any of you have these symptoms also.
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I am a clinical pharmacist and I still have not found a physician who will give me a definite diagnosis for this condition.  My first symptom is that of acute diarrhea.  I rush to the bathroom / latrine / restroom / toilet.  At some point during the diarrhea process I have an "aura" (what epileptics describe as a feeling of impending doom: they know a seizure is coming on.)  This is usually a feeling of lightheadedness and a drop in blood pressure.  I can usually avoid the seizure by putting my head between my legs to get more blood to my brain.  I have read that others have had a diagnosis of GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) related to these events.  I have been diagnosed with both in the past.  I am sure that this is vasovagal fainting associated with valsalva.  Since I do an aura each time, I have thought that I must have had a seizure while passed-out.  This has never been confirmed.  My wife witnessed me passing out while on the toilet once.  She said I did not have a seizure.  She is a registered nurse, so I believe her.  This first occurred about 17 years ago (I was about 24 years old) and has occurred about 1-3 times per year since then.  Dehydration could be a contributing factor since I do not drink enough water.
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I work in the pharmaceuitcal industry and have been suffering with all of this for like 8 years. I have GAD, indigestion, and IBS. Unfortunetley they are all linked and can cause each other...In terms of the fainting, this has never happened to me, but I have felt on so many occasions like I am going to faint. I get dizzy, sweaty, have diarrhea, and or just severe gas. I have been to all sorts of doctors for colonoscopy's, endoscopy's, cat scan, etc and everything has ALWAYS come back normal.

The feeling of the "Aura" that you describe is not only prior to seizuring for epileptics, but also prior to panic attacks, which sounds like a more likely scenario...that you probably feel dizzy from the vasovagel fainting and panic which leads to a terrible terrible feeling of impending doom.

My doctors have insisted that none of this is life threatening to me and that I have to learn how to manage my diet and exercise routines in order to find relief...along with meds of course. But i would keep a diary of what triggers this to see if you can find patterns in food types etc.
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Wow crazy how many people have this and we can't get a proper diagnosis. I just had my first episode last night.

Severe cramping, so i went to the restroom and started feeling weird, ringing in ears, fainted. Struggled to get up and went to lay down. When the cramping got worse went back to bathroom, nearly fainted again had to put head down. Diarrhea which made it better enough to have even more diarrhea untill i was ok. Sweating throughout the whole ordeal too. Thought i was going to die.

Also in common with many of the reports here i was dehydrated from having only been drinking beers for the last 10 hours prior or so, no i was not drunk but i know doctors will blame it on that so i didn't even bother going.

The greesy food is common as well. I ate a good deal of cheapo bbq potato chips that i've never eaten before. I think my body needed to get rid of them as fast as it could. I'm not sure but they may contain an msg.
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(2008) I am 24 years old now and I had this happen about 2 or 3 times.....  It started out as having sharp stomach cramps like your gonna have a bad diarrhea and it hurt so bad. It felt like i had to take it out so i went and sat on the toilet....While trying to take it out i started sweating a lot, started feeling lightheaded, dizzy, and then it felt like my eye rolled back and i blacked out and fainted while i was on the toilet.....i felt my head hit the tub.....i don't know how long i was unconscious but when i woke up, i was butt naked on the bathroom floor and i was scared...i had no idea what caused this and what it was......I hope it never happens to me while i'm driving!!!!  I wish i could know what cause this to happen or get a diagnoses for this....  I use to drink very little liquids but i try to drink more now......but i still don't think i drink the recommended amount of 8 glasses....I also have HYPOTHYROIDISM and borderline DIABETES....
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I just watched a show that talked about this very same set of symptoms.  The lady had something called Hereditary Angioedema.  It is something to do with a certain type of protein issue.  Doctors and determine whether this is what you have by doing blood tests.  Sometimes swelling can occur also in different areas of the body and if swelling occurs in the throat it can become fatal. I would suggest getting tested. It is a rate condition and is hereditary.  So this may not be what is affecting everyone on this site, but you should get looked at if you have been dealing with something severe.  Best of luck... I get most of these symptoms every month with my period but it only occurs on the first day and can be controlled with pain medication... so I am sure that I do not have this.
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People!

I posted a pretty clear explanation as to what's happening for most of you nearly a year ago - check out my post in this thread from January 30.. You are (or should be) relieved to know that this is a simple vasovagal reaction. As a doctor, I find that people are often disappointed to discover that they have something simple and common! Imagine that!

At any rate, here it is (again):

1. Vasovagal reactions occur when you stimulate the vagus nerve (vagus comes from the Latin "to wander") - a big nerve that "wanders" all over your body.Vasovagal reactions are the most common cause of fainting.

2.  There's several ways to induce a vasovagal reaction, and having a bowel movement accomplishes 2 of them!

3. First, any kind of stomach upset can cause it, because the digestive tract is ennervated by the vagus nerve (hence it is also called the pneumoGASTRIC nerve).

4. Second, holding one's breath and bearing down (like we do when we pass a poop, especially a hard one) is called a valsalva maneouver, and this stimulates the vagus nerve BIG TIME. Some people pass out (or nearly) every time they poop. Bummer!

5.  So, your gastrointestinal upset +/- holding one's breath and bearing down are both adequate to stimulate the vagus nerve which causes an immediate drop in blood pressure and heart rate.

6.  The result? A drop in blood supply everywhere - including the brain - which causes a sudden loss of consciousness. Once our head is lower down (eg. on the bathroom floor!) it's easier for blood to get there thanks to gravity, and we regain consciousness.

7.  As for the diarrhea and cramps, lots of people have some combination of constipation and diarrhea - they strain to pass a hard stool, and then have diarrhea a short time later. When you're constipated, you often suffer the trademark excruciating cramps in an attempt to "move things along."

8.  Then, once the "obstacle" has passed, you'll have a bout of diarrhea which results from the colon secreting fluid in an attempt to soften and pass the "obstruction." But it's the straining part that usually causing the lightheadedness or actual fainting.

9.  Interestingly, fear can also stimulate the vagus nerve, as can pain. Hence, people who pass out when having blood taken.

Again, this explanation should hopefully help people rest easier and make this "mystery" bouts less mysterious!

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Just had this happen last night. Was the 2nd time in 3 years. The first time was just after I ate baby carrots with veggie dip. Last night I had just ate a bag of Sun Chips, Garden Salsa flavor. Haven't passed out, but darn close to it. I also take Lipitor, Plavix, Toprol & Altace for my heart. Anybody see a common denominator?
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Wow!  I was amazed at the scenarios here.  I could have written half of them.  I had my last episode 4 days ago & finally today I am feeling normal.  It was a bad session.  I usually feel better after the following day.  I am female, 51 years old & had my first attack when I was 5 & have had probably 150 episodes since.  I was 8 & coming in from the playground at recess when I fainted & peed my pants (the first time).  From 5 to 13 fainting happened every year or so.  My parents were concerned, took me to see many doctors & were told it was probably the side effects from a concussion I had when I was 5 & I would grow out of it.  From 13 to 18, (puberty) the episodes increased to about twice a year.  Doctors said it was because I was teenage & female & didn’t eat breakfast regularly.  From 18 to 21, I was having them weekly & some weeks 2 or 3 times.  Going to the doctor was a waste of time.  When I finally found a doctor that took me seriously, he took me off birth control pills & almost immediately I was better, for about 2 years.  I’ve had the same doctor now for the last 30 years or so.  This still happens anywhere from 3-4 times a year to 2 years between episodes.  I don’t always go to the doctor when it happens because I know he can’t do anything about it, but when I’m in for my yearly, he always checks it out.  Since I turned 40 I had an episode again that caused me to pee myself.  It had been 35 years.  I’ve also had episodes that have caused me to orgasm, to vomit & many that have been connected to diarrhea.  I could share gory details, but you all have your own.  I have not found a definitive connection from one episode to the next, but I know they are all connected & there are some obvious triggers…pre menstrual, cold or flu, diarrhea, msg, dehydration, over-indulgence (food, alcohol etc), stress, lack of sleep, heat, arrhythmia & more.  I have had many, many tests & seen cardiologists, neurologists, & internists.  Some have been interested, some have flat our wished me luck because the have no clue & don’t take me seriously.  I’ve had EEG’s, ECG’s & EKG’s.  All negative.  It’s been discovered that I have a mitral valve prolapse & some heart arrhythmia.  I’ve been tested & for epilepsy, & brain tumors.  Fortunately negative.  I’ve had ‘tilt table’ tests to test for vaso-vagal reactions & these are also negative.  I am not allergic to foods of any kind but I am sensitive to green peppers.  I have had the ‘chinese food syndrome’ & reacted to msg & had an episode, but eaten the same thing at the same restaurant a few weeks later with no reaction or sometimes just the diarrhea, but not the rest of it.  I’ve had an episode after having too much to drink or when I know I’m under stress, but most often I’ve not.  In more cases than not it’s the episodes that have caused anxiety reactions rather than the other way around.  2 of my brothers & my 2 sons (in their 20’s) have had more than one episode, but less than five.  Other than these episodes I am fit & healthy.  I’ve had the same employer for 20 years & only about 10 of 80 coworkers have any clue that there is anything wrong with me.  I always make sure to let my (new) boss know what my medical history is like.  I’m lucky enough to have a semi private office & if I feel an episode coming on I can often counteract it by lying on my office floor until the feeling passes.  The best medical advice I ever got was from a very young neurologist after my worst episode ever.  I was 42 years old.  I was flying home from Toronto to Vancouver & about 2 hours into my flight I passed out in my seat, peed myself & was unable to lie down for about another 4 hours.  Air Canada staff were horrible in this situation & I am very thankful for the compassion I received from the poor 18 year old student that was my seatmate & savior for the rest of the flight.  I agreed to see many specialists after that episode because the side effects were very long lasting (3 months or more).  
The neurologist explained that because I was unable to lie down, my brain received much more trauma than it normally would because of the lengthy lack of blood flow.  Anyhow, the neurologist was very frank with me, seemed to understand what I was going through.  He asked me ‘Do you feel it coming on?’  Yes.  Then told me flat out ‘You know it’s coming, you sometimes can prevent it by lying down, so lie down.  I know it’s embarrassing, but what’s more embarrassing?  Lying down in the shopping mall or passing out cold, breaking your nose (again) or soiling yourself?  Do yourself a favor & pay attention to the signals your body gives you.’  
I don’t believe there is a cure.  At best all the symptoms will be lumped together & become know as a syndrome.  There isn’t a magic pill or cure all.  For myself I know there are triggers & I can relate it to electricity.  If I have a few triggers occur at the same time my central nervous system has a brown out.  Those are the times I experience periods of dizziness.  Add another trigger or two & I pass out…more triggers & my central nervous system totally shorts itself out.  I don’t look forward to menopause as I’m afraid this may add even more triggers & consequently more episodes.  From the online research I’ve done there are many diseases/syndromes out there that share many of the symptoms we recognize.  Some of the more interesting ones that may fit your scenario better than mine & you may find helpful are IBS, Abdominal Epilepsy, Mitral Valve Prolapse, Autonomic Dysfunction, Dysautonomia, Vaso-vagal, Dehydration & any of the dozen other syndromes that are mentioned previously in this thread.  The most important thing is to pay attention to your body & its signals, recognize your own triggers, live as active & normal life as possible & lie down if you feel it coming on.
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Hi Everyone,

I am so glad to have just found this site because I have been experiencing the same effects and couldn't figure out if I had: Vasovagal episodes OR IBS OR Pre-Diabetes OR Lactose intolerance.

6 years ago I fainted when I dropped a heavy lamp on my toe and was told that was a vaso vagal episode due to the extreme pain. My husband caught me and said I had a small seizure.

This summer I had extreme food poisoning, vomited, had nausea, diarrhrea, turned white as a ghost, was clammy and fainted on the way back to bed. My husband called an ambulance and the ER did many tests and declared that I had a vasovagal syncope episode due to the food poisoning.

Two weeks ago I had the same symptoms/fainting after a rich meal with red meat and three glasses of red wine.

This weekend I had two beers and a rich pasta meal and had diarrhea within 1 hour of eating.

So, I think I have a very sensitive vaso vagal nerve that is triggered to some sort of intestinal upset/pain which is triggered by rich food and alcohol. (perhaps) I am 42 and this is all quite new to me. I am not sure how to adjust my life, but I am hyper aware of how my stomach feels these days. I have decided to avoid alcohol, caffeine, chocolate and rich foods for a while  and drink lots of water to see if it gets better.

I really feel for us all. It does seem amazing that so many of us have had such similar symptoms but that the medical field have no advice besides avoiding the triggers...


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I found this site in desperation after having these episodes for many years.  December 23, 08 I went to the ER with a severe episode after I took out two stair rails with my head and was out for 2 minutes, had severe diarrhea and was very slow to respond.  This horrible feeling will wake me up and I either vomit, have diarrhea or both. I sweat can't hear and feel as if I will die. I have worn a heart monitor, heart catherization, ultrasounds, colonoscopy, cat scans told I was pushing too hard, the flu, drop in BP , panic attacks....My doctor this time listened as I laid out every crazy symptom and when I said I had recently wet the bed. He asked me if I had ever had an eeg. He had me take one and It confirmed temperol lobe seizures. I am on medication now hopefully it will work, but I just was glad someone listened. These horrible reactions can be autonomic symptoms of seizures, not the ones most people think of, but just wanted to let others know.
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I am really surprised to see so many people with the same problems. I am 32 years old and since I was pregnant with my son 9 years ago, I have gotten these attacks. Over the years, it has progressed from severe stomach pains. I was overweight and ate alot of fast food and I would have these attacks in the middle of the night and after I went back to sleep I was ok the next day. I have lost 85 pounds by eating much healthier and rarely have any gastro issues anymore. Last night (and one other time in November) have been the award winners of these attacks. I ate pizza last night (I eat healthy but I'm not a fanatic about it) around 9pm, went to bed around 12 and woke up at 4:30am with my stomach hurting. I knew I was going to be up for a while. I went to the bathroom and it usually takes a while, i just sit and hold my stomach until I start to have a normal bowel movement. This takes about 15 mins, then within the next 15 mins the stool gets softer and softer until it is just watery. meanwhile, the cramps are terrible (I think I would rather be in labor) During all of this, I started to profusely sweat from everywhere. I thought I might slide off the toilet. Now my bedroom is in the basement of our house and it is very cold in our room. I felt very weak, felt like I might pass out, my heart was pounding very fast and I could hear my heart beat in my ears. I had my husband open the garage door which is right by the bathroom door to let the 10 degree cold air rush in and he put a wet cold rag on me. He had to hold it there, I was so weak. I was very scared, I almost had him call 911. He had to put on sweat pants and a winter coat and I was sweating. As the watery diarreha continued, I finally started to calm down, my heart slowed down, my breathing was better, the sweats stopped. Then I started freezing, I changed my clothes and got in bed with 4 comforter blankets and and electric blanket and was shivering. Then I felt like I had heart burn/indigestion. Pain or pressure right under my sternum, I took like 4 tums, curled up in a fetal position and tried to sleep. I was in the bathroom dealing with all of this for about and hour. I did get some sleep but today I still feel drained. I still have slight pain/pressure below my sternum but its bearable right now. I just ate toast and so far so good. I am a smoker and I tried to have one a few hours ago and it intensified the slight pain I was having so I stopped. All of this because of pizza I ate?? I eat pizza pretty regularly and I don't usually have problems. Every now and then I will eat a fried appetizer or chicken nuggets and no problems. I really feel it is diet because like I said I used to have these attacks (not as severe as this) a few times a week and once I started eating right and losing weight they pretty much stopped. Last night was a clear reminder of why I changed my habits. I just wish I knew for sure what was going on and why it happens.
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See Jr's response on 1/16/09.  This seems to be the best explanation for what is happening to us - and talk to your own doctor about it.
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I have this same problem and can't believe what i am reading, to say the least, misery does love company.
All of my symptoms are like yours, except at the end of my ordeal i can feel numbness start to creep in on my hands, then its almost like i am having a stroke, they are so numb they actually freeze up on me and i can't pry them open,,,i'm not stroking out as my speech is fine,,,
I find that i have to massage my arms and shake them around to get the feeling back into my hands..
I use to get these attacks once or twice a year, now it seems like every 4-5 weeks , sometimes not as bad as other times...
I have been under stress, father having cancer, but still, i can be fine one minute and as soon as i eat something my stomach decides it doesn't like, the gas pains start and then its a good 30 minutes of pure hell...
Very happy i found this site, someone or something has got to help us
Thanks everyone , i now see i'm not alone....
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It may be a vasovagal syncope that causes the fainting after experiencing so much pain, as jr pointed out (1/16).  But the extreme constipation followed by diarrhea seems to be the initial cause of that, and I would like to know what causes it.  It really feels like some kind of attack, rather than just ordinary constipation.   I only had it happen once, but I was screaming so much in pain that I woke up at least 10 people in my dorm.  I get constipated regularly but it is nothing like what happened that night.
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This is incredible that so many people have this... syndrome.  I have had these episodes for 20 years... my most recent was the most scary and painful.  I can't find triggers. (or doctors with answers or the desire to look) Thank goodness I have a witness to me having these episodes and found this website or I may not believe it myself.  It wasn't the alcohol when I was 12... etc.    Just curious, do any of you have anxiety or consider yourself an HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) ?
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i also sometimes get numbness of my toes, hands and tongue and find it difficult to speak, this is a more recent thing and tends to happen when i don't pass out.
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To those of you who fainted.  Had you recently been lying down or in bed? Because I read something about the blood flow to the feet can affect this also.

I've had this down the years but never fainted until I cracked my head open this morning.  I felt the usual dizzyness but then suddenly woke up on the floor confused as to how I got there.  When I looked in the mirror it was only then that I noticed the bump on my head and a my nose began to bleed.  I have no idea how long I was out for
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I've had a similar condition every since I hit puberty but I fainted for the first time two nights ago.  It always in the middle of the night, where I wake up feeling feverish with intense abdominal pain.  Rush to the bathroom and get so hot that I have to strip down.  I have had this happen enough times that I know to grab my fan and haul it to the bathroom with me.  The air circulation/cold air helps the feeling of faintness.  

Well, the fan did not work the other night.  I stopped being able to feel it and the last thing I remember was that I was feeling around for the fan's switch to turn it up higher but I couldn't see/find it.  Next thing I know, I'm on the floor next to the toliet with my head in the trash can and my knees tucked up underneath me.  I could hear the trash can rocking/knocking on something and I knew I was jerking around uncontrollably.  Slowly my hearing/feeling/eyesight came back although all I could see for a minute was a greenish ring with a black center floating in front of my eyes.  Not sure if I had opened my eyes yet or no?  I had never fainted before so this shook me up a bit, although I did feel better upon waking.  To my awareness I was only out for a few seconds/minutes.

When I made it back on the toliet had intense diarrhea.  My stomach has been extremely sensitive every since and I've been terrified of it happening again.  I do drink coffee regularly but no sodas.  I eat pretty healthy 24/F with no health problems.  I did have an ovarian cyst rupture about a year ago and the abdominal cramping/pain is in the same area now.  I'm not sure if it is more cysts or what.  Plan to see doctor and have ultrasound and hopefully find out what is happening.  I'm scared to tell them about the seizure-like faint because I don't want my license revoked!
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I have read about 100 of the same "STORY" over and over and over on this forum. I think we can all agree that we all have something VERY SIMILAR. So enough of the stories. What is the problem? and what is the SOLUTION? I would say that it is NOT "NORMAL" to pass out, sweat to death, or have cramps so bad that you run to the emergency room. The DR. earlier said that this is just a VASOVAGEL reaction. OK fine, lets say I have a VASOVAGEL reaction...what internal ORGAN can I have REMOVED to stop this forever. What medicine can I take when I have an episode to stop it within SECONDS. Are there any videos on this. What Universities and research institutions are there that are looking into this to take care of the problem, so all the doctors can stop saying, "JUST DEAL WITH IT AND WATCH WHAT YOU EAT". I am sorry but that is not good enough for me. There must be some institution out there doing research on this, and if so I would love to have them study ME. Any thoughts or comments?
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I have very similar symptoms but I have never actually passed out.  Other than that, this all sounds exactly the same as what happens with me.  I am diagnosed with Mitral Valve Prolapse, IBS, GAD, and endometriosis.  Having researched all of these together, I keep seeing stuff come up about dysautonomia.  But it seems to me like no one really knows much about it.  No one knows what causes it or what to really do about it aside from treating the symptoms.  

In any event, I've found that what works for me is taking a xanax when the dizzy spells and lightheadedness start.  Usually after taking the xanax those symptoms diminish or go away altogether.  My PCP says that this indicates that those symptoms are definitely related to anxiety and not the actual sickness.  This makes me think that those symptoms are just kind of like a side effect of the fact that I'm in pain and nervous about what is happening to my body.  I also take levsin at the first sign of abdominal cramps which tends to help alleviate the pain.  I will still have diarreha but it isn't quite as violent, painful, and convulsive.  Also, my GI doc told me to take a probiotic supplement called Align.  She told me that while all probiotics are beneficial, there have been studies done specifically with Align that have had quite remarkable results.  I believe that the strain of bacteria in it is the most genetically pure.  It is an OTC but I have never been able to find it at the store.  I order it on drugstore.com.  I saw significant improvements after a few weeks of taking it.  Recently, I forgot about it after being away from work for a week and out of my routine so I stopped taking it.  Since then, my episodes have gotten far more frequent and severe again.  I am going to start taking it again this week to see if things improve again.  I am also mildly anemic and take a prescription iron supplement.  Sometimes I forget to take it and this also seems to make the dizzyness and lightheadness and MVP palps worse.  It's weird, but I definitely feel that all of my "conditions" are connected.  I just wish there was one med that I could take instead of the bunch of different ones that I have to take to just control the symptoms.

I hope some of this helps.  I know it's not necessarily the simple remedy that we'd all like, but if it means taking a pile of pills every day to not feel like this, I'll do it!!!
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I have been experiencing these symptoms minus the diareah. I am in college and it started this fall. It has occured more commonly after or when I excercize (which I rarely do), a couple of times it has happened in the middle of the night. I will feel fine and then get sudden extremely painful stomach cramps, it feels like menstrual cramps but about 100 times worse, I am in so much pain and I start getting really hot, my face and body turns red and I start sweating like crazy. This last from a couple minutes to all day long. Only one time did I faint, this happened when I woke up in the middle of the night with these extreme stomach cramps, I went into the bathroom I was sweating like crazy and was standing at the sink trying to put cold water on my face, the next thing I knew I was laying on the floor. I don't know what the cause of this is, and I haven't found a way to make the pain go away during the cramps. I just lay there and hope it goes away. Does anyone have any idea what the cause of this is or if there is a name for it? Thankss
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This just happened to me. It was so scary.

This morning, I woke up at 930a, went to class @ 10a, ate a bagel at 12p, drank water from time to time, and ate chili cheese fries at 5:30p. I came home, took a nap while working on my desk.

It was a pretty warm day so I had opened a window to allow ventilation.

All of a sudden, a sudden pain struck at my abdomen and I knew I had to go to the bathroom. I instantly thought of the chili fries. But I couldn't leave my position because both my feet were asleep (I slept while working at my desk). I froze in the position and waited while the pain kept increasing in my stomach.

When my feet were bearable, I limped to the bathroom and sat down to let it out, but all of a sudden, I felt like I wanted to throw up, which really scared me because I had a stomach flu years ago and I remembered I couldn't breathe while throwing up. And then along with wanting to throw up, I became really lightheaded and knew I was going to faint.

I hit my head and shook it to get myself out of it while the stomach pain and desire to throw up continued. I decide to sing or yell to vocally get myself out of it, but no avail, so I decide to lay down on the floor with my *** sticking up. LOL. After a few minutes, the pain subsides and I no longer want to throw up or faint.

I move to my bed and lay down in a normal position, but the stomach pains creep up again so I resume my *** to the sky position and massage the area between the index finger and the thumb (was told to do so when I had stomach aches). I start sweating, but not profusely. Just enough to notice it.

Stomach starts hurting again, so I hope for the best and move back to the bathroom. I hunch over so that my head level is lower than my back and let out the liquid stool.

Waited until that was done. Moved back to my desk and researched to see if this event was documented. Surprised to see a lot of similar cases. I truly hope this was a once in a lifetime case...

I've had a history of stomach problems, but usually I can avoid it if I avoid cheese, milk, and heavy food. But sometimes, I can adapt to it, like, the first time I ate chipotle, I had a major case of  diarrhea, but later on I was fine when I ate it,  just a minor case of gas due to beans.

I think what happened today for me was that my stomach was pretty empty when I ate the excess amount of melted cheese, bad meat, and oily fries. I always thought I had IBS so from previous research, I knew that instigators were always more powerful on an empty stomach.

This is just the first time I almost fainted while on the toilet. I imagine all the blood is rushing to my stomach which is working its *** off (no pun intended) to digest the crappy food, explaining my lightheadedness. And throwing up is pretty common in food poisoning.

I just ate a banana and took some asian medicine. It's been over thirty minutes since my episode, my stomach still feels like it wants to go, but nothing painful. I do feel weak and am angry that this had to happen on a Friday night. :( I have a lot of studying to do and I do not want to do it in the bathroom.

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Wow!!  I was relieved to find this site.  I too have shared most of these symptoms.  My mom had IBS for as long as I can remember and then a few years ago while living with me I witnessed her completely passing out while using her potty on several different occasions. She turned white as a sheet.  Her eyes were set and down she would go.  I would run and grab her and she usually would immediately vomit. Then when she would hear me calling to her she would usually say huh?? And then wake right up.  It always scared the heck out of me though.
And now the last few years as I get older (I'm 49) I'm noticing myself having to RUN to the comode within mins of eating.  Usually things like peanuts or spicy foods.  This happens sometimes but not EVERY time I eat these foods.  Sometimes if my stomach gets those awful cramps I will feel a bit lightheaded and sometimes nauseated.  And have some mild sweating.  Well, last month I was at work, (I just happen to work in the ER) and I had eaten a fast food hamburger.  I noticed when I ate it didn't taste so great.  The lettuce seemed kind of slimy but I thought it was just the mayo and I was STARVING so nevertheless, I ate it.  (DUMB) About 2-3 hrs later I was sitting at my desk and I felt a familiar cramp in my stomach.  My stomach makes loud noises and you can just hear it growling trying to push all that mess around in there.  Suddenly I started feeling the flush feeling that I always get and my whole face was tingling.  I went to the restroom because I knew it was time....and while in there I looked in the mirror.  My face was blood red and my eyes were blood shot.  My lips were swelling as well as my tongue and I felt tingly.  My tongue and face was as numb as it could be. I felt very light headed and nauseated and was so afraid I was going to pass out and die in the bathroom before I could get out into the nurses station where everyone else was at.  I finally got myself together and went in and told our charge nurse.  She took one look at me and got me to a bed.  When I spoke to her I realized that my voice was very low and raspy.  I could hardly talk and felt that my throat might be trying to swell. My chest broke out with red splotches.  Then I started to cough.  They started an IV and pushed in a huge dose of benadryl and solu-medrol.   I started feeling better. Once I was able,  I had to keep getting up and going to the bathroom to have diarrhea.   So...the doc diagnosed me with an allergic reaction. Now, I wonder if  maybe I would have gotten better even without the benadryl had I just let the felling pass.   Anyway, today I had my second "spell".  Just before I started to get ready to go to work my husband made me a bowl of beans and cornbread.  While I was getting dressed I started to feel the lower abdominal cramping.  These cramps make me think of labor pains
because of the way the start out and get harder and harder.  When I sat down to have a BM it was explosive diarrhea.  I started to feel the tingling in my face and ears and tongue. I was leaning over on the wall because I was so weak. I could see in my bathroom mirror that I was very red.  Finally I took some deep breaths to get plenty of oxygen and decided to make my way to my bed.  I laid down for a few minutes and even though my throat once again felt funny and my voice was again low and raspy I just tried to relax in the fetal position and it seemed to ease up fairly quickly.  After resting for awhile I was okay.  I hate these attacks.  It is very scary. I had open heart surgery last April and had a hole repaired and they also replaced my pulmonary valve.  I don't eat as well as I should.  I work the night shift and it is hard not to snack on junk food.  I'm making a new start to eat better and drink more water...(not as much of the beer that I do enjoy on my off days) and get more exercise.  I'm glad to have found you all.  Have any of you experienced the redness (I think I did see that mentioned in a couple of the posts) and have you experience the swollen tongue, lips and throat?? Thats the scariest part to me...though I haven't actually passed out yet.  Now if that starts happening I will get upset.  I have never been a fainter.  
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I would encourage everyone here to get one of the blood allergy test batteries (IgE IgG) to rule out food allergies.  Have many of the same symptoms described above and have discovered the root cause is food containing pepper or paprika spices.  My own experience has been that when the ingested food (containing the spices) reaches a certain point in my intestines, I have a reaction: profuse sweating, stomach cramps and on two occasions, loss of consciousness.  Once the offending substance has been purged from my body (diarrhea), everything is fine.  Another confirming piece of evidence for me is the fact that the diarrhea itself actually burns my skin on the way out.  It feels as if liquid pepper is being applied to my rear end...  I'm currently awaiting test results from the blood allergy testing which will confirm what I already know to be true.  Many people here have posted "spicy foods" as a common component of their diets.  Read up on allergy to pepper.  It's rare, but very real!
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I had the same thing happen to me yesterday morning at 6:50 am.  Its never happend to me before and I hope never again!  Diarrhea first, every 10 minutes or so with a little bit of cramps.  That happend 2 or 3 times, but the last bout, it felt like all my nerves were on end.  Then suddenly my body went numb all over, I yelled for my husband to be by my side I was so scared.  I could barely hold myself up.  my hearing went first... it felt like i was leaving my body... I've never experienced death before, but that's what it felt like.  It wasn't painful at that point though.  Just very scary.  Then my sight started to leave.  Flash sweating, but not hot.  No pain at this point.  I got up off the toilet, have no idea how I did, I glanced in the wall mirror.. I was so scary pail it was unbelievable!  I fell at that point to the ground and my husband picked me up and layed me on the bed... I layed there motionless for about 8 minutes or so.  Then another bout of diarrhea.  But no dizzy at this point.. I got totally better after that.  But very weak.  The doctor said I had a viral infection.. not sure what, but are sending my blood off for testing.  
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I agree with you on the need for some sort of study on this subject. This just happened to me for the first time a few days ago and I have to admit that finding this forum made me feel a little better, knowing that there are others experiencing the same thing. There seems to be a lot of advice in these postings, but it all seems a bit overwhelming. As I sit here with a sore cheek, from hitting the bathroom floor, I find myself wondering why I have never heard about this. It is probably because people are afraid to talk about it. I haven't told anyone yet, I don't want them to freak out. I plan on doing a whole lot more research on the subject.
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Wow.. something similar happened to me this morning. It was the weirdest and scariest experience I've ever had. This was the first time I had this happen to me.
I woke up around 7a feeling like I needed to go to the bathroom...nothing major. I went and as I was sitting on the toilet nothing came out just alot of air...then a bit of diarrhea. Then all of a sudden I started to feel cramping in my lower abdominal area. I thought ok great..another upset stomach..watever! Then It started to get worse, it wasn't a sharp pain it was more like an extremely bad upset stomach. Then the pain started to radiate throughout my body.  I began sweating (not profusely but noticeably), I felt nauseous for a brief time but it went away. I just kept having the pains in the GI area and in my body. I felt like I was going to die..it was extremely painful. Although this was going on I didn't want anyone to find me over the toilet ...so I flushed and decided to stand up. I didn't feel light headed or anything just the sweating and stomach/ body pains. I rested my head on the towel rack and then I guess I blacked  out because I remember falling and not being able to stop myself... it was like my body was dead.
I woke up in the bath tub and at first very confused. I got up and the pains came back but milder and eventually I made it to the bed and then  they calmed down. I drank peppermint tea and it went away completely.
I'm glad I found this site, but I'm still puzzled about what happened this morning. I ate very late last night but that was not the first time I've done that...wow... well it sure will be the last!
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I've just read through this thread and this all make a lot of sense...  I had my third episode two days ago.  My symptoms are the same as many other posters, but no fainting (I just feel like I am going to.)  I think this really is a combination of things...  I have GAD, IBS, had been constipated, ate a bunch of spicy food, pizza (lactose intolerant and likely allergic to peppers and MSG) had already been feeling sick (probably the flu or cold) and then woke up in the middle of the night with all these symptoms.  My dad has vasovagal syncope and so does my brother's wife so I am familiar with it and everything that comes along with the syndrome.  I'm definitely going to get my food allergies tested and avoid what I think are triggers for the time being.  Thanks for all the good advice everyone and good luck!  If anyone needs to vent, send me a note, I know how scary this can be, but I really think avoiding triggers and generally trying to be more healthy is the key.    
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I am so thankful that I am not the only with this. I have been experience 1-5 times a year since I was 23 years old, I am now 39. Out the countless doctors I have seen, only the surgeon who removed my gall bladder actually took me seriously, but he said it wouldn't happen anymore after my gallbladder was removed. WRONGO. If my husband hadn't witnessed it, both he and many drs would have me convinced I was crazy.  I have only lost consciuos ness 2 times. IThe only way I can't keep from fainting is to turn on the shower lukewarm to cool and sit in it. Luckly I have a small bathroom with a walk-in shower less than 2 feet from the toilet. After not making it to the toilet a few times, I really work hard to get there. Even if I could speak or get to the phone, by the time anyone got there, it's over and they can find nothing wrong.

A few years ago I started a food journal. I am fairly certain it's nothing that I am eating.

Maybe if we start a support group or something to get someone in the medical field's attention, we could get help.

Thanks for listening.

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I feel a lot more relieved now that I know I'm not the only one suffering from this problem.I first felt ashamed to tell my family member's of what m goin thru, but wen I told my mum bout the problem I later found out that not only she suffer's the same problem its me,my mum and my brother too.
At the moment I cannot exactly say wether its in family but it seriously is scary as wen it happens I feel as if m in a different world ! because obviously when you pass out you jus dont realise where you are and the most strange thing I notticed when waking up after I pass out is during all that process of dizzyness and diarrhea I also throw cold water on my head to try and cool my body system down when I obviously cant take the pressure I find my self lying down on the toilet floor but during that time everythin happens all at once the liquidy diarrhea,fainting,sweating,getting out of breath and offcourse throwing freezing cold water on my head...sounds strange.... even I cant believe I do sumthing like that but it does happen. And most of all when ever this has happened it has ALWAYS happened in the middle of night.I can 100% say its not sumthin m allergic to as because if I eat that same food the very next day nothin will happen this is sumthin that happens to me atleast 4 times in a year.All I can say is I'd rather go through childbirth anyday than goin through this pain.
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I have had several episodes so far in the past 15 years.  Right now, whenever I feels it is coming, I drank hot water immediately.  I haven't had an episodes ever since I did this.  I can't 100% sure if it is the hot water helped or I just simply haven't had my next episode yet(sometimes I don't have an episodes for two or three years).  But at least I believe it helps so I am sharing this with you all.  Hope it helps.
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I have some tips for you guys. I have suffered from this for 30 years, and have found a few things that help out with the problem.

The real issue is vaso vagal syncope (passing out) or more importantly trying to avoid it. Pressure is your enemy, and one of the best way to deal with it is to use a good fiber supplement. I use Super Seed this tends to keeps things moving along smoothly, so you don't ever get constipated. Take it every morning, and it alone will help you avoid most of these episodes. Don't over do it with the fiber as to much fiber can cause you to have diarrhea, and that is what you are trying to avoid.

It a good idea to also take some magnesium potassium aspartate. on a regular basis. This keeps your stools soft, and gives your body what it needs to function during episodes. So having a good store of these two minerals is essential.

You can help your nervous system out with 5HTP which calm it down to stop the intestinal spasms. I take it 3 times a day.

Likewise warm herbals teas also can do this. I suggest fennel, and peppermint. I recommend the Heather's Tummy brands. You search for them online to order them. Actually her whole line of products is geared towards IBS so you may find other things that can help you. I know Amazon carries them.

Panic attacks are very common during these episodes I believe it is part of the vaso vagal response (fight or flight mechanism) the 5HTP should help with this. If you need extra help Progesterone cream also helps. Talk to you doctor about this one however. You can buy it over the counter, but better to make sure it's not going to cause you any other problems.

It's also a good idea to keep some Pedialyte handy for when the episodes occur. You need to put your fluids back as quickly as possible.

I have a personal belief that the bodies PH level also plays a role in this. I found that I was very acidic when these episodes where happening, and the body tends to dump toxins when it gets to acidic, or you consume to much alkaline. Say like eating a bunch of watermelon. Tip, baking soda will trigger episodes on que! Be careful with it! It's one of the most alkalizing substances there is. In our case it is best to gradually alkalize yourself rather then a detox all at once. Just change your diet to consume less acidic foods, and it will gradually alkalize. You can find list of alkalizing food online by doing a Google search. You can also buy litmus strips at most health food stores to test your PH level, which is a good thing to do anyways. Acidic bodies tend to breadt disease. The sooner you alkalize the better!

Probiotics are another option to help your intestinal tract be free of bad bacteria that can sometimes cause diarrhea. I take a course of Florastor every so often to balance my system.  This usually a mild process, but if you have a bacteria overgrowth, you can suffer die-off, which feel like a flu. It's just your body removing the bad bacteria. feels similar to ingesting to much alkaline foods at once. It purges your system, and can trigger an episode.

Take a good multi vitamin everyday. People who generally have this problem tend to have problems with absorption so you need to make sure you are getting all your vitamins, and not flushing them down the toilet.

The main goal is to build up your system to defend against these attacks, so you are prepared when they happen.  I do not know of anyone that has eliminated them all together, but people have had great success using some of these methods.

I hope this helps you all have better episodes. I know how scary they can be. I just kept one at bay last night because I am on antibiotics for an infection, and antibiotics can trigger nasty episodes. Naturally antibiotics make you very acidic!


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So this just started happening to me and twice in the last 60 days.  I have had unusual "movements" my entire life and never had a "regular" schedule.  SOmetimes I go a few times a day and sometimes not for days but the two episodes I have had were after a few days of constipation.   I have never fainted but feel close.  One VERY noticeable effect for me is the tingling hands and areas of my skin are itchy.  I thought of food allergy but have ruled that out.   Here is what my timeline looks like.  I think everyone should post their timelines so we can compare them.  

1.  Stomach starts cramping like I need to take a huge dump.   This can happen sometimes without going into one of these episodes.  I can hear my bowels gurgling like they are preparing to evacuate everything and head to toilet.
2.  I dont push anymore..  it will come when ready.   I try to wait until last possible moment then give a little push and let it fly... and it does.   But unlike most other movements which will result in great relief,  this is when my cramps start to worsen.  
3.  Cramps start to get really bad and sweat sets in.   Sweat will drip off my entire body including legs which is strange.  
4.  Feeling faint and hands especially get very "tingly" almost like they are asleep.  Very lightheaded but never pass out.  
5.  Severe cramping followed by more diarrhea.. this can happen 3 to 4 more times over the next 5 to 10 minutes.  
6.  Cramping starts to subside as does sweating and tingling hands.  Still very faint but can tell recovering.
7.  Body empty but cramping still up and down.  Limp to bed as I am exhausted.  

If I had this happen in a public place I would be OUT OF LUCK!   There is NO way I could recover enough to walk more then 10 paces.   I look like I have been emaciated and have no color in my face...   Although I am hungry and thirsty at this point I cannot leave the bed and often sleep into the next day.   At that time I am fine and am just glad it is over.   Similar symptoms with similar timelines will help with diagnosis so please start posting your experience like I have..  
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Hi Junkbox, I believe what you've described is a pretty text book episode. Mine where horrible when they started, felt like I was going to die every time. But now there are not that bad since I know how to manage them. They usually only last 15 minutes now, they were much longer when they first started happening.

My body is ready for them now using all the methods I described above. So I usually avoid the massive sweating, and heart palpitations. I just usually get a mild discomfort now with a lower body temperature, and blood pressure. It's good to stay warm during these episodes if your body temperature drops, something I forgot to mention above. I sometimes drop below 95F degrees, which is hypothermia levels. Sitting on a heating pad can also help warm you up and stop the spasms.

I can't express how important it is to prepare your body for these episodes. After while this all wears down your body, and you start to have malabsorption problems. You can become enimic or malnutritioned. Leaving your body very weak. I ended up in the ER several times because my heart couldn't take it when it was really bad. I was having episodes every day at that point for three weeks. My body had nothing to run on, and started leaching minerals from my organs and bones. The same happens over a long period of time, it's just gradual.

So please take good care of yourself, and stay away from things that deplete your body like caffeine. Caffeine is known to cause these episodes, as well as a lot of acid like Soda.

Lets try to avoid the episodes all together!
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Wow was I pleased to find this site!

I thought I was alone in the middle of the night with this but clearly not! I have been getting these "attacks" for about 10 years - I'm 32 now and normally get them about 3 times a year. I've never been to a doctor as I'm normally fine the next day, and they're uselss most of the time anyway! but this morning I woke up after a 2 hour episode around 11:30pm last night and there is nothing left to come out except blood, every time I drink anything I feel the diarrhea coming but just blood comes out - slightly worrying!

I've read all your posts and am not convinced its the Vasovagal reactions previously mentioned as I don't always pass out, normally I'm just so weak from the pain, feeling dizzy and with that awful ringing in your ears I just fall on the bathroom floor until I'm able to get back on the toilet to either be sick or for more diarrhea (sometimes both) But the stomach cramps are unbearable and the sweating is getting worse as I'm getting older.

Someone mentioned to me this morning that it could be diverticulitus, has anyone had this ruled out?

Also we all seem to associate this with spicy/greasy food and apparently there is this new thing going around about certain bugs that live in rice, could it actually be the rice thats not heated correctly causing it? I had curry yeaterday with rice.... but then quite often I eat curry and I'm fine....

I don't know,  I'm just glad I'm not alone with these symptoms

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Hi Martine29, None of my episodes have every had blood, and I don't remember anyone else every mentioning bleeding. If you are bleeding like you say you are, you need to get to a doctor right away and have it checked out. Your situation sounds a lot more serious then most of ours. When blood is involved you always see a doctor, never hesitate! I woulds even go so far as suggest you hit up a ER so you don't have to wait for a doctors appointment. They can do the scans to see where the blood is coming from, and how serious it is.

Sometimes poorly chewed food can cut you as it is flushed through your system. It is very important that people with this condition chew their food thoroughly. Nuts are especially dangerous in this way.

Please don't hesitate to see  a doctor, this can be a very serious condition, and in some cases life threatening at times. I'm in my 40's and find myself in the ER several times a year because of this, and I know how to treat it. It can, and will get worse the longer you go without treating it. It's not something that will go away on it's own. If you are bleeding then it's time to get a lower GI!
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Hi, thank you so much for your advice londart, it has stopped now, I thought it could just be piles or something but I will definately get it checked out like you say. I did have some peanuts yesterday so perhaps I didn't chew my food well enough.

I would have seen a doctor earlier but its difficult when you have 2 small children and no one to look after them, but I'll make an appointment tomorrow to maybe get the ball rolling and ask for some tests, although it took them 2 years to diagnose my daughters milk allergy so I don't hold much hope!

Just re read your advice and wanted to give my timelines to see how they differ.

I'm generally very healthy, I take multivitamins, eat a high fibre breakfast, drink decaf tea don't eat a lot of fatty prepared foods. I'm regular as clockwork every morning after my tea I will visit the toilet and never get constipated! I don't eat many sweets etc and hardly ever drink alcohol - although that wasn't always the case!

Anyway an attack will normally be in the middle of the night, it will be one of those nights that I'm restless feeling uncomfortable I'll doze in and out of sleep then wake with a sharp pain in my tummy needing to go.

Sitting on the loo I feel like I need to be sick, often I will be sick then just about make it in time to sit back down ready for the diarrhea. Starts fairly soft.

The cramps get worse now and I writher around in agony (have to say not as bad as childbirth!) not quite sure which end it will come from.

Then I feel the need to go into the foetal position and loose sense of balance have a huge ringing in my ears and fall off the toilet onto the floor which normally wakes my husband who comes in and bless him brings me a drink then leaves unable to bear the smell! I think at this point I could have passed out but would only be for seconds

After a while (I have no idea of time) of continuous cramping, ears ringing and trying to stay conscious I get back on the toilet and the sweating starts I strip off and have a drink as my mouth is very dry. The stools are liquid form now, the ringing in my ears comes back and the cramping is constant.

I manage to crawl back to bed then after about 5 mins another dash for the loo just for more liquid stools.

My episodes normally last about 45 minutes - 1 hour

Normally I just go back to sleep and am fine in the morning, feeling a little weak. This morning however the diarrhea continued like I said in the earlier post. I still have cramping now at 8pm but no more diarreah (diarrhea)/blood.

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I'm glad to hear that it has stopped and that you are getting it checked out.

Everything you are experiencing during your episodes sounds pretty normal compared to the rest of us. The bleeding part is not so normal, but hopefully that is a rare case, and just from some sharp food passing.

Please try some of my suggestions above to help lessen the symptoms, and try to avoid them all together.

Food is your enemy in most cases, so be careful what you eat. Keep a food diary, or at the very least a mental note of what you eat throughout the day. Look up IBS trigger foods online, and stay away from them.

Herbal teas are the best kind of tea for this condition. Even decaf tea can cause trouble, because it still has some caffeine in it. Caffeine is a huge trigger food. Likewise chocolate is as well, especially dark chocolate. Just because it's natural, and supposed to be healthy doesn't mean it is safe for those with this condition. If it's highly acidic, and stimulate the nervous system, you will react badly to it.

You want to look for foods/herbs that calm the nervous system, and that are highly alkaline, but not sugary. It's easy to find list of these things online.

Finding a good doctor to deal with this is another issue. I've found that there are some very good doctor that are trained to handle these situation that treat another condition. You can go to the website, and select your location and see if you can find a doctor near you. These are some of the best doctors for treating these types of issues.

http://www.wilsonssyndrome.com/DoctorsListing/

A General Practice/ Family Practice Doctor will have no idea what to do for you, and try to medicate you. These doctors will not, they will find the source of the problem, and treat it, and make you much better. They are better at finding specific causes for conditions. My GP found nothing in my blood work, but one of these doctors found that my Testosterone was extremely low, and that my adrenal glands were either overworked or hardly working. I had a severe potassium deficiency as well. He corrected it all without prescription medications. It didn't take long, and it wasnt very expensive. Most of it is just herbs, and minerals. I feel way better and the episodes happen a lot less if at all. I haven't really had a full episode since, but minor ones, that usually just end up in bowel movements with minor discomfort.

SO please everyone look in to these doctors, it is worth the time.
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ThERE IS A CURE !

I have had this condition (Vasovagal syndrome) for 8 years, symptoms: gut wrenching pain,sweats,sudden urge to go the bathroom but not being able to at first and feeling as if you are going to pass out or do pass out. I have had ambulances called and when my blood pressure was checked it was so low they went ahead and took me to the hospital, and by the time they get there everything is back to normal. For me the pain is so bad i scream.

Finally i went and talked to a surgeon and he told me the vasovagal nerve which runs down to the lower left corner of your pelvic are can be cut so you don't experience the pain anymore.

I am planning on having this done when i schedule my surgery for my scar tissue to be taken out.

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That is about as much of a cure as cutting off your hands would be for arthritis.

I would never use surgery as a solution unless it was a life or death situation. It's a very important nerve, and cutting it would be a very bad idea in my opinion.

This condition is synonymous with hormone imbalances. In most cases it can be corrected by just seeing a good internist Doctor like the ones from the link I posted above. Most people will find that one of their hormones is seriously off, or multiple things may be off. Vitamin deficiencies are common as well. I would first see a doctor that is qualified to treat, and diagnose you, before ever turning to a surgeon.
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Hi,  Bleeding could be serious. It happened to me twice this year.  First lower abdominal pain, BM, then what sounded to me like diarrhea, was actually blood, maroon color, not bright red.  5 minutes later more cramps and more blood.  And again 5 minutes later.  I waited about 3-4 days before getting in touch with a gastroenterologist.  He said it was probably too late to prove his phone diagnosis, which was acute ischemic colitis.  I should have gone to an ER immediately.  Then tests would probably find bleeding site.  By waiting so long after bleeding episode stops, the site may heal enough so that it isn't found.  But a colonoscopy was necessary to rule out anything more serious (not that acute ischemic colitis isn't ).  Anyway, the saga continues as it does relate to all the other posts here as well.  I went for colonoscopy on Wed.  It was incomplete because I have a very long, redundant colon.  That means since it is so long and still has to fit in the abdomen, it twists and turns, loops, kinks....whatever it has to do to fit.  So the probe or whatever you call it couldn't get around and was causing pain and woke me up as I heard myself begging them to please stop!  They stopped, but I had to go back the next day for a double barium w/air enema so they could examine the rest by x-ray.  I won't have the results until tomorrow.   But I wanted to tell you that for over 20 years I suffered from cramps, cold sweats, passing out on the bathroom floor, cracked cheek bone, broken teeth, concussion.  I still line the bathroom floor with pillows and blankets every time I get a stomach ache now.  I was told fainting was the vagus reaction from straining at stool.  Well, I don't do that!  I don't have to.  It just flies out like an exorcism! Sorry.  Some years back, I quit smoking and the fainting got better. Then I started drinking as much water as I could stand every time I got a stomach ache because it helps keep the blood pressure from dropping and I stopped falling off the toilet.  But I never got rid of the cramps, sweating and diarrhea.  It got better as I learned to stay away from fried chicken and sliders and spicy stuff and limited alcoholic drinks to one or two.  I also learned since Wed. that having a redundant colon can cause bouts of constipation and diarrhea and may eventually lead to ischemic colitis.  So I have yet to share my old fainting stories with the Doc.  But you bet I will.  And I will ask if my extra long colon could have been the basis for all of those episodes perhaps by pressing on some organ or vagus nerve.  10 to 20 per cent of failed colonoscopies are due to redundant colons, so it's not that unusual.  Now I did overeat on mother's day.  A chinese buffet, and the next day I had this cramps and bleeding episode.  I'll see what Doc says.  I'm hoping that maybe this is the answer, at least for some of us, and that there is a simple solution.  Martine, get your but to the doctor.
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Well, my tests came back fine - not even a polyp.  As far as my theory goes, a redundant colon may contribute to syndrome, but there are patients who have average length colons with these symptoms.  So much for that.  The bleeding problem may never occur again, but if it does, it has to be investigated right away.  Good luck to all.
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I have had the same symptoms as some of you. Mostly happening at night- Extremely severe stomach cramping followed by sweating/clammy, ears ringing (were I can't hear anything else), passing out or nearly, explosive BM and then cold sweats/chills. I feel completely drained afterwards.
This has happened to me since I was 9 years old. I am now 29 and still get them regularly. By regularly I mean 1 per month, sometimes less. I have had colonoscopy (-), barium (-), diabetes test (-), full glucose tolerance test (-), Abdominal CT (-) except for a herniated disc. I have been to an OBGYN who said that I had severe endometriosis. I had a DNC, which the Dr. said would stop symptoms, it has not. I don't know what else to do about it. Since having this for so long, it has become a way of life and I have coping strategies- but I'm just tired of dealing with it. My doctor wants to check my blood for hereditary angioedema, but I don't think I have that because I don't have swelling. At least my doctor is willing to try something to get answers- that I am thankful for.
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I, too, have all the symptoms of cramps, diahrea, cold profuse sweating, and feeling of vomiting and faintness in the middle of the night.  I also notice at the same time I have a swelling of one eyelid and a recession of the gums by just one tooth in my mouth.  I think it really has to do with an allergic reaction to some food.  (Yesterday I had a jalapeno sausage, salsa, pizza, wine, and chocolate - all of the same foods I am seeing posted by others.)
There are other foods I have notice eyelid swelling from, but not necessarily the extreme abdominal symptoms as stated above:
peanuts, vinegar, spices - cloves, paprika, all spice, and oregano.  I also have the eyelid swelling when in contact with cleaning products, bleach, hydrocortisone, nitrates, aspirin, peroxide, chalk, hair sprays, lotions, perfumes, and excessive dust.
I have experienced stomach problems such as IBS and lactose intolerance as well.  
I assume it is all allergy related, and we just need to stay away from those items that cause problems.

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I also have had kidney stones, and still have gallstones.  I wondered too, at one point, if this was a gallbladder attack.  (There are similar symptoms like: cramping, sweats, and fever - 99.7 which I did have the day of the attack).
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I have had diabetes since I was 10 years old, 27 years ago.  I have suffered from this bowel problem since I was 12.  I have only ever found relief from taking Zelnorm.  My doctor put me on it so that I could work in public.  The symptoms and aftereffects kept me from working every day. They took it off the market for health dangers.  I would gladly risk it.  I never had an attack for the 2 years I was on Zelnorm.  I am back to having attacks at least once a week and several times a week during my menstrual cycle.  I am wondering what it was in the medicine that stopped all the symptoms.  Thank you for all your information, I don't feel so freakishly alone anymore.  
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I just located a website:  helpforibs.com  It has great advice for irritable bowel syndrome.  It lists foods to eat or not to eat, and those not too eat, should never be eaten on an empty stomach.  It also lists supplements to help aid in IBS.  Be sure to read the whole article.  There are limitations for some of the supplements that may make IBS worse if you don't read it all!!
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I just had this happen to me.  I have had it happen about 4 times in my life.  Starts off like moderate stomach pain.  I go to the bathroom and the pain increases, I strain to get out what is in my stomach.  My ears ring, the nerves in my body tingle, as the pain increases my body gets to a point of almost passing out.  I feel like I might die, so I unlock the bathroom door so someone might be able to help me.  The pain and fainting symptoms pass after I am finding able to pass my stomach contents.  Its really scary, and probably the most painful experience I have had.  Two times I took a magnesium citrate supplement called Natural Calm, and I had this violent stomach reaction.  I discontinued using that supplement.  Tonight I was drinking red wine, and I had about 5 glasses.  I also ate a rare steak that was seasoned pretty well.  I am not sure exactly the cause of my experiences, but It probably related to the type of wine or the dehydration possibly.  I feel better now that I got that all out of my stomach.  Lucky for me I didn't pass out, I was damn close!  I am relieved to see other people have the same experience, because hopefully we can narrow down what is causing it.
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I just went through it about 15-20 mins ago...omg terrible terrible...its pretty late at night i was in my livingroom looking for something then all of a sudden i get a cramp and it increased in pain so fast i found myself running to the bathroom already by that time i culd feel the sweat coming out my pores,got to the toilet and i got this intense feeling of weakness and dizziness. i unlocked the bathroom  just incase i needed to yell for help, i was literally resting my head on my knees because i had absolutely zero strength to even put my head up, i passed a hard stool then diarrhea i started to cool off as i finished and was able to pick my head up, ths happened to me b4 prob about 2 yrs ago. i tell u this it is a really scary feeling, well to finish i cleaned myself up and laid down on the bed my stomach was sore like ive been doing sit ups, then i got the urge to throw up so that was another episode same symptoms but this time it was throwing up i thought this would never end!! and here i am on my bed eliviated knowing others know what im talking about.oh and before this wole event i ate a big bowl of vanilla yogurt not the little cups. the big cups. could this have done it.....?
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Yes, large amounts of dairy can trigger evacuation for some people. I would stay away from it for now. The yougurt could have been tainted as well. This is why you may have thrown up. Most people do not throw up with IBS episodes. It can happen but not to common. It sounds a little like you ate something bad.
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Hi mec6288, these episodes that everyone is describing here are text book IBS episodes. I've had them for twenty years or so. I recommend you seek help for it, as it progresses if you ignore it to where you can't even leave your house. I listed a bunch of things above that  can help, and you can find a lot of info on the Heather's tummy care website that Mell listed.

http://www.helpforibs.com
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This started for me about 15 years ago. Every episode is the same basically.
Sudden cramping and soon after sitting on the toilet I start to feel very ill. Weak, sweaty, and the cramps intensify. It takes all my strength to get off the toilet and onto the floor.
The cramps are so severe it's hard to breath so I'm not sure if that is what causes the faintness or not. While this is happening I am literally too weak to call out for help.

Every episode has happened late at night, which I think is odd. And it just so happens I was very constipated before each episode, with it being close to a week without a bm.

After these attacks I'm so exhausted all I can do is crawl into bed and hope it's over. (almost always, theres two attacks within 30 minutes of each other and that's it) whick is also kind of odd.

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This has all started happening to me very recently - about 5 times (severly) in the past 3 months.  It started with 2 bouts in the same week.  I'd never had the pain before- all I knew is that I needed to get to the bathroom fast.  Since then the sessions have only got worse.  It happens instantly.  I get to the toilet and release pure liquid.  The stomach cramps are like nothing I've ever felt before, I feel faint, and sometimes I wish I'd pass out just so I didnt have to feel the pain.  Meanwhile I'm feeling extremely nauseous, my hands start to tingle and I get cold sweats.  It's started to end in me vomiting heavily.
I wouldn't say its nice to know there are others out there with the same problems - I wouldnt wish this upon anyone.  But it is nice to know that its not all in my head.  Whats worrying is that from looking at the posts, it seems like people are just expected to deal with it as there is no definite cause.
I've been to the doctors twice now.  First time I was handed some anti-spasm tablets and cocodamol for the pain and told to wait and see.  Didn't work.  Next time I was given different tablets that I have to take 3 times daily - doesn't look like thats working either.  
I keep a diary, but can't really see a pattern. I really don't want to have to keep going through it.

Anywho, I wish you all the best with this.  If anyone does happen to find a super miracle cure, please do let us know ; )
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It's most likely IBS, just look it up online, and talk to your doctor about it. There are things that you can do to help yourself. There is no cure or real understanding yet of why it happens, and why some have it so severe. My belief is that some have more inflammation  then others. The inflammation can cause swelling in certain areas where nerves get to much pressure on them, and even arteries, like in my case. I lose the use of my left leg during all of this at times until it all passes then my leg is fine again. This pressure can set off your nervous system in a very bad way causing vasovagal syncope.

I suspect the kidneys can cause the problem. Acidosis can do many strange things to the body, and your digestive system is very sensitive to acid. It is a very good idea for people with IBS to begin alkalizing their bodies before any real physical damage can take place. Then you would be dealing with things like colitis.

Having your stomach acid checked is also not a bad idea, as a lot of people with IBS also have  GERD. To much stomach acid, which weakens the valves, and allows the acid to leak in to the intestines, and esophagus.

The sooner you talk to a doctor the better your chances are of avoiding the more serious complications. Make sure you also include an alternative medicine doctor in your diagnosis, and treatment, as they are best equipped at treating it. Mainstream medicine really has no idea how to treat the condition. However they need to rule out any serious complications first through testing. Then you can see the alternative medicine doctor for treatment.
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Here is a page that gives a lot of info on the zelnorm situation: http://www.helpforibs.com/footer/zelnorm.asp

A good alternative is 5HTP. You can buy it at most drugstores.

I take it three times a day, and it does help.
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Fat is your worst enemy with this condition. Keep that in mind when making food choices. Anything high in fat has a good chance to set you off.
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I first experienced my severe stomach pains when I was 21.  I am now 30.  It happend during finals in college when my diet consisted of coffee and no sleep.  I had to leave class because my stomach started to rumble in pain and I needed to get to a bathroom pronto because I felt like I was going to have to diarrhea. Before I could get to the restroom, I fainted but regained consciousness 5 seconds later.  I got up and went towards the restroom but fainted again before I could get there.  Again, I regained consciousness a couple of seconds later.  By the time I got to the restroom I fainted one last time.  When I woke up I went to the toilet and had diarrhea and felt better.  Later that day, the doctor said it was gastroenteritis.  I believed him and didn't think anything of it.  Then over the next couple of years, I had a few episodes during my menstrual cycle but I didn't faint.  I was sweating a lot during the episodes with severe stomach pain which went away once I had diarrhea.  Within the past 5 years it appeared to me my episodes were triggered by greasy foods/red meats.  Usually when I eat these type of foods close to my menstrual cycle the stomach pains come and I need to get to a restroom pronto where I will sit for 15-30 minutes with off and on pain, constant sweating until I have diarrhea.  The last episode was my worst so far and happened last week.  I had a sushi dinner and 30 minutes after I had to go to the restroom.  The pain this time was so severe I felt like I was in and out of consciousness.  It was unbearable and when I went to take deep breaths I couldn't because my chest became really tight.  I was sweating and just praying for the pain to go away.  Once I had diarrhea I was weak but at least felt better.  My stomach has been very sensitive this week and I have had some minor pains after my meals that lead to diarrhea.  I don't know what this is but I am comforted that I am not the only one out there who has experienced the same symptoms as me.  I am going to the doctor to see what it could be but for now I am watching how I eat and being very careful.
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I used to have similar symptoms (pain being less extensive than described by most of you), after which I researched it on the net and found a site written by an IBS patient (Heather's site, mentioned earlier in this post). She argues that it's not really what you eat rather than HOW you eat it. To me this explains why I was never able to figure out what food actually causes the symptoms. The same food can sometimes cause cramps and at other times be perfectly OK.

For her the method that stopped the pain and the rest of the symptoms is preparing the stomach before every meal with soluble fiber. This can be rice cakes, a slice of bread, etc., she lists them on her website. (This is really not a promotion for that site, I just found it very helpful and the approach down-to-earth and relatively simple to follow).

Doing what she suggest had actually stopped my cramps and diarrhea. When I get lazy thinking that now I'm fine and stop paying attention to it, it comes back.
Hope this may be help to some of you.
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I had major fusion back surgery 5 years ago and two more other back surgeries since.  The latest being May 2009.  I am 40 now and had my gallbladder out when I was 19.  I have had what the doctors call dumping syndrome since the gallbladder surgery.  It causes major diarrhea within 10 to 15 min. after eating sugar, starchy, or greasy foods. Over the years I'd gotten used to this.  About 3 years ago I started to get really hot while using the bathroom during these bouts and sweating but no dizzyness or fainting.  I had my husband put a ceiling fan in the bathroom so I could cool off while on the pot.  December of 2008 I went to a graduation of my Daughter's RN degree;  we went to eat buffett (seafood - fried).  I knew I would have to go to the bathroom following this kind of food but little did I know I was about to experience the scarriest day of my life.  I got dizzy while driving home and had to stop on the side of the road.  I got hot, sweating like water was being poured on me, hands and face numb, hard to breath,  passed out and had a seizure.  My family saw me pull over and they called 911 and long story short the Emergency Doctor says it is due to constipation / vagal response.  THEN I WENT BACK FOR MY 4 WEEK SURGERY FOLLOW UP WITH THE BACK DOCTOR / ORTHOPEDIC SPECIALIST;  I had a spell in his office.  He said he had never witnessed anything like it before and told me to go to my regular doctor after getting out of the emergency room. I have been on pain medication, sleep aid meds, antidepression, and blood pressure medication for the past 5 years.  Someone mentioned that his doctor put them on them for this............ I agree it won't help this problem.  I have all the same symptoms as everyone else with the exception of :  my blood pressure doesnt drop much and my temperature falls to 95 degrees whill i feel really hot and sweaty. I had another episode the other night and then again today while in Walmart.    I only passed out once but come close each time.  I don't eat regular meals but usually one main meal.  I do see a pattern between all of us in that our eating patterns or not eating during for some time then eating causing the onset of these ordeals.  I will keep an eye out so let me know if anyone finds a real answer from a doctor and any more ideas from the internet.  I will do the same.
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I forgot to say that the only thing I am sure of is that constipation is not the reason and we are not crazy despite the thinking of the doctors.
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There is some research that link back injuries to chronic digestive problems. In fact there are studies being done right now that are trying to link Fibromyalgia, back injuries, and IBS. Most people with Fibromyalgia have sever constipation, and stomach problems. Constipation is a very serious problem, and is generally the cause of IBS. Even when its IBS-D it's the constipation that sets of the -D. Constipation is not the source, but it is what causes the diarrhea. In your case though it sounds more like a pinch in the spinal cord that causes the constipation, which then causes the diarrhea. I would have your doctor look at your spine closely and see if he can find any abnormalities, especially near the tail bone.

FYI I injured my tail bone when I was 11, and all my stomach problems appeared when I was 12. After a car accident when I was 33 it got much worse. I'm now 40 and dealing with severe problems, and my back acts up every time I have and episode. Usually a bad night of sleep and waking with back ache. Later that day if I eat anything I shouldn't it happen. I also have fibromyalgia.

Not everyone get to this place in the same way. I know lots of people with IBS that  dont have any fainting spells at all, so I assume these people aquired their IBS in a different way then us.  I suspect that those of us fainting have an issue with out nervous systems, and I'm sure there are several different ways that can come about as well. I know for me it was probably my tail bone injury. I never really linked the IBS, back injury, and fibromyalgia together, but after reading some fibromyalgia forums, and some doctors personal studies, it appears that there is a link.
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Thanks for the information.  I was wondering if anyonelse had back problems and this problem.  I have been fighting the back problem since breaking my L5/S1 vertabre (right above the tailbone).  I know constipation goes with the pain pills and some of the other medication I am on but I don't have these spells when I am having problems with that all the time.  I have noticed that my back does hurt very bad right around the time I have these spells.  Thanks for the information.  I go see my doctor on August 18,  2009 and if I find out anything usefull to any of us I will pass it on.  

Because of the problem with lower back problems and the possibility of problems with digestive tract and bowel associated with the spine in that area; I keep a close eye on this to make sure my system doesn't shut down on me.  I have wondered if these spells could be associated with my lower back issues and I will have it checked out further.  Thanks again for the informaiton.
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It's fantastic and horrible at the same time to see that I have something in common with so many people. I don't personally know anyone with my  "illness" so to see all these stories is amazing. I did want to say that I have a thyroid condition which is very common in many people but they are unaware they have it. Symptoms of overactive or hyperthyroidism like I have can include weight loss, large appetite, dizziness, heart palpatations, fainting, feeling weak, and so much more. I have gone to an Acupuncturist who has told me that my severe stomach issues are from my thyroid problems but he also says that doctors don't usually test for thyroid issues if diarrhea is the only symptom. My symptoms change as the year goes on so who knows if there's a real correlation there. Hopefully with medication to help my thyroid I can quit having these spells and be able to eat normal without fear of painful passing out diarrhea attacks. :0
just wanted to add another thing to check for just in case people were running out of options and hadn't been diagnosed yet.  
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Thanks for the information.  I am being sent to doctor / specialist to check for thyroid problems and some other things too.  My regular doctor is like most of the other doctor's  you guys have described; clueless.  He checked my adrenals but nothing there.  I will keep everyone up to date.  
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Well...my symptoms are similar.  Here is my story:

Began at around 14, severe stomach aches on the toilet.  "Attacks" occured every few years.  I began to see a pattern that included the following:

1) Stress
2) a period of fasting(an empty stomach)
3) eating a "bisquick" type biscuit or pizza.

It took me years to make the connection.  During the process, my symptoms began to include fainting.  

I will usually be asleep and awaken to that feeling.  I head to the bathroom and when i sit i have horrible cramps, lower left abdomen(distended).  I manage a small hard lump of a stool and then pass out.  When i come to, i am covered in sweat and i get back on the toilet and have explosive watery diarrhea.  I am then extremely weak for the rest of the day, but I know I will not have any more problems.  The area around the lower left abdomen(colon) is tender for days and my stools for the next few weeks will be very slender and in small pieces.  

It's almost like the bread forms a blockage and the colon distends to allow passage, then it is inflamed afterwards, hence the tiny narrow stools.

I can eat bread(i avoid white) but i drink lots and lots of liquid with it and vegetables.

This is very scary and I hope the rest of you can find a way to manage your symptoms as i have.  I have gone about 9 years without an episode until a few months ago.  And i am still feeling my body trying to recover from the last.  Until then, i try to avoid bread.

Good luck.
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Tonight my 39 yr old husband, for the first time, experienced the whole symptoms.
It happened so fast--- approximately less than 20 minutes overall.

1. While sitting, he  mentioned that he feels abdominal cramps. My husband rarely shows sign to physical weakness so when i he pressed on again to his stomach and his eyes turning bleak, I knew it must be painful. (time: approximately 5 minutes)

2. Then he walked out to get some fresh air. All of a sudden, I heard him vomiting outside. He felt like purging something out. He sat for a while and vomited again. (time: less than 5 minutes)

3. As i assisted him back into the house, he fell into the floor with half his body in an upright position. I asked him, " did you feel like fainting or is it your legs?" he answered, " my legs felt weak." (time: less than 3 minutes)

3. He said he has to go to the bathroom for BM (bowel movement). On our way to the bathroom, he fell again. this time, he saw red haze before his eyes. He did faint for a few seconds. (less than 5 minutes)

3. He had hard stool and though he still wants to purge some gurgling liquid that feels like diarrhea, he couldnt because he's constipated (less than 10 minutes)

4. He drank half a cup of water (stubborn guy) and decided to lay on the bed. He's now wearing his jacket while sleeping.

I read 90% of the comments. It seems like most people has something in common with him. He has a sensitive stomach.

The whole day he drank only mostly beer and coke. He only drank tea a few minutes before the attack so I dont think its the cause.

He is also constipated as usual since he doesnt have much fiber in his diet. Few days before this he had hemmoroids (hemorrhoids).

His whole diet for today includes:

Breakfast (9am) : pancake + over easy egg + crisp bacon + coke

Lunch (12:30) : chinese dumplings with noodles + melon + beer

Dinner (7:15pm): Salad +corn+ steamed fish+ well-done steak+ 1pcs grilled chicken

Snacks (9:30) pistachios + sleepy time herbal tea.

10 PM : The symptoms kicked in.

12:30 Am : took off his jacket. he wants to poop but he's constipated. Not to mention his hurting butt.


I think its something to do with his constipation and diet. not enough water and fiber to regulate his body. its the issue he has in common with the rest.




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This morning I passed out during an attack. I get these attacks (severe cramping in the intestinal track, straight liquid diarrhea, profuse sweating, ringing in the ears, weakness, on the verge of fainting), several times a year over the last 10-12 years, but this was the first time I've ever fainted. It was just as another poster described...like having a nice dream for a few minutes. I usually call my Mom when this happens and she keeps me conscious by talking to me and praying, but this time I guess I was just too weak cause the next thing I knew I was waking up with my head laying on the towel rack, not sure of where I was, and I could hear my Mom calling my name out over the speaker on my phone. I think this current attack may have had something to do with the fact that I have been sick with a nasty cold and haven't been eating/drinking very well, not to mention all the meds I've been taking.

Anyways, I guess I just wanted to say 'be careful' when medicating when you have an ulcer or IBS!! Nyquil (the alcohol content I'm sure) and other meds may cause an attack.
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I'm a 23 year old female and I have been suffering from this since I was 21. Same symptoms as above and yes, it is by far the most horrible and scary experience I've ever had. When I first started having them, I'd have a few every month. Then one a week. Then only one every few months. They had stopped for a year (until today), but I continued to have constant heart palpatations and a sore stomach for at least six months after. I thought my body had just gotten over whatever it was, but lately I've had stomach problems again and today I had an episode again and it was so upsetting. Looks like I'm going to have to live with this for the rest of my life.
I have had every heart test you can imagine, but like everyone else, this is pointless as by the time it can be monitored, your heart rate is back to normal. I've also had ultrasounds and a lovely doctors visit that involved her finger in my bum. Not the most dignifying day of my life.
I do believe this is definitely related to the vagus nerve as I also have other symptoms, such as shallow breathing. The fact that there's no cure for this is scary, but knowing that other people have this definitely makes me feel better, although I wouldn't wish it on anyone.
I have seen over 10 different doctors about this and none of them believe me at all and fob me off with "it's all in your head" excuses. Or they tell me it's stress. The only thing that stresses me is that this happens!!! It's so frustrating.
I recommend that people see a chiropractor. I have found that they seem to be more open minded and keen to research something to help their patient than a doctor would be. While mine hasn't cured my problem, he believes me and has advised me on what to eat. I didn't feel better overnight, but 2 months on and I finally don't feel like I'm bloated or have severe heartburn/ cramps. My food digests now and doesn't just sit in my stomach until I get sick and throw it back up.
He also manipulates areas on my stomach and back to see if I have pain there and he can pin point the problem every time. After adjusting it you can actually hear my stomach gurgling and kicking back into action. I also see a bowen therapist and after telling her that I suspected I had a problem with my vagus nerve, she felt it and agreed straight away. The only thing is that it got worse before it got better and I had some pretty sharp pains while my rib cage and nerves were shifting back into place.
I really hope this helps someone. Anything is worth a try.


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does anyone smoke weed? i think this really helps after an attack. anyone else agree?
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I am 26 year old and just recently started having these episodes.  It's the exact same symptoms mentioned and they are terrible!  I had my first one a couple months ago.  I had no idea what was going on, but I got very severe cramps like I was about to have diarrhea so I went to the bathroom.  I just sat there with nothing happening, in the most severe pain I have ever experienced!  All of a sudden I started sweating profusely and felt really light headed.  I just felt so weak so I laid my head against the bathroom sink and it was if I could not catch my breath.  Once I regained some strength which seemed like an hour later, I went and laid down on my bed until the cramps came back full force again.  Finally I go back to the bathroom and am able to have a bowel movement.  The same thing just happened to me today, but without the sweating.  The cramps were so bad they woke me out of a deep sleep so I ran to the bathroom.  Nothing would come out and I felt a little faint.  I finally did have a bowel movement today and now it's been off and on like that all day and just feeling very queezy.
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I had these same symptoms for the last 6 years. I have never actually fainted but I believe in very deep breaths during the episodes. I used to have these symptoms about 2 times a week about 12 hours after eating a rich dinner or lunch. I suffered through it and 4 doctors. Horrible painful and feared leaving the home. I then got my 4th doctor that had me do the PLAIN diet and keep journal. What they found AMAZED me and besides a few bouts here and there throughout the year (do to mismanagement) I am better. They figured out that I am Lactose Intolerant. That day I started taking a lactose tablet or two before I ate creamy dairy products. I dont take for milk because I drink skim and it doesnt affect me as bad. CHEESE, MAYO, RANCH DRESSING, YOGURT, ICE CREAM, WHIP CREAM and other dairy based foods are my biggest problem. But if I take 1 or 2 lactaid before, and mix up my dinners between cheesy one day and meats the next I AM episode free.
Please do the PLAIN diet it is a Hassle and annoying but it may save you this UNNEEDED pain.
Some of the sudden onset people could be more advanced intolerances or IBS. I was told by my doctor that allergies usually need about 6-8 hours minimum. Mine usually kick in about 10-12 hours after eating.
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I certainly hope that I can help each one of you that has had this dastardly ailment.  I started at eleven years old with for want of a better word fainting.  I would just fall out without any warning.  I told my parents and they scoffed at me and thought that I just wanted attention.  I fell out in the middle of the road off my bike and when I came too I was laying in the road with a gash on my knee.  They used iodine on me and I soon found out that I was allergic to iodine.  It caused poison ivy type of rash and itched like crazy.  At twelve years old I started bleeding from my intestines, was operated on and nothing was ever found wrong.  At fifteen I started having gall bladder attacks and endured them until I was thirty two years old.  I then had my gall bladder and miles of adhesions taken out and that was the beginning of a miserable stomach.  Well I struggled with internal bleeding for years and diarrhea and intolerable cramps and thought I couldn't have any thing worse.  

About eight years ago I started having the same symptoms that you all are describing -- stomach cramps, constipation, diarrhea, sweating profusely, dizzy head, fainting, coldness, throwing up, and being told that this was all in my head.  Well I truly don't know where it is, all I know  is that sometimes it starts in my head with an aura and sometime if I hold off going to the bathroom for too long this whole scenario starts.  I have spent times like you all in the fetal position trying to alleviate the pain.  Sometime I am in a public and less than sanitary bathroom with my face on the cool tiles trying to get a little relief.  WELL FINALLY I went to my gastro doctor and he asked me if I had any warning that this was coming so that I could take something and I asked him if I took what he gave me and it wasn't one of these attacks would it hurt me.  He told me no!!!   Well thanks to God and the doctor he gave me Levsin 0.125 mg. that you put under your tongue and let dissolve.  If you even thing that that one of the attacks is starting and use this medication it will either stop it or minimize it to where the pain and sickness isn't so bad.  The other names it comes under is is hycosamine and Hyomax-SL.  I have side effects from every medicine I take and this medication causes blurry vision, but it doesn't last very long and is the least of my worries.  This medicine has given me a new lease on life and enables me to go on without the pain and agony of these occurances.  

A few weeks ago I was in a restaurant and didn't have my pills with me and had one of these horrible episodes and was found passed out on the bathroom floor.  I don't go anywhere now without my Levsin.  I certainly hope that this helps each and everyone and anyone that you can share this with.

God Bless.
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I dont know why but out of the blue thursday night i started to get severe cramping in my stomach and had to rush to the bathroom. I had very watery yellow stool. I kept going on and off for about 4 hours til i finally fell asleep on the bathroom floor in the fetal position only to wake up and do it again. Not only did my stomach hurt but my butt did too. The same happened again on friday night but it wasnt as bad but still severe cramping. I actually put the heating pad on my stomach and fell asleep for a few hours... i woke up and was fine most of saturday only to wake up sunday morning at 1am to severe cramping and watery stool again only this time it was black. Everytime i sit in the waiting room of the ER i feel like im going to pass out esp. with the amount of people in the room. I am now suffering from it again... I cant seem to drink enough water and i have only eaten crackers and some chicken noodle soup broth. i literally feel drained. I am going to go to the doctors tomorow morning. I really hope they can help me. I cant tolerate this pain and sick nausea feeling anymore. I want my body back.
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Hi,

Been a lot of posts since your original and to be honest I haven't read them all but just in case you have the problem I had I thought I'd pass this along.

I had my gall bladder removed in the early 80's and for about 5 years suffered crazy symptoms that doctor's diagnosed as everything from jogger's diarrhea to irratible bowels. Turned out the problem was quite simple and it happens to more people than they think.

Once the gall bladder is removed bile salts are supposed to be absorbed into something and not cause a problem. Well, if the bile salts are not managed properly by the body once the gb is gone then lookout below and I mean below. I learned that if I skipped breakfast and ate around 11 am or noon the attacks were incredible. The excessive bile salts can cause everything from dangerously low blood pressure, to crazy itching on the surface of the skin to diarrhea like you've never experienced and boy did things smell. Like a toxic chemical dump.

I finally ended up in the office of a gastrointerologist (spelling?) and before I finished my story he said I know what your problem is and here's the solution. I've been taking Colestid for about 20 years now. Large pills - 10 of them a day - but the stuff binds with the bile salts and great saints alive my life is normal! All those symptoms that were so bizarre no doctor could figure it out. If I miss one dose I pay a horrible price but basically I have my life back. I was in Florence on my honeymoon back in the early 80's and I had a minor attack by my standards and while my new wife was admiring the David I was just off to the right in a washroom and in Italy a lot of public washrooms have no toilets I learned. Just a hole in the floor like they had 400 years ago or whenever l'Academia was built.

Good luck to all.
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I'm really glad I found this site because I have bouts of this kind of thing off and on since my twenties (I'm close to 50 now).  Have to say I laughed out loud several times, reading such frank accounts of this problem.

Best advice came from the doctor (so he claimed) explaing about the vagus nerve, though anything one reads on the Web must be taken with a grain of salt.  (Worst thing I read here was someone recommending surgery.)

I get the fainting sweat thing, but not while on the toilet.  Before or after, sometimes at work.  I will keep in mind placing my head bewteen my knees -- great advice, as is the advice about drinking more water.

Asking myself why today of all days I came down with this to the point that I left work early.  Well, I had sort of a gassy week, so I knew something was up.  And it was unusually bad smelling gas -- I mean worse than garden variety.  My stools were softer than usual all week, and sort of small.  Last night we were celebrating and I had a couple whiskies while preparing dinner.  Two of whatever is generally my limit for the night.  But we cracked open a bottle of red wine and over a long and delicious dinner polished off the bottle (the two of us).  We had a baked winter squash (which had bits of chorizo, stilton cheese, brown sugar and butter), and a dish of coconut chicken which is cooked with creamed corn and a little chicken broth -- you add fresh peas at the end and serve a scoop over rice.  A green salad ont heside with tomatoo and raw onion.

I woke up with a headache -- not a surprise after the alcohol.  I had tow soft BMs before lunch, and an urgent one at the end of lunch (at a restaurant -- lucky the stall was free.  Not watery stool but "cream sytle").  Back at the office I sat down and bam, sweat, faint feeling, sort of nauseated.  I had a bad taste in my mouth but didn't feel like vomiting.  Eevn my vice sounded cracked and weak.  Blech!  Had that burning sensation in the rectum like I was going to have full on diarrhea.  But that was 3 hours ago.  

It has been years since I've gone through these bouts, but I think they are abck due to job stress (I have an insane co-worker who gets away with a lot of aggression the boss can't seem to control) and said alcohol intake.

I feel much better tonight and having planned a party I can't get out of I will keep on smiling.  Tomorrow: bland diet, lots of water and no alcohol.  And exercise to reduce sterss.                      

  
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As a former Mailman, you can imagine the inconvenience of having extreme bouts of diarrhea and dizzyness out on the route!

I have found in my case there are several factors involved:

1.  It comes one when I have become overheated (drinking lots of water had no effect)  100+ degrees of heat out and about don't help, either.

2. I have eaten something...ANYTHING, after becoming overheated.

3. Approximately 20 minutes later, the overwhelming urge to use the restroom overcomes me, and it is a race to a comfort stop!

4. Severe diarrhea, combined with clamminess and sweats, lasting 20-30 minutes.

5. Sometimes passing out, feeling weak in the arms and knees, and waking up on the floor.

As I said, being a former Mailman, I got plenty of exercise, walking 5-6 miles every day, and my blood pressure was very good. Since I have retired, I still get lots of exercise, BUT...If I become overheated, I relax and kick back for an hour or two, and eat NOTHING.  It seems to help.  Last time this happened, I was weak and washed out for two days afterwards.  I feel there is no treatment, you just have to recognized the pattern of circumstances that contributes to the episode, and try to mitigate or avoid them.
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My episodes are related to strenuous activity. It goes like this: After activity I feel fine, then slowely I begin to feel uncomfortable in the abdominal area. It continues to get worse; after 40 to 60 minutes resulting in severe cramping and a large amount of diarrhea. Then I feel fine but a little weak. I have had this off and on for many years. And I have finally found out the cause.  After strenuous activity my body is hot. I sit in the shade where there may be a cool breeze. My wet clothes, especially arouond my mid-section become cold causinig some sort of a vaso vagal stimulation in my gut. It is so simple. I've been to many doctors without  success. Not everyone will fall into this catagory. But I hope that I can solve the mystery even for one person. To the others; don't give up. Nlkb
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I know exactly what you are talking about as I experience it too.
My 'epidsodes' as I call them, have been occurring for the past 8 years. In the past 12 months I've experienced 13 episodes. They come on randomly and I usually wake in the middle of the night feeling ill. I go to the bathroom only to find it's like I'm blocked up. I feel nauseous. I then pass out. Wake minutes later completely drenched and hot like Ive been in a sauna. I then proceed to vomit and have diarrhea. Finally the paramedics arrive and off I go to hospital. They run every kind of test from diabetes, pregnancy, IB, coeliac, heart scans, brain scans, liver scans...everything comes back perfectly clear. Extremely frustrating.
Good luck in your search for the truth. And be sure to let me know the answer!
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I had a terrible episode last night so I thought that I would try to look some stuff up (again) today.  I found this web site and my experience is almost identical to every one else on this page.  I tried to read as many of the comments as possible, but found so many of them similar.  I have suffered from this problem for about 15 years now.  At the beggining it was terrible and all the doctors said that there was nothing wrong with me and nothing they could do.  I went through times when I lost control at work and at home and once out in public on a crowded street.  I actually had to run behind a garbage bin.  Not fun.  Anyways, I moved to a different city 5 years ago and went to a doctor here.  She casually suggested that I stop eating wheat.  I was desperate so I did.  Within 2 to 3 weeks I saw some improvement and within a couple of months I was fine with no problems at all.  Intolerance to wheat is called "Celiac Disease"  it is an autoimmune responce to the consumption of gluten.  I read that it is one of the most under diagnosed problems.  The only way to control it is too completely stop eating wheat. You have to be really careful and read all labels because wheat, and more importantly gluten is in so many things.  As long as I make sure not to eat any gluten at all my stomach is fine.  But it is really hard and sometimes I give in and start eating it again.  Then like clock work my stomach problems come back.  The longer I continue to eat it the worse I get until I end up like last night, going unconcious in the bathroom thinking I was going to die.  I was never actually tested for "Celiac Disease".  When I went back to my doctor after not eating the wheat for 3 months she said there was no reason to do the test.  If not eating the wheat was working I guess thats what is important.  I don't know if it would help any of you or not but it is a suggestion that you could try.  Cut out all forms of wheat and gluten products for 3 months and see how you feel, then introduce it back.  If you get sick again, I guess thats the problem.  Hope this may help you some.  Good Luck
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today was my first experience with all that ive read so far...im 45 and normally my bowels are in good shape...especially this year i have noticed as i changed my diet a while back with good results...but sitting here typing i am week and the color just barely coming back...i went to the bathroom at the same time i usually do every day...no problems when i got there, sat down everything working just as i remember it...then...giant cramp building up...i just thought i needed to relax more...so i relaxed and the cramp kept growing....ive had 3 kids naturally and lots of period cramps all my life...so i continued to relax my body and let the nature take over...then i started to sweat (soaked my shirt in a minute) i still remained relaxing but HAD  to breath cuz i got so weak...then i grabbed something to "fan" myself to keep from fainting...this comes from years of period cramps...fanning helps a great deal...i started to think how nice it would be to have one of my electric standing fans on me at that moment...i made it thru several episodes on the toilet like this and each time a soft but solid stool came out...i think more than usual but i chalked it up to a "purge moment" and allowed it to happen...still wishing i had the electric fan...yes i was very scared of falling on the floor...well it ended and im still very weak, im going to go lay down after i put the fan in the bathroom
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I am so glad to have found this site. I have been suffering from these symptoms for years with a few trips to the emergency room after fainting. I've had numerous diagnoses from doctors from low blood pressure to ulcers, but their prescribed remedies never worked. I have been able to link most bouts to a combination of the following three things occurring simultaneously: 1) Just finishing more-strenuous-than-normal activity 2) Not drinking enough water during that activity and 3) On my period. I have probably had 15 episodes total in my life and they all had those three things in common. I am curious as to whether any of you have blood pressure that is naturally on the low side? My blood pressure is often measured at 100/50 and 90/60.

Best wishes to all....
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A related discussion, I HAVE AN ANSWER was started.
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I just came across this site trying to find some answers. I have been suffering from the same problems listed above for the past 7 years. It usually only occurs about 3-5 times per year. I have never passed out, but I have felt like I was going to. Normally severe cramping comes on unexpectedly, followed by a hard stool, once passed I have diarrhea. My cramps get so bad that it feels like my insides are on fire. It makes me feel like I'm going to puke or pass out. Once the bout is over it tends to happen again within 5 minutes or so. Normally it happens 2-3 times then subsides. I found the last comment very interesting because I too have low blood pressure and a low pulse. I was recently tested for the cause and was told that my blood work was normal. My blood pressure is 90/60 on average.
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Have you ever had ANY of these SYMPTOMS:

1. DIARRHOEA
2. STOMACH CRAMPS
3. ABDOMINAL PAIN
4. FAINTING
5. OR MAYBE YOU JUST FEEL LIKE YOU MIGHT FAINT
6. SWEATING

Has you doctor told you that you have IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), or IBD? Do you ever eat foods that don't agree or sit well with your stomach or intestines? Have you had EVERY test under the sun? Have you been to a THOUSAND doctor visits and they always tell you the same thing..."WE HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU"...or "we think you have IBS"...(By the way, IBS is a category where if doctors don't know what is wrong with you, they just tell you that your bowels are irritable...that is such a CRAP answer!). Well, after 15 years of searching I think I have the ANSWER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

For whatever reason when we eat a certain food our body thinks that it is FOREIGN!!! Our body sends an ARMY to attack the food (the forgein object), and that ARMY is HISTAMINES! Our body creates and sends histamines to attack this "FOREIGN" object. When these histamines attack this region, (which is the stomach and the small and large intestines) it makes our body go crazy and we can NOT control it. The SYMPTOMS that we experience are the symptoms listed above. If you do NOT want those symptoms, the answer would be to create your own ARMY to ATTACK the HISTAMINES! That army is an ANTI-HISTAMINE...like BENADRYL! BENADRYL is the ANSWER to all of this. (or really any ANTI-HISTAMINE). The downside with benadryl is that it makes you drowsy. You can buy an ANTI-HISTAMINE from COSTCO and the bottle comes with about 300 PILLS! The cost is about $10...and it is NON-DROWSY!!! The pills stay in your body for 24 hours and last that long. So if you take one pill a day in the morning you should constantly have an ARMY waiting to go to battle for you!!! GOODLUCK!
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I am a 50 year old female and have had three of these attacks in the last 9 months.  Before this, I had one "attack" which I chalked up to the stomach flu back when I was in my 30's.  My symptoms are similar to all of yours: pressure in stomack, tingling in face and gums, then the urge to go to the bathroom for a BM followed by severe cramps and profuse sweating accompanied by lightheadedness, ringing in my ears and dizziness, then diarrhea, maybe "round 2", then finally being able to lie down. However, the next day I experience some bleeding from my rectum.  I am scheduled to have a colonoscopy done in 3 weeks, so we will see if there is anything that could be causing the bleeding.  So far my doctor has not said much other than to schedule this test.  I will see if I hear anything helpful when I go for my test results.  It's a scary thing to go through one of these attacks, and it makes you wonder if you should ever leave home!!  All three of my attacks occurred during the evening, two while I was sitting on my bed late at night reading, and one - unfortunately - while I was driving home late one night...had to stop by the side of the road for that one, which is not a good memory, but at least I didn't crash the car...
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I have been experiencing disruptive bouts of abdominal cramping with diahrea off and on for years.  Sometimes it is worse than others.  Last night I had a sudden burst of diahrea with SEVERE abdominal cramping.  After I went to the bathroom several times, and there was no more to come out, I was still having the severe cramping.  It was so bad that I could almost not breath during the cramping.  I would break out into a sweat and my heart would pound.  After about an hour of this, I finally told my husband to get me some Benadryl.  Literally within about 10 minutes of the Benadryl, it STOPPED!  I only thought of the Benadryl because I have a son who has food allergies, therefore I have done a lot of reading in regards to this subject.  I merely thought I would give it a try.  I am convinced now that I need to change my diet.  I plan on visiting with an allergist soon so I can start with testing.  I hope this helps.
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How often does your husband eat pistachios?  Did he eat more than normal?  That part of your comment just stood out to me, especially since it was one of the last things he ate before the symptoms set in, and nuts are one of the top 8 as far as food allergies are concerned.  Some people can be allergic to just one kind of nut, or all of them.  
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Happy New Year everybody, and thanks for sharing your experiences.
4 hours ago I just had the same symptoms described by tomski.
I had grilled salmon fish for lunch yesterday, which I'm not in favour of, then gathered in outdoor sea side coffee shop celebrating the new year eve, it was a bit cold. I'm not a smoker but I had a Shisha (Nargila/Hubbly Bubbly) lasted for around 3 hours, lots of Nicotine in my body in very short time.
I think the nicotine and probably the salmon fish  triggered the symptoms, my body was trying to get rid of the Nicotine.
I'm awake now and have some headache, may due to the little sleep.

Good life everybody,

Sam
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Had these bouts a few times but this morning was the worst ever.  Thought I might be found passed out on my bathroom floor naked.  Naked because I stripped all my clothes off to keep from passing out when I broke out in a sweat from my head to my ankles.  Sweat was dripping.  Felt so sick, dizzy, weak in the legs.  Couldn't have stood if I wanted to.  I just recently ate a bunch of almonds.  Wondered if anyone else ate nuts recently before these bouts of diarhea (diarrhea) you fee you might die from???????
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i had this occur to me honestly 30 minutes ago and like most of the people who have posted came on here to see if it was anything serious. in my case im 20 years old, and eat and live pretty healthy. the pain actually WOKE me up from my sleep and the abdominal pain was so intense it could be compared to when my appendix was about an hour from bursting a few years ago. I went to the BR initially thinking i was going to vomit but after sitting in there for a bit and going through intense pain, weakness, going in and out of consciousness, and sweating i decided to try the other route. after about 10 minutes with no luck my stomach made an intense gurgling noise and the diarrhea started. im normally able to consume just about anything without my stomach getting upset and i just had a meatball sub for dinner with salad so the only explanation i could get from above is that the cheese might have been bad(my roommates prepared it) i really hope its as simple as that and it wont occur in the future. i ate some crackers and had water to settle my stomach somewhat and will attempt to sleep. has anyone found a way to prevent such a violent reaction to this?
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ok we understand that vasovagal is basically the ACT of fainting... and while bearing down during a bowel movement COULD cause this reaction, that still leaves us unknown to WHY we are getting the stomach attacks in the first place. The stomach attacks are not caused by vasovagal, but the stomach attacks cause vasovagal. I think our main concern here is the cause of the stomach attacks.
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Having diarhea (diarrhea) with cramps is usually a given sometimes, no matter what time of day. Usually its not cause for concern, you get the cramps, you poop it out and then your ok. BUT, I have just had one of the worst bouts of this diarrhea EVER this past week. I've only had two that have caught my attention and the last one was last year. It hurt so bad that I seriously compared it to child labor pains (tho i dont have kids, but i imagined thats how the pain would be, it hurt so bad) That time i had the same symptoms but only i didnt faint but was very close. THIS time around really scared me. Tha pain was intense and i felt horrible. I broke out in a sweat, i felt like i was swooping in and out of reality. I felt intense weakness and so thirsty. Definitley there was a low pressure drop because i literally felt my blood seem to trickle down from my head to my toes and then i broke out in a sweat and i literally felt the sweat prickling out of my pores(this happened while i was on the toilet and nothing coming out). This time around i believe that i did pass out for the first time in my life, only for like ten seconds though because the next thing i knew i was on the floor and i recalled thinking "did i just faint???" and kinda laughed cuz i was conscious of my naked butt in sticking out in the air and it reminded of Elvis even though i was still going through all the symptoms. i got through it but i was really shaken this time. I even have a big bath carpet burn under my left eye when i obviously slid myself to the floor of the bathroom. I guess the only thing that is different with me is that i believe i pinpointed why it happened both times to me and some similarities.
1. both times it happened during the early morning hours like 4-6am.
2. the first time, i had eaten alot of these flour cakes for dinner some hours before going to bed
3. This second time i had eaten canned tuna for dinner some hours before going to bed too. In the past, tuna always upset my stomach, but never to this extreme until last week
4. Usually when i eat, i immediately pass a bowel movement, both of these times i did not

I feel that certain foods that i eat at night is the problem. I have stayed away from wheat products at night since last year and until eating this tuna i have been fine. A process of elimination and scrutinizing the diet can be the trigger to all of this and drinking PLENTY of water, especially if you have doubts at night or if you sense yourself in danger of an episode. I feel that as we get older, our bodies get funny on us and things that never bothered us before suddenly do. We probably need more fiber, it helps the digestive system. This is very scary though, it does feel like im dying and i cant do anything while i'm weak. Hope this helps somewhat
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I just had an attack last night -- the third one in my life, but by far the most intense and pretty much EXACTLY as described on this site many times/ I felt a huge relief to find this since I thought this must be something nobody else has ever experienced.  I am a 53 year old female, active, healthy, don't eat greasy foods, take daily vitamins and have no allergies that I know of, take no medicines and have no other health conditions.  I ate a light dinner last night, had a glass of red wine with it, and went to bed around midnight.

woke up at 3am in total pain, feeling very nauseous and confused.  Went to the bathroom and couldn't seem to have a bowel movement, but was feeling worse and worse, so returned to the bedroom where I collapsed on the floor (feeling I was dying) - my husband was trying to help me, but I felt I had lost the ability to speak and couldn't answer him or move.  Finally I got back to the bathroom, had diarrhea after sitting there for 20 minutes in a deep cold sweat hanging on the edge of a faint.  I never did faint, but once again fell to the floor, which I think prevented it. The whole episode was about 30 or 40 minutes. It took me an hour to warm back up and I slept like a baby after that.  I did have nuts yesterday afternoon but that is all I can think of.  I will explore people's suggestions and hope for an answer.
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We just returned from 5 hours in the hospital emergency room. This episode has happened to my wife 6 or 7 times over the last 15 years, she is 55 years old, we are stumped and have gotten no help from the medical community and several different Doctors over this time. Where is Dr. House when you need him?  Cramping comes on quick and intense, she then sweats profusely; like some one who has run a marathon. Her blood pressure drops she goes into a half conscious state where it is impossible to get her to move from the floor of the bathroom where she either throws up or has diarrhea, usually both. Sometimes we have got through it others like yesterday have required an ambulance call. In frustration once again from the lack of any real curiosity from the MD’s at the hospital to find out what’s going on I put her symptoms into a Google search and ended up here.  The things common on this site seem to be the cramps, sweats (sweats intense like nothing else we have ever experienced) a drop in blood pressure, varying states of unconsciousness, Diarrhea, vomiting and a propensity to end up on the floor in a fetal position. Those of you who simple have cramps and diarrhea are not dealing with the same thing and it is the kind of response we seem to get from the Doctors at the hospital when upon arrival (symptoms subsided) they center in on the cramping which is the least worrisome of the symptoms.
Yesterday a new wrinkle when she got to the hospital she had a severe rash over her entire body. The Docs blamed it on a hydrating fluid given in the ambulance on the way there (I don’t buy it) It does seem like a food allergy but there seems to not be a common thread over the years that would explain this. She has stopped eating all wheat products for the last 7 years or so thinking she has a wheat allergy that has caused this. She has also been on thyroid meds over all this time the doctor getting test for an under active thyroid and thinking this might have something to do with it.
Yesterday for breakfast we ate an egg omelet with mushrooms, onions, and bell pepper. A couple hours later she had an Apple about an hour after that all hell broke loose
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I am just like everyone else in this discussion.

I can only offer up that in order to get out of the sweats, nausea, fainting was a glass of OJ to bring my blood sugar back up. Within 5 minutes it worked.

Every time this has happened to me the common denominator has been 2 glasses of beer/wine and not eating much food that day.

I spoke with a doc several years ago and she suggested it was hypoglycemia. Not entirely convinced because I have had chronic diarrhea for 6 years. But, bringing my blood sugar back up does seem to work every time.

I am getting a colonoscopy on Feb 5, tested for celiac, lactose etc...

Here is what happened to me this past Friday night:

All day I felt nauseous, and dizzy, lightheaded, kind of spacey feeling. But, I went about my day as best I could.  Got home from the restaurant where I ate the bruschetta, fried zucchini, hummus with cucumbers, 2 glasses of pinot grigio with my girlfriends around 10:30, went to bed because I still didn’t feel great.

1. At 3AM, I woke up sweating heavily and thought I was going to throw up.
2. I get out of bed to puke, and I hear the ringing in my ears and I was REALLY lightheaded, knew I was going to faint, but I make it to the bathroom.
3. I start to throw up, but I can’t complete the task because I am sweating so badly, the ringing is getting louder and I am on the floor fainting.
4. I can faintly hear Pete but I can’t respond, can’t move, just out.
5. My stomach is cramping so badly, I have to poop AND throw up at the same time, but I still NEED to faint. All of this at the same time.
6. I’m back on the floor, sweating so much, like I just ran 5 miles.
7. Now my forehead, nose and fingers are starting to feel cold, REALLY cold. Like someone put an icepack there. My stomach still cramps, but the fainting feeling, the sweats, the cold, the ringing in the ears is taking priority.
8. I finally can speak to ask Pete to get me orange juice and after about I guess 5 minutes I finally can lift my head up off the floor to drink a little OJ.
9. After about 5 minutes, the OJ is starting to pull me out of whatever happened.
10. I eventually make it back to the bed after about 20 minutes. (I’m beyond exhausted now)
11. 3 hours later I wake up out of a deep sleep and take an enormous poo. Not all diarrhea!
12. I am slow all day the next day, a little out of it and REALLY tired.

I’m feeling better now, but diarrhea is back and I went to the bathroom a lot yesterday.

If I find anything out, I'll post.
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I have suffered from your symptoms in the exact way you wrote them for over 20 years.  I have done every test in the world and gone to many a doctor.  I finally was ordered to take a barium enema test and this determined I had a redundant colon/lazy colon.  Due to this I suffer from chronic constipation.  I am amitiza and it helping with the terrible symptoms I used to have.  i told many doctors that I would not have a bowel every week maybe every 2 weeks and they would say is that normal for you and I would say yes.  well this was and is the problem and that is why I have suffered so much.  I would suggest a barium enema to your doctor.

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I have the same problem! Except I have these problems almost 3 times a week!I can't handle it anymore and want to o in. I'm only 31 and have been having these issues for about 10 years now! There just getting worse as I get older! It scares me now!
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My blood test for celiac's came back with high levels of "Tissue Transglutaminase” and “t-Transglutaminase”.

I am going in for a biopsy for celiac's.

I started thinking about this. If you have celiac's, crohn's/colitis your body is attacking certain kinds of food, not absorbing vital nutrients. What if your body gets to an all time low point and that's is why we have these symptoms?

At this point it all seems related to keeping a food journal and eliminating certain foods for month's at a time and blood work/colonoscopy.


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I have all of the same issues....

I have IBS and was recently diagnosed with PCOS as well.  I find that I have these issues when I consume not only fatty foods but CAFFEINE as well and especially diet drinks.  The last two bouts of this came on in the middle of the night awakening me to horrible cramps where I felt like my stomach was going to explode then constipation and explosive diarrhea lasting for about a day.  
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I also have hypoglycemia.  I had my latest issue at about 2am this morning.  I hadn't eaten anything until about 8pm last night and it was a salad and a slice of pizza from Uno's.  Usually though my hypoglycemia just causes light headedness (I've never fainted  - knock on wood).  I am going to try the OJ next time.  Thanks for posting.
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I have suffered from this for over a decade and I'm only 26. I only get it with diarrhea though. It comes with cramps, numbness, lightheadedness, sweating, and the loss off hearing after a ringing sound. I have passed out on numerous occasions.

I usually eat a good healthy diet so they normally come on after a unhealthy greasy binge during a party or the holidays. I had one last night after attending a catered party with the greasiest food you ever saw lol! I passed out twice in the bathroom.

One thing I have not read here is the use of electric floor fans as a cure. I always passed out when I lived in the US, but when I moved to the Philippines to start a school most people use electric floor fans due to the lack of central air-conditioning and the hot humidity out side. I have found that during an episode if I can get to a fan or have a family member bring me one in the bathroom and turn it on high that all the symptoms quickly recede almost immediately and I do not pass-out. Wiping my face and arms and even stomach with a damp cloth seems enhance the fans coldness and makes it leave even faster.
I found this helps a few other people that have suffered from this problem.
For anyone who has this problem I highly recommend you try it. It has saved me from having to go through the worst parts of the attacks that lead to me face planting on the tile floor. I don't know why it works but it's been a life saver. I have used this now in the US also and only passed out last night because the fan was to far away, I passed out heading for it lol.
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Hey I've struggled with these symptoms too for years and years, and I'm 29 years old now.  My symptoms are gone now and I've felt much better after I cut dairy out of my diet.  I used to feel SEVERE stomach pains, I would go to the bathroom in horrible pain, feel nausea, lightheaded, sweaty and all of a sudden I'd be in the floor.  I fainted multiple times from the same pain - once in public.  
I talked to my regular doc, he did blood tests, but found nothing.  I talked with my nutritionist and went on a diet/cleanse and then over time, the symtoms (symptoms) came back but ONLY when I ate dairy!  Then they found out that I'm lactose intolerant. Sometimes stomach pain can come from your body not being able to process certain foods.  
I highly recommend you do more than talk with just a general physican.  It's been 3 years and I haven't fainted since.  I recommend talking to maybe a nutritionist or homeopathic doctor rather than a general physican.  
BTW - the nerve that people talk about it nicknamed the Vegas nerve and when you put pressure on it and then suddenly release - that's why your blood pressure drops and you pass out.  I don't know the correct terminology but that's how Elvis died - but he was on drugs so his heart rate was too low.  
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I have had this since same issue mentioned in the original post since I was a teenager.  I pass-out almost every time it happens (3-4 times a year.)  A couple of times it really scared me and I thought maybe I had stomach cancer of something...but I was a young man then, and the doctors didn't really seem too concerned when I mentioned the symptoms during my regular check-ups.  Over the years, through process of elimination, I think I've got this figured out:  There is no "cure," just prevention, so I have two pieces of advice for someone who experiences this pretty regularly .  1.  Keep a thick towel or pillow in your bathroom.  If you fee like you are about to faint, you probably are, and you have just a few seconds to react, so try to lean in a direction away from countertops or sharp corners, and use something to cusion your head.  I have a pretty noticeable scar on my face from fainting into the corner of the sink one time.  I woke up and their was blood everywhere.  Pretty scary, but it looked worse than it really was.  I'm not risking loosing an eye or worse next time.  2.  Drink water.  Not a lot...just regularly.  I've eliminated almost every food and ingredient in my diet as beng the cuplrit.  The thing is, most of us, when we are thirsty, don't always drink good hydrating liquids.  We drink sodas or sports drinks (salty) or juices (sugar) or whatever to stay hydrated.  Also, if you drink coffee or regulalry drink alcohol (as I do) it gets even worse because we never feel thirsty.  We are basically tricking our bodies into thinking we are not thirsty.  These days, I would say most people are not as hydrated as they should be almost all the time.  You combine this with a sudden bout of watery diarreah (diarrhea), or night sweats, and you've got a rapid dehydration suddenly happening.  (Look up dehydration and see if you see some simialarities in this discussion).  So, anyway, just drink a small glass of water every couple of hours and I bet the frequency of this happening will be reduced.  
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I had a similar experience to many others on this topic. I have been to the emergency room three times over the years. The first time I had severe diarrhea and fainted shortly after the diarrhea had stopped. Upon reaching the hospital, I fainted again.  The second time I didn't faint but had severe diarrhea, vomiting, and felt light-headed. No real explanation was ever provided - could have been a virus and dehydration. For years afterward, I would have diarrhea, feel faint, and become hot and sweaty. Numerous tests but apparently perfectly healthy.

The third time was really scary. A few weeks ago, I had severe abdominal pain, some diarrhea, and nausea within 45 minutes of eating a full meal. I fainted upon walking to the bathroom. CT and EKG at the hospital showed nothing, perfect blood pressure, etc. I am waiting for results EEG as my doctor suspects that I had a seizure. The hospital gave me the vasal vagal explanation. Which actually made some sense because I fainted once after receiving an IV during an operation for something unrelated.

After doing some research on my own on seizures, I came across something called "simple partial seizures" and "abdominal epilepsy". Abdominal epilepsy is supposed to be rare. Since I'm not a doctor I didn't understand a great deal of what I read. Perhaps someone monitoring this topic can provide some info on this. I'll report back once my doctor decides to give me my test results. I'm also curious about food allergies. I noticed that I always seem to have abdominal problems after drinking tea.

Anyone who is fainting as much as some of the people here have reported should get a better response from their doctor. It's very dangerous, if someone hadn't been there to catch me, I would have seriously injured myself.
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this will be my last post. i posted earlier that i was getting a colonoscopy.

i was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and celliac's disease. i will tell you my close friend who has crohn's has the same exact symptoms 3-4 times a year and occurs when she has flare-ups.

my initial reaction is that this is caused by IBD. i agree with the gentleman who posted about seizures. it seems either like a seizure or perhaps a mini-stroke. either way, it IS serious and it does seem related to diet and specific to that individual.

start a food journal. Some bad reactions to things will show up very quickly, but others can take a week or two, and a food journal is very helpful for seeing those connections.

Every day, write down your symptoms, what you ate, and if you've added something new.In addition to allowing you to see connections between foods and reactions, the food journal can also provide you with a way to see your progress. You didn't get sick over night and it will take time for you to heal. The process can also be two steps forward and one step back. A food journal can help you track the slow improvements you make over time and don't notice from day to day, and can be a good tool for keeping yourself on track.

best of luck and dont give up.
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I also was diagnosed with  temperol lobe seizures after many years of tests. As a child I had fever induced seizures, but also severe  unexplained vomiting  and I now believe it was abdominal epilepsey.  I am glad to know, but I have had a lot of problems with seizure meds and against medical advice went off them. I had a bad seizure two days ago which culminated in having to throw away even my socks because the diarrhea came so quickly and violently. I guess I have to find a med that works and I can tolerate. Best of luck
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I too have had the majority of the symptoms described...agonizing intestinal cramping ( WORSE than labor!), severe diarrhea (but not always!), nausea, severe sweating, "limp noodle" feeling in my body and near fainting during worse part of pain.  I have been checked for all food allergies but none show up.  I cannot tolerate ANY form of over the counter fiber without cramping. I haven't found any form of acidophilus I can tolerate without cramping.  I cannot tolerate ANY form of vitamins without pain and cramping.  I am on an anti-anxiety med(Buspar) and an anti-depressant (Cymbalta) which is supposed to help.  Most of the remedies most health care providers and the general population tell me to take....I can't tolerate. I do not have celiac disease (tested negative for it) or Crohn's disease (ditto).  My GI doc says the nerves in my intestines are over-reacting, making me feel pain that I shouldn't.  He says I have to live with it!!
I have tried Phenergan (anti-emetic and anti-histamine) with a bit of success.  Anyone else here try the Benadryl and find success?  Someone asked about marijuana, which is legal with a script in my state....anyone try that? The docs are useless. Narcotics don't work well either.  I want this excruciating, horrifying PAIN to STOP!!!!  I just want something to take!! I am nearly 50 and have had this most my adult life.
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hi everyone
im only 23 years old, and it all started 2 weeks ago!!
i came home from work went to bed and woke up late at night, and was sick.then i had terrible stomach pains for 4 days , the doctor said i had the bug!!
i was fine in till last tuesday night , i came home from work with stomach pains and went to bed early , then woke up in pain with my stomach at midnight, my partner was worried so rushed me to hospital, as i was getting changed i passed out then was sick, the hospital couldnt find anything wrong, they said it might be a bug or ibs, since then iv been off work with really bad diarrhea cramps and nausea!!
im going to ring my doctor tomorrow and get him to reffer me to the hospital , im so scared.
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I've experienced the same symptoms (except for fainting) as everyone else for the past 8 years with 2 slight differences.  The first time it happened to me I was in a foreign country.  I had eaten a large meal a couple of hours previous and it started later at night.  The other difference is it now seems to be affecting my husband as well.  This never happened to him until he was with me.  He has all the same symptoms and he has extreme pain in his scrotum.  Generally when it happens to us it wakes us up late at night although we've both experienced it in the day time or earlier in the evening after supper.  My doctor suggested it may be a motility problem where the waste sits in one place too long because certain valves don't open when they are supposed to, to let things move on to the next place.  I have had blood tests and an upper GI done, he's been to a urologist because of the scrotal pain.  We have the same doctor and she can't suggest anything else or won't so we're kind of at a loss as to what to do.  We never have them at the same time but I had one yesterday (my first one in about 8mths) and he just went through one now (his first in about 10 mths).  Lucky for us, it's never happened outside of home aside from the occasional mild diarrhea attacks I get from time to time.  I thought perhaps because both of us suffer from this  2-4 times a year, that it could be some sort of parasite/worm that I passed to him?
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Wow, everyone. This is the site! I'm one of all of you and so is a friend of mine. I've had about 6 fainting episodes. They are often but not always around my menstural cycle. Today I had a severe episode without actually fainting (though I was scared I would).  My period is about 3 days late and I ran for a bus this morning, then suddenly the cramping started. "Yay," I thought, "finaly my period." But the cramping got worse... then worse... then I started to sweat and feel nausious. And it was all I could do to get to the bathroom on the ground floor and dry heave and try to move my bowels. Then I lay on the floor for a while with the AWEFUL cramping coming and going for about 15 min gradually getting better. And then I was fine.  WTF???  I'm glad to read someone here say they would rather be in labor, because as this was happening right after I was worrying I might be pregnant, I began to wonder if I should even have children if it could induce a VV reaction more often or if labor paine hurt worse than this did but for longer. This is awefully unpleasant a thing for ALL of us to have to go through so often with so little word from the medical community. I haven't fainted in about a year now (had 5 in one year before that) and I credit weekly acupuncture treatments for this. I say western medicine doesn't know a thing about this kind of stuff. Oh, okay it's because of this nerve reaction. Ffeww. I'll be that much less frightened while I writhe in pain on the bathroom floor next time. Thank you. So I recomend acupuncture and chinese herbs to all of us.
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It took a while but I finally got the EEG. My doctor said there were some abnormalities but it could be caused by lack of sleep. So once again, seeing a doctor was of no real help. I have found that some of my problems match those of a wheat allergy. Since I'm tired of visiting my doctor, I have decided on my own to completely change my diet to avoid wheat. I figure it can't hurt.
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After all my research, 15 years of it. My conclusion to my problem have pointed towards a toxic colon. The answer is Fiber, tons of it!. I eat 25-30 grams a day to keep my colon clean. The thing to watch out for is that if you don't address this eventually you will get malabsorption, which is malnutrition. Then your organs begin to struggle, and you suffer adrenal fatigue, hypothyroid, and many other bad illnesses. You have to eat more fiber, and stop eating the horrible north american diet. When it comes to food...if it didn't come from a tree, the ground, or born in that form, it isn't food. If it's been processed in any way it is no longer food. Most of the fiber, and enzymes have been removed. The refining is very hard on your digestive track, and the organs that must process it. YOu have to start working with your body, instead of against it. Which is what a typical north american diet does. Eat the right raw foods, and don't eat nearly as much. The human body doesnt really need much to survive. Contrary to belief the human body can go 45-75 days without food depending on the person and environment. Fasting is a form of healing for your body, so you may want to give it a try as well. It's what I do when I get these episodes happening to often. Just a few days does wonders. Just make sure to drink mineral water, or supplikmenting trace minerals works best.
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You can fix this, but you have to change the way you think about food. What we have been taught, and what we have available to us is just plain wrong! It's up to you to fix this, and you can do it by choosing to following something like a paleolithic diet, and eating less frequently. It is also important to make sure you are eating "real" food, not "fake" food. 95% of what is in your local grocery store is fake food. Even the produce is fake genetically modified food. Make sure to buy organic raw foods!
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30minutes ago, i had the third episode in my lifetime of this excruciating cramps in my stomach, its a dreadful experience. I thought im gonna die, my face is white ghost and my pulse rate is very low. I know im about  to pass out and the only thing that saves me from being unconscious is the smell of a vicks vapo rub and lying down. It must be the menthol in it that works and helps me from knocking out.  I remember when i was 8years old (my first bout) my mom would ask  me to smell a chinese medicine called white flower, that too works wonder. Its one less problem (being unconscious or worst, hurting yourself on the floor).
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Well, this is eerie. This is the first time i've experienced something like this, just last night. I had a really bad diet yesterday, (i'm getting my period, please don't judge me :) I had a slurpee and some other sour gummy candy for dinner, no joke. While this isn't SO out of character for me, it's not the norm. I'm generally a great eater.

I got hungry again late last night so i had some homemade cornbread with spray butter. I feel asleep and woke up around 2 with the most horrible cramps in my uterus. They felt like menstrual cramps so i didn't think too much of it.  Next, i ran to the bathroom b/c i felt like i had to go, and boy did i. At first it was solid, then the peeing out of my butt started, WHAT was that! I was sweating so much too, that was the scary part, i felt nauseous and shaky and weak all at once. I literally almost called 911. After i was done in the bathroom, the cramps came back 3 fold. I mean, they were unbearable for about 10 minutes, i could not move an inch. They subsided after about 10 minutes. I took 2 Advil. I feel fine today but definitely do not want to go through that again. scary.
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This also happens to me a few times a year and its horrible. I dont faint but it starts with bad cramps, then the feeling of oncoming diarrhea, perfuse sweating (i mean soaking wet), then some hard stools ...then diarrhea. What I do is use Peppermint Essential Oil. I take a cup of warm water and add about 2 drops to it and drink it down. Within about 10 min ...all better. You can get a small bottle for about $10 and it lasts a very long time. Make sure it is Essential oil and NOT fragrance oil. You can google peppermint oil and IBS and read up on it. I just had an episode happen to me...and now Im fine. I carry this stuff in my purse whereever I go ... its a life saver.
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I copied this info from http://www.stars.org.uk/patient-info/conditions/syncope

Situational Syncope:
Situational syncope is a form of Neurocardiogenic Syncope that occurs in response to urination or emptying of one’s bowels. It is caused by a sudden drop in blood pressure during these functions that reduces the supply of blood to the brain resulting in syncope. If syncope occurs while emptying one’s bowels it is advised to use laxatives to treat constipation. If syncope occurs while urinating, men are advised to urinate in the sitting position.

I have hyperadrenergic POTS, with GERD, IBS, and other issues I won't get into, and have tested positive for h-pylori.  There are too many responses on here to even try to keep up with, but I thought being able to go to this website might help answer some questions on at least the fainting part, if not put together all the pieces for a few of you.  For me, going to the bathroom is really difficult to do without needing to immediately lie down after, but I've found that staying well hydrated, and avoiding spicy foods, alcohol, caffeine, and artificial sugars are all things that help.  As well, I swear by liquid Aloe.  You can take it in pill form as will, but Aloe quikly helps with gastrointestinal discomfort.  My husband (he has IBS) and I were both buying Pepto Bismol on an incredibly regular basis (which is bad because too much of it can actually cause constipation, which just makes the problem worse) until we heard about trying Aloe - I haven't used Pepto since, and have felt soooo much better.  Good luck!
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I had this for the first time last night.  I was under severe stress, had a glass of wine, and had been dealing with bad constipation for several days.  I have had mid and lower back problems for years due to car accidents in my early 20's (I'm now almost 40).  It's definitely scary, and I concur that I thought I was dying!  What a terrible feeling...  I still feel like I've been run over by a truck today, but it might just be because I barely got any sleep with all of the cramping etc. (it rivaled the cramps I had while giving birth to my daughter!).  I also don't feel like eating a thing...  Thanks to all on here for posting - it sounds like stress, maybe alcohol, back problems and constipation are all culprits.
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I have had everything mentioned EXCEPT passing out, mine happens anywhere from a week straight to a month straight.  It happens like clock work, and it terrifies me.  I hear ringing and can't concentrate.  I feel like I am going to pass out.  Its either right before I try to leave for work or right after I eat supper.

It terrifies me because I have two children, who depend on me I get them up and right before I am about to leave the house...it happens.  If I pass out, on the can, it would scare the crap out of them.

My doctor states Mittelschmerz syndrome. The reason for the pain and the food intolerance,  Your ovary basically drops your egg into your abdomen absorbing it else where irritating everything.  It does seem worse before my period, but I believe it is stress related.
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I can definitely relate to almost everybody writing on this topic. I just had my last episode very early this morning and i still feel weak from it. On top of the pain, profuse sweating, and loss of consciousness i noticed a new symptom i`ve never seen before. After the episode i fell asleep and woke up during the afternoon. I went outside and i noticed faint, little, nonirritating bumps just larger in diameter than goosebumps that were pinkish in colour all over my legs and some on my stomach and arms. Last night, before the episode this morning, i ate a package of instant noodles...filled with msg... which is consistent with what im hearing from above.. but i`ve never experienced these bumps before.. anyone know anything about it. I knew i shouldnt have ate that meal last night...Moving on...I've been suffering from similar episodes about once every year or 2 since i was about 11. My first episode of stomach pain and fainting occurred in elementary school in the middle of the national anthem.. quite embarrassing. but the problem persisted and now i'm starting to worry. i never went to the doctor for it. I did ask one doctor but he was no help at all... Of all the symptoms, the one that worries me the most is the fainting. We all know that the fainting is triggered by a sudden drop in blood pressure around our baroreceptors, and inevitably caused by cerebral hypoxia. What I want to know is whether or not that period of low oxygen to the brain can be damaging in any way or even cause cell death.. anyone know of any instances of a patient who has fainted from a gastrointestinal problem, like ours, and consequently suffered hypoxic brain damage...or maybe even didnt wake up! This is what worries me the most. i really hate the idea of losing consciousness because it makes me feel as though i wont wake up as the same person, or even at all. One bout of fainting should be enough.. but once or twice a year for your whole life just seems damaging.  
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one thing i forgot to mention is that my problem stopped for about 3 years around the time i began exercising for 3 days a week every week for those 3 years. since i`ve stopped about a year ago, and my lifestyle has been relatively sedentary, ive suffered 2 of these episodes.. maybe its just coincidence.. but can anyone relate
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I have had this same thing several times over the last several years - usually in the middle of the night.  It doesn't seem to matter what I eat.  The first time I had it I even had blood in the stool.  One time I did pass out on the way to the bathroom. After a colonoscopy I was diagnosed with Ischemic Colitis at age 40.  I was told that this was something I'd have to live with the rest of my life.
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So, does anyone on this forum have severe chills like me while in a Hot Tub?
How about gurgling stomach and intestines?
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I have vasovagal reactions caused by stomach upset (but not using the restroom, although this often follows) approximately 3x a week.  It interferes with my job and many of my activities, since the attacks come on without any warning and can debilitate me completely for anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour or so.  It doesn't matter what I eat, what time of day it is, or anything.  It ,happens out of nowhere, sometimes on an empty stomach and sometimes on a full one.  I can't accept that I'm supposed to live my life this way.  Anybody else have attacks as often as I do?  What have you been told?  The doctor says I have internal bleeding from somewhere so I have an upper GI scheduled to test for bleeding ulcers and for some reason also a Celiac test even though what I eat or how often doesn't seem to have an effect.  Also, when I was a teenager I wore a Holter monitor and it was discovered that my heart sometimes speeds up to double it's normal speed.  I was told at the time it wasn't dangerous and nothing else was done.  This is the opposite of what I understand happens with a vasovagal reaction, but now I'm concerned a heart problem is causing all this and my doctor is not exploring that avenue.  My Dad has a congenital heart defect which we just discovered after a mini-stroke.
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so some of these post are alike what happend to me, except no diarreah (diarrhea). I went out to eat one day, probably didnt sleep that much or eat that much and had a few drinks, got up because my leg started hurting and everything became dizzy i fainted three times trying to get up the ambulance came but i refused treatment because i wanted to go home and sleep (i felt fine) everything has been fine since then but last night i drank only about three beers, my stomach started getting these crazy pains and if i was getting my period, hadnt had that much sleep that day and i worked (cleand up my yard) my dad is a constructer and i helped him clear the trailer which was hard work but anyway i get up to walk up and i feel the same dizzyness, i tell my bestfriend and she holdson to me while i walk, then she sits me down outside before i get in the house, i start sweating like so bad it was really scarey, but i felt fine like i jst wanted to go home and sleep, does this sound like anything? let me know thanks!!!!
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I am absolutely amazed to find this website - I thought I was alone in experiencing these episodes! This community makes me feel much better as I thought I was having some sort of weird thing that nobody else had ever had - I would get so scared that I thought I was dying - the only thing that would keep me from panicking was that this had happened before and I wasn't dead yet! Finally I did a google search in desperation and was, as I said, amazed to find such a large community of similar sufferers.

I have had these episodes, I think, for only the past 10 - 15 years ( I am 49 now), and they were far and few at first, but now I can get them once a month or so. My episodes will come on suddenly, with no warning. The first thing I get is an all-encompassing ,frantic liquidy gurgling with a strange but acute pain, in the whole lot of my intestines - I know it's going to come on then. Soon I feel like I have to go to the bathroom, but not really urgently. It's the pain that drives me there. As many of you have commented, this pain is severe. Usually this happens in the evening, and also will occur when I am sleeping and wake me up. I can think of no triggering diet factors - I will have had a wide variety of foods, or none at all. Soon after I have got myself on the toilet, I will suffer extreme hotness of the face (will appear quite flushed), heart pounding in my ears, profuse sweating, nausea, and , of course, one of the worst things is the sudden extreme light-headedness that induces an instant panic attack. I have never actually lost consciousness, because as soon as I start getting woozy, I will immediately lie down on the bathroom floor in a fetal position, and take deep, controlled breaths, such as you are supposed to do in labour, and tell myself that I will get through this  just as I always have. For those of you who have actually lost consciousness, if you have time, PLEASE lie down as quickly as you can, never mind the having to go to the bathroom. Soon, I can feel that everything has worked itself down to the end, so to speak, that I will get back on the toilet and pass whatever I can. This will alleviate the symptoms quite a bit, and will usually reduce the lightheadedness to the point where I can just sit there but put my head between my legs. I will keep passing stuff in short intervals past that, feeling better each time, ending with a spastic gushing of what is probably mostly pure water. Each time I can get rid of something, I feel better. I may have a lot to get rid of, and often do, but I am never actually constipated or feeling so at all before this.  After I am completely emptied out, I will be weak, exhausted, and either cold and clammy or slightly feverish. Also scared as hell!

I can't think of what might be the trigger or underlying cause of this reaction in us - why does it always come with the severe diarrhea - is this what starts the reaction or is because of it??
I have always thought that the bowel thing set if off, but what if the bowel distress is the effect of whatever reaction this is?

The only time I have ever had any of these symptoms was when I went into anaphylactic shock following a severe drug allergy. All the symptoms were exactly the same, including the abdominal pain, except that the abdominal pain was not anywhere nearly as bad, there was no drastic purging diarrhea, and  it also had the typical reaction of itchiness and hives all over, which this doesn't get.

This is kind of like the chicken and the egg, which comes first? I am just glad I'm not alone, although I certainly wish none of you had it either! The vasovagal theory is well thought out, but it doesn't seem to explain all of this syndrome. Hopefully if enough of us get together on this, we can demand for some more intensive investigation, rather than have it just put off as an anxiety attack or some such thing!
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Frankly I'm begining to feel that the resilts of the bowel thing is not what causes the sweating and light headness it is the results of as if the body has lost control of some funtions. At 63 I have found that sitting on the toilet recuperating is faster, maybe its like the body has one less thing worry about in order to improve and no doubt one needs a cleaning. Lying on the floor the body is level so what needs to get to the head is quicker plus it's also cooler, sometimes its harder to push things up hill. The sweating is part of cooling off the body, because just before the sweats break out  I feel as if my body heat is up, why is that? It also soaks what ever you have on. The trick is get everythink done and on the floor before one pass out or as low as one can get so things can get up hill. This is an unpleasant feeling and a bit worry some for sure and some how when the Doc's tell you have a stroke I'm not quite chocking that down.  With me it'd be early in the morning right after getting up 90% of the time.
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Most interesting. And somewhat a relief to see that I am not alone in experiencing this. As it happens SO rarely, it was hard for me to find any Doctor who'd take this seriously.
Just for the ever-growing list, I'll add my own experiences:

-I have had this for about 11 years now, and in these 11 years, I have had it happen maybe 4 times a year in a bad year; once in a good year.
-Usually happens in the very late evening or indeed at night; I have in the past woken up from the pain.
-As it feels just like a bowel movement about to happen; suddenly, as if I cannot hold it, so I will go to the bathroom. Only once I am bearing down however, I realize 'it' will happen again.
-I'll start having hot/cold flashes; breathing will become hard, I'll start feeling weak. I sometimes see coloured spots before my eyes or, if there is light, light will just grow darker and darker.
-Sometimes the cramps get severe enough that I feel like I will heave (though that never happened)
-Sadly, in most cases, I will after about 5 minutes pass out. I have found myself on the floor, draped in the bathtub; even passed out next to my bed. When I come 'round again, I'll feel a deep sense of panic for the first minute, then be okay.

Your guess, jr0926, is spot-on. When I finally can pass, in most cases is first harder stool (though that can be a relative term; sometimes "slightly more firm" is the only difference); everything after that is often liquid.


As this happened so very rarely, finding a doctor willing to listen has been all but impossible. The first time this happened, I lost a lot of blood with my bowl movement. Due to that, I was hospitalized at the time.
I had cameras in *all* places, x-rays, blood tests - nothing came back, except for "a few reddish areas near the passage from small intestine to the colon". Samples were taken but nothing at all was found.

It IS good to know other people have had the same experience.
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I've been looking up these symptoms they almost match what happened to me last week. I came to work and was only standing 10-20 mintues and started having cramps, sweating, and felt like I was about to pass out I had to go home nothing else ever happened.
It was the first day of my period i dont know if that had anything to go with it but everyone said i looked pale the next few days.
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I am 29, and last night I had exactly what you explained for the 1st time ever.  24 hours leading up to last night, I had been to the toilet 3 times passing a lot of bowel (mainly fluid).   Then last night I woke up with bad stomach ache...and went toilet again, but nothing came out, then started feeling like vomiting then nothing came out, then started feeling like fainting and then dropped on the floor for 2-3 minutes... then called the ambulance, and the medics came over and said it is because blood flow was restricted to my head, which i why i fainted, and they advised I stay lying down next time, so blood flows to my head... instead of standing up.  It was a freaky experience, i felt like I was going to die in the bathroom.
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I have had these bouts for about 20 years & what seams like a few times a year .Just had another terrible one last night . I was recently diagnosed with celiac disease & wonder if any one else has checked into this posibilty ?
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does anyone get inflammation in their EYE? not necessarily during the episode, but once or twice a year. I was reading about IBD, and it mentioned that certain things set off our immune system which creates this inflammation of the bowel, which can also lead to inflammation of the eye.
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I have to admit I cried when I started reading everyone's accounts of their "episodes." I have had five episodes since November and feel completely helpless. I joke with my doctor that I am a patient on House as we are trying to discover what is wrong and how to fix it.

Although we have determined that I most definitely have some food allergies, the allergies do not appear to be the only cause of my symptoms. Although I have fainted only once, and never suffer from constipation, my symptoms and outcome seem to be exactly the same as everyone else on here. And just like TODD44, telling me to deal with it is not acceptable. Thankfully, I have a doctor who is willing to work with me to figure out why this is happening in the first place.

Thank you to whomever started this forum. You have no idea how comforting it is to know that I am not alone!
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Yes TODD44 I get inflammation in my eyes all the time. I'm curious if any of you have some of my other symptoms. Do any of you suffer from low body temperature, low blood pressure, recurring candida (yeat infections/thrush)?

I now know what is causing my symptoms. I found a book called Immune Restoration Handbook 2nd Edition. It is an amazing book the detailed my exact symptoms. I went to the doctors and had some of the tests done that the book listed as possible infections, and sure enough I have a Candidiasis infection with a co-infection. The two infections were helping one another to stay in my system. They tend to hide in your colon, where the problem comes in. The book outlines how to get rid of them. I've improved a lot since then. Not one episode since I started doing what the book said. It even explains the eye inflammation, and what to do to help with that. I highly recommend the book, because it explains how to boost your immune system so that nothing can harm you.

The book was very difficult to get, I got a copy from amazon from over seas. I think you can also download a PDF from the website. www.keephopealive.org
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I'm also glad to see that there are other people experiencing the same episodes. However I feel that everyone keeps describing these episodes rather than talking about what it might actually be and what we can do to prevent this. That would help extremely. I have had these episodes since last july about 5 times. I went to my doctor and she recommended me to a GI doctor who said I had IBS. But he didn't even do any tests or anything he just diagnosed me according to what I described. Then I had to go to a neurologist who thought it might be partial generalized seizures because of the passing out and since seizures can cause loss of control like bowel movement. He did an MRI on my brain to see if it was seizures but he found nothing, so he followed up with me 6 months later and said its not that. Then the most recent physician told me that I have gasteoritis which is when the stomach isn't smooth and its like bumpy. So when you eat certain foods with acid it can cause pain as it goes in the stomach. This pain can lead to fainting because some people are sensitive to paint. So my doctor gave me a prescription which is an acid reducer and I am suppose to take it for 2 months and see if I have any more episodes but me being stubborn I havn't taken them yet.  I spoke with my cousin who is in medical school and he told me that these diagnosis that doctors give are usually like filler ones where if they don't know whats wrong they just say that. But I don't know. Hopefully more people share what their doctors have said and if it's helped.
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I just had a bout of this last night. I think it's only the second or third time in my life I've had this and the last episode was probably 2 years ago. The symptoms are generally the same as everyone else: Gas/stomach pains followed by diarreah (diarrhea), profuse sweating, feeling faint and very weak. The whole episode lasts about 1-2 hours. The onset of the episode usually starts while I am sleeping and the cramps/gas are what wake me up. Within minutes I am on the toilet having near liquid diarreah (diarrhea) with sweat pouring off me like I am in a steam room. Last night between toilet runs I would try to take cool showers and then lay down & rest. I nearly fainted a couple of times & I felt very weak & somewhat scared about what was happening. After 2-3 toilet runs I suddenly stopped sweating, my stomach pains ceased and I no longer felt weak & ready to faint. I took one last brief, cool shower to clean myself up and then went back to bed and fell asleep nearly instantly.

This morning I still have a little diareah & feel a little "woozie", but am otherwise OK (only sparodic mild cramps, but no sweating or feeling really sick & weak). These episodes scare me a lot because I always think I am coming down with the flu, which of course has more horrible symptoms and lasts 2-3 days. It does feel like the onset of the flu or a "24 hr bug", but goes away in 1-2 hrs. I'm glad today is Saturday and I don't have to go to work, I feel like I need to rest and get some "not sick" time under my belt before venturing out into public...
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Well I was better today, but have not eaten all day. Also, I had one small diarreah (diarrhea)/bowl movement this AM (after my last post) and it was mostly blood, perhaps a 1/8 to1/4 cup worth. Kind of frightening, but it may be just another one of the symptoms of this and not to much to worry about? I'm going to wait a day or 2 before seeing a Dr. as a google search shows bloody diarreah (diarrhea) as a symtom of a lot of things, many of which may repair themselves.
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sreynolds1977 Any time you have blood in your bowel movement that is more then a tablespoon, you should see a doctor asap. The darker the blood the more urgent you should be about getting to a doctor.

ucdavis12 ive been going to the doctors for over twenty years for this. It wasn't until the last few years that I found a doctor that understood what was going on. In my case I had several infections, ones that would be made worse with antibiotics. The first infection was Candidiasis, and the second was Epstein Bar Virus. These are very serious infections that most doctors don't know how to treat. Candida is supposed to be in your system, so most doctors just treat it as a overgrowth, and give you something to kill it off like Dyflucan, or Nystatin.

The problem is that you should never get a overgrowth of Candida if your body is functioning correctly. It's a sign of a weak immune system. If you tend to get candida infections all the time, there is a good chance you have a co-infection. The co-infection can be EBV, Lyme, HHV-6, and a few others I can't think of right now. These co-infections are very serious, because they can get inside your cells, and take over like cancer. There is a whole cycle that takes place every time you eat something that makes the infections stronger. Sugar feeds these infections, and wipes out your immune system, and lowers your body temperature. Your body heat is what keeps these organisms in check. When your temp lowers from eating sugar, grains or stimulants like coffee, or chocolate these organism become active, and spread.

I would have your doctor do a stool sample, and check for Candida. You can tell yourself by the size, color, and if your stool floats if your intestines have been compromised. A clear sign that your have a problem, and invaders have taken over is a small diameter stool light in color, and sinks in the toilet. Your stools should float, be a medium brown color, and 1' in diameter. Those are the signs of a healthy digestive tract, and immune system. To improve these condition you eat lots of fiber, but not from grains.

You should keep an eye on your stools, body temperature, and blood pressure on a regular basis . To see if your immune system is compromised. I think a lot of you will find that it is. If this has been going on for some time you might also find that you are Hypothyroid, and suffer from adrenal fatigue. This is what causes the panic attracts during episodes. You can support your adrenal glands to stops the fainting and panic attacks. Adrenal Desiccated works well.

My doctor has shown me how to deal with almost every issue with this condition, and the book "Immune Restoration Handbook" has taught me how to reverse it. Most importantly it's up to you to take charge of your health, because no western medicine doctor is going to have a clue to what is wrong with you. This is not a common western issue, and they are not prepared to diagnose or treat it. Twenty years of my personal experience with western doctors have proven this. I've had every test they could think of and they still couldn't diagnose anything other then IBS, and a few other ******** diagnosis that they hand out to people when they don't have any answers.

This is an account of my personal history, and solution. Yours may be different, but the point is that you have to do the work, and dig up answers for yourself. Do not rely on doctors to tell you what is wrong with you. All they know is what is written in a book of common condition, and what drugs to treat them with. This is not common, and there is no quick fix. In most cases you have to reverse all the damage you've done to your intestinal track with processed foods.

Try eating raw uncooked foods(salads, nuts) for a week, and see how much of a difference it makes. Also fasting for a couple days on liquids and vegetable juice will also heal your intestine very quickly.

Note: only put olive oil, a little apple cider vinegar, and lemon on salads.

Someone also mentioned food allergies, and this is on the right track.When your immune system is comprised your kidneys, liver, and gallbladder all get over worked, and congested. This leads to food allergies. Treating the allergies will never solve the problem, it will only treat the symptoms. Which is ok for short term relief, but you have to deal with your diet to heal your intestines, and organs so that you no longer have the allergic reactions.


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I just experienced my first episode of what you are all describing today. I had been constipated for a while and went to eat at a buffet restaurant. I ate a salad and ice cream. Immediately after eating my stomach began gurgling and i got extreme stomach cramps, I began to feel weak, my vision became spotty, i started sweating profusely,  and then I lost my vision for a short amount of time. luckily my boyfriend was there to take me to the restroom because i felt like i either had to vomit or go number 2. Once in the bathroom i experienced watery diarrhea and then i was fine. It was a scary experience!
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Just had one of these episode about an hour ago, horrible stomach pain, diarrhea, cold sweats,and  weakness. it lasted for about 45 min on and off waves of intense pain lasting for about 10min then subsiding for about 3-5minsI did not pass out this time because when I started to feel to weak I just gave up and laid down on the bathroom floor. I have a pretty good diet, and a good "poop" history. My main concern is the pain, its unbearable, for me its worst then labor pains. It happen today I haven't eat any unusual things with in the last week. I've had a few episodes in the past and it is always to worst pain anyone could ever imagine.
I used to get them once or twice a year but after I had son about two years ago they seemed to stop, but I guess not. As I said before the way I avoid fainting is by laying on the bathroom floor when I feel the weakness sweep over me. I am mostly concerned about the intense pain, It is awful. I dont thinks its my diet, I rarely eat out, and I did not have anything out of the ordinary with in the week or so. Does anyone have any tips on how to manage the pain once an episode  has began
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Glad to see I'm not alone. I have been having these episodes for about 5 years now, I'm 30. It always happens in the middle of the night and wakes me up. I end up laying on the bathroom floor in a complete sweat, barely conscious. I then have to get on the toilet, fast! When it's over, I make it back to bed and fall asleep. Usually I feel ok in the morning although the odd time I'm sick for the next 12 hours with more episodes and vomiting. I've talked to my doctor about this many times and he has no answers. First he said panic attack, now he says gastrointestinal related but has not sent me to a specialist. I just had another episode last night so I guess I'll be asking to see a specialist now. So glad to have found this group!
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I am SO grateful that I found this forum and now realize that other people have had similar symptoms to mine.  I am a 56 yr old RN.  Three days ago was my second episode ever.  The first was about a year ago and I was on vacation.  I was asleep and woke up feeling like I needed to go to the bathroom.  Some cramping but not horrible.  I felt dizzy and lightheaded.  I sat down and my hands, feet, ears and face began to feel like they were on fire.  (NO straining or bearing down)  Still very dizzy.  Having chronic constipation for years, nothing happened in the bathroom so I made my way back to bed.  By then I was sweating profusely.  I tried to call out but felt paralyzed.  I think I passed out for a few minutes because when I came to, I had had a large, hard bowel movement in bed.  Other symptoms subsided and had several more episodes of watery stools.  Felt wiped out for a day or so.  

Fast forward to three days ago.  I was lying down to rest - late afternoon.  I believe I had the aura that some have spoken about.  Started feeling lightheaded with feeling of impending doom.  Called to my husband in next room but (according to him) in a low voice.  I wasn't able to yell.  Then my hands, feet, ears, face started burning severely.  I started feeling nauseated and like I needed to have BM.  He helped me to the bathroom - I was sweating profusely.  I thought perhaps I was having a heart attack so husband called 911.  Got IV fluids on the way to the hospital.  Shortly after getting to the ER, I HAD to go to the bathroom.  Had an explosive bowel movement with large amount of hard stool, then liquid.  (Again, I stay constipated.)  They ran many tests in between me running to the bathroom with more diarrhea, at least 8-10 times.  Finally took Immodium.  After returning home, I felt completely wiped out and slept all night (unusual for me).  Next morning while cleaning up, I noticed blood when I wiped.  This continued until yesterday evening.  It was red, mucousy looking.  Went to my Internal Medicine doc yesterday.  She did rectal exam, sent more specimens and put me on broad spectrum antibiotics.  Also ordered a colonoscopy.  I will be anxious to see what the gastro doc has to say about this!

After finding this forum today, I am going to look into some of the recommended books and treatments.  At least now I know I'm not crazy and I'm not alone.  God Bless you all.
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Roemheld Syndrome!!!!  Please read all about this I have been suffering for years after researching forever and countless tests I have come to the conclusion this is what i have!!  I have most of the symptoms and it is awful to not know when this will hit me.  Started as a teenager and now I am 38 and it happens once or twice a year and almost always leaves me in the ER with a cracked head from the fall.  I have passed out in so many bathrooms dripping with sweat, can't breath, lose my vision and here recently lots of pain in my heart and shoulder.  It is very scary.  My poor husband if he is at home when it happens he gags from the smell it is HORRIBLE!!!  It is just watery and disgusting.  So embarrassing for me.  I hope this helps someone get a diagnosis I am taking all of my research to the doctor but what I have read so far leads me to believe that this is what most of us suffer with. Good Luck and Understanding to all.
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I've had this happen to me, on and off, for quite a few years and the one thing that I've come to realise that is the common denominator is dairy foods. This happens to me, the hard stool before endless diarreah (diarrhea) and the pain, sweating, nearly fainting (I've not fainted but have come to the brink of it, I find hunching over and putting my head between my knees keeps it from happening) and rapid heartbeat happen after I eat what is obviously an overload of dairy product. I had this happen to me last night after having Alfredo sauce at dinner, was yummy though. I've had it happen when I've eaten cheese so for me, it's cheese. I am lactose intolerant but can and do get away with digesting a certain amount of dairy without anything more than the normal diarreah (diarrhea) that is over with quickly without the other symptoms. After the first time it happened to me, and it took months as I didn't and don't experience this more than once or twice a year, I started keeping a food diary as I'm convinced it's something I'm eating. Cheese is always the one thing I've eaten during the day when I get one of these attacks.
However, yesterday, when the episode was over, I was completely drained and shakey (shaky), I felt hung over, this is new. I usually feel pretty good once it's over but last night I fell asleep for the entire night and that is not normal for me. I have noticed that the last few times the episodes don't last as long as they used to but the pain is still intense. Oh and, for me at least, it does help that, when I can get to the point where I know I can make it back to bed, the whole curling up nude with a fan aimed at me, helps it pass quicker. Of course this means my poor 12 year old son sees way more of mum than he should, but he's a good lad and keeps my many secrets. :) Anywhoo, good luck to all who suffer this, it is beyond miserable and painful.
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Oh my gosh, all of you have what I have been suffering from since I had my first episde when I was 18!!! I had eaten a box of ritz crackers and then an hour later had my first "episode".  Cramps, vasovagal feeling, sweaty, nausea and diarrhea followed by feeling very weak and not wanting to eat for a day.  These episodes come on randomly.  Sometimes related to stress, like taking a major exam (when I sat for the USMLE step one) almost missed the test. Sometimes after I run a race or long training session.  But the one thing I figured out, I was getting them almost every morning after breakfast of cereal or bagel but not yogurt.  Cramping has been frequent but the episodes seem random....until I stopped eating all gluten. Low an behold even stressful situations don't send me to the bathroom with intense pain and fear of dying.  I also have been to many doctors, am one myself.  Shame I didn't figure this out before.  I tested neg on the initial blood test, but it is not a sensitive test and many Celiac's test neg. falsely.  When I would get my episodes, usually the pain and intolerance to eating comes in bouts of several months at a time and mysteriosly disappears when I start eating healthier, ie less cheezits and ritz, pizza and bagesl and more whole foods.  I too was told I had IBS.  The levsin pills do not stop the episodes.  The antidepressants did not work.  The only thing that worked was strict diet off gluten.  Hope this helps some of you out there.  After 25 years of suffering and it ruling my life, I feel like I have my life back.  So if this sounds like you, try out the diet after doing some research on what gluten is and what foods have it.  I too was lactose intolerant, worst in the morning for some weird reason and worse with milk than with icecream. That is a common problem celiac's get from the dammage to the villi of the small intestine, the lactose enzyme is the first to go.  Also I would feel an attack coming on when I woke up.  Always felt groggy and foggy headed those days and would try to not eat so I wouldn't get the attack, but it would come on anyway.  SO  good luck and I hope I helped many of you!
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Well I've been having so many health issues as of lately.. too much to list, so I will address what happened to me last night.  About 20-30 minutes after eating Alfredo chicken for dinner, I had a sudden attack of cramping ( around belly button and below). That feeling your about to run to the toilet. Well, of course my vasovagal is triggered. So all at once, I get cramps, nausea, feeling of my blood rushing, sweaty, the works. I go to the bathroom and sit there. A couple of minutes of trying to breathe, so I don't faint, I manage to have a semi normal bowel movement. No diarrhea, as I was expecting. After this I had to sit up and watch t.v., laying down was not an option (feeling faint). Then it all goes away within a few minutes. What the hec?? So I am assuming that the Alfredo cheese did it. The question is, doesn't it take time for symptoms with lactose intolerance? I never went back to the bathroom, no diarrhea. Only 20-30 min had passed since I ate, and after going to the bathroom I was fine. Does this sound more like a gluten problem, or IBS?
Also, just wondering if anyone knows any connection between Seborrheic dermatitis and lactose problem? Two days ago, I awoke with a major sudden flare up.
If anyone else is interested in my many other symptoms, let me know.. I post them. :)
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Hi. I'm glad to have found lots of people in the same boat and know I'm not alone.

I too have this happen from time to time. It's ranged from mild cramping and panicky "out of body" feelings with racing pulse (which the doc diagnosed as over doing my Thyroid meds - despite my TSH levels being stable for 4 years - and starting a whole host of knock-on issues, sorry I digress!) to the full on, floored by explosive diarrhea, agonising cramps, racing pulse, panic, profuse sweating and near (but not quite) passing out. It honestly feels like I'm going to die, right there! Then hours of feeling wiped out.

Every serious occasion for me has been triggered by meal replacement shakes. Slim-Fast, store own brands and prescribed liquid meals (I have a gastric band which has shut down a few times and I've needed liquid food) have all caused it to some degree. I used to drink them with impunity, now I can guarantee they will cause symptoms. I have had mild attacks after eating mints!! The only common ingredient I can see is Xanthan Gum.  

My bariatric surgeon has suggested a type of dumping syndrome like gastric bypass patients experience. Caused by sugars hitting the small intestine too rapidly. He says it's rare in banded or non-bypass patients, but it does happen. It sure sounds the same, but I'm not convinced.

I have also had another GP suggest, very off the cuff, it's IBS.

I'm fairly sure the initial "rejection" symptoms are as a result of the body wanting rid, quickly, of something it's objecting too. The vasovagal syncope symptoms, I think are a reaction the the speed of the ejection. Anyone else think this?
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Are these all women responding ?

I also had this "episode" just yesterday morning again. I'm wondering if it has anything to do with the lead up to a period. Low in iron causing dizziness and diarrhea?

Can someone answer that? Do you experience this before a bad period?

I'm a 27yo women and receive these exact symptoms for several years now. Thought it was reasonably normal and so never saw a doctor about it.

I have a good diet, exercise daily  and don't have allergies. These "episodes" usually occur 1 - 3 times a years. Back and fourth to the toilet for about 20-40minutes. I do try to throw up, nothing comes out. The sweating is uncontrollable. And I finish look extremely bleak in the face.

I find myself lying on cold bathroom tiles helps or sitting in a long hot shower.
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I've experienced similar symptoms.  My attacks usually follow this scenerio:

1. I get very itchy hands  which is always a sign that it is coming.
2. I get a weird feeling in the middle of my stomach
3. I go to the bathroom.  Usually I have a normal stool first followed by diarrhea associated with lightheadedness.  At this point I'm very hot.
4. Then I get nauseous and sometimes I throw up depending on the violence of the attack.
5.I end up cold, shivering and exhausted.

The scariest part is not having any answers and not knowing what triggers it.  I have just had 3 attacks in the last 3 months though last year I was entirely attack free.  Has anyone felt the same thing especially the itchy hands?
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