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Loss of Conciousness

Okay..I am a 27 year old female. I smoke, I drink, and I'm moderately active. All in all, not a very healthy lifestyle. However, I have had a number of injuries to my head throughout my life. About 10 years ago, I lost conciousness. Just straight up blacked out. I remember feeling light headed and seeing colored spots in the sky. Woke up, went home, and not 15 minutes later passed out again. I went to the doctors and all they said was that my white blood cell count was higher than average. But they seemed unconcerned.
I have since had several black outs. All coming out of nowhere. I do have the occasional headaches, when they come on they are very severe. I also seem to occasionally just stare into space for brief moments of time. I'm very confused. I'm short on money and have no insurance so i'm hoping that someone can help me. People keep telling me i must have a brain tumor or something. However, i feel it has something to do with the previous injuries to my head. I have had several injuries. Concussions included.
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I do not accept the fact that any, and I mean any, hospital in the United States would not give you a full work-up if you showed up at the ER immediately (not three weeks later) after experiencing such symptoms. Yeah, you'll get a bill. I also should note, that none of the 21 hospitals I worked in over the years ever required positive identification before treatment in their ER. They show up off the plane from all over the world and get a work-up that is as good as that given the Pope. Negotiate the payments or don't pay it, but that concept that you cannot be evaluated because you don't have insurance is Obama-care nonsense. A myth. Yes, you may not get treated for a dental infection of a strained tendon, but loss of consciousness puts you to the top of the triage list. Loss of consciousness such as you experience can be due to a number of reasons, the most likely being a simple so-called vasovagal episode, where peripheral vasculature dilates and the blood supply to the brain is diminished. The chances that you won't "wake-up" are virtually non-existent. The chances that you would fall when you black out, or lose control of a vehicle are relatively high. "Staring into empty space" is evidence of what is called a "petit mal siezure", which ocasionally results after a head injury. Even years later. Physicians are often reluctant to provide siezure meds until the third confirmed episode.The loss of consciousness, on the other hand, likely has a different etiology. It could be a simple as a low hematocrit, common in women. The next time you "black out" go to the ER immediately. Calling an ambulance helps. (they insist this is an urban myth, however bear in mind they often fib).) Every illegal alien in my city seems to have caught on to the drill. They even print up pamphlets on how to beat the system. You really need a general work-up, but I don't think you are in any danger of not living a long and fulfilling life.
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I guess i'm just so scared that one of these times that i black out, I'm just not gonna wake up again. Its a terrible feeling. The whole experience is terrifying. Please help!!
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