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"Traffic" sounds, cold sweats, short of breath, fainting, etc.



Hi. I am a 25 year old female. I used to get these symptoms quite often but no doctors were ever very concerned about it. I would often have bruises, blackeyes, lumps on my head, and in one extreme case, I had to have staples in my head where I hit the sink in the bathroom. All from fainting. I looked abused. It started when I was about 17. I got horrible migraines as well, so bad that I couldn't see straight. I started fainting when they were really bad. Here is what typically happens when I faint. I feel nauseas so I think I need to find a bathroom, but then I realize that I can't walk because I am suddenly freezing. Then I hear what sounds like new york highway traffic in my head. Horns and whooshing sounds. This was the scariest thing for me. If I can manage to talk at this point I sound to myself like I am inside a tunnel. Then the tunnel vision happens and I sweat everywhere. As it is happening I feel like I am sitting myself down in a calm manner, however I never really do. The time i cracked my head on the sink, I thought to myself, "wow! That was weird, at least I knew to sit myself down. Why does my head hurt so much?" Then I felt the back of my head and it was caved in. I was alone, but my mom just lived literally around the block. So I called her to bring me to the hospital. There is where the doc told me, "Don't worry, it was just a vaso-vagal reaction to getting up too quickly." Well, it all went away til last night and today. I was with a friend last night and I walked up some stairs just fine. I was very thirsty so I wanted some juice. By the time I had poured it and was ready to go down, I had to sit down on the steps where I just kept sweating and shivering and the tunnel vision kept going in and out in and out. He had to help me up and to the bathroom since I was sure that I needed to throw up. I never did and then I was fine but for the headache that followed. Today, I keep getting small spells of it but nothing severe. I am worried about driving since I am a nanny of five children and I don't want to put them at risk. I have had these spells on the road before and it scares me. When that doctor diagnosed the faint as vaso vagal, I asked him, should I be concerned about driving? He said no. So should I be? I would have to give up this job if I couldn't drive. I don't know what to do. I also have no insurance, no one is willing to give me any because I have asthma. I know this is a random blob of info, but after last night I am concerned and scared and confused, but happy to find this group. If anyone has any comments, suggestions, ideas, etc. I would greatly appreciate them. Thank you all so much!


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