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Fainting Feeling

  • By Kitty

    In the last few months, every once in a while, I suddenly feel like I will pass out. It feels as if my eyes are rolling up into my head, my arms stiffen, my body feels cold, but then nothing happens. Sometimes I feel if the room is going dark or spinning. It is over within seconds. I am unsure if the body stiffening up/going cold is a symptom of me freaking out over the eye rolling/fainting feeling or not.

    This seemed to have started during and after I stopped taking a few different bp meds as a preventative for chronic migraine.

    This happened to me today when I was literally sitting at my desk doing nothing. I have no migraine. I did have one on Monday and took Migranal and promethazine.

    Has anyone else experienced this? I did mention it to my neuro once but she sort of shrugged it off since I was no longer on the bp med. I see a new neuro next week and I want to bring it up to him. I don’t want to be run through a bunch of tests though for nothing as I’ve been there, done that plenty of times for other reasons.

  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi ActionCat,

    I’ve not experience this, but hopefully others will be in to share their experiences.

    I am happy however, to hear you will be seeing your doctor soon, as he is the only one who can help you with this. It might be a good idea to track these “spells” detailing the symptoms and when they occur so you can share this information with your doctor during your visit.

    You may want to take a look at this information on silent or acephalgic migraine. This is an attack that has all the symptoms EXCEPT headache. I’m not suggesting this is what you have, rather information you can share next week with your doctor. Take a look;

    I hope this helps, keep us posted on your appointment!

  • By Camassia


    Yes I had a similar experience, although unlike yours, mine wasn’t as profound, yet it was so scary, my husband called an ambulance (all tests were clear at the hospital, doctor said it was a “vasovagal event”, possibly from migraine). I had faintness coming on in waves and felt I was going to pass out.

    Since I had syncope years ago I took this seriously but unfortunately did not remember that in such situation you have to lie down and elevate your leg. Apparently this closes big vessels in your feet and blood starts travelling towards your heart/head, stopping the fainting sensation. If you’re seated, don’t even attempt to get up, just slide down to the floor and elevate your legs.

    I actually purchased a blood pressure monitor to keep an eye on my blood pressure, this way I’m pretty sure that the migraine causing sxs and my heart is still OK. 🙂

  • By Swiftee

    Action Cat,

    I’d had a fainting feeling with my migraines. I have actually fainted twice now, but remained conscious on both occasions. I felt really ‘light’ before each episode. I have a full check up (heart, blood pressure, pregnancy test, CT Scan, the works) and they all came back normal. Doctors ruled the fainting a symptom of my migraines. It was very scary. I’m hoping it doesn’t happen again.

  • By Katie M. Golden Moderator

    I had severe dizziness upon standing and felt like I was going to faint a while ago. After talking with my doctor, we figured out that one of the medications I was taking lowered my blood pressure considerably. Due to concern of fainting, we changed the dose. So it could be a side effect of a drug.