The first time I fainted I was 11. I was in Year 6 of Primary School and we had visited the local pool for our weekly swimming lesson. I had gotten out of the pool and gone to the changing room and then I don’t remember much after that apart from the lifeguard carrying me to the medical room. Ever since then I have fainted at least once a year and all for completely different reasons. I have been medically checked for Low Blood Pressure and Anemia e.t.c but all tests have come back negative. I thought I would use this post to talk through the reasons that I faint and maybe help others in the same boat.
Disclosure: I am not a medical professional in any way, shape or form, but I have been experiencing fainting episodes for the pasts 14 years and thought my experience could possibly help others in a similar situation. If you have fainted more than once and haven’t seeked medical help I suggest you get seen by a doctor as it could be something that requires medical attention.
Where do I Faint?
I could literally faint anywhere. I’ve fainted at the swimming pool, during a fire drill, at the dentist (this was yesterday) and on nights out. No matter what environment I’m in or who I am with it doesn’t seem to have an effect on the reason that I have passed out.
What makes me Faint?
For me it’s often a combination of things that accumulate together to make me pass out. It could be that I’m too hot, not eaten enough, tired, in pain or panicking about something. Yesterday all these factors were present and I ended up passing out in the dentist’s chair.
How do I control my Fainting?
Breathing and controlling your heart rate is really important. Every time I know I’m about to faint my breathing goes out of sync and I start having heart palpitations similar to the start of a panic attack. I do find it really hard to control my breathing when I’m about to faint but lying down and elevating my legs, drinking water or something sugary really help me. These do not always prevent me from fainting but they do calm me down slightly.
What should I do if I have fainted?
It’s always best to get checked out by a doctor in case it is something a little more serious. The doctor should send you for blood tests and carry out other checks to ensure it isn’t something that needs treating.
Seeing as I fainted at the Dentist yesterday it just gave me an idea to write this post and see if anyone else was in the same boat as myself.