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14 yo DD- fainting with loss of bladder control during faint

(17 Posts)
Lifeisontheup Mon 04-Mar-13 09:35:08

Urinary incontinence is very common during a faint and fainting is more common in teenagers. My DD used to do it quite regularly as did I. Possibly a good idea to get her checked out particularly with your family history but no need to panic.

Iseeall Sun 03-Mar-13 19:02:38

My first thought was epilesy. No healthy 14 yr should faint without cause. Please take her to your gp.

mellen Sun 03-Mar-13 18:56:33

It is normal to have urinary incontinence during a faint. There is an article here that may be of interest.

TheAccidentalExhibitionist Sun 03-Mar-13 18:53:26

This sounds like epilepsy to me. Loss of bladder control was a diagnostic factor in me being diagnosed with epilepsy at roughly the same age. Sorry.

TabithaMcKitten Sun 03-Mar-13 18:08:10

I was also going to suggest vasovagal syncope as it is something I have the pleasure of experiencing. I haven't wet myself whilst fainting (yet) but I do vomit whilst unconscious and thrash about as if I am having a fit (sooo attractive!). When I was 14 or 15 I had a phase of regular fainting but there was never Any reason for it decided.

I actually started to go into a vomit/faint this morning following a sudden bout of diarrhoea (again, I'm so attractive!) but managed to avoid it by lying down flat and trying to calm my breathing.

I hope she's ok. It's horrible to have this at any time, but particularly when you're in your teens - I remember the mortification of having to lie down on the pavement when I felt it starting to happen when out with my pals!

ProudNLoud Sun 03-Mar-13 16:42:41

Fainting......not sure why? Speak to GP for referal regarding
Vasovagal syncope..............often misdiagnosed as epilepsy...............
TILT TABLE TEST .............. is the definitive test for vasovagal synccope also known as Reflex Anoxic Syndrome........Check out this helpful website which also explains LONG QT which may be a reason for faints...........
STARS have lots of useful information. Hope this helps some posts here.

Nonsensical Thu 17-Nov-11 19:40:09

Definitely worth going to GP. Having said it used to happen to me, it was never out of the blue like that, only in response to pain.
Good luck and hope your doctor can reassure you and your daughter.

Northernlurker Thu 17-Nov-11 19:38:06

Yes definately one for the GP. Just to put your mind at rest if nothing else. Have you let school know? You really need to in case it happens there. You don't want them to either over or under react.

duchesse Thu 17-Nov-11 19:31:23

It is only twice in the last 6 months, once about a month before her periods started, but she did it again just this evening at supper- happy and talking one moment, keeled over sideways the next, and totally wet herself, poor thing. She was way more embarrassed about that than bothered about fainting. The thing is that my mother has epilepsy and I'm always slightly hyper-aware of that.

I think I will take her to the doctor.

pommedechocolat Thu 17-Nov-11 19:17:06

I've fainted reasonably regularly throughout my life due to low blood pressure. Only time I lost bladder control was when I had blood clots on my lungs. Obviously your dd wont have this as she would have other symptoms but it needs checking out IMO.

Nonsensical Thu 17-Nov-11 19:11:35

This used to happen to me as a child and teenager, I used to faint fairly regularly if I had a minor injury (fortunately never had any major ones) and often wet myself, it was mortifying. I can't remember what tests etc I had but do remember that the conclusion was that it was nothing to worry about and I would grow out of it. They were right; the last time it happened was when I was 17.

omerta Thu 17-Nov-11 19:00:07

I've never had loss of bladder control during a faint, and I'm a fainter.

Your poor dd, sorry to hear this. sad

pantaloons Thu 17-Nov-11 18:56:32

Also not a dr, but do have epilepsy and know that loss of bladder control is a side effect and that not all seizures are the shaking all the floor type seen on Casualty!

Restrainedrabbit Thu 17-Nov-11 18:55:30

It is normal but regular fainting needs checking out.

TiarasTimeOutsAndTantrums Thu 17-Nov-11 18:53:52

Epilepsy sprang to mind but I'm not a dr! It doesn't sound normal though have you spoken to a GP?

EssentialFattyAcid Thu 17-Nov-11 18:53:18

It IS normal to wet yourself if you faint

duchesse Thu 17-Nov-11 18:52:26

Has anybody experienced this? My instincts tell me it's not normal to wet oneself during a "normal" faint.

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