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I think I just fainted, or something.

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Somethingtothinkabout · 27/05/2013 14:47

I was sitting on the sofa, DP was leaving for work. I stood up on the sofa to give DP a kiss and cuddle, think he lifted me off the sofa in the hug then must have lowered me down to the floor (he's a foot taller). I remember him saying "keep your face off my work jacket or your face will get dirty" then the next thing I know I'm sitting on the floor with my head sort of at his knees with a throbbing headache and a feeling of total confusion as to what was happening then started to cry Sad

DP says I just slid to the floor in very slow motion, not like a quick collapse.

I feel completely fine now, just a bit of a headache. I had eaten lunch so it's not lack of food. Was it just extreme headrush maybe? I do get that sometimes when I stand up too quickly.

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Somethingtothinkabout · 27/05/2013 14:49

Not sure either how this ended up in AIBU. Meh. Sorry.

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NeoMaxiZoomDweebie · 27/05/2013 14:49

You must have risen too happens to me a lot as I have low blood pressure.

Take it easy and have a cup of tea. Brew


Somethingtothinkabout · 27/05/2013 15:01

Yeah I'll make a sweet tea, good idea. I'm sitting by the open window for fresh air too.

Thanks Smile

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MikeLitoris · 27/05/2013 15:11

I often get dizzy when I stand too quickly and a few times have fainted like you described.

My head sort of pounds and next thing I know I'm on the floor. First time it happened I cried too.

Never any warning to it happening either.


lougle · 27/05/2013 15:27

Yep, orthostatic hypotension.

You were sat down, so your blood pooled towards your feet. Suddenly you stand up and your body needs blood supply further up. However, you don't notice a problem because you have reserves. The reserves are used, then you faint.

I get it a lot. I am slightly better at recognising it now, so I tend to just get blue haze across my vision and stagger to the wall for support, until it passes.


TattyDevine · 27/05/2013 15:29

Yeah, probably fine, if it happens repeatedly though I'd mention it to your GP Flowers


kinkyfuckery · 27/05/2013 15:32

Headache like it could have caused the fall, or did he say you hit your head when you fell?


GraduallyGoingInsane · 27/05/2013 15:43

It does sound a bit like a faint - did the room spin? I suffer from low blood pressure and my typical 'forewarning' symptoms are the room spinning and the taste of blood in my mouth - like a metal taste. Does that sound like you had?

Either way, take it easy. Sweet tea, something nice for tea, avoid booze for today and an early night should help. If it happens again, maybe go to the doctor?


Somethingtothinkabout · 27/05/2013 15:44

I'm sure I didn't bang my head first as there was nothing I could have headbutted until I reached coffee table height and DP was sort of holding me I think so there was no bump. It was more like my head feeling squished when I 'came to', them a lot of pain as I tried to work out what had just happened. Seemed to happen over a few seconds. Hard to explain Confused

My head is still so sore though. Want to take painkillers but on the other hand I don't as I want to know it's better itself if you know what I mean? I was hoping to go for a run this evening, probably wouldn't be wise now.

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SummerRainIsADistantMemory · 27/05/2013 15:46

I have low blood pressure and get this a lot. Dp has gotten good at catching me Grin

I've never lost conciousness for longer than a second or two.

It's just an extreme headrush, nothing to worry about too much.


MrsTerryPratchett · 27/05/2013 15:47

Keep an eye on it. It's probably nothing but it could be something, so mention it to your GP.


xylem8 · 27/05/2013 16:10

are you pregnant?


ExcuseTypos · 27/05/2013 16:18

I have low blood pressure and have had this. I get it when I exercise too sometimes.


Somethingtothinkabout · 27/05/2013 16:29

Not pregnant I hope

I do have low blood pressure apparently, but I always thought that was a good thing as I do run often, and my dad's is very high and he's not in the best of health, so I thought lower was better.

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ExcuseTypos · 27/05/2013 16:31

I think it is better Something. But you just have to be aware not to get up too quickly.


BalloonSlayer · 27/05/2013 17:02

I used to get that but never with a headache afterwards.

How do you feel now?


IneedAsockamnesty · 27/05/2013 17:35

I often get really woozy when I stand up to quickly apparently my face goes pale then bright red its very strange.

But more to the point I really want to know how tall your dh is if you stand on the sofa to kiss him. Oh and it sounds like he gives you lovely cuddles and that makes me smile.


SlowlorisIncognito · 27/05/2013 17:36

As a teenager I had low blood pressure and was a bit anemic, and this happened to me somtimes. Before hand as a warning sign I would sometimes get a sort of "whiteness" in my vision. It happened if I had been lying down a lot. Lower than ideal blood pressure, whilst not as unhealthy as a high blood pressure can be problematic, healthwise.

If it happens again it might be worth talking to a GP, but otherwise you could try taking iron tablets which really helped me.

Also make sure you are not dehydrated and have eaten enough as these can also be triggers for fainting.


brainwashed · 27/05/2013 18:08 isn't at all usual to get a headache with faints....I would speak to your GP.


loofet · 27/05/2013 18:09

Low blood pressure is as dangerous as high bp ftr.

Could be anemia? It's perfectly normal to feel a little woozy after standing up too quickly but the fainting I would think is a step too far and would be going to GP just to have some bloods done to double check.


Somethingtothinkabout · 27/05/2013 18:33

I still have a headache Sad but other than that I feel completely fine, not shakey or lightheaded or anything. Definitely not going for a run though, would be embarrassing (and dangerous) to have that happen outside.

My mum has mentioned anemia about a year ago saying my eyes looked a bit pale, (but then all of me is pale!) but there might be something in that. I think the iron tablets are be a good idea as that's two reasons now why they might be needed. I do like red meat, but I don't eat a lot of it.

Sock he's 6ft 4 Smile and he does give good cuddles. I stood on the sofa with my arms round his neck so I was at his height then sort of leaned off the sofa so left my feet dangling in the air. Maybe he squeezed too tight before he set me down!!! (don't think he did, I won't blame him as I feel mean!)

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Punkatheart · 27/05/2013 18:36

I would see your GP as a precaution.

Your DP sounds lovely btw. You are very lucky.


Jestrin · 27/05/2013 21:17

I would see your GP. The headache part sounds unusual to me. Better to be checked out.


Somethingtothinkabout · 27/05/2013 21:53

Does anyone know anything about iron tablets? There is a Superdrug near work, could I get them there or does it need to be a chemist or Holland and Barrett type place? Are they expensive and, if so, can you get them on prescription? Which ones are good?

Will try and get a GP appointment this week, hopefully the headache will be gone in the morning.

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Punkatheart · 27/05/2013 21:58

Don't take iron tablets unless you have had a blood test that says you need them. You can buy them over the counter - but just for now each lots of green veg etc. Tiger balm for headaches is great - you rub it on your temples.

Also - I know everyone hates to hear this one - but it may be a virus of sorts....

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