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shiesty35 posted:
I can't seem to find a doctor that can tell me why I have been passing out since I was 10 years old. It always seems to happen right before I have my period. It starts off with stomach pain and I have to run to the bathroom to have a bowel movement. Breaking out in a really bad cold sweat. Hard to breath. Passing out and then I wake up and have to crawl to the bed and sleep for a few hours. Makes me feel really weak for the rest of the day. It doesn't happen with every period it skip's one than on the next one it happens again. I'm 47 now and it still is a very scary thing to have to go through. Please can someone help me find out why this is happening to me?
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cardiostarusa1 responded:
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"It always seems to happen right before I have my period. It starts off with stomach pain and I have to run to the bathroom to have a bowel movement. Breaking out in a really bad cold sweat. Hard to breathe. Passing out and then......"

"It doesn't happen with every period it skip's one than on the next one it happens again"

In general-only here, causes of passing out/fainting/syncope include vasovagal (the most common cause), cardiac (includes specific irregular heartbeat, typically duration-dependent), circulatory, neurologic, metabolic and drug-induced. Sometimes, there is no known cause (idiopathic), no identifiable cause.

Additionally, as applicable to the patient, of the various types/kinds of heart conditions, symptoms may/can be acute (occurring suddenly), be chronic (occurring over a long period of time), come and go (be transient, fleeting or episodic, such as an irregular heartbeat, requiring the use of a Holter monitor or event recorder at home and during daily activities) or even be silent.

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Syncope, Part 1 - Cardiac Syncope

Part 2 - Non-cardiac Syncope, Part 3 - Treatment of Syncope

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Mechanisms of Syncope

Transient reductions in brain blood flow may be due to a generalized failure of the circulatory system or a regional circulatory problem selectively affecting the brain.

Syncope most commonly results from a transient generalized or systemic......

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Syncope is a widespread problem, accounting for 1.5 million physician visits per year./It affects people of all ages, with sometimes serious consequences./These consequences can be....

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Diagnosing Syncope and Other Transient Symptoms

Many people who experience recurrent, infrequent symptoms are not sure what, if anything, to do. These symptoms can take the form of fainting (syncope), near-fainting (near syncope), dizziness....

A typical diagnostic process for syncope might include one or more of the tests listed....

http://www.medtronic.com/your-health/fainting/index.htm

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