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Black Outs

Discussion in 'General Symptoms' started by paul80, Aug 20, 2015.

  1. paul80

    paul80 Senior Member

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    I'm not sure what the correct name for this is but my family have been telling me i have these black outs a couple of times a day for about the last year. It's like an absence, like i'm not there.

    Most of the time i'm not aware of it happening at all but lately when i was at the dentist and i was waiting on him to write me a prescription and the next thing i know i he's telling me to go to the reception and i feel like i just woke up and i'm trying to comprehend what he's saying. I think he was repeating himself multiple times.

    Has anyone else experienced this because of M.E? I think it mostly happens when i'm very tired so maybe it could be something like lack of blood to the brain or something.
     
  2. halcyon

    halcyon Senior Member

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    Perhaps you're having absence seizures? Have you seen a doctor about this symptom?
     
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  3. Denise

    Denise Senior Member

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    Do you have OI? I know patients with OI who zone/black out like this.
     
  4. Scarecrow

    Scarecrow Revolting Peasant

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    That was my thought, too.
     
  5. paul80

    paul80 Senior Member

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    Yes i seen a doctor and got sent to a specialist. The specialist didn't think it was seizures but he said he would send me for something (think it was ECG).

    I'm not sure if i have OI but i can't stand for longer than a few minutes or i start feeling ill.

    Could it not be something to do with blood volume/flow that M.E causes? Because i really suspect a lot of my symptoms are something to do with that.
     
  6. halcyon

    halcyon Senior Member

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    I would think if it was due to a blood flow issue to the brain it would trigger symptoms of a vasovagal response which you didn't mention having.
     
  7. paul80

    paul80 Senior Member

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    Usually all the symptoms i get are common among others with M.E.
    I just assumed this was another M.E symptom. Maybe it is some kind of seizure then. I wonder if this test will find anything. Doubt it.
     
  8. halcyon

    halcyon Senior Member

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    I believe seizures have been seen in some ME patients but I'm not sure what type.
     
  9. Snookum96

    Snookum96 Senior Member

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    This has happened to me before. Once my husband was driving us home and all of a sudden we were half way there, I was so confused I couldn't figure out what was going on.

    I do have OI, but I was sitting when this happened.
     
  10. taniaaust1

    taniaaust1 Senior Member

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    It sounds like OI, I used to get that a lot too but don't think I get that kind of seizures "so much" now. Low blood flow to brain with OI and being quite tired. OI can cause seizures.

    I remember one day when I had several of these while driving.. I keep missing the road I'd wanted to turn down and keep coming too only when gone past it. It was so frustrating.. I'd turn and head towards the road again..only to blank out again and again.

    Another time I came too and I was staring into a shop window with no idea at all how long I'd been doing that for... absence seizures I'd think but never diagnosed with seizures as such by a neurologist, didn't show up on the brain EEGs (One of my specialist said I may need to have one while being scanned to pick it up, but then you cant just time when its going to occur!!)

    http://wwcoco.com/cfids/bernesx.html (if you check that out you can see this symptom may be common in ME patients "Seizure-like episodes: 70%** (seizures: 2%)
    • Fainting or blackouts: 40% )
     
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  11. taniaaust1

    taniaaust1 Senior Member

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    OI issues can occur with sitting esp if legs are down in a car. I need my legs up nearly all the time due to the OI. (I had to get a specially designed wheelchair in which I can have raised legs).
     
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  12. barbc56

    barbc56 Senior Member

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    There have been several times I have thought my symptoms were from me/cfs and it turned out they weren't but had similar symptoms. It's just so frustrating trying to sort out our symptoms

    I'd take advantage of the fact that you already have a referral and follow up with an EEG. Do you know what type of EEG?

    Keep us posted and good luck.

    Barb
     
  13. paul80

    paul80 Senior Member

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    No i don't know what type of EEG. And thanks.
     
  14. barbc56

    barbc56 Senior Member

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    I'm not that familiar with all the types of EEGs but was talking about the routine EEGs vs. more extensive EEGs. The following explains the different types for diagnosing epilepsy. I would assume you'd have to have the routine first, but I'm not a doctor.


    http://www.everydayhealth.com/epilepsy/diagnosing-epilepsy.aspx

    Barb
     

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