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near syncope

For about 10 years now I have had problems nearly passing out. I have seen doctors and had all kinds of tests run. They tested to see if it was seizure related, blood sugar, cat scans, tip test, etc. My doctor concluded "some girls just swoon" needless to say this just made me angry. (that happened a few years ago) My 'spells' don't happen frequently but when they do it's very upsetting. The first time it happened was definitely the worst. Here is what happened:
I was at walmart with my parents (i think i was 14) my stomach started to feel queezy and i walked over to my dad and said "i don't feel well" at that point my head started to get dizzy and my vision started to get really spotty until it eventually whited out at the same time my hearing started to go and i had a high pitched ringing yet i could still hear things but they sounded really far away. I lost control of my legs and my dad practically carried me out of the store. I sat down they gave me orange juice and I was fine.
It happened again a year later with no apparent cause. we were at a movie theater waiting in line and i started to get dizzy. I recognized what was happening and sat down and drank some soda and was fine it didn't get as bad. And since then whenever i start to have symptoms I try to stay calm and sit down and if I can get something to drink i do. Sometime something to drink is not available and i was still able to pull out of it. Until 2 years ago i never fully passed out. That's when it started getting weird.
Have you ever taken a drink of soda or something and it was too big and hurt your chest? Well this happened two years ago and all I remember is that my chest hurt really bad, my head got super dizzy (like the above attacks) and the next thing I knew my friends were waking me up as if from a dream and asking if I was ok. I was disoriented and didn't know what happened until i realized i was laying down on the couch i had been sitting on and soda was in my hair. After that event there have been two times this drinking too much thing happened. Once at work but I was able to control it, and once last night but i lost control again. I remember sitting on the couch with my husband taking a drink and realizing that it was bad, it hurt worse then ever and my vision started to go and then next thing i remember is my husband saying breath and woke me up as if from a dream. He is a nurse and said he didn't think i passed out but rather i was saying oh it hurts moaning and then stopped all of a sudden, he thought i was ok until he realized that i wasn't really breathing. He said my eyes were open and everything. This is scaring the crap out of me and i want to know whats wrong....any thoughts?
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351246 tn?1379682132
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Hi
Welcome to the MedHelp forum!
There is a chance you have hiatal hernia or a bad case of gastric reflux since all other tests have been negative. Treatment is a combination of drugs to reduce the acid and lifestyle changes. You will need to take a combination of medications (under medical supervision) like a proton pump inhibitor such as omeprazole,  lansoprazole or pantoprazole empty stomach in the morning and an antacid gel after meals for complete relief. Possibility of H pylori infection too should be looked into by a carbon urea breath test and a combination antibiotic tried. Many a times a persisting H pylori infection can be the cause behind acidity not responding to treatment.
Life style changes that will help include: Avoid heavy meals and eat frequent small meals. Avoid too much of caffeine, tea, smoking, fried food and drinks both alcoholic and non alcoholic fuzzy ones. Avoid heavy exercises within 4 hours of a heavy meal. Raise the head end of the bed by pillows to 30 degrees. Avoid lying down for least 2 hours after food. Maybe these tips will help you.
You should consult a gastroenterologist (a specialist who looks after the diseases of our digestive system) or a physician for this if these tips reduce your symptoms. You may need upper GI endoscopy for confirmation and to know the degree of damage.
Hope this helps. Take care!
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I don't know if that sounds right, I'm only 23 & my episodes happen so infrequently. My husband is a nurse he said I should expect a lot more problems & symptoms then just almost passing out. I don't know though since I am not a doctor.
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