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what could cause a sudden loss of consciousness while getting a massage?

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Tough one: That's a tough one. I suppose if the massage therapist over extended your neck backward and you had some decreased flow to the brain due to narrowed arteries, you might pass out. Otherwise i cannot think of another good reason.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Postural hypotension: If getting up from an extended massage - you could develop postural hypotension. Always go slowly from lying to sitting & then to standing after massage, acupuncture etc. People often fall asleep during massage as well.

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When i'm in a crowded place, I feel like fainting but I don't. It also happens inside malls?

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