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

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

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. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more


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Is there a difference between coma and loss of consciousness?

Is there a difference between coma and loss of consciousness?

Continuum: Coma is the deepest form of loss of consciousness (loc), in which no responsiveness to the external environment exists. This can be reversible. Technically a concussion with loc means a momentary coma has occurred but the term is rarely used in that circumstance. Simple loc means loss of awareness to some external stimuli with preserved responsiveness to noxious stimuli. ...Read more

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Which is more life threatening, choking or loss of consciousness?

Which is more life threatening, choking or loss of consciousness?

Can't decide: Both can be life threatening; loss of consciousness during choking is a progression nearer to death. Loss of consciousness can ocurr in many cases and reasons and is always serious. ...Read more

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Are there some genetic reasons I get loss of consciousness off and on?

Are there some genetic reasons I get loss of consciousness off and on?

Lost consciousness: If you had real loss of consciousness then I hope you are under the care of a physician. If you had more than one episode of sudden loss of consciousness then you need a full work up. Are those caused by seizures, or by a cardiac arrhythmia, aortic stenosis or tias, medication effect, or just fear. Get a neurologist & cardiac evaluation or at least go to your pcp. ...Read more

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Can epilepsy exist without a loss of consciousness?

Can epilepsy exist without a loss of consciousness?

Yes: Yes it can, you may not "pass out" but you will not remember the event. In children these are called "petit mal" seizures or absence seizure. They may appear as staring spells, hence the name. ...Read more

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When referring to seizures, would "loss of consciousness" be better described as "alteration of consciousness"?

When referring to seizures, would "loss of consciousness" be better described as "alteration of consciousness"?

Depends: Seizures can be partial or generalized. These categories mean either without or with loss of consciousness. It is important to note a seizure can be very short in duration so the loss of consciousness may be so brief and one is often sleep or fatigued following a seizure so that may be perceived as an alteration of consciousness. ...Read more

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Could it be something bad if I have loss of consciousness?

Yes: Definitely not normal and need to be evaluated by the er, cardiologists, neurologists or primary care physicians. Noone should experience loss of consciousness. ...Read more

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Do convulsions have to be accompanied by loss of consciousness in order to be considered "convulsions"?

Do convulsions have to be accompanied by loss of consciousness in order to be considered "convulsions"?

No: You can have convulsions and not lose consciousness if the seizure phenomenon causing the convulsions doesn't spread to an area of the brain altering consciousness. Are you being treated? ...Read more

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Can a blow to the head with no loss of consciousness have any brain damage?

Can a blow to the head with no loss of consciousness have any brain damage?

Not likely: The brain is well cushioned in a pool of fluid surrounded by a tough bony shell. A heat hit with no loss of consciousnes and a lack of the dazing (called by coaches ringing your bell), is unlikely to have any demonstrable effects. Of course I assume this is isolated and you are not having repeated blows to the head. This is why athletes wear helmets. ...Read more

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When someone is knocked unconscious, how long of a delay can there be between the impact and the loss of consciousness?

When someone is knocked unconscious, how long of a delay can there be between the impact and the loss of consciousness?

Usually immediate: Most times loss of consciousness is immediate. A delay of minutes to hours would be a cause for alarm and an immediate visit to the emergency room as an internal bleed in the head would need to be ruled out. Usually someone is knocked out (right away) for seconds to minutes and that in itself warrants and er visit. Any loss of consciousness basically needs to be evaluated in the emergency room. ...Read more

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My diagnoses have been: concussion (with brief loss of consciousness), post concussion syndrome, swelled dura mater. When will my injuries level off?

My diagnoses have been: concussion (with brief loss of consciousness), post concussion syndrome, swelled dura mater. When will my injuries level off?

Up to 2 years: Traumatic brain injury (concussion falls into this category) are notoriously slow to heal taking months or even years to fully improve. In some cases the resultant symptoms can be permanent especially if the injuries happen repetitively (think football). ...Read more

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2nd episode of unexplained loss of consciousness, what could be the causes in a healthy young female? Mri and EEG negative 11 years ago first episode.

2nd episode of unexplained loss of consciousness, what could be the causes in a healthy young female? Mri and EEG negative 11 years ago first episode.

Go see your doctor: I'm glad to hear your MRI & eeg were negative 11yrs ago but you need a complete evaluation for this new episode. Any witnesses to your passing out? Could be from low blood pressure due to anemia or dehydration. Could be an abnormal heart rhythm. Could also be seizure of some sort. Go see your doc to get checked out. Not to be rude but speculation online isn't going to do you any good. ...Read more

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Odd Palpitation 3-10fast beats in person like myself, normal LV function, no history loss of consciousness no family history of NSVT would be innocent?

Odd Palpitation 3-10fast beats in person like myself, normal LV function, no history loss of consciousness no family history of NSVT would be innocent?

Palpations: You will need to get evaluated because of your recent surgery with at least and ECG but maybe more. If it happens again I would recommend you sooner rather than later. ...Read more

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A week ago10 month son had a loss of consciousness, bend back of his body, stiffness. After undergoing x-rays is my son at cancer risk?

A week ago10 month son had a loss of consciousness, bend back of his body, stiffness. After undergoing x-rays is my son at cancer risk?

Way off the mark: You are focused on totally the wrong thing. Hasn't it occurred to you to be concerned about your son's episode?? It sounds like a seizure to me. Forget about cancer, that's irrelevant, and get the kid evaluated for epilepsy. ...Read more

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A week ago10 month son had a loss of consciousness, bend back of his body, stiffness. Can my son be at cancer risk if he undergoes several x-rays?

A week ago10 month son had a loss of consciousness, bend back of his body, stiffness. Can my son be at cancer risk if he undergoes several x-rays?

We all are: We all are at a small risk of cancer. That's because all humans get cell mutations, but fortunately our risk of cancer is small until we get to an older age. A baby's risk of cancer does not change when he gets several typical x-rays. That being said, one should only do x-rays when needed for a medical purpose. ...Read more

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I am experiencing loss of consciousness, headache (quality: dull or achy) (side: front, left) (severity: mild) (occurred: > 3 hours) and neck pain.

I am experiencing loss of consciousness, headache (quality: dull or achy) (side: front, left) (severity: mild) (occurred: > 3 hours) and neck pain.

Emergency: Please go to your emergency department right now. Have someone drive you. Get this diagnosed and treated ASAP. Be safe. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I never had a cat scan after my concussion & loss of consciousness from my mva on 4/2013 should I get one done?

I never had a cat scan after my concussion & loss of consciousness from my mva on 4/2013 should I get one done?

Probably not: Ct is useful in the acute setting to look for bleeding or fractures. Several months after your accident, it is very unlikely that ct would be helpful if you are not having any new symptoms. If there is any subtle abnormality due to your accident at this point, it is more likely to be seen with mri, but again this is not necessary unless you are having new symptoms. ...Read more

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It started by headache and nervousness 2 years ago and developed to depression and paranoid behavior and then loss of consciousness what to do?

Consciousness: Loss of consciousness indicates the need for you to go to your emergency room right now. Once your medical situation is clarified you need to see a mental health professional for the treatment of your anxiety, depression, and paranoia. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How common are subdural hemotomas? 25yrOld female, non drinker, non smoker, hit back of head on ceiling Monday, no blood no loss of consciousness.

How common are subdural hemotomas? 25yrOld female, non drinker, non smoker, hit back of head on ceiling Monday, no blood no loss of consciousness.

Uncommon in young: Most subdural hematomas occur in patients over the age of 60 years. The vast majority of patients who have an acute subdural hematoma present with loss of consciousness. Younger patients often have a history of alcoholism, arachnoid cysts, thrombocytopenia, or a bleeding tendency. Radiographic imaging is diagnostic. ...Read more

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Can you get CBI from just two concussions that happened because of a head bump? No loss of consciousness, amnesia or confusion. Just headaches.

Can you get CBI from just two concussions that happened because of a head bump? No loss of consciousness, amnesia or confusion. Just headaches.

Concussions syptoms: Take months to clear in many cases. Multiple concussions cause more difficulty than one. It is important to be monitored by your doc. Loss of consciousness is not necessary. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I am experiencing obesity, disorientation, dizziness, confusion and back pain (side: both). The following also describe me: Loss of consciousness...

I am experiencing obesity, disorientation, dizziness, confusion and back pain (side: both). The following also describe me: Loss of consciousness...

Don't see an: Actual question. However, if you are experiencing loss of consciousness = that does warrant medical assessment. Consider starting with your primary care provider. ...Read more

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Pupil is blown out, recent head injury no bleeding or loss of consciousness, dizzy and disoriented, could it be treated at home?

Pupil is blown out, recent head injury no bleeding or loss of consciousness, dizzy and disoriented, could it be treated at home?

Urgent evaluation: A blown pupil following trauma could be from orbital injury, but, much more worrisome, would be something compressing on the responsible nerve in the brain, such as from brain swelling. This needs to be checked out immediately. ...Read more

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What is happening? This headache is the worst I've ever had and it's different. Dizzy, nausea, tremors, confused, emotional, loss of consciousness

ER: Hi, Thank you for your question.

Your symptoms concern me. I strongly suggest you get emergency care.

Hope that helps. Contact me if you have any other questions.
Dr. M ...Read more

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Tachycardia, sharp heart pain, loss of consciousness and paraesthesia (pins and needles sensation).?

Tachycardia, sharp heart pain, loss of consciousness and paraesthesia (pins and needles sensation).?

Call 911: Although this could represent hyperventilation or an anxiety attack, let a trained physician decide, don't run he risk of ignoring symptoms that could represent a heart attack. ...Read more

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Hit in the back of the head with a foam dodgeball 12 hours ago. No loss of consciousness. No severe headache. Brain damage likely?

Hit in the back of the head with a foam dodgeball 12 hours ago. No loss of consciousness. No severe headache. Brain damage likely?

Not likely: Healthy 22 yr usually has a pretty hard-head. It has been 12 hours and you don't really have any concerning symptoms and so significant brain injury is highly highly unlikely. If u were 72 it would be a different story because of a possibility of a very slow bleed. So, just be careful playing sports/protect your head, otherwise you are lucky this episode. Good luck. ...Read more

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Shaking, nausea and almost loss of consciousness after wide spread poison ivy rash even days after initial exposure. Is that something to be worried?

Shaking, nausea and almost loss of consciousness after wide spread poison ivy rash even days after initial exposure. Is that something to be worried?

Yes, Doc ASAP: Severe and widespread poison ivy reactions may be nearly as bad as having a 3rd degree burn making you susceptible to infection. You need to be properly hydrated and treated. See a doctor ASAP. Be sure that all items potentially exposed be cleaned with a laundry detergent (wear glove if you are doing it) to avoid further exposure to the resin. ...Read more

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Sudden loss of consciousness and pulse. Almost no blood pressure. Blurred vision, slurred speech. Healthy except slightly high normal blood pressure.?

Sudden loss of consciousness and pulse. Almost no blood pressure. Blurred vision, slurred speech. Healthy except slightly high normal blood pressure.?

Syncopal episode: You need some work up to find the cause. Go to an urgent care or ER if you can not get a hold of your doctor by phone. The treatment is according to the cause. Check this link.
http://www. Merckmanuals. Com/home/heart-and-blood-vessel-disorders/symptoms-of-heart-and-blood-vessel-disorders/fainting ...Read more

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Hit my head above my temple a week ago while intoxicated. No loss of consciousness, no vomiting but still dizzy at times. Especially when lying down?

Hit my head above my temple a week ago while intoxicated. No loss of consciousness, no vomiting but still dizzy at times. Especially when lying down?

Get checked out: Even if you didn't pass out, one cannot rule out a subdural. Best to get checked out since the symptoms have been present for more than a week. ...Read more

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Should I see a neurologist? I'm suffering from extreme spells of dizziness, often leading in loss of consciousness, or vision and feeling in my body. Two years ago, it resulted in a seizure. Before each spell I feel extremely light headed, dizzy, shaky, a

Should I see a neurologist? I'm suffering from extreme spells of dizziness, often leading in loss of consciousness, or vision and feeling in my body. Two years ago, it resulted in a seizure. Before each spell I feel extremely light headed, dizzy, shaky, a

When: When evaluating a presentation with so many differing symptoms; the work up may require evaluations by different types of providers such as: cardiology, neurology and psychiatry. If this has never been fully evaluated in the past, talk to your doctor and request an assessment. ...Read more

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Can a blow to the back of the neck followed by loss of consciousness, foaming at mouth, and eyes rolling into head cause brain damage?

Can a blow to the back of the neck followed by loss of consciousness, foaming at mouth, and eyes rolling into head cause brain damage?

Yes.: Sounds like you might have had a seizure. Please tell me that you went to the emergency department to be evaluated. You should be. You need a neurological exam and likely an MRI of both your neck (to rule out ligament injury) and brain. ...Read more

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Bump on forehead from hitting Crn of bookcase. Only bruised lump no loss of consciousness etc. Ok to keep eye on or see doc? She is almost 4

Bump on forehead from hitting Crn of bookcase. Only bruised lump no loss of consciousness etc. Ok to keep eye on or see doc? She is almost 4

Keep an eye: Simple bumps and bruises (fortunately) usually don't cause significant problems--especially if there was no loss of consciousness. ...Read more

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Current BP of 99/64, pulse 66. Extreme lethargy, dizziness, headache, nausea & vomiting. 01/02 loss of consciousness driving. Clear catheter ablation?

Current BP of 99/64, pulse 66. Extreme lethargy, dizziness, headache, nausea & vomiting. 01/02 loss of consciousness driving. Clear catheter ablation?

See below: These symptoms are life-threatening and need to be evaluated as soon as possible. Call your doctor and meet him/her in the emergency room. ...Read more

Dr. Rajiva Goyal
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Syncope (Definition)

Loss of consciousness and postural tone caused by diminished cerebral blood flow. Syncope may indicate a particular medical condition, however often it may occur in an otherwise healthy individual. It is a common problem, accounting for 3% ...Read more


Dr. Marc Bloom
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Loss Of Consciousness (Definition)

Unconsciousness is a state of being unresponsive to stimuli, and unaware. People who faint are temporarily unconscious, and people in a coma are in a ...Read more