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I had an episode of syncope while driving. Am i more likely to suffer this again having already had an episode of it?

I had an episode of syncope while driving. Am i more likely to suffer this again having already had an episode of it?

It depends: The answer to this depends on the reason for the syncope, and whether it's been addressed & treated or not. Syncope can come from many sources -- drug effects, blood pressure problems, blood sugar problems, heart rhythm disturbances, etc. You really need to work with your own doctor about this -- could be fatal for you, your passengers, and other drivers if you don't. ...Read more

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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


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What are the risks of having syncope while driving?

What are the risks of having syncope while driving?

Driving Miss Syncope: Syncope is fainting syncope is passing out syncope is losing consciousness syncope while driving is extremely bad and life threatening to everyone on the road not just the person passing out. Think "car going into oncoming traffic" or "car going into a playground" while the driver has losses consciousness. ...Read more

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I am scared of fainting or passing out while driving from a panic attack. I've had them before and never fainted but wanted to know what the odds are?

I am scared of fainting or passing out while driving from a panic attack. I've had them before and never fainted but wanted to know what the odds are?

What helps...: ...Is facing ur fear & desensitizing urself to it. Knowing odds isn't likely to help much as the brain regions generating the kind of fear u describe aren't easily soothed by logic/reason. U'll benefit far more from facing ur fear in progressive stages...At each stage letting ur level of distress climb until it starts to fall & then drop to a low level. Get help from a clinical psychologist! ...Read more

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I blackout when i turn my head to the left. What can I do? I passed out driving, lucked out hit no one and nothing don't dare drive and my life is really messed because of it. Can't and one help me?

You : You may be a person who has vertebral artery compression on rotation. The vertebral arteries are arteries that travel up through the back of the neck to supply the brain stem and the back part of the brain. At one point they actually travel through the bony part of the spine. Occasional people, especially with arthritic changes in the neck, can transiently block one while in extreme rotation. We used to see this sometimes while doing brain angiograms in the old days. You should be checked out for this possible vascular problem. Another vascular problem that can cause faintness with certain neck and arm positions is the subclavian steal syndrome in which there may be some blockage in the subclavian artery. Have your primary care doctor check you and possibly refer you to a vascular specialist. ...Read more

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What's my chance of blacking out or fainting due to an anxiety or panic attack? I keep obsessing that will happen while i'm driving.

What's my chance of blacking out or fainting due to an anxiety or panic attack? I keep obsessing that will happen while i'm driving.

Almost zero chance!: If you will practice conscious breathing technique and attach it to the relaxation response, you can abort any "panic attack". Think about the kind of breath you would take in if you were about to swim a long distance underwater... You would feel your chest and rib cage expand beyond that of a normal breath. Take ten of these and release any tight muscles in your body- go "limp"! repeat until calm. ...Read more

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8/13, i had fainting dxd asystoli, a pacemaker implanted & told i could drive in 30 days: are there any % data on my increased risk driving? M, 80yo

8/13, i had fainting  dxd asystoli, a pacemaker implanted & told i could drive in 30 days: are there any % data on my increased risk driving? M, 80yo

Asystole?: Asystole is helpful but not sufficient. If you the cause of asystole was complete heart block, the pacemaker is a cure and you have no risk of recurrence. If you had ventricular fibrillation and received an icd, your risk is higher. ...Read more

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32wks pregnant-Almost passed out driving 2xs.Cold sweat,nauseated,sever dizziness.RUQ pain since 24wks getting worse.ELE 2xs but all test r good now.

32wks pregnant-Almost passed out driving 2xs.Cold sweat,nauseated,sever dizziness.RUQ pain since 24wks getting worse.ELE 2xs but all test r good now.

Get yourself tested: frequently like blood sugar levels , speak to your doctor(s) will salve and help you and maintain better nutrition . do not skip the meal . Remember now you have to feed another person now , ...Read more

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I had a belly ache driving to work. Within minutes i became nauseous so i pulled off to the side of the road. I passed out and came to in a sweat.

See doc.: At your age syncope ( passing out) while driving is a serious concern and requires evaluation for cardiac causes. My suspicion is that this was an acute abdominal pain (possibly triggered by gas) superimposed on a bit of dehydration, but i would only make that conclusion after other things were negative. See doc soon. ...Read more

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Faintfeelingwhile driving/tinglinghandsfeetlegs. Almost passed out.left arm weak. Lightheaded/blury vision.Overallhealthy31yo female. Labs/mri normal?

Faintfeelingwhile driving/tinglinghandsfeetlegs. Almost passed out.left arm weak.  Lightheaded/blury vision.Overallhealthy31yo female. Labs/mri normal?

See a neurologist: There are many and various illnesses which could cause symptoms you have described. I can appreciate your concerned about your health, but finding a proper diagnosis and treatment may be the answer to your worries. It is important to rule out any serious condition to cause this condition. Rec.: see a neurologist for evaluation, labs and imaging (if needed). Take good care. ...Read more

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I fainted while driving. The hospital tilt table results said i might have experienced a "vasodepressor syncopal event". Can just sitting cause that?

I fainted while driving. The hospital tilt table results said i might have experienced a "vasodepressor syncopal event".  Can just sitting cause that?

Unlikely: Vasodepressor syncope would be very unlikely to occur when sitting down and driving. This is concerning and another cause should be sought. No driving until a cause is identified. ...Read more

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How it's like driving with night glares?

How it's like driving with night glares?

Uncomfortable: Night glare from a number of different conditions inside the eye can cause difficulty with vision making driving uncomfortable. Check with your ophthalmologist to find out the cause of the glare and get it fixed. ...Read more

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What is the driving force behind drug use?

What is the driving force behind drug use?

Money, addiction: Our biology makes us want to crave certain drugs which enhance experience, diminish stress or simply blot out our troubles. Suppliers of drugs take advantage of these needs by selling drugs, getting people 'hooked', and controlling this market. Drug use would diminish substantially if there were no profit. ...Read more

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What would cause blacking out during driving?

Many things: Some are potentially very bad. Someone with unexplained passing out should not drive until they see their doctor, and that should happen very soon. ...Read more

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What can cause someone to black while driving?

What can cause someone to black while driving?

Blacking out: Blacking out while driving can occur for many different medical problems. This can pose a public safety concern! please be evaluated by your physician if you feel that you may be experiencing black outs during driving. ...Read more

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How do I keep loud noises from driving me crazy?

How do I keep loud noises from driving me crazy?

Headphones: During the noises, you could wear noise cancelling headphones like hunters wear when shooting guns, where all you hear is silence, which are often found in sporting goods shops. Also go to your primary doctor you may have anxiety. ...Read more

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What should I do if I'm driving and reach a flooded area?

What should I do if I'm driving and reach a flooded area?

Turn around: If you encounter a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road with water rising rapidly around you, get out of the car and move to higher ground as soon as possible. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of rapidly moving water. ...Read more

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How should we decide when driving should no longer be allowed?

How should we decide when driving should no longer be allowed?

RETest: If you are suspicious that driving might be dangerous; an anonymous report to the dmv would result in retesting for vision and driving skills. Sometimes they are able to show that driving is still possible if limited to daytime driving or under special circumstances. This can get you as a family member out of the position of being the "bad guy" and provides an objective evaulation of them. ...Read more

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Passed Out (Definition)

Or passing out implies loss of consciousness. Frequently a cardiac ...Read more