3/3/08 #3 - Heart racing and passing out during Migraine?

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    I am 28 years old and have suffered from migraines since about the age of 20. The symptoms have always been pretty similar each time. They are one sided, with nausea, stomach pain, sensitivity to light, and so on. But in the last 8 months I have experienced two episodes where my nausea kicks in quite suddenly, followed by my heart racing and then all of a sudden I pass out as I try to sit down. The first time was following two days of migraine, and the second time I had woken up in the night with one to get a drink. I ended up passing out with a full glass of juice in my hand and woke up in a puddle with shards of glass all around me. I was unable to stand up after this and had to crawl to my bedroom to alert my husband. These were very scary episodes. I am an otherwise healthy person who eats well. My blood tests for anemia came back clean. Is this something other migraine sufferers experience? Can you give me some insight into why this is happening? Thanks for your consideration. Amanda.

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    Dear Amanda;


    It is certainly possible that Migraines can be associated with episodes of passing out although this is fairly rare. I would wonder whether the passing out episodes are cardiovascular in origin. One can certainly have blood pressure drops leading to passing out as part of a Migraine. The first thing to think about is to consult with a Migraine expert and after that, consider a cardiovascular consultation. There's a link below to our directory of specialists.


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    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert


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Published On: March 03, 2008