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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Eyes Rolling Back While Passing Out

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced eyes rolling back while passing out. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Orthostatic Syncope (Fainting)

    Orthostatic syncope refers to a type of loss of consciousness caused by rapidly standing up from a sitting position, and not enough blood reaches the head. This can cause a person to pass out, but then come back to consciousness without lasting effects.

    1/3 of people report experiencing similar episode within 3 years.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    lightheadedness, brief fainting episode, dizziness and lightheadedness before passing out, fainting after standing up, fainting for the first time
    Symptoms that always occur with orthostatic syncope (fainting):
    brief fainting episode, fainting after standing up
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit

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  2. 2.Vasovagal Syncope

    Vasovagal syncope is one of the most common causes of fainting. Vasovagal syncope occurs when the body overreacts to certain triggers, such as the sight of blood or extreme emotional distress. The body coordinates a sudden drop of heart rate and blood pressure, causing reduced blood flow to the brain and a brief loss of consciousness.

    No treatment is needed.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    lightheadedness, brief fainting episode, having fainted multiple times, fainting after standing for a long time, fainting episode after a specific trigger
    Symptoms that always occur with vasovagal syncope:
    brief fainting episode, having fainted multiple times
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  3. 3.Generalized Tonic - Clonic Seizure

    A seizure is a short burst of uncontrolled electrical activity in the brain. A generalized tonic-clonic seizure affects both halves of the brain, and comes in two phases (tonic and clonic). The tonic phase is characterized by rigidity of all muscles and loss of consciousness. Saliva may escape the mouth, and the bladder may contract, releasing urine. The clonic phase follows, when the body appears to shake. This may last from seconds to minutes. The person gradually regains consciousness. A seizure may be caused by an underlying disease such as epilepsy, or by triggers such as heavy drinking, drugs, or anxiety.

    Outlook depends on the cause of the seizures, but is a lot better than people realize. Medication can almost always fully control seizures.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    being severely ill, brief fainting episode, confusion/disorientation after returning to consciousness, not having protected the body during the fall, eyes rolling back while passing out
    Symptoms that always occur with generalized tonic-clonic seizure:
    being severely ill, loss of consciousness without remembering, confusion/disorientation after returning to consciousness
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service

Eyes Rolling Back While Passing Out Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced eyes rolling back while passing out have also experienced:

    • 9% Neck Pain on One Side
    • 9% Headache
    • 6% Pain in the Back of the Neck
  • People who have experienced eyes rolling back while passing out were most often matched with:

    • 63% Generalized Tonic - Clonic Seizure
    • 18% Orthostatic Syncope (Fainting)
    • 18% Vasovagal Syncope
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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