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Your Fainting After a Stressful or Emotional Event May Also be Known as:
Fainting during an emotional event
Passing out during an emotional event

Top 9 Fainting After a Stressful or Emotional Event Causes

  1. 1.Long Fainting Episode

    Fainting for an extending period of time requires an immediate physician work-up because it could be serious. You should see a doctor immediately.

    There may be several explanations for this symptom and its severity, but a healthcare professional should make an assessment as soon as possible because it may be serious.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    long fainting episode
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  2. 2.Atrial Flutter

    Atrial fibrillation or flutter is a common type of abnormal heartbeat. The heart rhythm is fast and irregular in this condition.

    You should visit your primary care physician within the next 24 hours. Your doctor will examine your heartbeat with an ECG (electrocardiogram) to confirm the diagnosis. Prescription medication is available to return the heart rhythm back to normal.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    shortness of breath, racing heart beat, lightheadedness, deep chest pain, behind the breast bone, shortness of breath on exertion
    Urgency:
    In-person visit
  3. 3.Fibromyalgia

    Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes widespread pain, tenderness, and fatigue.

    Fibromyalgia is treated symptomatically. Medication, therapy, and stress reduction may reduce symptoms.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, anxiety, trouble sleeping, depressed mood, headache
    Symptoms that always occur with fibromyalgia:
    hidden: arthralgias or myalgias
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Recurrent Depression

    Depression, once diagnosed, can often recur with new episodes. Sometimes these episodes can be similar to ones in the past, sometimes the symptoms can be different. It's good to be aware off the fact that people who had a depression before, remain vulnerable.

    You should discuss your symptoms with your primary care physician or psychiatrist. Resumption of, or adjustment to current treatment is often needed.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea, stomach bloating, loss of appetite
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  5. 5.Wolff - Parkinson - White Syndrome

    Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome is a heart condition in which there is an abnormal extra electrical pathway of the heart. The condition can lead to periods of rapid heart rate.

    You should visit your primary care physician soon to confirm the diagnosis and discuss treatment options.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    racing heart beat, shortness of breath, deep chest pain, behind the breast bone, lightheadedness, irregular heart beat
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Ventricular Tachycardia

    Ventricular tachycardia (VT) is a rapid heartbeat that starts in the ventricles. Ventricular tachycardia is a pulse rate of more than 100 beats per minute, with at least three irregular heartbeats in a row.

    Call 911 immediately for an ambulance now! This is a medical emergency that could be life-threatening!

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    racing heart beat, chest pain, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, irregular heart beat
    Symptoms that always occur with ventricular tachycardia:
    racing heart beat
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  7. 7.Premenstrual Syndrome

    Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a very common condition. PMS has a variety of symptoms including cramping, mood swings, food cravings, fatigue, irritability, breast tenderness & depression.

    You may recognize this diagnosis on your own due to the of the timing of your symptoms. Treatment can involve decreasing caffeine, salt and/or refined sugar, increasing exercise, and reducing stress. If symptoms become more severe, a doctor may prescribe an oral birth control pill or an anti-depressant.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    stomach bloating, anxiety, constipation, breast pain, depressed mood
    Symptoms that never occur with premenstrual syndrome:
    constant sadness, severe sadness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  8. 8.Mild Chronic Depression (Dysthymia)

    Dysthymia, also called persistent depressive disorder, is a form of depression that is chronic. The causes of dysthymia are complex, and often are a combination of biological, genetic, and environmental factors. Dysthymia can interfere with everyday life, and people with this condition report feeling loss of interest in their daily activities, sadness, hopelessness, and a lack of energy.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will likely coordinate care with a psychologist or psychiatrist. Dysthymia is treated similarly to depression with therapy and antidepressant medication.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    depressed mood, fatigue, irritability, difficulty concentrating, sleep disturbance
    Symptoms that always occur with mild chronic depression (dysthymia):
    depressed mood
    Symptoms that never occur with mild chronic depression (dysthymia):
    severe sadness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  9. 9.Viral (Norovirus) Infection

    Noroviruses are a group of related viruses that leads to nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and cramps. These viruses cause gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the stomach and intestines. When the diarrhea and/or vomiting is severe, dehydration can occur. Symptoms of dehydration include a dry mouth, dizziness, urinating less frequently and dark urine.

    You can safely treat this condition at home. Make sure you drink plenty of water and fluids (Gatorade, Pediatlyte) to replace what is lost with diarrhea. If symptoms of dehydration occur or you are unable to keep down any liquids, seek care at your primary care physician or an urgent care.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea, headache, stomach bloating
    Symptoms that always occur with viral (norovirus) infection:
    hidden: gastroenteritis symptoms
    Symptoms that never occur with viral (norovirus) infection:
    severe abdominal pain, throbbing headache, severe headache, tarry stool
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Fainting After a Stressful or Emotional Event

  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.How long were you unconscious?
  • Q.Do your symptoms occur or worsen before or during your period?
  • Q.Do you currently smoke?

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Fainting After a Stressful or Emotional Event Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced fainting after a stressful or emotional event have also experienced:

    • 10% Watery Eye Discharge
    • 10% Breast Pain
    • 10% Hearing Loss
  • People who have experienced fainting after a stressful or emotional event were most often matched with:

    • 28% Long Fainting Episode
    • 14% Atrial Flutter
    • 14% Fibromyalgia
  • 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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