Faint or Fit?

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I began taking Omeprazole last week after experiencing upper stomach pains from what the dr reckons is a long term side effect of taking dicloflex and tramadol.  I was feeling fine until Saturday when I was in a shop with my daughter and I suddenly began to feel faint.  She suggested sitting down while she when to fetch her Dad from outside but I couldn't see so just draped myself over a clothes rail.  I can vaguely remember realising that my husband was holding me up but remember nothing after that until I came round in the back of an ambulance.  I had had a full blown fit; eyes rolling, bit my tongue, head thrown back, arms twisted and my whole body was stiff and shaking (according to my husband and kids) I am still feeling dizzy and confused which is vey scared but the dr has no answers except that it takes a while for people to recover from having a fit.  the medics and des think that the reason I had the fit was because I didn't lie down when I initially felt faint!?!  I have never experienced anything like this before so I am starting to think either I am seriously ill or it is a side effect to this new medication I am on.  Like others I feel panicky, can't concentrate, struggle to think and recall, have a racing heart, feel shaky .....not nice!!  has anyone else experienced this or have any tips?  I took my last tablet at 8:30am this morning and don't intend on taking anymore after reading some of these stories....I'll keep the pain in my belly over feeling like this anyway!!!



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    This is one of the reason that a person who faints should NEVER be held up.

    If you are worried there may be side effects happening then speak to your GP. Unless your patient leaflet that is with the medication tells you to stop it if have that particular side effect - don't, you have it for a reason

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      Yes we have since been told that even if I feel faint on a zebra crossing I have to lie down 😃 I am going to make a Drs appointment in the morning to discuss this some more as last time I went he said he didn't know why it happened and unless it happens again then there is no need for a referral.  Which is fine with regards to the faint but I am still too poorly to go to work 😔
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      A faint happens because, for some reason such as being too hot, being stressed etc, the brain gets less blood than it needs. This causes a faint as it is the bodies way of making us lay down!! That is why the person must be layed down and, if possible, the legs raised. Your Dr will tell you exactly what to do. A fit occurs if not laid down as blood flow is still low and the muscle contractions squeeze blood in such away that the brain will get what it needs.
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