What could be the cause of my near faint?

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So, I am 25 and this has happened three times in my life.

The first time, I woke up feeling faint, notice my heart rate was very slow, I had jelly legs, I went to the toilet and the poop was like dihorreah. The night before I was fine. This lasted for around 10 minutes, I didn't faint, and afterwards I was fine.

Forward several years, and I wake up one morning fine. I then (I think) go to the toilet. It was the day I was coming back from holiday, so sat down, then starting to feel what I can describe as fuzzy headed/unwell. Color had apparently drained from my face etc. Noticed sensations in my stomach. Felt ill. Then over a period of 30 to 40 minutes it got worse and I began to spin. By this time we were in the car on the way home. We stopped, and by the time the door was open, I felt okay again and I was normal after this. As I started to spin, I did notice a thud in my chest, like my heart had missed a beat.

Ten months later, I wake up, go to the toilet, poop was like diarrhoea again. During the bowel movement I feel this strange indescribable sensation in my stomach. Over then next 40 minutes, my legs turn to jelly, I become quite agitated, legs turn to jelly, colour drains from my face, and I feel quite sick/ill. I again begin to spin. On this occasion, I had started to walk to the bus stop to walk, I had to stop walking because my legs went to jelly. Then I begin to spin very fast. I notice the thudding in my chest, and my heart beat is very slow and i think irregular. I lose partially my sight. This went on for 5 or so minutes, then it stopped and I was fine afterwards, if a little shaken. I am scared to visit a doctor. Yes, I know I should.

I am certain it is a problem with my heart. So what could it be?

I do sometimes feel extra/skipped beats when at rest which cause me to take notice of them. They last for a split second. They don't happen every day. They are not becoming more frequent or worse.

Thanks for any help!

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    This sounds to me like it could be a form of migraine.

    I've suffered with migraine all my life & what you're describing sounds very similar to my experience of it. It is possible to have migraine without a headache & the disturbance in your vision is a key part of migraine. I also get up & have to go to the toilet, although I keep on going until I'm empty, every time I have migraine. I also get weak arms & legs and sometimes even a tingling or pins & needles sensation in my hands. I also get palpitations or irregular heartbeats. I don't get all of the symptoms every time, eg I only occasionally had distorted vision and over the years (I'm 57 now) symptoms have come and gone.

    There are several different kinds of migraine so maybe you would like to check them out and see if any sound like your experience.

    Oh and I also have had the missed/skipped heartbeats often in my life, not just when having a migraine. But the weakness, sickness, dizziness & general unwell feeling you describe all occurred with my migraine attacks.

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      I have the same symptoms! But they developed after what doctors say is a supposed "ear infection".

      I had flu-like symptoms in January and now I have all these odd symptoms carrying into March!

      Ear fullness, crackling, facial tension, heavy heavy head (feels like a brick is inside my face/head). Vertigo that comes and goes and nausea.

      The worst is that after three weeks of these symptoms, Im beginning to hear my heartbeat and it has a dull ache, especially when laying down. I get extremely fatigued and sleepy after eating. I can feel my heart becoming louder after eating and walking etc.

      This has never happened to me before. I go to the gym regularly but cant since getting this "ear infection".

      I took a blood test but nothing came out it.

      Doctors want to chalk it up as a bad ear infection with anxiety but these symptoms are a list so long.

      Can it really be anxiety setting off all these flares and aches?

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    I think there may be one of two things going on here. You need to see your doctor soon and get looked at. This may not be heart related but may be a GI problem. I only suggest that because of the diarrhea. If you are driving, you must stop before you end up hurting or killing yourself or someone else should you pass out or lose control of the car while driving. What is your stool like other than being diarrhea? Is it regular, dark red like a lot of blood, or black? The first thing you need to do is see the doctor and get labs drawn to see if your blood counts are okay and then go from there.

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    Many different conditions can cause fainting. These include heart problems such as irregular heart beats, seizures, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), anemia (a deficiency in healthy oxygen carrying cells), and problems with how the nervous system (the body's system of nerves) regulates blood pressure.

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