Fainting happens. Seizures should not. The symptoms, however, are quite alike and should be scrutinized to ascertain any underlying medical problem.
Differences in symptoms, when to call a doctor and remedies are discussed.
In an average lifetime, a person will faint at least once. This fainting sends family in a frenzy panic as they summon the paramedics only to find out the spell was an isolated incident which was not initiated by an underlying medical problem.
For instance, fainting while using the toilet is fairly common. Specifically when going “#2″. The stress from pushing will often cause a person to faint. There is no underlying medical problem when this happens and there is no need to call an ambulance unless the person is unconscious for a very long time or has injured themselves in the fall.
Although there are many different types of seizures and causes, the seizure activity which mirrors a simple fainting spell is what we will discuss here.
As a seizure patient, I spent many years thinking I was only fainting due to my diagnosis with Mitral Valve Prolapse. (This is a very common condition among women, usually is not treated medically and rarely causes chronic medical problems) The fainting only happened in the morning, after waking, or while using the toilet.
My Fainting Symptoms:
A very dizzy feeling came on very, very quickly coupled with occasional nausea.
I would see myself fall, usually, but was not cognicent enough to catch myself.
I always landed on the floor.
Waking up after the fainting, I would sometimes feel sweaty and tired… other times I would feel fine.
My Seizure Symptoms
Not until my husband saw one of my fainting spells did I realize it was a seizure. Up until then, a few years into my occasional fainting spells, I was always by myself in the restroom, getting ready in the morning.
Dizziness very quickly with an urge to slouch over forward.
Sudden tummy ache and not being able to see straight.
Sometimes feeling very hot.
Dizziness turns into extreme nausea. (vomiting before or after the seizure, sometimes)
Laying on my stomach or side in bed, I would like like after a night of drinking when you “fall through the floor” but you’re laying still.
I would “go to sleep”, sometimes feeling that I had banged my head or back against something but not being aware and I would wake up on the floor.
The unconscious seizure activity has been reported to me as being very stiff, a little shaking, eyes rolled back and snorting/snoring during the seizure which lasts only 10-30 seconds.