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went out for a meal and dh fainted at the table!

(15 Posts)
Footle Mon 26-Nov-12 10:20:57

Monosodium glutamate in the food ? It can cause a severe reaction.

digerd Mon 26-Nov-12 10:05:41

Just a thought.
Does he bend his head down to eat and then lift it quickly up to chew?
Does he talk while eating causing gulping and gasping?
Fainting is usually the blood not getting to the brain, and often caused by a sudden drop in BP.
My dad fainted visiting my SIL after an op in hospital, and he looked yellow - very scary.

ggirl Sun 25-Nov-12 17:28:23

he's fine today , completely normal
will see what happens after roast dinner this eveing

jalopy Sun 25-Nov-12 15:48:41

Sorry to hear that, gg. How's he doing today?

Acekicker Sun 25-Nov-12 14:26:27

It can happen at any age...DS caused the mother of all panics when he was in reception when it happened to him after lunch one day! He had stomach ache, was sent to the medical room and passed out in mid-sentence talking to the teacher shock. Paramedics and emergency doc both arrived (causing huge excitement in the playground) and by the time DH got there DS was pale but totally fine. The paramedic said they get so many calls to restaurants it's unbelievable, we got the boy checked out that afternoon by the GP and he was fine, it's never happened since either (touch wood).

Cailleach Sun 25-Nov-12 05:25:25

Happened to my stepdad after a meal in a restaurant about two years ago.

He was in quite a bad way...went a very funny colour, couldn't talk, passed out for quite a while... duly carted off to hospital due to his age (66) and family history of heart disease (although his is fine.) He was thoroughly checked over...conclusion? He'd just fainted; postprandial hypo.

Never had it before or since!

edam Sat 24-Nov-12 23:34:56

Yes, I can see it might have been embarrassing for him although of course he shouldn't worry about it at all.

I used to faint all over the shop and people were generally very nice about it indeed. Then I developed epilepsy and again, people were very kind. Tell your dh he's far from alone in collapsing in public! Most people are sympathetic.

Must look up postprandial hypos, might have been what happened to my mate who collapsed when we were in a restaurant. Might be reassuring for her as no-one every worked out what it was.

ggirl Sat 24-Nov-12 23:30:17

was a bit scary
luckily restaurant was quiet as dh was v embarrassed

edam Sat 24-Nov-12 23:24:36

poor dh and poor you, must have been frightening.

Yes, is normally elderly but I have read that alcohol can bring it on as creates weaker muscles for blood pooling- don't know really, I am just as confused as you.

Will you report back if you get anywhere? I can't get dh to go to GP.

ggirl Sat 24-Nov-12 23:18:37

yeh he'll book an appt next week for a review
hmm postprandial hypos.. thought only elderly people got that..he's 50 next month ..guess we're at that age now

I know it doesn't sound like a cardiac problem but if your dh has never fainted before then he should see his GP to discuss this.

Postprandial hypotension happens when blood flows to your digestive system after eating a meal - but your body doesn't respond - the only thing that I could think of?

This is strange, I am in exactly the same position right down to being a nurse ( well, used to be).
Symptoms exactly the same and I am pretty sure not cardiac. This has happened three times in past year, always at a meal.

Hope your dh is ok, I found it really frightening.

ggirl Sat 24-Nov-12 23:02:57

never happened before
he turned grey then fainted
i lowered him to the floor and raised his legs
he came to immediately
no pain , pulse was regular throughout
no breathing problems
was clammy

when home his BP is sightly lower than normal
105/70 rather than 120/70

I'm a nurse and it didn't seem cardiac to me

Any ideas , he's fine now although sleeping on sofa ..which isn't unusual really as he gets up v early

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