- CASE FILE
My husband passes out, every day, no matter if he's sitting, standing, laying down, eating, he just passes out.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
My husband began passing out 2 1/2 years ago, after having quadruple bypass and successfully completing cardiac rehab. We (as a family) were walking a 3 miles a day a few times a week. Then on 12/31/2016 he passed out for the first time. We did not recognize it as him losing consciousness at first since it happened so fast, we thought he had just lost his balance and had fallen. It didn't happen every day in the beginning, it was completely random, usually in the afternoon, every couple of weeks. Begining in March or April of 2017 he started passing out every single day, again, usually in the afternoon. Since this time, he's had multiple tests run, they've ruled out cardiac reasons, and seizures, and have labeled him as having PTSD, although I do not know what from. He does not drink, he's not diabetic, he's had a tilt table test, and it's not disautonomia, POTS, Orthostatic hypotension, or Vasovagal syncope. We have been told multiple times it's not life threatening, however, last month he passed out at a family member's house while walking by the pool and fell INTO the pool. We now know with certainty that he is not breathing when he does pass out since he did not aspirate while we were working to get him out of the pool. He usually only passes out once, however, he has passed out up to 6 times in an hour; this remains the most times that he has passed out. In Sept 2018, after starting a new medication, he began having hallucinations, audio and visual. The doctors that he has seen and who prescribed the medication, took him off of one he had already been taking with no issues, and continued on with the Duloxetine. As his wife, I feel that not enough has been done to try to figure out what is going on, he is barely participating in life anymore, and he's only had pills shoved at him, that have clearly made him worse, and not improved his condition at all. He no longer has insurance, since the premiums and deductible are so high, we cannot afford it. He was labeled as having mental health problems, even when he had insurance, and no one will look into it any farther. This has disrupted our lives as a family, we are no longer able to go out and do things like walk, or hike, he's in a wheelchair for any distance because he gets so short of breath and also because if he passes out and he's in a seated position he does less damage to himself and things around him (for example, he has fallen through the sheetrock at our house twice). He's been air lifted from our town to downtown Houston after passing out and going head first into the cabinets and was unable to move from the neck down. It is recommended that he does not drive since there is no warning on when it's going to happen, it just happens. It does seem to get worse with physical activity, if he's very active (which he really isn't anymore) he will wind up passing out more than once in the day.