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What is difference between blackout and seizure? DVLC wants

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What is difference between blackout and seizure? DVLC wants to know whether I had isolated seizure or blackout. Symptoms were dizziness, sudden paleness and difficulty to remain standing. I had just driven 60 miles in appalling weather conditions (No alcohol was involved.) ecg and heart rhythm were normal and I have been discharged by neurologist and cardiologist who said I am safe to drive but was told I had to inform DVLC of the event. J1939
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 3 years ago.
Hello. I'm Dr. Phil, licensed and practicing internist. Excellent service is my goal.

Thanks for this question

Did you have confusion after the episode?

Tongue biting? loss of bladder or bowel?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I FELT 'WHOOZY' AND UNSTEADY ON MY FEET. IT WAS RATHER LIKE ONE FEELS AFTER A ROUGH SEA CROSSING (WHICH I HAD EXPERIENCED SIX DAYS BEFORE). THE FLOOR SEEMED TO BE MOVING AND I WAS MUCH RELIEVED BY SITTING DOWN. ONLOOKERS SAID I HAD LOST ALL COLOUR IN MY CHEEKS..

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

NO TONGUE OR BLADDER OR BOWEL PROBLEMS.

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 3 years ago.
Okay that is not a seizure

That is either a cardiac problem, which was ruled out

Or something called vasovagal syncope.

It could be due to low blood pressure or dehydration

It is not a seizure and not cardiac though
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

CAN IT THEREFORE BE DESCRIBED AS A BLACKOUT/ALTERED LEVEL OF CONSCIOUSNESS?

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 3 years ago.
I would call it a blackout due to vasovagal syncope

totally benign and it shouldn't come back
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

EVEN THOUGH I DIDN'T ACTUALLY BLACK OUT? I WAS TOTALLY AWARE OF WHAT WAS GOING ON AROUND ME ALTHOUGH PEOPLE SAID MY SPEECH WAS SLURRED/UNCERTAIN.

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 3 years ago.
No then it wasn't a blackout. It was a near syncope
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

THANKS FOR YOUR HELP.


 

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 3 years ago.
welcome John

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