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I find sometimes that if i stand up fast i start to black out, like everything goes black and i can't see for about 10 seconds and i like collapse on the ground, but i can still hear.

This usually happens when i'm tired and stand up really fast? is this abnormal? it doesn't happen very often, maybe once or twice a month or every few months.

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Hi celery, I think you should see a doctor about this, because it's not normal and it could be a sign that something else is wrong with you. Some people get a little dizzy if they stand up suddenly, but if you are actually collapsing and you can't see, there could be something wrong.

Unconciousness/fainting occurs when something is interfering with the brain, so it's best to get it checked out.

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Hi celery,
What you're describing is colloquially known as a "head rush". The technical term for this is "Non-Cardiovascular Syncope". Here's a site with information about this I get a little dizzy when I stand up quickly too (in choir, for example), but if you find yourself actually collapsing a lot, you may want to speak to a doctor.

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hey celery that happens to me all the time. It usually happens when I stand up too quickly or if it is really hot. I black out for about 5 to 10 seconds also and can't stand up straight. I've never fallen down though so what you're experiencing might need to be checked out.

I've spoken to my friends about it before and they said the same thing happens to them sometimes so I suppose it's not that abnormal. My mom said it's because I'm too skinny Well that's about all I hafta say.

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Hi Celery, it happens to me also. If I am sitting or laying down, and get up quickly, I black out for about 10 seconds. I never fall down though. It happens to me about every day, so I do not know what is wrong or if it is just normal.

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This topic has already been answered pretty well, but I'd just like to add a line because I've had a reasonable amount of trouble with 'head rushes', and have gotten a few medical opinions about it. While everyone's experience of this is different, and I'm not speaking as an expert, what I was instructed to do was to keep a log of unusually severe occurances and how long it had been since I'd last eaten. I was informed that their severity usually has strong connection to one's blood sugar level. If you do see a correlation between strong head rushes (especially if they last longer than 3 seconds, or cause you to lose your footing) and when you've last eaten, you might want to look at your eating habits, and make sure you're getting enough natural sugars throughout the day. (In my case, the problem was due to having hypoglycemia. If you think that this sounds at all relevant, you may want to ask your doctor about it.)
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