Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I Fainted After I Hit My Elbow; My Son Did the Same Thing, Too

A very strange and rare thing happened to both myself and my son in the last few months.  A few months ago, I hit my elbow on a sharp corner on my desk while I was working on the computer (I am 45).  I felt a faint, light-headed feeling, and told my co-worker I had hit my elbow really hard and that I didn’t feel well.  Next thing I knew, there were people all around me, and one of my co-workers was on the phone with the paramedics.  Eventually the paramedics arrived, took my vital signs (blood pressure, blood sugar, heart rate) and determined that I had fainted (vasovagal syncope) in response to the pain inflicted to my funny bone (ulnar nerve).

Oddly enough, while at home one night, my 15-year-old son also hit his elbow, and passed out.  The experience we had was so similar and rare, that I decided to write about it in hopes of helping others who have experienced this. We joke now about needing to wear elbow pads.

Please explore my pages, and offer your experiences, questions or comments.  Witnessing my son pass out was the scariest thing I have been through. His eyes rolled back, he stiffened up and he wasn’t responding.  Once he came to, he told me he had hit his elbow on the thermostat on the wall as he was putting his sweater on.  As soon as he told me that, I knew what he was going through as I had just been through it myself a couple months before.  Thank God I had been through the experience so that I could help him through it in a calm manner.

Please note:  This information is not intended to replace the advice of a physician or other health practitioner.  My wish is to educate you so you are better informed when and if you decide to seek medical advice for your medical problems.

Sincerely,
Angela Gentile

82 comments:

  1. Last night, my husband and i went out to dennys to have pie and we sat in a booth with a border sticking out by the wall. i moved really quickly to seat myself more comfortably and struck my elbow real hard. we started laughing and suddenly i couldnt see, started to sweat profusely and i blacked out my husband says i slid off the seat and started to shake. when i got back to my senses i was completely out of it. i didnt know his name or what had happened. we took the check right after.

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  2. Dear Anonymous - I know it can happen so fast. One second you're fine, next you're down. Hope you're fine now. I guess we need to wear "elbow pads" LOL!

    By the way - they are going through all the work stations at our desks and "rounding off the corners". There must be one hundred or more. I am relieved to know they are taking this seriously and preventing any more accidents.

    ~ Angela

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  3. This has been happening to me throught-out my life. It happens as funny as it is about every 5 years. It just happened to me yesterday again, I hit my elbow on the doorway jam as I was on the toilet and passed out my dad found me. I work at a nursing home so when it happened 5 years ago they sent me to the hospital and they checked my blood pressure with this special instrument to ensure my heart and everything was pumping properly. When doing this he found out and told me I have extremely low blood pressure and when I hit senstive points like knees or elbows the pain will trigger my sugars to drop lower and that's what causes my fainting episode. I wouldn't worry if it's only happened once but since it happened to you and your son I would get check out just incase.

    Hope this helps :)

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  4. Anytime I strike me knees or elbows in just that right place this happens to me... first time was well over 20 years ago. Now I know lay down quickly as the faint comes on. Otherwise after the pain of the knock I'm gonna come round with a head/face injury as well. I don't have a low blood pressure.

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    1. I always lie down when I feel I'm about to faint. Almost always it stops me from blacking out. You don't risk hurting yourself very badly by falling if you lie down quick enough.

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  5. Hi Anonymous (Aug. 25, 2011). Seems to me that some people are just more sensitive in that area? Sometimes the fainting has nothing to do with anything other than "hitting the right spot". Thanks for sharing your tip about laying down as quickly as possible. Prevents other problems for sure.
    ~ Angela

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  6. I had a similar experience today morning, when I hit my elbow so hard that in a second i felt current, pain, vomiting sensation and it blacked out completely.
    Its the Ulnar nerve that was affected when my elbow was struck.

    Thanks for the info. Makes me feel good that others have experienced the same earlier, and that there's nothing serious. :-)

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  7. Hi Poorva. Glad you found this information helpful.
    ~ Angela

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  8. Thank you for all of the info. I've dealt with this my whole life and I still find it hard to convince myself to just stop and lay down so that I don't hurt myself. But what I would like to stress is that the same thing happens whenever I hit my knee as well. Just this one little spot on the sides of my knees that like to hit pointy objects underneath tables...so don't just break out the elbow pads. You might need the knee pads too someday. Take care. Thanks again-Lesha

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    1. This happens to me too. I've hit my elbow, knee and even pulled a muscle in my shoulder. I was at dance rehearsal one night and can't really explain how I did it but it felt like i hit a funny bone in my shoulder...? I was on the floor about 30 seconds later and when I went to the ER they had no idea what happened. I figured out (on my own) a few months later that it's because I have low blood pressure so when I hit nerves like that, I pass out. It happened to me in the car once too when I hit my knee on the seat belt buckle. Luckily the car was parked but it's still scary.

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  9. Hi Lesha - Good point (ha ha)! I have also hit my knee under a table and came very close to passing out. I guess we need to protect those elbows AND knees! Thanks for reading. Take care,
    Angela

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  10. i hit mine on a thermostat while putting my air up yesterday and the same thing happened to me so i looked it up... this is what i found.
    "Intense pain, such as due to hitting your elbow on a hard corner, may cause a temporary, exaggerated vasovagal response by your autonomic nervous system. As a result, your heart rate and blood pressure drop, which reduces blood flow to your brain. This results in a feeling of warmth, lightheadedness, dimming of vision and hearing, and even fainting (vasovagal syncope)."
    apparently its very common when you hit it really hard, just like when you hit your funny bone just more intense.

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  11. I'm so glad to have found this and know I"m not the only one who has had this reaction! While at work tonight, I hit a pressure point on my knee so hard that I begin to see spots, couldn't walk straight and felt like I was going to vomit or pass out. I had to lay down for about 15 minutes before I could compose myself and not feel like I was going to faint. It was really scary! It's interesting to note others comments on here, because I also have extremely low blood pressure. Thanks for your site!

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  12. I have fainted from hitting my knees and elbows before, I have been checked out and everything was normal. Today I hit my knee really hard on the under side of a table and i fainted.. i could feel it coming on and I was really hoping I would remain concious as I was in a class.. any way next thing I know I have what feels like a buring sensation and intense pins and needles in my head, I had no idea where i was for a few seconds, i thought I had just woken up from bed as i had been dreaming. I felt as though all my senses had gone for around 5 seconds and I coulndt feel my hands touching my face very painful and scary! Finally my vision came back to focus and everyone was looking at me. Highly embarrassing. But I was fine after that but my head felt funny for the rest of the day, though i think i cracked it on the floor. But I am glad its not just me who gets this head rush sensation then a blackout !

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  13. I'm glad too after reading these threads.. I thought I have some hidden diseases that I didn't know.
    I hit my elbow against the chair when I was playing high five with my toddler son while I was feeding him pasta. I screamed a bit and began to get the strange feeling on my lower arms and couldn't feel it. Then, I felt nauseous.
    The next thing I noticed was my son asked for more pasta and I was lying right in front of the bowl of pasta, still struggled to feed him one more pasta. And I walked and kinda collapsed by the sofa. My arm is still numb a bit but the headache is almost gone. I have never fainted for my whole life before, that really freaked me out.. I will be more careful playing high five with my kid.

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  14. Hi Anonymous. It's the most simple, everyday activities that cause us to bump our elbow and down we go. Glad to hear you are feeling a little better. I know it's really freaky. I was able to witness my son's faint - I thought he was dying. It was so scary.

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  15. Just yesterday I hit my elbow on the sharp pointed corner of my tv, the pain was horrible. I felt really sick and layed down on my bed, after that I don't remember a lot. I woke up sweaty and shakey and felt extremely sick. After settling down my boyfriend told me that I had been kicking and twitching when i was passed out, and my eyes were open and rolling back in my head. Im only 17! & Im terrified it will happen again.

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  16. This happened to me in the Wal-mart parking lot. I turned around and hit my elbow on the car door and blacked out. I turned blue and started shaking. I awoke crying, but felt like I had simply been asleep. After discussing this with my doctor he knew what it was... I forgot now but there is a technical term for it. It simply stops blood flow to your brain. Some people, like me, stop breathing and it can become deadly. Let your loved ones know to shake you if they find you passed out. Some people mistake it as a seizure and leave people alone. Just take care of yourself.

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  17. Last weekend, I was having lunch with ALL of my in-laws. I hit my knee really hard on the table as I sat down in my chair. It tingled like when you hit your funny bone and the tingling spread throughout my body. Things went kind of white, and I passed out for just a second. Long enough to fall forward and barely miss my soup bowl. I was so embarrassed. My face went white and I was sweating. They took me to lay down and for a few seconds I felt like I was going to throw up. Then my mother-in-law took my blood pressure and it was perfect. After a couple of minutes I went back to the table and ate my lunch. Apparently I just went into shock! Strange because I usually deal well with pain. I feel silly that I fainted just from banging my knee against the table. I hope it doesn't happen again, but I sure am clumsy!

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  18. Hi Anonymous - I remember a few years back I bumped my knee on the underside of a table at work, and I ALMOST passed out. I felt really nauseous and tingly. Sounds like you had a VASOVAGAL response just like I did when I hit my elbow. There are some sensitive nerves in those knees and elbows. Glad to hear you're alright.

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  19. Thank goodness for this information. I cracked my elbow this evening and thought nothing of it other than it bloody well hurt. BUT then I started to feel very light headed, my vision went dim and the person I was talking to became very muffled in sound. I was convinced I was going to faint. Then I started to shake and sweat and felt really sick. Couldn't work it out, thought I was coming down with something awful. Thank you to all you elbow bashers out there seems I have joined your club and I am not ill just a bit clumsy and unlucky!

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  20. Thanks for your input, Kateb14. I laughed out loud when you said, Thank you to all you "elbow bashers" out there. Glad you have joined our club! :)

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  21. Yeah, i've pretty much experienced this all my life but was never as freaked out by it as some of you guys, because right after the first incident my dad told me he'd had similar incidents as a kid. Although my most common triggers are banging my knee/elbow in a specific spot i've also on occasion fainted whilst giving blood so watch out for that one.

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  22. Hi Anonymous. Interesting you bring up the family connection...my daughter has fainted 3 times when she has received immunizations. Giving blood isn't the problem, it's when the fluid goes into her body...that's when she faints. The "fainting" gene must run in families, LOL!

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  23. It's strange. I cut my head open and need 5 stitches, but I feel fine; not dizzy or nauseated at all. But if I bang my knees or elbows, I feel completely sick and can't stand up without feeling like I'm going to pass out. I've had some pretty bad knocks, and apparently I go extremely pale for quite a while.
    I just find it really annoying, how I seem to be affected by it more than anybody else I know.

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  24. Years ago I was working in a bowling alley at the shoe counter. I banged my elbow on the corner of the counter. Next thing I remember I was pulling myself up off of the carpet. As I pulled up on the counter there was a man standing these and asked "can I get a lane" . Before I could respond I realized that I had knocked out a tooth as I fell to the floor. Needless to say a very embarrassing experience that I have not forgotten.

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  25. this kind of thing just happened to me about 10 minutes ago. i was goofing around and i went to close the door and braced my self so that my body smashed my elbow into the door handle. i felt dizzy and sweaty and i vomited. i didnt pass out but it was a creazy feeling. did any of you have an extremely sharp pain from elbow to chin adterwords? as i sit here and type this with one hand. luckily its my good hand

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  26. Yesterday afternoon my boyfriend and I were sitting outside at a park in the sun for quite a few hours. As we were getting ready to leave, I hit my elbow on one of the posts on the structure. I remember my arm go numb, then my whole body. I sat down for 10 seconds, thought I was fine, so I stood back up and apparently wasn't successful in doing so. I 'woke up' on the structure, my boyfriend freaking out- I had no idea what was going on. My boyfriend told me that while I was down (only 5-10 seconds), I was shaking, my eyes were wide open, and my body was stiff.
    I sat for a couple minutes then walked to my car to get a bottle of water. As we were standing there, (and I was regaining consciousness) I got extremely light-headed, lost all vision and my ears were ringing (not quite ringing.. it sounded like static on a radio). Luckily, my boyfriend knew something was wrong and grabbed me, because my legs gave out and I would have fallen to the ground again. The pain in my head was INSANE, and I couldn't see or hear anything other than static. I was fine after that, just tired. It was obviously pretty scary, neither of us knew what we should do.

    Thank you for posting this thread, it was quite useful. I didn't know that hitting the elbow was the actual cause for this as I'd never heard of it happening to anyone else (especially since I'd never heard of shaking involved in fainting). I knew that heat stroke can sometimes cause seizures, and since we'd spent hours out in the sun, I was starting to think I'd really done it this time! Thanks(:

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  27. my first experience fainting was when i was in 4th grade and i hit my elbow against my locker and i feel on top of a girl that was next me. Two days ago i brought my dog into the bathroom to give him a bath and when i finished putting him into the tub i hit my ulnar nerve on the corner of the sink. I felt dizzy and i knew that i was going to faint so i sat on the flore and called my mother who was in the living room. Next thing i know i thought i was dreaming hearing the radio play and i heard people talking as if i was in a busy resturant. i also had a feel that either my head or my eyes were twitching. when i opened my eye i was on the floor and i called my mom again because she didnt come the first time i called her. she got there and i began to cry and wasnt able to speak. i thought i had a seizure since i had the twitching sensation. afterwards i felt extremely tierd and week. Im really concerened about this because i dont know if it could be the cause of a serious disorder, and i will sonud silly if i explain this to my doctor.

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  28. I hit my funny bone on a soap dish while getting into a shower at a motel. The next thing I knew, I woke up lying on the floor with my head between the toilet and wall. Luckily I didn't hurt my head much. My butt hurt where it must have hit the lip of the shower floor. I felt a bit light headed all day but was pretty much o.k. I got on line to see if this was a common thing and was surprised to see how many people had it happen to them.
    Joyce Space

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  29. Thank, God! I thought I was broken! Thanks for sharing.

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  30. I was stood in line about to order subway when I put my arm out to lean against the wall, I felt a painful click in my elbow like I had snapped a bone, I was unable to straighten my arm and started to feel pressure building in my head, iv never fainted before but I had a feeling that's where I was heading, I stayed in the queue as I was pretty much next to order, as it came to my turn I was unable to hear even my own words coming out of my mouth, my legs felt wobbly and my head felt like I had done 2 rounds with Tyson (but without the actual pain). I could see the assistant was saying something but I must have asked her to repeat herself 3 times, I thought I could ride it through and make it to the end of the order, wasn't gonna happen. I came around with some guy giving me water and sitting me up. I returned to the queue , was let back to the front by the other customers to find I had got as far as beef and cheese, hadn't quite made the salad part yet. I got my greens and got the hell out of there.

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  31. This happened to my wife while having dinner, she reached over to pick up her cell phone and hit her elbow on the corner of the chair. She sat down and told us she was dizzy and felt like she was going to faint a few seconds later she fell face first on the kitchen floor, we called the paramedics before they arrived she reacted and was somewhat
    conscious. They checked her vitals and she was good. It was by far the scariest thing that has happened to us.

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  32. Hi Anonymous - I agree with this being the scariest thing that has happened. I know the feeling. Glad to hear everything was good in the end. Thanks for sharing.

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  33. This just happened to me this afternoon. I was sitting at the kitchen table which is metal with a glass top and turned around to see what my cat was getting into. I hit my knee hard on the table leg and felt sick to my stomach and thought I was going to pass out. I laid down on the floor and gave my husband quite a scare. The knee pain went away fairly quickly but the nausea and lightheaded feeling took about 15 minutes to pass. It's reassuring to know this has happened to a lot of other people.

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  34. My 8 year old son hit is elbow at school today, on the back of his chair when getting up. It hurt really bad and he got dizzy. He fainted and fell on the floor. When he woke up, he was fine. So glad to be reassured by this website that it is something that happens more commonly than we knew!

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  35. Happened to me this morning in the shower, hit my elbow off the shower door handle, began to feel dizzy and could feel myself "going", started to black out.. when i came to, i was on shower floor in the foetal position, with water raining down on me. managed to haul myself up and out of the shower but still felt very weak & nauseous. lied down on the bed for 10 minutes to "centre" myself.. very scary experience.

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  36. Thank you so much for this blog! I had no idea this was a real thing!! I was doing homework at my desk in college and hit my elbow really hard on the corner of a desk drawer. I remember thinking I felt an unusually painful funny bone tingling, and the next thing I knew I woke up and I was plopped over my chair. In complete confusion, I had no idea why I had just fainted, trying to remember what I was doing right before I had fainted - my roommate was in extreme shock - so I looked up "fainting because of hitting your funny bone." very very weird and crazy experience!!

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  37. I just had this happen today. Wow, is it scary! I was sitting at the table reading and drinking tea when I hit my knee on the table really hard. I immediately started feeling faint and my vision dimmed so I laid my head and arms on the table. Somehow though, I ended up falling off the chair and onto the ground in a sort of praying position. I also felt like I had been shaking for a few seconds while on the ground. It might have been my imagination from being semi unconscious though. I managed to get back and walk over to lay down on my bed for a bit as I felt a little weak and shaken for about 10-20 minutes afterward. I ended up with only a bump on my head and was able to bike to class a half hour later. I've been fine the rest of the day =)

    Reading about all you other people having this experience makes me feel better about it though! I had originally thought I had a small seizure, but from everyone's anecdotes I feel much better that it likely wasn't.

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  38. I fainted this morning after banging my elbow very hard on the corner of bathroom sink. After I hit the elbow I started feeling really weak, nauscious, and really terrible. I tried to avoid fainting by sitting with my head between my legs, trying to think happy thoughts, nothing worked. I fainted, was out for about 3 minutes, once I came back from fainting I felt tired, and still feel tired. I have very low pain tolerance, and always faint if I hurt myself, or cut myself to where I draw blood. I have had vasovagal syncope for years. I am a 36, female, in excellent health, eat healthy, drink plenty water, do cardio daily, ect.

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  39. I am soooo thankful for this blog! The information here, and everyone's comments, really put our minds at ease yesterday. Here's what happened:

    Our daughter (15 yrs.old) was horsing around yesterday when she hit her elbow really hard on a door frame. She hit it so hard, in fact, I thought she may have fractured her elbow. Not so.

    It happened so fast...

    Her arm went numb, she was feeling nauseous, and had an odd look on her face...and then she passed out. Thankfully she was only out for about 15 seconds.

    When she came to, she was very pale and sweaty. It took about another 10-15 minutes for her to feel better, but at that point she seemed quite fine. That's when I hit the internet (but not with my elbow).

    It seemed bizarre, but I thought maybe she had hit a pressure point or something, which is how I stumbled across this blog.

    She was right as rain in an hour, when her color returned, but I kept her home and quiet for the morning. And her elbow? There is a faint red mark where she smacked it. Nothing more.

    Amazing...this really is real! Who'd have thought?

    Thanks again, Angela, for organizing this blog. Very helpful and informative!

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  40. I was in the library today, studying for finals and I decided to leave to grab a bit to eat. As I stood up to put my jacket on, I hit my elbow on the edge of the desk really hard. Since I was on the quiet floor, I did not yell "ouch" instead I sucked in the pain (I was dying on the inside). I noticed I was walking toward the elevator, I suddenly had the urge to throw up. I started to sweat profusely and felt faint. I got in the elevator and leaned on the wall because I could barely stand, my vision was a little blurred, and things around me became weird. I thought I wouldn't make it out of the library. It took a moment to regroup, and in about 5-10 minutes, everything went back to normal. This was the weirdest thing that has ever happened to me! I'm happy to see that I'm not the only one that this has happened to.

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  41. My 7-year-old just did this a few minutes ago in the kitchen! Luckily, I was there to catch her but it was scary having your baby pass out like that. Thank you for writing about it and linking up all the information so I could better explain to her what happened - it puts both of our minds at ease.

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  42. I had something similar happen to me last night. I bumped my knee on my coffee table and immediately, that side of my body went numb. While the body numbness didn't last long, my leg stayed numb for about 5 minutes. I'm better now, but that was scary! (I have low blood pressure and have fainted for no reason in the past) Glad I didn't faint, but I'm wondering if my reaction was normal.

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  43. This happened to me yesterday! I was at work and hit my elbow really hard. It felt like a funny bone, but with 10x the pain. I stood up and was trying to walk because I was panicking that I couldn't feel my arm. My vision was fading and everything was turning dark. I could barely hear also. The next thing I knew I was on the ground fumbling over a chair, trying to get my balance. It was so bizarre. It took a good 10 minutes to feel normal again. Thank god I didn't hit my head when I fell; could have been a lot worse! Now I know it is a somewhat normal occurance, however very rare.

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  44. Hi I hit my elbow on the banister when I slipped on the stairs. I didn't feel feel too good but got on with it cos it was my husbands birthday and didn't want to spoil it.
    but just this morning I got up for work and felt sick hot cold and sweaty all at the same time. I had to lay back on the bed cos I thought I would pass out.
    I didn't go to work. do you think this is because of my fall. I didn't bang anything else just my elbow and pride. xxx

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  45. Dear Anonymous from Feb. 18 - i am sorry about your fall. Thank goodness you didn't really hurt yourself. As far a I know, the symptoms come immediately after hitting the nerve. Your symptoms sound really similar though. Maybe you have the flu? Hope you feel better soon!

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  46. Dear All, my 9 years old daughter hit her elbow and faint after 10 seconds in front of me. That was the scariest scenne I have ever experienced.Thanks for all to share your cases. This helped me a lot to understand that this is more common than I could imagine.Thanks again

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  47. Dear Anonymous March 16 - I know how scary it can be to see your child collapse right in front of your eyes. Hope your daughter is fully recovered and you are, too. Glad this site has been helpful to you. Keep safe!
    Angela

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  48. Hi thankyou for this website , my 7 year old daughter hit her elbow and fainted this afternoon and yes it was very frightening , I didn't see her hit her elbow so I didn't know untill she came around what had happened , her eyes rolled and she shock , I also thought she had a seizure . Not very nice to witness and I didn't know what to do with her, so gave her some water and later hot sugery tea and jafa cake seemed to put colour back in her cheeks . Glad to hear everyone's else's experience on here , hopefully it won't happen again but if it does I will feel a bit more prepared !

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  49. I'm a collegiate softball player and in a game that happened yesterday i got hit In the elbow with a 60 mph pitch. i instantly felt pain and it lasted for the rest of the game. I felt light headed, nauseous and as if I was going to throw up. Along with that, my whole elbow area started throbbing. I had trouble sleeping because I could not find a comfortable spot. There is swelling and even some seams across my elbow where I got hit and I became so nauseous today that I actually threw up. The throbbing isn't as intense anymore but I am still extremely uncomfortable and have difficulty moving in certain directions, especially extension. But there is no position I can have my arm where it does not hurt. That's when I googled it. Is throwing up okay too? Or could that be more serious?
    -Mckinna

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    1. Hi McKinna. I am so sorry to hear what happened. I would get this checked out at the doctors as this sounds more serious. Especially because of the pain. Let us know how it turns out.
      Angela

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  50. I once hit my elbow and called my grandmother over. I told her I hit a nerve and I did not feel good. Then I remember getting pretty light headed and slowely falling over. When I woke up my grandmother was there and apparently was following my head with a pillow to.catch my fall. 6months after my pinky finger.was still numb.

    Im okay now, never fainted after or before that experience

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  51. I was at walmart last night loading the car. I hit my elbow on the corner of my car door and felt excruciating pain, i remeber yelling to my boyfriend and sitting down in the passenger seat and holding my hand. The next thing i know i woke up to my boyfriend panicking trying to get me to come to as im on the ground in the walmart parking lot. I remebered hitting my elbow, my name my address, everything, and felt almost numb, no pain except the tinglong in my hand. So i didnt go to the er. Today my head hurts a little and my neck and back hurt bad. Should i go to the doctor?

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  52. Hi Anonymous from April 29. Sorry to hear about what happened. Since you say your neck and back hurt bad, I would recommend you see the doctor. Maybe something happened when you fell to the ground. Let us know how it turns out for you.

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  53. This just happened to me, I hit my knee pretty hard on my desk which really hurt but then I felt really sick, started to lose my vision till I completely blacked out- my hearing went too and it sounded a like a really loud 'shhhhh' in my ears. Came round in a cold sweat to a mess of a room as my sister tells me i'd been shaking and my arms were flailing and I had knocked everything over as I fell to the floor. Felt pretty shaken after but fine now. I remember blacking out in primary school after hitting my knee but I dont remember feel sick and my vision came back after a few seconds. Are some people more prone to this? It's not an experience I particularly want to go through again!

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  54. These posts have been most helpful! 15 years ago as a teenager I was showering and hit my elbow on the handles, passed out and cracked my chin open! Blood everywhere. Definitely scary. But this was the only time it happened... Until just now I was squeezing a large lemon into the glass and while I was pressing down particularly hard, I heard a crack or pop in my elbow but didn't feel a thing. No pain. A few moments later I started to get crazy hot and see stars, so I immediately went to lie down. I got outrageously hot and was going in and out. I honestly couldn't tell if my body wanted to throw up or pass out. The feeling lasted long enough for me to wonder if needed to call 911. Fortunately I fought thru it and when the "fever" broke, it broke super fast. I went from boiling hot one moment to freezing in the next. Crazy. I never felt any elbow pain... and I never bumped it but still nearly fainted...
    -Brooke

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  55. I am so glad that i am not alone with this!!!! Ever since i can remember, i have blacked out whenever i hit my knee or my elbow. Sometimes, i would pass out but wake up a few seconds later feeling nauseous and disoriented. It is kind of embarassing that i pass out from somethig so minor. I had to google and see if anyone else knew what i was talking about.

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  56. I practically did the same thing yesterday. I sat down at out table and hit my funny bone on the edge of my chair. Usually when I bump by funny bone I get a sort of tingling sensation down my arm but this time it felt like someone had dipped my hand in boiling water. At first I though it was funny (hahaha, how ironic), though then my ears began ringing, I got extremely dizzy, felt very sick and my vision went. Apparently I went extremely pale as well. In short, my elbow is still achy/sore now, I can't completely straighten it due to pain and my hand is still tingly. I have also broken my elbow twice in the past and so if the pain is still there tomorrow I might make a trip to the hospital... Will keep you posted on how it turns out :)
    /Tom

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    1. So, because my elbow is still sore and my hand is still tingling, I went to the hospital and they got me to do a whole ton of tests such as grasping things and moving my arm. The verdict was this: I had managed to dislocate my Ulna Nerve and 'badly' crush it. It is apparently now back in place, though very, very swollen (not visibly at all, but obvious if you know what to feel for). The doctor said that I should try to use my arm a little bit but not to overwork it, and that it should be better in 6 or so weeks.

      Hope this info can help in some way but if you really think you have done something bad my best advice would be to get it checked out as soon as possible!!
      /Tom :)

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    2. Hi Tom. So sorry to hear about your injury.Thanks for the update and hope you feel better soon. - Angela

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  58. This happened to me this morning while I was at work. I hit my head on something and screwed up my knees on the tile floor

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  59. I have thyroid issues and thought that my symptoms from hitting my elbow on the corner of a chair were due to that. I didn't faint but I got dizzy, nauseous and pale. I knew if I didnt sit down in that same chair I would be on the ground. My elbow hurt for a long time and the symptoms lasted for about 15 minutes. I drank water and waited to feel better. First time that's ever happend to me. I was kinda embarassed because I didnt want to pass out in front of alot of pple. I also have low blood pressure.

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  60. Happened to my 8 year old daughter yesterday at Day Camp. Singing and being silly to a counselor, bumped her elbow hard, said "Ow"... and held her elbow. Counselor said her face when blank and she fell over. Has a pretty good busted lip, but otherwise seems okay. Never happened before. she says... "i hit my elbow, and then i saw spots... next thing i remember is people waking me up"

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  61. It just happened to me about an hour ago I hit my elbow on a railing and felt like I hit my fun bone times ten the started feeling light headed than I don't remember what happened I woke up a few seconds later and felt sick after for 30 mins

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  62. So crazy that I googled passing out due to hitting the knee area. I struck the side of my knee when I opened the door of the dryer. I hit the side of my knee in such a way that I felt an intense shooting pain and then I started blacking out. I am wondering if the same type of nerve that many have hit in the elbow is the same as it is in the knee?? I was so concerned for my children (due their ages 2 & 4) and was thankful that I had drank enough water prior to hitting my knee (which I believed helped bounce me back from passing completely out). Thank you for this blog post and I will recommend this site for my mom viewers and their little ones who hit their funny bones!

    http://therealhousewifeoftazewellcounty.blogspot.com/

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  63. Hi RHOTC. Sorry to hear about your knee incident. Yes, there is a Peroneal Nerve in the knee that is similar to the funny bone in the elbow. I have had some people comment about that. I myself have almost passed out too, by hitting my knee. Please share with your mom viewers, as it may alleviate some fear if/when it ever happens. I have more info on the right side of this blog under the header on the Peroneal Nerve. Thanks for reading and stay safe!
    Angela

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  64. Just last night I was at a friends for a camp fire. I was taking some wood and splitting dry pieces in half by stomping on the middle.

    One of the splits I did caused a piece of wood to hit my knee very hard, it was painful I could almost not stand on it (It almost felt like being winded but at the knee!)

    Almost immediately things were strange, my vision all of a sudden darkened and focused (directly in front of me was clear but everything around was fuzzy) and at one point my hearing just cut out.

    All of a sudden, I'm thinking that I'm sleeping and having a dream, I open my eyes with everyone asking if I'm alright and then I stood up.

    I got up and all of a sudden started perspiring heavily for 5 minutes. After that I was fine... really shaken up but fine.

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  65. It just happened to me for the 4th time in my life! First time was a hard smash on a file cabinet more than 15 years ago, and then again that same year after hitting it on a desk. Then just last year I was receiving acupuncture and once I got it in the elbow I passed right out, shaking and all.

    Then last night my girlfriend was rubbing both elbows simultaneously and I began to feel the sensation. Sat down and within a few seconds was dead weight. Freaked her right out.

    This is the first time I've looked it up though! Glad to know I'm not the only one

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  66. This is the first time I've googled this too - I'm glad to know that it happens to other people. I've fainted twice from hitting my funny bone on the bathroom counter. The second time I knew it was coming - I felt this surge of pain passing through my body and up to my head. I've fainted from other things too - like getting a blood test. I'm glad to know I'm not alone!

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  67. This happened to me a couple years ago. I was messing around with a friend and he punched me a couple times in the elbow. It wasn't the funny bone it was like an inch under that. It felt like a deep bruise right away and was very sore. I started to feel like headed and nauseous and I told him I felt like I was gonna black out and I did a few seconds later. When I came to, my eyes were rolled back and I thought I was dreaming or something because I had no idea what was going on. But I was still nauseous when I got up and had to sit outside. That is the first and only time thats happened.

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  68. It was a dark and semi-stormy after the post meridian. I was in my historical lessons class with my historical companions by my side... or so I thought. My own business is what I was minding, doing my historical work VERY diligently. Then out of nowhere, right after I scootched in my blue chair, it hit me. It came in like a wrecking ball. My world turned black. Then white. Then the pianos came. A sound of beautiful music filled my mind. I hummed quietly while unconscious to the sound of God and love and light. Then, I clearly remember seeing my own sprawled out body on the floor. Half of my body was still on the chair though, my face on the cold ground. I started screaming. Not because of my catastrophe, but because of the fact that I knew I was going to break out in pimples on my left cheek because of the dirt and puke that remained on the floor from past students. Then I realized that my shouts couldn't even save me. None of my fellow students even noticed. The historical companions that I thought would always be by my side were not there anymore. Oh the tragedy. Someone. Anyone. Take my face off the ground so I won't break out in zits on the left side of my posh face. Then everything went white. Then black. Then the pianos again. Then I awoke. In a total panic.

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  69. Yesteday was an unfortunate day. I was casually picking out my wedgy and i thought someone saw HOW EMBARRASSING! So i span round, in the excitment of it all i hit my elbow so hard that i though id BROKEN MY ARM TRAGEDY. I then suddenly felt faint. next thing i know i was fitting and woke up surrounded by faces and a first aider. WEIRD

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  70. I was at the Tennis court, was at a game leading 3-1 (30/30) first set, hit the corner of my elbow in the follow through of a forehand. After rubbing a bit i stood up to serve again, but felt nauseating dim an had a feeling of fainting, I have fainted in the past so knew where it is going to end. however i was still resisting, went to serve position and came back 2 times, ultimately i decided to lay down all flat on the court. I did not completely blacked out and was communicating with my opponent throughout. But i would say i had some good 60-90 seconds before i was sure that if i stand i'll fall down. Its good to know that there are other people who have similar situtaions and not die because of that. A strike on the elbow is something which has been mainly dicussed here. but i ended up in a simliar situtaion because of seeing blood, getting wax cleaned from my ear and standing in the sun. I've read about it and could co relate a lot with this article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulnar_nerve

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  71. wow! this is so interesting, This happened to me last night slipped down a wet step at a friends house, banged my knee really hard, tried to get up and felt really sick and faint! thought I must sit down, but too late! came to later flat out with a big lump on my cheek bone. This is not the first time this has happened, I twisted my ankle once and just fainted1 but I do have low blood pressure, and even tho' i'm in my 50's its always stayed low. I was beginning to think I was a bit of a freak, but after reading so many comments on here..........I'm not on my own lol!

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  72. My son and husband also have this problem with lower body injuries. My son is 8 and experienced this for his first time this morning after falling on a water bowl. The color went out of my sons face & lips, he felt nauseated, had a headache, and said he saw black. I recalled my husband blacking out after hitting his knee several years ago and that orange juice made him feel better. After my son drank his juice he was completely recovered and playing in 45 minutes. The doctors mistook my husbands for hypoglycemia. This is how he stumbled on OJ helping him to feel better.

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  73. I'm a merchandiser for Home Depot. Today I hit my elbow really hard on a steel beam. I began to get dizzy and I thought maybe I was about to faint for the first time in my life. Since I was standing on racking about 5 feet off the floor, I had to crouch down and wait for the feeling to pass. I broke out in a cold sweat. For the last half-hour of my shift I was feeling weak. Three hours later, I feel like I'm at about 90%. But I still have a knot on my elbow. I'm guessing it will hurt more tomorrow morning.

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  74. It has happened to me twice, both from hitting my elbow, both times while i was out I had intense dreams that seem to go on forever, but only are as long as I am out. I also twitch in my legs a little according to people who were there. Ever time since that I have hit my funny bone really hard, I immediately lay down and try to elevate my feet, I usually get really close but I have not full passed out since I have done this.

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  75. I had just hit my elbow very hard in the shower and everything started to darken so I just laid there for 5 mins

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  76. Today I was at McDonalds with my 5 yr old granddaughter. She loves to sit at the high tables. I was getting down from the chair when it swung back and the corner slammed into my elbow. I quickly slid into the seat because I thought I was going to pass out. I broke out in a horrible sweat, couldn't move my arm, felt like I could throw up, hot, shaky etc... It was frightening. I kept looking up at my granddaughter thinking don't pass out, don't pass out. Still not sure why I didn't? All of this lasted about 5 minutes. My granddaughter was a doll & just sat there, but she wasn't scared. Thank god! We talked about it after. I did tell her if I ever fainted don't be scared just get help from someone who works there. I've hit my elbow many times through my life but never where it caused so much physical symptoms. Definitely not a funny bone!

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  77. Hi guys.. I'm 37, have been passing out all my life..I don't have clue what the condition is but any time I lean or lightly bump any joint Like elbow..knees...or twist my arm a certain way were the nerves get pinched...or just kneel on a unsmooth surface..i blackout. Same feelings as everyone else when passing out..people have asked if i had epelpsie...cause of the shaking. I have a huge pain tolerence. I never have to feel pain to blackout just need to tap the "spots" and I'm done. I have normal blood pressure except it drops low when sleeping. So any info would be great.lol!

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