Medical Questions > Blacking out and driving - a dangerous combination

Over the past six months or so, I have been experiencing, what I believe to be blackouts. A few times I was walking and all of a sudden, I'd catch myself falling over something or into something - and I don't remember what I was doing or trying to do. What is more of a concern is the fact that it has happened while driving. Today, I caught myself out in the middle of a major 4 way intersection, in the midst of a turn and I didn't have the green light. For the life of me, I can't remember what I was thinking or what was happening just prior to hearing the screaching brakes and horns. It's scaring me, and I don't know what to do or who to talk to. I am afraid that if I mention it to anyone, I may lose my driver's license. What could be causing this and should this be something I should worry about? I do not use alcohol or drugs, but I do take medications for HBP and High Cholesterol. Your thoughts are greatly appreciated. Thank you. Belladonna
August 23, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterBelladonna
We can understand your concern regarding possible loss of your driving license, but surely a temporary loss of this would be preferable, by far, than possible loss of life.
It is imperative that you be assessed as soon as possible by a medical doctor.
You mention being on medication for high blood pressure. There's the possibility that your medication requires re-assessing, as your blood pressure may be dropping too low for you at times. This could cause your symptoms.
There are many causes of blackouts/fainting/dizzy spells, such as low blood pressure, anxiety, low blood sugar levels, anemia, ear problems, etc. These links may be helpful to you in learning more about this.
August 25, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterHeather R.N.