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vasal vagal syncope



i am a 52 year old woman who started fainting off and on with my first pregnancy 28 years ago. after my child was born i did not faint again until she was 14 and my other child was 9. for the next 10 years i passed out when i was in pain, overly tired or after an allergy attack. 3 years ago, i started passing out once or twice a week. for the last 2 years, i started passing out anywhere from on to 16 or more times a day, nearly every day of the week. i was released from my position at work after i hit my head on the filing cabinet and my desk . i am finally on disability. i have been tested by at least 12 different specialists in the last 2 years. i currently have a reveal monitor in my chest. i have been through every test the doctors can think of from tilt test to tests for seizures. no one has been able to determine what triggers the fainting spells as i can be setting down and pass out without attempting to stand up. i faint so often that my 3 year old nephew and my 2 year old niece know to pat my face and hands and call my name until i wake up. my older nieces and nephews ask my if i have had my medicine for the day. i have a new grandchild that i am allowed to hold only if someone in in the room with me and only if i have had a good day which my family and i consider 2 or less fainting spells a day. i rarely leave my home because i never know when i will hit the floor. the latest set of doctors is trying different medicines in the attempt to control the fainting spells. so far nothing has helped. my daughters talked me into getting a computer recently and i found your website. you cannot know how much it means to me to know i am not the only person in the world with this problem. i was beginning to think i was some kind of medical freak. not that the doctors have made me feel that way. with the exception of 2 who thought i was all in my head, they have been very kind and work with me to keep me from being too depressed over my situation. i hope this letter helps you in your attempt to study the effects of this disorder on a person.

This web site is not a substitute for a thorough medical evaluation and diagnosis of your vaso-vagal type symptoms.  Medical treatment and diagnosis is the only acceptable initial response to these serious symptoms since they might present from any number of life threatening and treatable illnesses. It is for you and your physician to rule out more serious illnesses; Please don't use this online forum as an alternative to getting responsible medical attention and being under the care of a physician for the duration of any unknown, suspected or dangerous vaso-vagal syndrome symptoms.
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