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I have had vasal vagal symptoms my entire life (I'm 41 years old). What normally happens is my body's reaction to some type of pain, i.e., needle injection, falling and skinning my knee, labor pains, etc. I have also had it happen when I am in extreme heat. The pain will start and within thirty seconds I will feel light-headed and know that I will pass out unless I lay down and raise my feet (and, still I sometimes pass out). The severity of the fainting normally depends on the severity of the pain and my perception of it. I understand it is a type of shock that your body goes into. I normally have low blood pressure (90/60 or 100/70) and I am in excellent health. (I'm a certified personal trainer/aerobics instructor and I work out five times a week.) None of the doctors that I have talked to about this have seemed concerned and maybe that's due to the fact that I am able to know when the episode will occur and how to deal with it. If I'm in a medical office at the time of the episode, I will tell the nurses/doctors and they usually will give me oxygen and I'm fine within a few minutes. . .