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Diagnosed with Vaso-Vagal Syndrome

From: Karen-Age 57


I was just yesterday diagnosed with Vaso-Vagal Syndrome after almost two years of symptoms getting worse with each episode. I am so relieved to finally know what it is. I was so scared that it was something that was killing me.I will try to explain how the episodes happen with me. It always happens after I have eaten Deli food or Buffet food. 30-45 minutes following eating I begin to feel like i need to go to the bathroom. I then start feeling dizzy, I vomit a lot, and start feeling like I'm going to pass out. I lay down on the floor so that I don't fall,and I pass completely out.Twice I have been taken to the hospital by ambulance and it was thought at first that maybe I was having a heart attack. But my heart is fine.My blood pressure always goes down, I break into a heavy sweat, and I then become cold and clammy.After it's all over, I am totally exhausted and I just want to sleep for hours. I am very thankful that I have a family doctor who didn't give up on me until he found out what it is.

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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