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Just found out about vaso vagal

From: Holly


Last Saturday, I was out with some friends and felt a burp coming on. It goes up my throat, comes back down, then causes extreme pain in my chest (left side). I blacked out, hit the tile floor head first, and ended up in the emergency room. After 7 stitches in my forehead, they told me I might have vaso vagal. I've been blacking out for a few years now, usually a year or so apart. Generally I've fallen on grass, carpet, etc. so this was my first significantly painful experience. I had blacked out on the morning of my wedding while brushing my teeth; I was brushing my tongue, hit the gag reflex, and fell into the sink. I hit my head on the faucet, then fell backward onto the doorknob (I know this only because I had a doorknob shaped bruise on my back) and then landed in the hallway. I woke up a few minutes later, bruised and confused. This started when I was 14... I'm 28 now, and it's becoming more frequent. I am always thirsty; I can't go anywhere without a water bottle. For a while, I thought I had some bizarre water addiction. As for taking Aleve - its active ingredient is naproxyen sodium. My husband has low blood pressure and was taking prescription naproxyen for a bone injury when he began having dizzy spells. As it turns out, naproxyen is a blood thinner; not a good thing for people with low blood pressure. Mine is currently 90/70, so no Aleve or naproxyen for me, thanks. More tests at the cardiologist's on May 29th.

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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