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It's all in your head, doctor's would tell me!

From: Donna


I am 23 yrs old and i have been dealing with Vaso-Vagal for almost 11 years now. When i first had my episode i was in class.I started feeling a tingle in my left arm, dizziness, shortness of breath, tunnel vision, which eventually turned to passing out on a hard floor. When i went to see my regular doctor he asked me if i was under any kind of stress. What could stress me out at the age of 13? He gave me a referal to see a Psychologist. Eventually my mother took me to get another opinion, because i continued to have more and more episodes even with seeing a Psychologist. My old doctor swore up and down that it was all in my head. I went through test after test, until a doctor who worked with my mother wanted to do a tilt table test on me. It turned out to be positive in a short amount of time. Now that i found out that i have Vaso-Vagal, and i am told to drink lots of fluids, sleep regularly, everything a normal person without VVS should be doing. Is there anything out there yet that will help this?

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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