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vaso-vagal after viral infection; perimenopausal 50y;  has anyone heard of chiropractic treatment for vasovagal ?

From: martha


I an constatnly "dizzy." Vaso-vagal syndrome was a diagnosis I was given after months of feeling dizzy every time I would get up from bed or a couch after a probable viral encephalopathyy. I couldn't even sit up initially. I had the tilt table test in February and fainted right after I was given the medication. I was told by the electrophysiologist that gravity is my enemy and that I must not become dehydrated (my urine must be crystal clear) and absolutely no caffeine or alcohol. He told me to practice standing aginst a wall without moving my feet for 10 minutes, building up to 20 minutes first thing in the morning after urinating. The room must be quiet and free from distractions. He told me that in Europe medication is not given for this condition and that people do exercises such as this to increas their tolerance. I could only stand this way for about 2 minutes the first day but have since moved up to 12 minutes today. My feet and legs feel very heavy and I start to feel hot and when I finish, the bottoms of my feet are very tingly. I tried Zoloft and found that my blood pressure just fluctuated more and I couldn't move, so I stopped taking it after a week, even though I know you're supposed to take it longer to see if it helps. I also move my bowels when I feel distresed with the dizzy symptoms. I am still suffering with myalgias and neuralgias after this infection and have a mild non-localizing vestibular dysfunction for which I was given vestibular rehabilitation (which really helped). I just wish that the vasoo-vagal syndrome was as easily dealt with. I am also considering applying for disability as I have bee out of work for over a year. I never know when my symptoms are so severe that I have to lie down. I just traded my car for a van that I could lie down in so I don't get stuck somewhere if I drive. I am laying down constantly during the day to relieve my symptoms. The cardioilogist said he had heard of chiropractic treatment for vasovagal but that not all chiropractictioners are trained to treat this. Has anyone heard of this? How would you know if the chiropractter is adequately trained?

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