Vaso-Vagal Discussion

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A friend of mine has had 2 episodes of what I can only think is a vaso-vagal reaction, although the symptoms differ slightly from those described on your home page. Both episodes have happened in the middle of the night, when she has woken with severe abdominal pain and a sense of faecal urgency and nausea. She has made a hurried visit to the bathroom , passed a very watery stool and then passed out and found herself on the floor. Both times she has been too weak to get herself up and has had to call her husband to help her. She has gone back to bed and woken with a dull headache the next morning. She is in her mid-thirties, a full time teacher with a heavy workload and tends to get very stressed in busy times. She often has hypotensive episodes for which she uses Effortil and suffers from migraines which can be stopped with a homeopathic remedy if caught in the aura phase I have recommended that she see her GP as soon as possible for a check up. In your experience, is this a common vaso-vagal reaction or does it sound more sinister?

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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