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Re: Vaso-vagal, does anyone have these symptoms?

From: Lorraine


My episodes happen almost exclusively at night -- woken from deep sleep by nausea, stomach cramps, and intense light-headed feeling. The sweats, shaking, tunnel vision, vomiting, diareah, and fainting happen after I get up to go to the bathroom.

The medical community has been of no help over the years -- ER dr. confirmed V-V, but could only say "don't get up if you feel faint". <sigh>

I take no meds anymore. I've found that breathing deeply (in thru nose, out thru mouth), pumping my legs (to get blood pressure up), cool air (turning up ceiling fan on high), and staying as calm as possible can lessen the severity of the symptoms at the start. Doing all that has even stopped the attacks before they get too far.


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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