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Re: My story: Dealing w V.V.S  since age 3: Advice to parents



Your story is so familiar. My husband has had this all of his life, and when younger was treated for epilipsy. It wasn't until our daughter had an "episode" at age 3 and saw a neurologist that we realized there was a name for it. Both my husband and daughter faint when they are very nervous about something, usually when it involves getting hurt or needles. Because my husband was overprotected by his mother when he was little due to the spells, he has always insisted that we let our daughter do what she wants and not to hold her back from anything. I'm glad we have done this. I've also tried to keep her calm or distract her in some way if needed. This sometimes helps. While you want your child to have a "normal" life and not "stand out" in the crowd, I think it's important to be sure to let teachers, caregivers know of her situation so they are aware of what to do if an episode happens around them.

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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