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My docs haven't got a clue!

From: Alison


Hi all

Just stumbled across this site doing a search on VV. I was told about 15 yrs ago that my symptoms are that of IBS and VV attacks.I have so many sympyoms though that I find it hard to believe it's JUST IBS - I find it so daunting going to the doctor and trying to go through the list of symptoms. One time I typed them all up and gave the list to my doc, who then appeared to completely switch off! I have suffered loads of symptoms for 14 yrs, since the age of 17. I feel like I am having a menopause with all the hot flushes. I have absolutely no energy, am constantly tired, have constant lower back pain on my left side, I get both C and D IBS, severe stomach pains at times. Sometimes I go to the bathroom, get severe stomach pains, break into a really horrible sweat, then I get the runs very badly. Once this has all finished I am lucky if I make it out of the bathroom with out passing out! The last time this happened I split my chin open. I didn't even realise I had been injured when I came round until my partner showed me my blood! I haven't been to work for over a year because my symptoms are pretty much constant. I have just changed doctors and am going to enrol with the nurse today, then I get to make an appointment with a doctor. I just hope they can offer my some kind of treatment that will actually work! Or even a proper diagnosis!

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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