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Re: Recurrent VVS and Zoloft

From: maggie


Your BF's events sound very similar to mine. I've been having these episodes since I was about 8, I'm 40 now. I was misdiagnosed with epilepsy when I was 20 because they can appear very similar to a seizure. From what I've read, there isn't any evidence those of us with VV are any more likely to die, even those who's heart actually stops. So don't worry about that. I post on a couple of other forums and it seems to me that most of the medicines used for this don't help most people and the side effects can be pretty bad, but a few are helped. The consensus seems to be that increased salt and water intake to increase blood volume is the most helpful. As to the SSRI - it seems to help some people. I've personally found that all antidepressants make it worse for me. Its a very "individual" disorder, which of course makes it especially difficult to know what to do about it. Maggie

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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