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"vagal episode"

From: Chris


Dear Dr. Herr, A friend told me about your website because of a diagnosis that was given to me by a doctor in the E.R. I had been home, sick for a week from allergies (could not function...something that had never happened to me before!) I then went to the dentist to have a crown prepped, which took a couple of hours. That night, I experienced rapid heartbeat and anxiety that would not go away. My daughter called my doctor and he told her that I should go to the E.R. She took me. By the time I was there, I was feeling better. The doctor told me I had had a "vagal episode". I didn't understand exactly what he meant. I later checked up and found out that a vagal episode had something to do with allergies and trauma to the lower, back portion of the skull...around the area of my crown position. I must admit, it made me feel better to think that my vagal episode was a physical thing and not just "mental".

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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