Vaso-Vagal Discussion

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From: john w. wiggins


i am now in the us army, and started having these spells about a 1 1/2 years ago. up until now i have been a healthy man. i am 28 years old and this is my only health problem. in high school i ran track, played basketball and football, went to college and played basketball and then joined the military. on my phycial fittness test i have done very well averaging about a 285 out of 300 points. i did not start having these falling out speels until i fell off top of my hemtt fuel truck which stands about 8 1/2 feet in the air. after that every time i run, exercise, stay out in the sun to long i will fall out. it never happens during the physical training just about 20 to 30 min. afterwards. i have feel out about 8 times now and it really doesn't look good in front of your soliders. how can i lead them into war when i cannot stay off of the ground. i have never felt so bad in my life. i am worried about it because i am going to iraq in about 60 days and don't know what to do to help me not to fall out.

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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