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Re: Questions about Vaso-vagal



I have a similar history to yours - passed out a handful of times (usually in church) when I was young and going through puberty and then not again for about 10 years when I was very sick with a cold and had taken a decongestant and become very dehydrated. Went to a brand new job, passed out at the desk and woke up in some guys arms calling him daddy - talk about embarrassing. Then I didn't pass out again for another 10 years and this happened after I had been very athletic, running and playing tennis. That was a year and a half ago. At that point I had some tests done that showed I was severly dehydrated. I don't really get a senstation of feeling thirsty and have to make sure that I get a lot of fluids in - best ones are drinks like gatorade. I also love salty foods and was told by the doctor to eat them to help retain fluids. Two weeks ago I had an irregular heartbeat and saw a cardiologist. (The irregular heartbeat is benign and happens to a lot of women my age - largely hormonal) We talked about my history of vaso-vegal spells and he said that pregnancy can often bring them on - he was specific about this and I saw the conflicting threads previously as well. Not sure if you get a warning but that would be helpful - you should immediately hit the floor - I have done that when I felt one (about twice in the last 20 years and although it can be embarrassing passing out is just as embarassing and injury can be painful) Not sure if you have any dehydration issues but given that you had the flu that might have been a driving cause because a fever will dehydrate you. Try the gatorade. I am trying now to get pregnant and will just have to be diligent about watching my hydration level - hope this helps.

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