Vaso-Vagal Discussion

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Re: Help with this

From: Jeanne


I've lived with this and you will too. I have been lucky because the number of incidents I've had have been few but that doesn't mean that I don't feel 'on the verge' - I do on a regular basis. Try to go about your normal life (what is the alternative?). I try to think about all the things I can do and not dwell on episodes and near episodes. I think it is uncanny the similarities some of us have as I've read items in the forum, and found some sort of odd comfort in knowing that others have been treated dismissively by the medical community once they pronounced it was V/V and not life threatening. I for one am going to try making Gatorade a part of my diet, and in general keep hydrated and not be afraid of salt. I am going to lie low when I feel on the verge and try someone's suggestion of raising one's legs against the wall (or bed). My doctor suggested that I leave a light on in the bathroom so when I get up during the night I won't be additionally disoriented because I can't see. I do get up slowly but maybe I'll try even more slowly in the future.

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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