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Re: Is this VV - or something else?

From: Laura


My daughter is 17 and passed out for the first time with a flu episode. About four weeks ago I woke her up to get her off to school and she went to take a shower. I heard a very loud boom and found her passed out on the bathroom floor. She feel out of the shower onto the floor. We took her to the doctor and he mentioned vaso vagal, but after taking blood they found evidence of a bacterial infection so she was put on an antibiotic. This morning she again had an episode in the shower just like before, but she was able to keep from passing out. She dropped to her knees so she wouldn't fall. She also complained of not being able to breath. It didn't last long. she felt better in about 5-10 minutes. The doctor today started talking more about the vaso vasal possiblility. She has been referred to a neuroligist as a precaution, but he really thinks it could be VV. Her blood pressure at the doctor today was 86/56 with I thought was really low. I wonder if the heart rate decreases more when sleeping and drops the blood pressure causing these episodes to be more of a morning thing?? It sound like your husband had a morning episode also. I hope you are finding some answers. It is terribly scary. I am anxious to learn more about it to better help her deal with it. Good luck to you both.

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