Vaso-Vagal Discussion

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From: stewartC


I seem to be having problems with this lately. My heart will beat really fast, then I will feel like I'm going to faint. I feel that I am on the verge of losing all bowel and bladder control. I get this tingling sensation that starts in my head, then it feels like everything is blurry, including my hearing. I know that if I just stopped fighting it, I'd be passed out cold. This started to happen to me when I was 16 years old. I fainted at work. Then it happened again. And now, in the last 5 months, it's been happening all the time (I'm 24 now). I am a teacher, and am finding that dealing with this has become very scary and frustrating in my classroom. It would be different if I was sitting at a computer all day, not being the centre of attention. Pulling myself together afterwards would be much simpler. But because of my profession, I just can't up and leave a classroom full of students so taht I can go and lie down. I am very aware of the symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks. But I tried taking ativan, and there was no luck in helping me. I'd really like to know more about this so it doesn't affect my life as much as it has been.

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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