Vaso-Vagal Discussion

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I recently underwent breast reduction surgery. While recovering during post op I had three fainting episodes. Two resulted shortly after getting out of bed (sitting up and after standing) and one while resting comfortably. The final episode resulted in what has been described to me as "seizure activity". My head was twisting back and forth and my arms were flailing. Bizarre images transmit through my brain and when I awake I am sweating heavily, have laboured breathing and feel like I might have just died. It was very alarming and frightful. I was seen by a neurologist who only checked my pupils, my reflexes and asked me some minor questions about my health. He does not believe that I had a "true" seizure. He believes it was a combination of the anasthetic and pain medications administered (demerol). I am six days post op and continue to feel naucious and tire easily. I want to pursue this further but do not know where to start. I was always a fainter as a kid but these recent activities have taken a whole new meaning to "fainting".

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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