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Re: Vasovagel diagnosis and what to do

From: Nicola Whinham


Hi there, I have had blackout spells and near fainting, dissiness, sickness, lightheadedness and hot flushes for over four years now. I have had every test that you can imagine from a lumber puncture to ecgs to x-rays to try to discover where the problem lay, but nothing came up - until that was, I went on the tilt table, where, after sixteen minutes my blood pressure dropped dramatically and I was diagnosed vasovagel synocope. The consultant told me to help reduce attacks to drink plenty fluids but not with caffine in them, increase my salt intake (but only after consultation) exercise in bed before getting up out of bed etc etc. Medication can be given, although in younger people like myself they are reluctant to give it because the tablets artificially increase your blood pressure which can in itseld cause further problems. Hope this is of some use!

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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