Vaso-Vagal Discussion

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concerned mother



My daughter started having fainting spells in mid-December of this year. The only thing out of the ordinary was that she started her first menstral cycle, she's 13, and took up jogging. She doesn't get sweaty, or sick to her stomach; she has light-headedness, then tunnel vision, and then lights out. Shes out for a few seconds then wakes up. It was happening twice a day but now its down to once every other day, or if we are lucky two days will pass with no fainting. She's currently undergoing testing to rule out heart problems and is currently wearing a 30-day monitor. Also she has had a sleep deprived test to rule out seizures. So far every test has come back normal. Lastly, they plan to do a tilt table test probably some time next week. She has been perfectly normal before this, in fact a level 8 gymnast; which, of course, has completed ended. She's been a migraine sufferer but has learned what her triggers are and rarely suffers from them. I understand there is a connection with vaso vagal and migraines??? Also her younger brother holds his breath when he is hurt or angry. He used to turn blue and pass out, but now he holds his breath not that long and only when he is hurt badly or very upset. My husband did the same thing as a baby - hold his breath, turn blue and pass out. Is this also related to vaso-vagal or increased risk factor for it???? Jessica never did that when she was a baby just her brother and Dad. Also I don't understand if vaso vagal is something that has to do more with the brain and ones mental state than blood pressure dropping. Is it a signal that the brain gives the heart? Is there something emotional involved? My daughter also doesn't wet herself after a faint and is fine after the faint in that she isn't tired. She did have a headache after a recent faint, but she hit her head on our buffet table so I would expect a headache. I realize the doctor has more tests to do before diagnosing her with Vaso vagal, so we must wait and see. I am curious if any of the people on this discussion has them as frequently as Jessica (one every other day) and also anyone who did not have a trigger like blood, needles, stressful situations, having a BM etc.. Just blacking out of the blue.

Thank you for your info and help!!


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