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Re: For Cheryl (again)

From: Becca


Hi Cheryl,

My heart goes out to you. I am in a similar situation, believe me I know what it feels like to not be believed. The condition is indeed physical and not psychological, have you actually been diagnosed with VV?

I have done research into this (VV) myself (I worked in a hospital) and less than 2% of people with this condition have it due to psychological problems, though it is true psychological problems can make it worse they DO NOT cause it.

You are very lucky to have such a supportive husband. Do take him with you, if nothing else he can tell them what is happening and when. Has he been with you when you have had an attack? That would be a useful account of what happens when you are 'out'.

Don't worry about the psych thing, I know it is hard being told things like that, especially without any explanation - you should ask why they feel it is necessary. They might say you must go through with the psych before doing any other physical tests. Still looking on the bright side when they don't find anything you can give them what for!!! :)

Have you begun the diary? (sorry to sound like a stuck record on this! But it really does help) if not then I think it is *essential* that you now do so. You will be surprised how quickly you can notice trends in an illness. Do it for a couple of weeks and then take it (and your husband!) to your doctor for discussion - it will show that you are taking responsibility and being sensible about your illness.

Best of luck, stay in touch! Becca.

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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