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Nerve Block to my ankle for procedure on my foot and Vaso-Vagal

From: Susan Roberts


This is my 2nd week that my doctor told me I experienced a vaso-vagal attack. I am a person who has a history of panic disorder but this seems quite different. I am having a special procedure done on my foot (Shock Wave Therapy for the treatment and eradication of a heel spur). I have one more treatment to go. The last 2 times when I had the injection to freeze my foot, within 5-10 minutes I feel like everything is racing inside me and that I am about to die. No doubt about it that during severe panic attacks, people feel like they are about to die. I have 1 more treatment to go through. Can you please comment specifically what is a Vaso-Vagal attack versus a panic attack? Can you also inform me of any preventative things I can do for next week or is this purely a reaction that I have no control over stopping. Also, please comment in general. Thank you kindly

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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