Vaso-Vagal Discussion

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Vegal Responses

From: KD


I am 29 years old. I have had three cases, in times of high stress, where I have passed out and had seizures. The first time it happened was when I was 12 and I got blood taken from a vein for the first time at the doctor's office. The needle went in and I fell out. The second was when I was going in for a test at the hospital, I passed out at check in and seized. The last time, I was visiting my mother in the hospital as she was dying. I have had less severe episodes over the years where I can tell that I am going to pass out. I get flushed and hot, my breathing gets fast and shallow and if I cannot sit and focus on my breathing, it's lights out. The breathing, slow and drawn out, really seems to help the most. It is a very scary thing. No one has ever been able to explain this syndrome to me and I find very little information on any site online. The Mayo clinic site,, which I normally turn to for medical questions doesn't even have a single listing on this. Doctor's that I have asked about this tend to shrug it off as a trivial thing. It is no trivial thing to those that it effects. I realize after seeing some of the excerpts on this site, that I have it pretty good compared to others. Hopefully, this will help others who are curious and finding little help. Thanks for having this site.

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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