Vaso-Vagal Discussion

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From: CJ


Thank you for the Vaso-Vagal article. It is a strange affliction, and I had no idea what it was until I spoke with a "nurse on call" who didn't seem real interested. I've had the condition for years, and since there is no way to predict when it will strike, it's a very difficult condition to live with. My episodes usually coincide with the start of a bad intestinal episode. I don't want to be graphic, but I usually have these spells in the bathroom which feature: Enormous intestinal pain, profuse sweating, swooning, and finally fainting when the pain is too much to take. Once I was taken to the hospital for this (after fainting) so it is to be taken seriously. This started as an adolescent boy, and now at 38, I still fear when the next attack might take place. The only thing good about it is that since the intestinal process is slow at first, I can usually find a bathroom in time for the episode, but that is the ONLY thing on the plus side of this. What we (Vaso-Vagal) sufferers need is something that can prevent the attacks since (like I said) you never know when an attack will hit you.

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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