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Re: Vaso-Vagal Attack

From: Gail


Boogie - I can't say I have trouble pooping. It's more the other way round. It is when I get a tummy upset that the vv starts. I started my periods at 9 years old and the pain made me faint every month. So it's more the pain from the tummy upset that starts me off. I can be sick and no problem as I'm not in pain. Soon as the griping starts, I kinda sink into myself. I get tunnel vision, I feel really cold in my chest and totally helpless. I lie down and wait. Gory things make me go too, I once actually fainted on a first aid course, just from what the instructor was telling us. Been to hospital so many times, when people I'm with don't know me they just ring for ambulance. If I see anyone ill or in trouble I pass out. I'm no good in a crisis! Just used to think I was weak, until I saw doc. He didn't seem too bothered. He just said get down on the floor so you don't break a bone on your way down!! I have just learned to live with it, but coming to afterwards is getting harder and more frightening. When I awake, it's like I am staring down a big black hole and I am sucking my way out, except I can only breath in, not out. Takes me a while to work out how to breath. Take care everyone

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