Vaso-Vagal Discussion

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I have just been told that I might have this



A week ago I was outside gardening, something I love to do, when suddenly I felt I had to go to the bathroom. I had a bowel movement and at the end I started to feel like I was going to be sick, then my heart started to pound, and then I got the worst headache of my life. I actually thought I was having an anuerism, and that I was dying. Then headache was done in about twenty minutes and then I felt fine except I was exhausted. The next day while driving, I had to stop quickly and felt like my brain had to catch up with the rest of me, a day later I had another episode while going to the bathroom. My husband took me to the hospital where I had a ct, and a spinal tap. An anuerism was ruled out. I have had a few more episodes since these tests. A nurse I talked to mentioned vasovagel so I have just found this website. From what I have read I am quite certain this is what I am dealing with, and realize that other episodes that were not as traumatic were probably a manifestation of this syndrome. Is there anything I can do to minimize symptoms? Is this a psychological problem that manifests itself with physical problems?(what I mean by that is there something I am not dealing with in my life that could be causing this?) How do I treat this, what do I do? As you can see I have alot of questions and would sincerely appreciate any help you could send my way, Thanks Kaye

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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