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Relief from vaso-vagal episodes

From: Claire


Hi, I used to suffer quite a lot from vaso-vagal episodes. It went through quite a few doctors with no success or diagnosis. Finally, when I went to live in France (I'm Irish) I saw a doctor who said it was "lipothymie" or lipothymia, in English, he also described what I had as vaso-vagal syncopes. Up until the dawn of the internet I didn't know what this diagnosis meant, but now I know he was exactly right.

Anyway, what I wanted to say was, I found a way of easing the symptoms, if I feel an episode coming on. A yoga instructor recommended it to me. It's really simple and harmless. All you do is squeeze your little fingers alternately. For me it really works.

Can I ask, has anyone found how these incidences begin? Are they drug induced? Are they hereditory?


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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