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Re: We have to live with Vaso Vagal...never knowing when to expec...

From: Patty Lange


I have the same symptoms as you. Every time it starts I am cramping in my stomach and most of the time is followed by a bowel movement. My first time was 12-31-03 and then in Feb 2004 & thru one week ago I have had many episodes. Always stomach camping, strange sensation in my lips, tingling all over, warm or cold flush feeling, and nausea. My heart has been checked and is fine, also went thru upper & lower GI scans with no problems found. After reading thru this forum I have increased my salt intake slightly, stay well hydrated (water & gatorade) and I have three med's I take as soon as I feel the symptoms coming on. They are Levsin ( used to calm upper gi/nausea), .25 mg Xanax to calm and gas-x to relieve gas pressure. I lay down as soon as I feel sensation coming on. I have never fainted but came real close. My Dec 2003 first time was the worst. When I tried to stand up I lost control of bladder and bowels and when EMT's got to my home my BP was 80/50. I have found three med's that I cannot take due to they cause/bring on the symptoms. They are: Augmentin, Advil, and Atarax. I work full time and have a 4year year old so I will take the med's mentioned to try to keep my life as normal as possible. I have had no problems while driving. Now looking back it was most likely brought on by dehydration. Also I have to keep my caffiene ( I love coffee) down to under 2 cups in the morning also. If I drink more I start to get symptoms.

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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