Vaso-Vagal Discussion

[ Home | Contents | Search | Post | Reply | Next | Previous | Up ]

vasa-vagal experience

From: James S. O'Hare


After our shared 20+ minute enzyme bath my girlfriend got up and went outside to brush off the "sawdust" that sticks to your body, it was now my turn to get out of the tub and brush off. I remember starting to get out of the tub with the help of the bath attendant, as required, the next thing I remember was sitting on the deck noticing the blood on my left knee and asking why the wood framed glass door was on the deck beside me. My girlfriend said that I got out of the tub, smiled like a Cheshire cat then became rigid, made a couple of loud groaning signs, distended my stomach, started a rotation of my body and collapsed taking the door with me. Obviously this was very scary for her as we were expecting the enzyme bath to be a relaxing experience. I had had an enzyme bath once or twice before. During this experience I also lost control of my bladder. The next day I called my doctor, when I talked to him later that day he told me I had a vaso-vagal episode. I had had a similar experience twenty years ago when I was recupering from surgery. I'm a 58 year old causasian male, 5'11', 172 lbs. I regularly exercise by jogging anywhere from two to five miles on a given day, five days a week. I take medicine for hypertension (10mg lisinopril) and have started taking Lipitor 10mg within the last month. Any discussion of this matter would be appreciated.

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.
Last changed: June 22, 2007