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From: A. M. Lum
My name is Aurora Lum, 64 yrs. old (65 next month) woman, and I've fainted several times in the last 10 years. Once in an airplane, once in a train (Bay Area Rapid Transil in S.F.); once in a restaurant (Black Angus), once at work (accounting firm), and several times at home. When I fainted at the restaurant, my husband brought me to the hospital, that was about 2 years ago. The attending physician (Eden Hospital, Castro Valley, CA) said I should mention to my doctor that he thinks I have a vaso-vagal syncope. I mentioned it to my doctor, but somehow he didn't say anything about it, that I didn't pay much attention to it. But after that I've had several episodes. The thing is I knew exactly that I was going to faint. I would feel so weak, dizzy, nauseated, cold sweat, and I would even tell whoever is near me that I am going to faint. But other than the attending physician at the emergency room nobody has diagnosed me with vaso-vagal. Please I need help, how am I gonna convince my doctor that this might be what's causing my fainting spells, or may be you can recommend a doctor or a clinic where I could go for testing or treatment.