Vaso-Vagal Discussion

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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.

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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