Vaso-Vagal Discussion

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From: Kimberly


I was so pleased to read this site today. I have been passing out since i was in kindergarten from blood tests. I am now 32 and just passed out yesterday at the Dr. Everytime I get a blood test I have passed out. I cannot talk about blood tests or blood or I start to feel as if I am passing out. As soon as I walk into a hospital or Dr.'s office I can feel the anxiety starting. I dread going to the Dr. each year. No one understands how traumatic a feeling this is. It is not simply "fainting" the feelings and anxiety around it are awful. My Dr. told me last year (after I passed out in the lobby) that I had a Vagal Nerve and it was a condition and I was not going to grow out of it like my Dr's told myself and my mother growing up. I well know the symptoms and even though the technicians sometimes scoff when I say i pass out from a finger prick, I insist I have to lay down. It is a very draining experience and after I pass out I am very tired and go home to lay down. It is comforting to know that others suffer from this condition which is out of our control.

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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