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Second Adult Experience

From: Keith M


I am a 37 year old male. I have fainted three times in my life. Once around 1974, for no reason anyone could find. In December 2003 I had my first adult fainting episode about 1 minute after I had received an innoculation. Have been fine until last week (June 2004). I sprained my ankle. Within two minutes afterward I felt a bit dizzy and sat down in a chair. Opened my eyes and found myself lying on the floor. Both times I woke up in a cold sweat and feeling physically drained. Mentally, I feel like I woke from a very good nap, even though I was only out for 10-20 seconds. No headache, no nasea, no sense of confusion, although it does take several minutes to think normally. Both times a doctor (different ones) informed me that it was probably a vagal nerve reaction (I forgot the exact phrase.) After I recovered from fainting, they left me with the impression that it was nothing to be concerned about; it was a natural reaction to a 'noxious stimulus.' The first time, I took the doctor at her word, since I hadn't had anything to eat before the shot. But I do not think that spraining my ankle (not too seriously, either) is a good reason to lose consciousness. It was certainly not the worst pain I had experienced in the last few years. Today I have started to research it. I am VERY glad to have found this discussion. Much luck and hope to all of you; may you find a treatment / lifestyle that works for your situation.

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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