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Knowing when a Vaso Vagal episode is coming on

From: Ellen in Orlando


I've been reading through the posts that many people know now when an episode is coming on and can avoid it. I'm trying to figure out for next time (if it happens to me) that I can avoid becoming unconscious. I feel pain in my stomach, which usually brings on the nausea, then a bit weak and clammy. I think this is when I start to slightly panic saying to myself "Oh God, I think i'm going to pass out...ok calm down, you're alright...etc.." (this is the only time you will see me talking to myself :0) I think I'm finding my own answer by typing this, but I guess the best thing to do, instead of worrying that I will pass out alone, is to get on the couch and elevate my legs??? I haven't passed out since last September, but six months before that it started most recently, and not since 5 years before that (which I thought was food poisoning) and about 10 years before that after working out too much. Sorry, that would be 4 times. I'm rambling. I just get nervous of anticipating if there will be a next time, or if I will be alone again with my toddler. Thanks for listening. Anyone else feel similar?

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