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From: Apryl


I was diagnosed with VVS when I was 12 years old. At the time, the doctors said the condition was not serious and that I'd grow out of it. I am now 24 and my spells have gotten significantly worse and more frequent over the years. And they aren't provoked by anything. I have had them at the gym, in the bathroom, sitting in a meeting, walking across the room...there is no pattern whatsoever. And more times than not, I am not stressed or in pain when it happens.

I finally had a tilt table test last week and they determined that my heart stops when I have an episode. My heart stopped for so long during the test that they used a difibulator to restart it.

The medicine they put me on makes me very jittery and I felt sick all the time at first. I am just starting to get over the sick feeling, but the jitteryness isn't going away.

The doctors said the case is pretty severe and that I may have to get a pacemaker.

I feel like such a freak because everyone has always made it out like this was some minor stress-induced condition. The doctors have always made me feel like I was overreacting when I explained how scary the experience is.

I am sorry that anyone has to go through this and I hope your condition gets better.

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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