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Pregnancy and Vaso Vagals



Hi, I have had seven episodes where I pass out, lose bladder control, and convulse. Two were from standing around too long, two from injections (cortisone shot in my shoulder, and another from pain medication injection in my shoulder), one from minor surgery, one from food poisoning, and one from my tilt table test.

When I was getting prepped for an MRI on my shoulder, they had me hooked up to monitors and injected dye and lidocaine (sp?) into my shoulder. I warned the doctors that although I didn't think the pain was that bad, I often fainted from painful things. Turns out I do more than faint. They said I had a grand-mal seizure.

Now that I know what brings these episodes on, I can attempt to control it. I no longer donate blood, try to keep my fluid intake very high, and avoid unnecessary painful stimuli.

What I am wondering now is what will happen during my labor? Will I pass out and seize with the really bad contractions? Is that dangerous? Should I find out about delivering via caesarean prior to the actual due date to avoid these complications?

Any input would be helpful. No one seems to know anything about vaso vagals, and some of my doctors say I don't have because I have seizures, and that's something different.

Please respond. Tara

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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