Vaso-Vagal Discussion

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I just don't know

From: Duke


I'mnot sure exactly what is going on with me. I have had several, well maybe 4 or 5 in the last 5 years or so, episodes such as you all have described. Twice was in the morning after drinking the night before. And twice after an injury which I don't understand because in my line of work I get cut and smashed fingers every other day. My symptoms have been light headedness, followed by tunnel vision and dizziness, then I start sweating terribly, then twice I have actually blacked out which scared the hell out of the people around me. After the first episode I went to the doc and she said I might have had a vagal response. I asked what that was and she really didn't seem to be able to explain it, but wanted to do some blood test to make sure. After the fifth blood draw with no abnormalities, besides a slightly elevated liver enzyme, I was convinced this was not the doc for me. I was feeling fine directly after each episode passed and never had any abnominal pain and also, the time of day never seedmed to matter. It appears this vagal response seems to happen primarily to women and I am a man. hmm... I'm not convinced that our medical field actually works for us as much as they do the pharmecutical plants, so I am going to try the advise I see common in everybodies messages on this page. Lower alcohol and caffine consumption, drink plenty of water and maybe the salt. Oh, has anyone had sleeping problems and do you think they are contributing to the vagal thing? Any response will be greatly appreciated.

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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