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Vaso-Vagal episode

From: Dave Cooley ; dacooley at nuvox dot net


Hi All, Have always had light headedness when having blood taken or getting an injection... Last week I went in for an umbilical hernia repair, and was on the pre-op bed, propped in a sitting position. The nurse started my IV, then drew a little blood from my right hand, and I was feeling a little light headed/nauseous. My fingers and toes started tingling and I started feeling hot and cold flashes that were internal to my body... right thru the middle of me... I called for the nurse and that was the last thing I remember... Next memory was everything was VERY bright, flashing as if it was racing past me, had no clue where I was and could not speak... I could hear the nurse trying to calm me down telling me I was OK, and slowly, things came back... I was scared half to death. Nurse said I had a massive seizure right after I called her, so they cancelled surgery and wheeled me to the ER. It took probably 2 hours for the nausea and dizziness to pass, but I was weak and felt like I had just run a marathon... they did an EKG, MRI of the brain and an EEG and all were normal... Kept me for observation for 2 days and let me go home yesterday... I need to reschedule my Surgery, but am afraid of this happening again... Neurologist said it was a Vaso-Vagal episode and the seizure was because I was propped up and not allowed to lie down when I passed out. I want to get this hernia fixed, but don't want to go thru this again... Thanks

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