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Vaso-vagal "attacks"

From: Helene Damgaard


I have had those attacks ever since I can remember, passing out in school, while standing in line, and once while driving. It comes always very suddenly and my attacks are quite severe, including nausea, complete loss of bowel/bladder, extreme fatigue for up to 36/48 hours, my body is instantly covered in a heavy sweat to the point where it actually drips from my fingertips, light-headedness, fast heartbeat, gasping for air, and the "sound" of rushing waters in my ears. The worst attack necessitated an emergency call for ambulance in January '04, and had an other last evening, as I was quietly talking with my youngest son on the porch. Doctors have never been able to identify these problems or give it a name. It was the ambulance medic who, upon examining me at home, uttered the words "vaso-vagal". Wow! at last there was a name for it! And, best of all, it was not "all in my head". That's all I wish to write at this time.

Helene D. in Surrey, B.C.

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