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Re: Never thought I'd EVER get to the bottom of ....

From: Trish


Dear C,

I have suffered from panic attacks since a very early age. In fact, when I was a small child, I had dreams of strangling, losing my breath, etc., so I am not new to this. However, my peeve is that the medical professionals I have unfortunately come to know most of my life have not even suggested this to me until three days ago when I reached an on call doctor who suggested this may be what I am suffering from. I have been led to believe so many syndroms from my "doctors" that my list will literally cause a panic attack to anyone who reads them, so WARNING, here they are:

1979 > low blood pressure: advice: "do cartwheels before you come to your next visit" (I was an active gymnast commencing 1973 and I still do cartwheels to this day)

1980 > diagnosed with Mitro valve prolapse > took mega doses of antibiotics to ward off heart deterioration > told in 2003 I do not have mitral valve prolapse after stress tests revealed no problems with my heart.

Was told by my family doctor's "practice" that I had a protruding aorta (1993) after having my second child > THEN was told, wrong diagnosis. I'm just "thin".

Diagnosed with a hiatal hernia 1993 because they couldn't find the cause of my repeated duodenal ulcers which were found in 2002, including an ulcerated esophagus.

Heart problem that includes leaks in the heart valves that builds up blood into the lungs (could be fatal) > wrong diagnosis. My EKG was WRONG.

I can go on and on here, C, and if you could see me, you would say, "you're a picture of health", so why do I wake up in the middle of the night not breathing, why do both of my arms go numb after a viral attack that lasts 2 weeks? Panic attacks? No. I don't think so. I am a yoga enthusiast, I eat well, I look good, and then BAM, my body just decides to blank out?

There is more than meets the eye here, and I am convinced that people with low blood pressure are prone to "this thing". And I also believe that the more we "think" about it, the more prone we are to become obstacles in our own paths. Our neurotransmitters are being displaced by the onslaught of doctor recommendations to adhere to antidepressants. There is a way to BUILD upon our neurotransmitters instead of "displacing" them and I am highly concerned with the amount of doctors prescribing drugs that displace them. Soloft, Prozac, etc. These drugs only make us WORSE in the long run. Try coming off of them once you're on them. I am on a mission to tell all the people who suffer from Vaso Vagal, do NOT take prescription drugs. Eat well, take YOGA, meditate, but do NOT get stuck in this drug infested world of pharmaceutical wrong, because our brains are stronger than that. WE CAN GET PAST THIS with our own stimulation, if we only work on it ourselves.

I do not claim to understand those who suffer with this vaso vagal syncope at early stages in life, but I do scream out to everyone, SEEK ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT, chiros, acupuncturists, because the conventional medical profession has only stimulated my dis-EASE by creating visualisations and therefore MANIFESTATIONS of other dis-EASE.

Our brains are stronger than we think. THINK POSITIVELY, and then seek help outside of the AMA, because in my experience, they are all just one day ahead in the reading journals and lesson plans.

Live Strong. Peace, Trish

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