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In hospital in Bangkok

From: Rich


Hi everyone from a scared English guy in Thailand. I was travelling in Laos and had a cold for a few days- it developed into a fever and influenza like symptoms with minor delerium for a day (the weather was hot and we were in the middle of a very basic area so no aircon/fans or electricity except for a few hours in the evening). After this I felt a lot better and was back to a runny nose and cough so we travelled on. Two days later feeling a lot better I went for a very short walk- my legs went very heavy and gave out, my chest went very tight and for a while I felt like breathing was too diffcult. It also felt like palpitations (the feeling was different from panic attacks Ive had in the past- not for quite a while I might add). Eventually after other episodes I was hospitalised and after the tilt table told I may have vaso vagal problems but sometimes my heart just jumps from a normal to high beats and back again as well. I dont know how related this is. Before my collapse I had the odd "missed" heart beat during my life which my doctor said was an extra beat and nothing to worry about, feeling faint when standing after crouching for a while- again which he wasnt concerned about as it was only for a few seconds with no loss of consciousness and anxiety which hasnt really been a major issue for a good 6 months now. Can anyone give me some input on this please as I am worried about my health and also that I wont be able to travel or continue with any of my normal hobbies again. Thanks alot and take care- happy new year Rich

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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