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vaso-vagal syndrome

From: jennie


I am an 81 year old woman in rather good health. I have had a diagnosis of Temporal Lobe Seizures as of 1997, have had no seizures in 6 years, under control of Tegretol XR. A week ago, I was running water for coffee, when I felt terribly sick, dizzy, nauseas and broke out in a sweat. I got to a chair, where I fell backward w/my head toward the floor, w/mucous coming from my mouth. I couldn't right myself for a time but finally managed to get upright w/use of desk and chair back. I felt I may pass out so dialed 911. I was in the hospital for 3 days and 2 nights, where I was diagnosed as 'dizzyness, probably vasovagal and dehydration'. I returned home after being placed on whole aspirin, and prevacid. Two days later, I became very weak while walking about 100 feet to the elevator. Our manager put me in a wheelchair, and brought me home, where she decided to call 911. After two days in the hospital, I was discharged w/prescriptions for norvasc and xanax. At the time I arrived at the ER, my blood pressure had gone up to 200 and then fell within low to normal range, my sodium and Tegertol levels had dropped, so the Tegretol was doubled, and had IV to regain lowered potassium and sodium. The first time I had an episode, I was making the coffee and had not eaten or drunk anything, so I tho't that may have affected the electrolytes, but the second time, I had eaten, and was dressed, so I don't know if either had any bearing on it. I find very little about this condition in reading material, but have been seeking information on teh internet as the doctors have little to say regarding it. Does it have anything to do w/the TLS ? I am frightfully tired after an episode, as w/the seizures. Why isn't it known and how is it treated? What can I do to avoid another episode? Wickenburg is a great place to retire. Thank you for listening to me re: this problem.

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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