Vaso-Vagal Discussion

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From: Joanna


I too found this website helpful to read and relate to. I started having the sx about 3 years ago, fainting after I would vomit. Now it always happens when I'm about to vomit. I feel as though I'm being choaked and my heart pounds and before I have a chance to lie down, I faint. It even happens when I'm prone (lying down) in bed, but always related to nausea. I've lost control of my bladder when passed out, hit my head/face/arm on things on the way down, and will have an episode with each wave of nausea like with an all day puke fest with the stomache flu. The doc says I'm fine, just happen to have low blood pressure to start with, and often deal with nausea with migraines ect, so it happens often. I've learned to deal with the 'warning' signs so that if I'm feel sick when I'm driving I know to pull over incase I faint. I took the advice on here from a post to try drinking gatorade (can only stand a sip or two if I'm feel nausea) to prevent the fainting and it seems to help a bit. Gravol can also ward off the nausea so I don't faint in the first place. My boyfriend has been around me a couple of times when I've fainted. I call out to him when I feel the fainting coming's an uncontrollable helplessness so I usually call out for help the moment I faint. He come running to help me just in time to catch me and watch me convulse on the floor with my eyes rolling around in their sockets. I'm out for about 30 seconds, (enough time for him to freak out) and I come-to with him calling my name and me hearing him, but not being able to move or speak. I feel consiousness slowly returning, and I can finally say, "I'm ok" and then I wake up and usually have enough time to move to a bucket or toilet and vomit. I usually feel fine then and rest in bed or sleep. That's my experience. I feel better knowing all of you have had similar symptoms.

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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