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Re: Vaso Vagal Response????

From: J. Mennona


No, I am not having seizures, nor am I suggesting that you are either. You're doctor is right - it probably is only your nerves being pinched. However, in my case, it appears that my body is suffering from a "seizure like" condition - my whole body tenses up and pinches the nerve. To make things less complicated, I tell people that it is a mild siezure, so I don't have to go into the whole explanation.

I too have passed out during bowel movements. Other causes that have brought on the situation - heavy lifting, standing for long periods of time, and intercourse. One interesting note was the fact that I was able to make my heart stop just by holding my breath and bearing down. Now that I have the pacemaker, however, I am no longer able to pass out.

I didn't think I had a severe case either. In fact, I hid this from everyone in my family. It wasn't until I passed out a few times in front of my doctor that I realized how serious this situation was. The problem that I was having was that my heart wasn't going back to normal BP after I passed out. My heart beat would skyrocket to about 130BP once I came too, and the terrible headaches that I was suffering from could have easily become a stroke. This is what really scared me and eventually made me decide to go with the pacemaker. Hope this helps.

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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