Vaso-Vagal Discussion

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My Experiences



The onset of my Vaso Vagal response is always preceded by a sprained ankle or arm. This happenned a few times in the past ten years when I twisted my ankle and very recently when I pulled a muscle in my forearm. In each case I was aware of some sort of build up to what would eventually be me passing out - for about a few minutes as reported by my wife.

While I describe the experience as "passing out", I seemed to have maintained some level of conscious awareness during the incident but I was unable to communicate or or recognize the people and surroundings that I was in. In the last case that would be at home with my wife and kids.

Everything seemed familiar like the large painting of pears that I made for our kitchen. I remember seeing this painting, which was in reality, right in front of me, but I did not recognize it as my work perse - just that it was familiar and comforting.

When the paramedics mentioned the Vaso Vagal response to pain I decided to look it up on the net. This was the first time I even new this was experienced by others. I plan to read a lot of the experiences from others that are posted on this site.

Please e-mail me any information that you think may help.

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.
Last changed: June 22, 2007