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Last week I was suppose to have steroid injections in my lower back for pain management. This procedure was to take place in outpatient surgery in approx. 15 minutes. After explaining several times to the specialist and their staff of past experiences, they were medically bound to provide me w/an IV and heart monitoring during the procedure. They were very unsympathetic and quick to make clear I simply needed to get a handle on my anxiety. Needless to say, I left without having the procedure done. After speaking with an RN that works in cardiovascular surgery settings, at 41 yrs. of age, I was informed of Vaso Vagal Response. This unusual occurance has made my entire medical/health life a nightmare. Several children, surgeries, dental visits, etc. later, I now have a name for my unique experiences. The worst part of it all is that the medical professionals think I am crazy.
2 yrs. ago I went in to have an old cavity replaced and didn't have time from work to mess w/the happy gas and went straight to the numbing process. By the 2nd injection I was passing out, throwing up, lost control of bowels and hyperventilating. The dentist immediately took my blood pressure and called the paramedics. It took over an hour to stabilize my blood pressure enough to simply sit up. This is just one of many stories I can tell.
I truly wish that more professionals were aware of this strange reaction to needles. It is not an easy thing to convince people that it is not "mind over matter".