Vaso-Vagal Discussion

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Symptoms Summary and Questions



I have been diagnosed with VV after a positive tilt table test and put on Toprol. I've already been taking Zoloft for the anxiety part of all this. Just wanted to list my symptoms since they may help somebody. I'll list them in the order they happen just before passing out:

completely dry mouth strange taste in mouth/like metal chest and stomach discomfort dizziness/lightheadedness confusion sounds become garbled and tunnel-like heart-rate increases to over 100-110 bpm tunnel-vision asystole (heart stops) 10 seconds unconciousness slowly come to unable to speak/slight amnesia/extreme confusion palid sweat on back and around hairline sound and vision return nausea headache loss of apetite

Those things happen everytime I do not abort the episode. It first happened about 7 yrs ago (I am 25 now) and has happened 20-30 times since. Most of the time this happens when standing, but it has happened on occasion when giving blood or sitting up in the doctors office.

What I am doing to "help" matters: Drink about a gallon of water a day Drink gatorade 50mg zoloft 50mg toprol .25mg xanax as needed

Now, I'd like to say I still feel bad very often and think I'm going to pass out, but I haven't had a full-on episode since I started the toprol. Yesterday in the grocery though I had some presyncopal symptoms but luckily checked-out and got into my car and was fine. I was also wondering, what about excercise? I can't help but think a stronger heart can help things. It certainly can't hurt. But, I want to be careful though. Oh yea, also what weight are you people. I am 6'1" 150 male. I think I am underweight and was wondering if this is the case for others as well.

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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