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vasovagal syncope



6 weeks ago I had a bariatric surgery. On my forth week, as I was transitioning from a Stage II diet to a Stage III I had an episode of, what the doctors have said is, vasovagal syncope. I had taken a bite of food and started feeling ill. I got up from the table and walked towards the kitchen sink, I felt my blood pressure dropping, clammy, sweaty and ill, yet there was no way for me to throw up. My husband, from the table, says he saw me drop down to my knees and land on the floor, fainting. He says I was unconscious for about 1-2 minutes. He tried the Heimlich maneuver and it didn't work, as he was about to call 911, he started yelling my name and I slowly came to. I was disoriented, felt clammy, and very weak. I felt exhausted and slept for the rest of the day. Neither my Primary Care Doctor nor my surgeon were concerned, they dictaminated it as vasovagal syncope and said it probably won't happen again. I am concerned, becuase I have traditionally had difficulty with swallowing, plain water in particular, I feel my throat closes down. Is this common in bariatric patients?

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