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Vasal Vagal Attacks

From: Alan Lance Andersen -


I suffer from vaso-vagal attacks in which I "pass out" rather than "faint." (According to Dr. Guenther, "fainting" is where you get LIGHT-headed -- sitting down with your head between your knees will stop "fainting." On the other hand, "passing out" is HEAVY-headed, like from drinking alcohol or taking drugs, and you completely loose consciousness and nothing will stop it.)

Anyway, my attacks frequently happen after I eat (usually canned food or commercially prepared food). I also have these attacks in the wee hours of the morning -- 3:00 am to 5:00 am). I have trembling and quaking, shortness of breath, cold sweats, swelling of glands beneath my ears, and a heavy sedation feeling in my head. The attacks that happen after I eat frequently cause me to pass out -- sometimes for 20 or 30 minutes, other times for 3 or 4 hours.

I have been checked for my heart, allergies, and a host of other things -- but nobody can tell me what is causing this. (It began several years ago after I had severe side effects to Prevacid and Nexium.)

The only thing Dr. Carlyle has found that helps is Cheratussin AC cough syrup, which you mustn't take very much of.

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