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just diagnosed with vaso vagal-a little overwhelmed!



Just this evening, I was provided with a name for the symptoms I've been experiencing for seven years now. I've always been aware of the general triggers of these attacks, but due to the random nature of these triggers, they can come on quite unexpectedly. In a nutshell, I respond badly to medical/body-type things. To give some examples, my first attack came on when a friend talked about someone's stress and the effect it would have on their heart. Another time, it was from noticing I had pink eye, and yet another, from when I was getting my hair dyed and my scalp starting hurting. As you can see, I either experience something physically, or find a particular conversation disturbing, and my symptoms occur. The problem is, these episodes seem to have increased in intensity. This summer I visited with an eye doctor about a concern, and shortly after she put drops in my eyes (something I don't respond well to generally), I started feeling my usual symptoms, and before I knew it, I blacked out, and then woke up, and was dripping with sweat. I was so disoriented and embarassed. I didn't know what really happened, but it appears that I fainted (and I had not actually fainted in past episodes). Is it typical for these episodes to gradually increase in intensity? I am in psychotherapy for general stressors (which I understand from reading some other postings, is good).

Besides being concerned about experiencing this condition in general, I am concerned about how it will affect me in the future e.g. when I plan to start a family (which is not all that far off).

Any thoughts that might provide some help/reassurance in this area would be very much appreciated. I'm still in shock that this thing actually has a name!

Thank you.


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