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Menstrual Cycle and Vago Vasal

From: Michelle


I am 33 years old but since I was 18 years old I have been having fainting and vomiting attacks. They only occur on the 1st day of my period. I have period pain, then my blood pressure drops - I naturally feel the need to get down before I faint, I sweat but am cold and clammy, I vomit and the pain is so bad that I feel I want to die. Over the years I have worked out that I need to be at home when this happens, as I can run myself a hot bath - which raises my heartrate and thus stops me from fainting and also helps with the pain, then I need to go straight to bed and sleep. Usually within an hour I feel ok again. The vomiting takes it out of me as does the weak feeling and the pain. I was diagnosed as having endometriosis, have had several operations to remove scar tissue from my womb and tubes etc. It was only when I was on my 3rd attempt of IVF that the Doctor diagnosed Vago Vasal. I was having the eggs transfered and within 5 minutes I was fainting, could barely breath because it hurt so much and felt weak. This lasted longer about 6 hours where I nearly fainted 7 times. Last week at work I got my period, felt OK, went to lunch - by the time I came back from lunch I felt odd. I was trying to block out the pain, I took 2 pain killers and concentrated on my breathing, within 30 minutes I felt my blood pressure drop, the sweating started and then 10 minutes later I was on the floor vomiting. I tried to leave work, but nearly fainted 3 times leaving the building, I had to keep stopping to get on the floor and I was vomited continously. When I got home I did my usual hot bath and bed and within 45 mins I was fine again. Is this vago vasel or endometrios? I can't believe I have suffered like this for 16 years and not said anything.

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