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vasal vagal syncope

From: Susan NH


I was recently diagnosed with this condition. My first occurance happened while sitting at my desk on the telephone at work. I felt lightheaded, then nauseous. When I walked it was observed that I had a loss of equilibrium. Co workers notice my condition and call an ambulance. When they arrive my pressure had dropped to 90/50. On the way to the hospital the checked my blood sugar and it was normal. After a complete cardiac work up (chest xray, EKG,stress test and over night heart monitoring) and a nuclear lung scan all results were normal.

The next occurance was 5 days latter while I was sleepping. The previous night I had experienced some chills, felt like I might be comming done with a virus. I awoke with nausea, I attempted to get up an head for the bathroom but I was unable to due to dizziness. I laid back done and went back to sleep for 6 hours. I was fine when I got up then.

Two days latter I am back at work sitting at my computer reading my email when I become dizzy again. They drove me to my doctor's office where another phsycian saw me. She noted the drop in pressure. She diagnosed it as vertigo and an fluid in my left ear. She prescriped Afrin Spray and suggested vertigo exercises. I followed her insrtuctions with the spray although I only did the exercises once. I have had vertigo in the past and I knew what I was happening now was not vertigo.

The next day I saw my primary care doctor who diagnosed the vasal vagal syncope. I now lie down with my legs up as she suggested when I have this feeling. This has happened three times since then for a total of five in span of 4 weeks. I will see my doctor in 2 weeks and an ear specialist at the end of January.

The only constant that I have noticed was that it happened most often while I was sitting, possibly involving eye movement. I would like to hear from others who have had similar episodes.

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