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Re: Knowing when a Vaso Vagal episode is coming on

From: katie


hmm... well, this is what I usually try to do, but I don't think I've ever been able to prevent it. I'm 17 and I've passed out twice now in school, which of course is quite fun because everyone makes fun of you for fainting. both times, i tried putting my head down to make it go away, but my head would spin and I would wake up on the floor looking into the eyes of a very shocked teacher. After I faint, I usually can't stand or sit up for about a half hour without feeling dizzy and getting a headache, but I'd be perfectly fine lying down. It usually happens to me at the doctor's office when I get a shot. If anything it's just a huge annoyance. It has happened to me all my life, but no one told me what it was (or that anyone else in the world had it) until just a few months ago when I was diagnosed. I'm so glad this website is here... I thought I was the only one in the world with this problem. Now I don't feel like just another dizzy broad. Thank you.

This web site is not a substitute for a thorough medical evaluation and diagnosis of your vaso-vagal type symptoms.  Medical treatment and diagnosis is the only acceptable initial response to these serious symptoms since they might present from any number of life threatening and treatable illnesses. It is for you and your physician to rule out more serious illnesses; Please don't use this online forum as an alternative to getting responsible medical attention and being under the care of a physician for the duration of any unknown, suspected or dangerous vaso-vagal syndrome symptoms.
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