Vaso-Vagal Discussion

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From: ZeldumZeen


Greetings: After reading most of the stories here,I found that I share some of what you experience. Here's my story: It all began in July of 2005. It was summer and quite a hot day to work outside. After working for about six hours, I began to feel lightheaded and my coworker kept me from falling off the moving equipment we were on and pulled me inside. He and my boss immediately put ice on me and gatorade ready. As I was sitting I began to feel nauseated and eventually vomited. After several minutes, I began to feel better. We all shrugged it off as "heat exhaustion". I managed to finish my 12hr. shift afterwards but was very weak. A few weeks later, while on the job (this time inside), I experienced an "episode" again. This time, I was taken to the ER. I was admitted that evening and spent a week in the hospital undergoing many different tests. The tilt table test verified that I suffer from VV. Since I work on dangerous moving equipment, I have been off on medical leave. My cardiologist has me on celexa, toprol (beta-blockers) and lipitor. I'm still having near fainting spells. The dosage on the toprol was recently increased but it hasn't made much of a difference. I'll see the cardiologist next week. Maybe he'll increase it again? Well, that's my story (so far).

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