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Re: vaso-vagal in nature?

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From: Robert


I have come to the conclusion that Doctors try and use medical terms and Nurses try and use laments terms. In short I too have experienced several such episodes. I never really gave it much thought until I was as they say "diagnosed" Guess what, after an MRI, a CAT scan, a neurologist, a cardiologist, an ENT, a chiropractor and a psychiatrist, I had every test I know of run on my heart, and brain to include a table tile test. I finally found myself so terrified I couldn’t leave the house for fear of passing out again. I now live on Paxil and Xanax and no-one knows why I had the episode. So . . . Yea it probably was a panic attack. The reason you pass out is due to the drop in blood pressure causing lack of oxygen to your brain. Your vagal nerve dropped your blood pressure, (that’s one of the things that it does) why did it? Well that’s the part that no doctor can tell you so as we all share the frustration of experiencing an unexplained Vaso Vagal Syncope. . . bottom line you freaked your vagal nerve dropped your blood pressure, and passed out. Do not let all this jargon scare you, Passing out is not the big concern! It’s only a symptom. . . It's why you passed out, or better yet why your vagal nerve made you pass out, it could be ANYTHING from a mini stroke, alcohol poisoning, Drugs, bad food, hyperventilation, and panic attacks! A grown adult sticking a knife in your sack will make anyone panic.

What I had to do. . . First of all was admit to myself that I am not always in control of the organs in my body. (that was hard for me) Secondly I drink A good bit of Gatorade to keep by blood pressure from crashing. Last but not least If I ever feel woozy I know to stop whatever I’m doing and lay down with my feet elevated above my heart. (this dumps oxygen rich blood to your brain and you won’t pass out)

I hope this helps, I’m still a little bitter about my last episode I guess it shows. Take care of yourself. You really should talk to a Doctor about this the most educated one on this nerve is a neurologist. I would start there before I took the advice of anyone else.

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