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From: Ana Maria
To all who have been diagnosed with V.V. I have been living with this condition for about 13 years. At first it went undiagnosed. About 7 years ago I finally ended up with a eletrophysiological doctor who administered the tilt table test which I failed after 6 minutes. He started me on betablockers but that only lowered my blood pressure more than it was already and caused me to faint even more. I have found that with much water (tons and tons) and gatorage and 2 salt tabs a day my sypmtoms are much more controlled. I still have my fainting episodes (guaranteed to happen if I eat anything in a white cheese sauce, or if I eat garlic or chocolate), but, since I am super hydrated, my recovery is usually an hour vs. 3 days in a hospital as before. This condition is for life. We must all learn to live with it and educate ourselves and others as to it's existence. Driving is usually something that we with V.V. are not supposed to do, however, who can be without driving in this day and age...use precautions and don't drive if you are feeling ill. Stop the nanosecond you even think you have an episode coming along. Meanwhile, continue to enjoy life as I have been told we probably wont die from the condition unless we happen to hurt ourselves on the way down, i.e. hitting our head, eye, etc. when we pass out. Try always to drop to the floor the instant you feel that "sensation". Others may look at you funny but more than likely they will just understand that you are ill and offer you assistance. Good luck to all and don't forget to pray for the Lord's strength. His healing hand can do wonders !!!!!!