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Re: Vaso-Vagal during bowel movements

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From: Susan


Dear Richard, I think your episodes are very much like mine have always been. I'm just a little older at 60, and female, so mine were often connected with a menstral period when I was younger. They have always been associated with a bowel movement and severe cramping. I too have always had to have a wet washcloth if someone was with me or if I was able to get up from the stool. This is impossible most of the time if my attack comes on real fast or is real severe. I just found this website after many years of having this problem. You can see my posting on 9/30/06. Sometimes I have gone for several years with no problem and then I might have several fairly close together. I have found it interesting to hear about the possibility of dehydration and getting overheated in some of the discussions. Keeping our wits and remembering not to risk a bad fall seems to be my biggest worry now also, since I took a very hard fall last year. I thought I was going to have to call 911 and was worried about the doors all being locked!!! That was all I could think about and that ended up being really, really stupid! I was okay though after the fall and waking up, but it sure showed me how important not risking a fall is! After having these same attacks for so many years, I know they won't kill me, but it sure makes me feel better to know there is a name and other people just like me.

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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