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Re: Length of Episode

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From: Jim


For a year and a half I would have similar types of symptons. They would start about two hours after awakening and continue all day. I would feel weak and dizzy and then for 3 hours a day feel on the verge of fainting every second. I only fainted a few times (during a severe cold). This lasted for months. I took 2 tilt table tests--passing them both. After numerous neurologists and heart doctors my third doctor convinced me it was vaso vagal. We seem to think it was due to my going to the gym and building the muscles in my neck/trapezius up to where it would press on my nerve. The effect was dizziness for months at a time. I would then stop working out and it would go away. It still comes back every now and then, but I no longer work out. Your hours of driving could be putting strain and tension in your neck muscles causing the same thing for you. Talk with your doctor. I'm 37 now and have always worked out and lifted very heavy. This started up just 2 1/2 years ago for me. You need to lay down and elevate your legs for a 1/2 hour a so when this happens.

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