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Re: For Cheryl

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From: Jimmie Sue


ProAmatine has helped me and has kept me from passing out. I am 56 and my Vasovagel syncope was only identified 6 years ago. I have been on ProAmatine since then. I was orignally given ProAmatine and Atenonol, but was taken off Atenonol with a result that gave me Post Traumatic Stress regarding taking any medication at all without first asking many questions. Today I face the need to have a colonoscopy and have been told I will need to take Versed and probably a pain reliever during the procedure as well as I probably won't be able to take my ProAmatine the day before and at least part of the day of the procedure. That petrifies me because I can't function without it. I get so lightheaded, dizzy, disoriented, and unfocused that I would have to stay in bed without the medicine. How do you deal with your Syncope? Don't you get angry because you always have to take a pill at a certain time no matter where you are, your head gets dizzy or really tight, or begins to hurt close to the time for the next pill and you feel so bad you want to scream, but no one understands how you feel and you can't stand up for a long time without your feet and legs killing you because the blood pools in your feet and drains away from the brain since your BP is low and can't pump it fast enough. I sound like I'm griping, and I guess I am. The pill that gave me back my senses, my ability to work and function, etc., also rules my life, when I can lay down, when I get up. I can't sleep late on the weekends because I have to get up and take the pill at 8:00 a.m. to get the three doses in that day. I can't take a nap in the afternoon if I take the pill, because I can't lay down for three hours after I take it. It runs my life, and I really resent it. But the to return to life before the medication is not an alternative that I can choose and still function as a wife, grandmother, homemaker, secretary with a 2nd job as a customer service representative, and main breadwinner for my home. I would invite all responses and comments to my statements. I have looked for a forum of some kind to see if there are others like me out there for a long time. I would like to know if there are others like me. Please answer. Frustrated in Oklahoma.

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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