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my experience

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From: L.A.W.


My first fainting experience was when I was three years old. My mother took me to the doctor and he then sent me over to get an e.e.g. It showed nothing abnormal. They tested me on the premise that what I experienced was epilepsy. So from as early as I can remember til about 20 years old I was on dilantin and phenobarbitol. The meds apparently didn't change anything, through the years, because I kept fainting, especially around my period. Fast forward to two years ago. I went to the doctor for a biopsy and ended up laying on the table, after the procedure, feeling like I was going to pass out. I didn't as long as I kept in the prone position.I layed there for an hour and a half. A month later I am recovering from uterine cancer surgery. The nurse gets me up to go for my first walk. We went for the walk, came back. She sat me in the chair while she started to change the sheets. I could feel an episode coming on. I told her I needed smelling salts. She put them under my nose but I still passed out ( code blue in the hospital). Anyway I ended up on the heart floor for an additional day. It was after that experience that I realized I was never an epileptic but had vaso vagel. My doctors first one.

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