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Re: Vaso vagel syndrome

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From: Taryn


I have been dealing with Vaso-vagal syndrome for 27 years. I have had several different things trigger it. When I was younger something as simple as pinching my finger in the chain of a swing would cause me to faint. My symptoms are the same as everyone else's. I know when it is going to happen. I describe it to my friends and family as such: I hear a tingling in my head, then comes what seems like snow on the television without the white, next I hear people telling me how pale I look and they are asking me if I am okay. The next thing I know I am having what seem to be dreams....lots of them, and then I usually wake up to someone saying my name repeatedly because they are scared by what they have just seen happening to me. I am all sweaty and exhausted when I awake and all I want to do is lay down and go to sleep. My friends and family have told me what they see during my fainting spell. They say that I am very pale, my eyes roll back in my head, my arms and legs stiffin and shake and I make noises like I am gasping for air. They all describe it as being like a seizure.

I am 33 and I have been dealing with this "condition" since I was 6. From what I know there is no treatment and no cure. I have been to many doctors and had just about every test that can be done. The fear of this happening in public is the only set back in my life. I live a very active "normal" life otherwise. I just don't like it that people want to call 911 when they see it happening. It is not needed.

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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