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Vaso-Vagal Discussion

Date: 7/15/99
Time: 9:43:55 AM
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I've been reading these discussions and I too have been diagnosed w/ this. This has been going on for the last 12 yrs of my life (I'm 27 yrs old) My "attacks" begin w/ me feeling like I know I am going to pass out but I can't always get the words out. I get VERY hot and sweaty, I loose my sight then my hearing. Everything is so surreal I am usually out for 4 or 5 minutes. My mother has seen this happen and she says I get rigid (almost like a seizure) and at times my eyes stare straight ahead although I'm not focusing. When I come too I gain my hearing and then sight. This is so upsetting. I don't know what else to do. My last attack was 2 weeks ago at the beauty salon - I was there for the whole works, hair makeup etc. becasue I was on my way to my bridal shower. Needless to say I never got "pretty". ANyway, I've fallen during these episodes and my teeth have torn thru my lip. (Had to have cosmetic surgery) And now I am getting married in 2 weeks and am SO afraid this is going to happen to me during the wedding. Drs have told me, stay hydrated, eat salty foods, take salt tablets. One dr I saw today even mentioned Midodrine (sp?) to raise my hi blood pressure, Beta blockers (not sure what these are), zoloft (anti depressent - not sure why that would work). And in some cases a pacemaker, This is supposed to be such a happy time of my life and I am so scared. Not to mention I also have a horrible case of Irritable Bowel. Syn. (not related -- I know)


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When my office lease expired at the end of 2004, I decided to turn it into a "sabbatical" from my private practice. Many years ago, in my grandfather's 89th year of life, he told me, "John, it is important to smell the roses while you can still smell them." His life gave living a very good reputation. It is also true that the pursuit of that philosophy required my grandfather to to re-open his assay office/ore market in Wickenburg, Arizona as a 75-year-old because he had run a little short of retirement money. Thus, if blessed with his luck and health, I'll be back.. --jjh

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