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anyone else react to anesthetic?

From: LJ
Date: 11/10/99
Time: 5:42:54 AM
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Hi, I was so happy to find this site & hear about what others' experiences are. I am not positive that what happens to me is vaso-vagal but it provides a good explanation (the only one for now)for what happens to me when I got any kind of anesthetic. I'm 27 & over the past couple years, I have had a couple moles removed surigcally by a dermatologist. Both times after she numbed the area she was going to work on, I start to black out, it starts with extreme heat and weakness and everything gets dark. Luckily, both times I felt it coming & told them, plus I was already lying down so they were able to attend to me before I completely blacked out. The dermatologist actually was ANNOYED with me the 2nd time, telling me I really should eat something first. I had eaten, just not a big meal. Well I was embarassed and thought it was all in my head until my most recent experience. A couple months ago, I broke my elbow & had to be taken to the ER. My husband asked them to give me something for the pain and the RN proceeded to inject something in my arm. Big mistake! There's that burning sensation and here I go, feeling hot & weak & blacking out. They gave me smelling salt & juice & i was better after about 10 minutes, they said I was as white as a ghost. I told the nurse that happens to me often, but only with that type of shot (a numbing one). It doesn't happen when I get blood taken, or when I had a booster shot recently. The ER nurse is the one who told me it sounds like vaso-vagal. Finally, i realized it's not me. I switched dermatologists immediately after hearing this, especially the way she made me feel the last time. Sorry for being so long-winded, I just wanted to know if anyone else has the same reaction to those type of shots???


From: Melissa


I have been passing out upon standing, or from sitting up on my knees, or from rising from a squatting position, since April, 2002. It is now Dec. and my doc. has had me on Florinef for a month, but that A. is not helping much and B. has added 6 lbs.; therefore, I stopped the meds. She now wants me to see a neurologist, since my heart has checked out totally normal and the tilt table test was positive. The only other "symptom" is that I have always had fairly low blood pressure, though still within normal limits. Has anyone out there tried compression stockings? The guy who did my tilt table test suggested them. Thanks.

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From: JEAN


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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