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Vaso Vagal

From: Patty
Date: 11/18/99
Time: 7:11:53 PM
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Since I was in elementary school, I have been fainting. As a kid, I would faint at the sight of blood or shots and it got to the point where I would faint simple about talking about the doctor. The doctors were confused and so they sent me to a psychologist, who later told my family that I had vaso vagel. I lost count, but it have fainted over thirty times. Now I am a freshmen in college and the problem is getting worse. It's November and I have fainted nine times since the begining of the year. Since I have started college, I have fainted three time during my biology class. It's starting to interfer with my grades and I would like to gain control of this problem. One time I fainted when simple talking about breast cancer, another time was when I saw a drawing of an eye ball.

The reason I am posting this is because I want some answers. The doctors have no answers so this is my last chance to figure out what is wrong with me. If anyone has any information please respond. My e-mail address is

Thank you

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Re: Vaso Vagal Episode

From: Scared in Mexico


I just had my second vaso vagal thing (at least, that's what I think it is). I am 45, and have been living in Mexico City for the past year and a half. Normally (in the US) my blood pressure is low - 90/60 - but at the elevation in Mexico City it is 140/90. Still, I had my first episode last December after eating a restaurant meal, which included a glass of wine. My gynecologist told me this is a typical precursor to such an episode. I was terrified; I felt strange, so went to the restroom and thought I was going to pass out. I have never passed out in my life. I tried to find my pulse which wasn't there. I sat on the toilet to keep from passing out. Finally I could get up and I ran cold water on my wrists to snap out of it. I made it back to the table but had never felt more tired in my life. Since then there have been times at work when I felt like I needed sleep more than anything else, and have struggled to stay awake in meetings.

I had the second episode this morning, soon after getting out of bed. I went to the kitchen to get some coffee, and collapsed into a chair; I managed to make it back to bed where I tore my clothes off as I was sweating profusely. I took my blood pressure, which was 70/40 and my pulse was 50. After a few minutes I was able to get up again. I am concerned about this one, as it was not triggered by a meal; however the last week was very stressful as my aging parents had visited us and we played tour guide, all the while worrying that they would fall ill while visiting. Also, I got too much sun yesterday and probably was dehydrated; has anyone made that connection to VV? Anyway I'm glad to read the comments about salt, since I love salt. Thanks for this forum........otherwise I would be sure I am dying.

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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