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Vaso Vagel

From: Patty
Date: 11/18/99
Time: 7:13:07 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

Re: Possible way to avoid fainting

From: Margie


I can so relate to the de-ja vue thing, and I also found that contracting my thigh muscles helped to get what feels like an adrenalin pump going through my body. I find that massaging my abdomen from the diaphragm (below the sternum) downwards helps to get rid of the anxiety associated with the onset (or fear thereof) of an episode. Anxiety and fear are such old aquaintances for a lot of us, I gather! Also, with this I try to breathe deeply and slowly, exhaling completely until I almost cough. And so far it has been fifteen years since my last faint. I constantly feel I have to mentally monitor my bodily sensations and rythmns, just in case! Its good to know I'm not the only one out there with these symptoms! If I am feeling particularly out of sorts on any given day, I just stay home, too afraid to go out. What a life! But not the worst condition to be in!

Dx of Vaso Vagal Syndrome

From: Lilybugs


Hello. I have a daughter who had wolf parkinson white syndrome (cured). It was during the search for a GOOD ped. cardiologist that led us to our saving grace whom not only saved her life from the wpw, previously undiagnosed apnea (other doctors told ME I was overprotective..ugh), but helped seperate symptoms and diagnosed her w/vaso vagal syndrome at age 2. She would crawl under tables/chairs and hold on for dear life looking as if the room was spinning for her, she'd get exhausted out of the blue and her "heart would hurt" even after her successful surger for her wpw. She was too young for the "table tip" test but he took a "guess" and told us how to add salt and more water to her diet. Her BP seemed to be quite low quite often, which I guess is a clue? So, with her unlimited salt intake and her thirst for water being met, she's had next to NO episodes since then!! She is almost EIGHT now. So I guess she was one of the youngest diagnosed with this? Anyone heard of a dx THAT young?? God Bless Dr. Hannon with ECU in NC. My daughter's life has been so very fulfilling for her since he helped her all those years ago when no one else would listen!!

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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