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Re: Response to vaso vagal

From: amy
Date: 11/23/99
Time: 9:47:04 PM
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hey there, i am a 15yr old who has v-v syncope. my twin sister also has it and the doctors reckon this is the worst they have eva seen it. i've ahd about 4 tilt table tests so far. Personally i reckon there pretty horrible but don't worri its still not half as bad as what we put up with when sumthing happens like fainting etc. I had a tild table test aftre my first major episode (my heart stopped for twenty minutes) so i was still pretty sick when they where doing it.The doctors where really surp[rised when they did the test. Where pretty well known around the hospitals now(what an achievent i know!) but i'm pretty insecure about my life too. no knowing when its gonna happen next etc. And i'm pretty sure hardly any of my friends would know what to do if it did happen. anyway good luck:)


From: Mike


Everytime I get my blood drawn I faint. Additionally, I get very sick at movies when there are scenes involving blood. I'm 33 years old and have failed to solve this problem. Please help!

vaso-vagal reflex

From: I. Falls, MN


I have recently been told by 2 doctors that I to suffer from vaso-vagal reflex syncope. The first time (March 20, 2002) I fainted I choked on coffee, stood up to cough harder and passed out, fell and slammed my head into the floor. I was out for approx. 15 sec. was bleeding from my nose and taken to hospital by ambulance where CT scan was done of my head and it was normal. I did have a HUGE swollen area on my head, but I was ok. Then on March 29 while coughing due to a bad cold I stood from my recliner and instantly passed out and slammed into 2 wooden steps between the family room and the great room. I suffered a deep gash to my chin requiring 4 deep stitches and 4 outside stitches and cracked ribs. I have been seen by 2 ER doctors and an MD at the local clinic, none of whom have referred me to a specialist when I asked stating instead to train myself to sit down whenever I begin to cough. Well, my wife and I figured that out almost immediately. I understand the vaso-vagal reflex but what has caused this to occur NOW in my life. What else can I do to prevent these episodes from recurring and prevent further injuy to myself?

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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