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Re: V-V observations

From: John L
Date: 11/25/99
Time: 10:03:35 AM
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Hi John E Don't feel bad if I say "Join the club". I suspect we are slightly unusual in the group in that were are older than most, I am 51. Most of our fellow sufferers are quite young, and I feel for them, as this has got to be harder to accept when you are a young person who just wants to enjoy life. At 50, I have a few friends who have far more serious problems that prevent them from enjoying an active life. At least it is not life threatening.

I cant say that I had thought sunlight was a factor, but apart from that large midday meal is a factor for me. As for the Diarrhoea, I have always considered this a result of the VV and not a cause. After nearly every episode I have had, I have wanted or felt I wanted to pass a motion. This has resulted in me passing out on the toilet on the last occassion, and on a few others as well. I have only lost control on two occassions when I passed out completely. Now I intend to stay lying down for a longer period so I don't pass out in the toilet (Not a good place to do it due to access for assistance).

I consider myself to be very fit (160km bike ride tomorrow) and know VV has no respect for general health and fitness.

In hindsight I also had a couple of episodes a few years before the first one where I fainted.

While it is an inconvenience, I am loathed to take any Beta Blockers. I am always apprehensive now about going out to lunch or any meal at restaurants just in case.

Good luck John, I hope your episodes are mild and few and far between.

John L (New Zealand)

Anxiety Disorder vs. VVS

From: Jaxanne


Hi everyone! I just found this site and am amazed at the similarity of symptoms to mine. I was diagnosed with panic disorder at 14 (I am now 28). I do not dispute this diagnosis. But I have always concluded that I have a heart problem, though many tests have proved otherwise. My main concern is when I stand up to quickly or become scared my heart slows down, noticeably, for about 10 seconds and then resumes normal rhythm. I have never passed out, though I have felt like I was. I realize now I'm having a V-V episode. But this is the thing, when I have been stressed out, nervous, or depressed it is worse- even non-existent when I feel perfectly fine emotionally. So many of the V-V symptoms are identical to panic attanks and hyperventilation that I think there has to be a huge connection. Does a "normal" person activate their vagal nerve when they hold their breath or splash their face with cold water? Isn't this a normal bodily function? If this is true, then could I be activating my vagal nerve as a "normal" response when I feel anxious and tend to over-breathe or hold my breath? Thanks to anyone that replies, I apologize for the long post but I am really excited as to finding some answers to my life-long (almost) problem.

Loss of consciousness

From: Bill J

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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