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Vaso-Vagal Syncope

From: Tommie
Date: 1/7/00
Time: 9:10:49 AM
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I am a 34 year old female who has had fainting spells since I was 13. They always seemed to happen in the morning or late at night. I would have the urge to have a bowel movement. The movement would start out slightly loose and progress to a diarrhea state. It was continuous with no stopping. By the time it was at the diarrhea state, I would get very hot, my arms would get heavy, a ringing/buzzing would begin in my ears, and my vision would start closing in from the side. Most of the time, I was able to lean back on the tank. Sometimes, I did fall forward. I would only be out 5 to 10 seconds. When I regained consciousness, I would be sweating and tingly. I would have to lay down on the floor for a few minutes. Usually within 30 minutes, I was fine. Well, since Thanksgiving of 1999, things have changes. I actually passed out at work. I was out for about 3 minutes, the longest ever. I went to the emergency room. Because of the intestinal cramping that occurs while this is happening, the ER thought I might have gall bladder problems. Yeah right. I have had a MRI, everything is fine. We did a BE. The day prior to the test, I had to do a colon cleanse. I passed out 3 times, one time with my sister present. I found out that while I am out, my eyes stay open and I shake like I am having a seizure. The BE came back fine. Next was a heart monitor. In the mean time, I had read an article from John Hopkins where they refer to vaso-vagal syncope as Neurally Mediated Hypotension. This made since because my average BP is 95/70 there abouts. So we increased my salt. I was already drinking 8 glasses of water a day. In the past month (12-9 to now), I have had many times where I have had diarrhea like bowel movements. Movements that would normally ended in me passing out. But I am not fainting. I get to the line but don't cross over. I have noticed that it now takes 1 to 2 hours to recover from each episode. This past week, I have had about a dozen episodes where I don't pass out. It has even happened when in the car. I felt the need to go to the bathroom but was able to hold it until I found one. No fainting, but I had to lay down. That happened at 6:30AM and I wasn't fine until 11:30 AM. Five hours. I am now going to see a neurologist and see what he says. If anyone has any information for me to look at, I would greatly appreciated it.

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my 3 year old daughter had just been diagosed with vasovagel syncope. She has had fainting spells in the last month and a half. These episodes are not caused by seeing blood or anything like that, but she has been dealing with cronic constipation and her stomach x-rays showed a lot of air in her stomach. Her cardiologist did'nt seem to think her stomach pain had anything to do with these episodes , but the fainting started not long after she started complaining her tummy hurt. One month prior to the fainting she started to volmit after she would go to bed, but the pediatrician diagnosed her with reflux. He put her on Zantac but that did'nt help. The cardiologist said these episodes are tipical and normal for v.v.. ...sorry, theres nothing normal about them to me, especially when I'm finding out that many people who suffer from v.v. also have seisures. This terrifies me! My daughter has had 4 episodes from NOV. - JAN. and with each episode they last longer. Her lips turn white and her skin gets real cold . I've also read on this site that people seem to think that having more salt in their diet helps them, can anyone help with tips or any info. to keep her from having these spells? If so please e-mail me at Thanks Dixie

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From: Heather


I was recently told that this is a problem that I am having. I was at work last week. I had eaten lunch with a co-worker and went out side to have a cigerette with another co-worker about an hour after eating. The office was cool that day and it was pretty hot outside. When I was outside, I felt a sharp pin in my stomach, I thought it was what I had eaten. I went back inside the office to ask my co-worker if she felt bad from what we had eaten. She said, "no". I suddenly felt very weak and started to get pale and sweating profusely. My shirt was even visibly wet. I never felt like I'd lose control of my bladder but I felt like I was going deaf and blind and had no idea what was happening. I went into my office and sat at my desk, hoping it would go away. I had an unbeleivable feeling that I needed to lay down or I was gonna die. I layed on my office floor and then I felt a little better but I closed my eyes and next thing I knew my boss was standing over me, I guess I fainted. I called my Dr. to see if I should go to the ER or come in to se him. He said no, that it sounded to him like VV. I had never heard of this so I looked it up in some medical books. It is very nice to see that this has happened to others, I truely thought that I'd die, I was convinced that that what was happening. I am only 25 years old so this really freaked me out. Is there any cure for this? I don't want to ever feel this again, it was miserable.

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