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Re: too vagal!

From: C Christman
Date: 1/12/00
Time: 10:52:16 AM
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I just sent in a response a minute ago, and then, upon reading other responses, realized this has happened to me SEVERAL other times, but I dismissed the reaction as nothing to worry about.

I had already mentioned in my previous email that this happened after a histosonogram and mole removal, but this also happened when I had my wisdom teeth pulled and when a doctor stuck elongated Q-tips up my nostrils with a very strong-smelling odor to check for some respiratory problems. I also remember this happening after watching a graphic scene in a movie (a vomiting scene - someone overdosing).

I am already on beta blockers (atenelol) because I have PAT - paroxysmal atrial tachycardia - which I've been told is an "electric" irregularity of the heart which can be controlled by medication. I was in the process of trying to get pregnant, but now with all I've read here, I'm a bit concerned.

Any of you out there had any type of vaso-vegal reaction while pregnant or during labor? Thanks!

vasovagel reaction

From: Pat H.


Here are my symptoms: First, I experience quick onset of diahrrea, then extreme heat which I then grab for cold compresses for my face and neck, my hands and both arms up to the elbows tingle like they are asleep for at least 10 minutes, I feel the urge to throw-up BUT never do, I cannot speak, my eyes are closed as I am extremely dizzy and by now, I am on the cool floor for relief. Within 20-30 minutes, I am chilled to the bone and crawl to bed. I usually sleep for an hour and am fine. SO I finally went to my family dr. telling him of my symptoms and he diagnosed it as "vasoagel nerve reaction". This is where the pulse slows down (from mid-70's to 40) the vessel construct, no blood flow to the heart. When it clears up, pulse back to normal, etc. I felt that the dr. should have had a ultrasound run on my gallbladder as I feel that this is the problem.

Fainting from pain?

From: Diana


My daughter is ten years old. She had her first, what I believe to be vaso vagal episode when she was just a couple of months old. As she grew older, she fainted when she hurt herself or saw blood. She would faint from a paper cut, or tripping and falling. She has begun to recognize her reaction to injury and when she feels "the macaroni in my head" she sits down, puts her head between her legs and breathes deeply. Her most recent episode was two weeks ago when she slipped and fell on wet pavement. She passed out immediately and was out for close to a minute. She was sleepy and woozy for a couple hours following. We have had a nuerological workup and EKG and sleep tests done and nothing was diagnosed. Does this sound like vaso vagal and is it something she will grow out of and are there other related syndromes we should look out for? Thanks for your replies!

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