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vaso - vomiting

From: Peter's Dad
Date: 1/12/00
Time: 5:13:57 PM
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Peter, now aged 19, always (yes, always) faints / passes out / has v-v attack whenever he vomits. This can be caused by eating too much choclate cake (when he was little), drinking too much beer (when he was a young teenager) and, last week, after eating a badly-cooked hamberger bought from a local outlet.

Nothing else causes him v-v problems.

He has displayed the symptons noted by all authors on this site - glazed and un-focussed eyes, stiff limbs, 'out-for-the-count' appearance. And on his return to consciousness, a feeling of lethargy and general tiredness which lasts about 20 minutes.

As a 'Dad' I have always worried about these 'faints', but thought it was a problem associated with childhood. How wrong I was! Reading the stories it seems it will be with him forever. He has recently joined the military with 100% health checkup; but he wants to become Aircrew - navigator if not pilot. What should I do? What should Peter do? Is there anything anyone can can do to help?

Can Vaso-Vagel be chronic?

From: Rosa


Hi, I have very strange things happening to me. They have been going out for about three years now. I have been tested for just about everything and every test comes out negative. What happens to me is I feel as though I'm going to burp and it seems as though the bubble gets stuck somewhere in my abdomen. When that happens I feel as though someone turns off a switch in my brain. My vision goes funny, I get dizzy, I feel as though something very heavy is over me and I cannot move. It is very strange and it lasts for just seconds. After I pass the bubble then I'm fine. I have never fainted, but feel as though I am going to do it. When I'm in front of people, they don't even notice that this is going on. Also, sometime when the bubble is stuck I just get a feeling of doom and I think of real weird thoughts while this is happening, as though something really bad or morbid is about to happen. Once the bubble comes up, my thoughts are absolutely fine. Does any one have these symptoms, does any one know what this is. I would appreciate your comments. My e-mail is

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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