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Re: Anxiety in situations after Vaso-incident

From: Marie -
Date: 1/18/00
Time: 8:13:14 PM
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Thanks for your kind words, all of you.

Luckily, things have seemed to be a bit better. I think maybe the passage of time has helped. My physician actually found a hyper-thyroid problem in the bloodwork he took, and I went to a specialist today. But he said I don't seem to have the symptoms in a strong way - palpitations, shakiness, loss of hair (oh my). But, of course sent me for more tests anyway. I am sure I probably will end up ok, I will inform ya'll of the results. He said the thyroid condition may be in the initial stages, which is why symptoms me be less noticible, but they could bring on such panic attacks.

On a different note, I have tried the "salt" tactic, and I don't know how helpful it has been. It has probably helped, but maybe not dramatically. Your suggestions of talking to others and keeping my mind set on "getting to the next stop" are exactly what I had been doing. I take a local subway (I get a seat) from Queens (outer NY borough (sp?) for those non-native new yorkers) to Manhattan and I would sit there and count how many small stops I had until getting to a larger one, where people would get out and transfer to express trains. Reading or playing a small electronic game were a disaster. I did best when, if I had no one to talk to, staring at the floor and thinking of nothing. You are right, when the mind is left to wander, it goes right where you don't want it to! I started taking an early train, with fewer passengers, getting to work at 8, when most of the office gets there at 9. and then leaving at least after 6. At least my work hasn't suffered (haha).

But, lets see, its been about 4 weeks or so, and I can almost be back to normal. I read my books on the train again. Not with as much endurance as I was so excited when I went to Barnes & Noble and bought 2 books since I finished my last one on the subway.

Is it panic attacks or VV?

From: Lorraine


I've had V-V problems for years. Some episodes were just fainting, but most involved the other symptoms of dizziness, nausea, diahrea, tunnel vision, profuse sweating, feeling unable to breathe, fearing I may die, occassionally fainting (tho I've learned to crawl, not stand). They last 15-30 minutes. Most episodes happen at night or early morning. I was told it's VV, which fits with many of the stories on this site.

HOWEVER...I've off/on wondered if these episodes are actually panic attacks. These symptoms also exactly mimic Nocturnal Panic Attacks. Could it be a V-V episode that triggers a full-blown panic attack? Or is it a panic attack that triggers VV? Nobody faints with a panic attack, so obviously there is a V-V response involved...but is it initiated by a panic attack?

Anyone have thoughts on this?


Pindolol treatment for Vaso-Vagal Syncope

From: R.L.


I've just been diagnosed with a vasovagal syncope with a positive tilt table test. I was started on Pindolol and have noticed that I have increased irritability, and I am extreamly tired, (I've been taking 2-3 naps a day). I know this a reaction to the Pindolol, however I was just wondering if anyone else has experienced the same difficulties with the med, and if so have they gone away or decreased once your body gotten used to the medication?

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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