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Vaso Vagal and Anoxic Reflux behavior

Date: 1/26/00
Time: 9:26:08 PM
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I was diagnosed in the fourth grade (age 9 or 10) with both anoxic reflux behavior and Vasovagal Syncope. Sort of a "Gods Guinea Pig" Scenario. Anoxic Reflux seizures are a type of fit which occur due to a brief stoppage of the heart. My seizures are triggered by a combination of several factors. The base factor is either a migraine headache or fatigue. If I am fortunate enough to couple one of the base factors with a combination of one or more of the following: Overheating, pain, stress, shock, illness, fever, hunger, or bright or strobing lights. I had seizures about once every other year after being diagnosed. I recently have had more frequent episodes. The last five years have begun to show three to five episodes each and I have already lost it three times in the last six months. I have only vaso-vomited once, but generally always lose my bladder. I am now 27 years old. My period of diagnosis was traumatizing. The doctors were clueless because of the rarity of vasovagal and tried everything to cause an episode. I have never been able to have a seizure at-will. I was kept awake 36 hours, then poked, prodded, and scanned. When all failed, one Dr. pushed my eyes into their sockets to cause something to happen. If tests for vasovagal sufferers have become more precise I am all for it. I want to know more about why I keep hearing about people "Growing out of it" and I haven't yet. Please stick any responses to this article or send me email at This is the first time I have ever tried to discuss vasovagal with people who understand what it is. It doesn't seem like such a big deal to me, anymore because it is such a major part of my life. I have learned, for the most part, how to feel it coming and tell people nearby not to stick anything in my mouth while I'm out (I bit through a pencil in 7th grade) but to simply roll me on my side and let it pass. Thank you for this site.


From: Jo


I feel I have been mis-diagnosed with vaso vagal syncope. What are the symptoms? What causes it? Thanks for any input.

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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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