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Ouch ! Vaso-vagal broke my nose

From: G
Date: 2/1/00
Time: 3:28:49 PM
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I don't know if I am a "vaso-vagal" or not, but here is what happened yesterday.

I was at the doctor having a routine medical. I am quite sensitive so I don't like looking when they take a blood sample. However I happened to look and started to feel faint. I thought about telling the nurse but I didn't because I felt stupid, as it was ridiculous to feel faint just on seeing some blood. The faint feeling lasted a few seconds.

Next thing I know, I am on the floor with a very anxious nurse looking over me. Unfortunately, I had been sitting on a high doctors chair/table type thing, with no railings. When I fainted I keeled over head first onto the floor. My face broke my fall. Unfortunately, my fall broke my face. I ended up with a broken nose. Sounds funny, but it wasn't at the time. The doctor told me I had had a vaso-vagal response and sent me to hospital (for the nose). He also said that he does about 3000 medicals a year and gets about 10-20 people fainting or feeling faint (though I was the first to get badly injured).

Meanwhile I need surgery to fix my nose back and I am trying to decide if I should sue the doctor for not taking enough care of me. I am covered by insurance for the hospital bill, but I'm not sure about the surgery I will need to fix my nose. Surely a doctor's office should have the sense to watch patients carefully after taking blood ? Anyone else experienced this kind of episode ?

Re: Vaso Vagal

From: frank



Re: I have questions

From: Nicole

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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