Vaso-Vagal Discussion

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From: Tom Lyon
Date: 2/8/00
Time: 8:59:43 AM
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I am glad I am not the only one. I faint when giving blood. Even when the nurse pricks my finger for a couple of drops. I know when I am about to faint because I get a funny taste in my mouth, then the tunnel vision, then I faint. I almost alway lose control of my bladder. This started when I was 5. No one could explain what was happening. For along time I thought I had suffered some trauma as a child. Finally, I was giving blood at a routine physical, passed out and the doc walks in and says, oh, vaso-vagal, and explains the whole thing to me. I am okay if I don't give blood and if I feel it coming on lay down immediately.

Re: Vasovagal reaction



An infant with possible vaso-vagal difficulties

From: Karla


I am working with an infant with some delayed gross motor skills. At 9 months of age he started to turn blue and pass out when crying. Now, at 16 months, it happens a few times a day when he is minimally or very upset. He goes from fine to blue in 3 to 5 seconds. His pediatrician found this wonderful to watch because she had never seen it before and had heard about it and recommended that the parents just let him cry and stop being over protective. The parents are searching for another pediatrician and answers to what is going on. Does this sound like a vaso-vagal response? Is it seen in children this young? Any suggestions for the family?

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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