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Re: Ouch ! Vaso-vagal broke my nose

From: G
Date: 2/14/00
Time: 1:16:28 PM
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I beg to differ ! First off, I had never even heard of vaso-vagal before this incident. Unlike you folks who are aware of all the issues involved and have figured out the best way to deal with things, I have only ever fainted twice in my life, both times more than ten years ago, both times for good reasons (sprained knee and food poisoning), bith times I immedaitely awoke and had no side effects. Both times I knew I was going to faint. This time I totally blacked out without even realizing it and was out for 20 or 30 seconds. I have given blood samples, had injections etc many times, but have never fainted before. I was certainly not expecting to faint, and was quite surprised that I started to feel woozy. I had no idea whatsoever that I was going to faint, it was the last thing on my mind. If anything, I thought I might throw up, but I had no idea that I might faint. Any doctor should know that people are prone to fainting after giving blood and should therefore take neccessary precautions. Sitting someone on a high table with no handrails a good few feet off the ground is not a good method for drawing blood.

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I don't have a response I have a question...I have been sufffering from spontaneous vagal response sive I was 16. At first I was just light headed, dizzy, and the palms of my hands would sweat--this would happen when I would stand for a period of time, curling my hair, putting on make-up, or even standing in line at the movies. I would feel as if I was going to pass out. Now I am 29 and I still have these symptoms however, they are increasingly worse. Within the past 3 years I have black out in the shower, standing in line at the store, and 2 years ago the most serious was I was extremely dizzy while driving and ended up in an accident. (I hit a pole) Anyway, I have had the tilt-test performed and the doctor has given me no indication that I am going to feel any better. At this point if I feel extra "gassy" I am light headed and feel as if I am going to pass out. I have recently found out that I am pregnant and my question is this going to affect the baby???

Re: awakened from sleep

From: Anne


yes, I have been awakened from sleep to have an episode. Very frightening as most other attacks happen because I've stood up or otherwise done something to cause the attack. Sometimes even coughing or the need to have a bowel movement. The fact that it happens while I'm asleep makes me wonder just exactly what is going on?

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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