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Date: 2/14/00
Time: 8:07:47 PM
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Please Help Me

From: Corinne


I have been suffering since 1993 from a strange syndrome which I have come to find it is a vaso vagal response. When I have a bowel movement I get extremely short of breath, extreme difficulty in breathing, my heart pounds and I feel dizzy. I have had every test out there. I have seen a cardiologist, gastroenterologist, endocrinologist, neurologist, etc... All tests have come out normal. If anyone has these same syndromes I mentioned after having a bowel movement, PLEASE reply to this message or send me an email at I am extremely depressed and discouraged by this strange syndrome.




I have been having episodes since I was 2 years old the doctors say the older you get the less spells you have I dont know if I believe that or not. But I will tell you that every since I have been taking Sectral 200 mg once a day( It is a beta blocker) it has definitely helped, I also drink alot of water and gatorade every day and get alot of salt intake from either salt tablets or on your food just add more salt you would not beleive the difference it can make I still deal with spells time to time but not nearly as much now. I did have the tilt table test done it came out positive, but it wasnt so fun. This is something that I find very hard to deal with sometime it really effects my life in alot of bad ways and know one in my life seems to understand how bad these attacks effect me. Good Luck please write if you have any questions or comments. KIM

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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