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Re: Ouch ! Vaso-vagal broke my nose

From: mm
Date: 2/14/00
Time: 8:42:23 PM
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First of all, most people are not prone to fainting when they give blood. Secondly, you said that you didn't know you were going to faint. That's fair enough, but you also state that you felt "woozy" and that you thought that you were "going to vomit". I am certain that if you had said to the nurse, "I feel woozy" or "I think I'm going to vomit" she could have had you lie down which would have prevented the fall that broke your nose. It only would have taken you a second. If you didn't know you were going to pass out, how do expect that the nurse would have known? I think you'd be better off spending your money on quality medical care that would help you find a treatment for the vasovagal syncope rather than on a lawyer. By the way, there is not an examining table on the face of the earth in any doctor's office that has siderails. The siderails would prevent the doctor from examining patients adequately.

Vaso-vagal mortality

From: Kelly in Australia


I am a 34 yr old female who has suffered from vaso-vagal syncope since the age of 4. I also have had tachycardia (fast heart rate) all my life. My personal experience includes suffering syncope following any type of incident that causes shock to my body. This includes painful bowel movements, prior to vomiting, following any injury that causes bleeding or intense pain, dental procedures, needles and blood tests. At the age of 28 I began suffering from Reynaud's Phenomenon. Despite this peripheral circulatory disorder, I have normal blood pressure when tested, and have been in otherwise good health all my life.

I always feel the onset of syncope, my body goes into a cold sweat and I can feel a dizziness as my blood pressure drops. Lying down does not help me to avoid the faint, and when I do lose conciousness my body goes into convulsions, and sometimes my heart sometimes stops beating for a few seconds. I have managed to avoid vaso-vagal syncope when having a blood test only by going in with a full to bursting bladder. The need to relieve myself seems to keep me conscious.

My concern is because I have never been to hospital for any kind of operation. I am wondering if the insertion of a drip would cause me to become vaso-vagal? I am also concerned about pregnancy and most of all I am wondering if being vaso-vagal increases my likelihood of heart disease? Does anyone know of evidence that vaso-vagal sufferers have a lower rate of mortality?

I thank you in anticipation of your replies of related experiences.

Daily near syncope episodes

From: Sandy


I have never completely fainted, but instead 3-4 times a day I have near syncope episodes. At first I attributed them to standing up fast, but now I can say I have had some episodes while I was walking down a hall at work. I would describe the majority of my episodes to be sever blurred vision and I become off-balanced. I have went to 3 doctors and so far the best diagnosis is Vaso-Vagal Pseudo (or Near) Syncope. Do others experience near syncope daily?

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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