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Vaso Vagal?

Date: 2/19/00
Time: 6:22:35 PM
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I recently had a baby (2 weeks ago) and had the baby vaginally. As a result I ripped during the pushing part and have what they call a 4 point episiotomy. The Dr. said that I ripped from my vagina to my anus. As a result he had to do some stitching in both areas.

Since then I have become dizzy, had tunnel vision once so bad that while talking to a nieghbor, I went from seeing her as one pwerson to 4 persons swirling arond my head. I was dizzy and it felt like my eyes were just rolling around in my head. I apperently passed out for just under a minute and came to still dizzy, but seeing a little more clearly but not totally in focus.

I went to the ER and was told that I had a urinary tract infection from the catheter I had while in the hospital. THe DR. told me that I probably had a Vaso Vagel Relex? Not sure what he ment, so I typed in Vaso vagal and found this site.

I'm not sure if this is associated with what I am experiencing, but ever since I gave birth, I have been so very sore in the anus area. It throbs and if I stand up for too long the pain gets worse and I start to feel like I will pass out.

I'm not sure how this message board works, if anyone could please email me back at and tell me if I'm out in left field on this or not, I'd appreciate it.

Thanks Wendy

Re: anyone else react to anesthetic?

From: Kelly in Australia


Jean, I have recently been told that I may need to have a mole removed, so was interested to read your post. I am vaso vagal and have been all my life, now aged 34 and still hate it though it only happens occasionally. You are definitely VV if you react to needles in this way. I have had fainting episodes from blood tests all my life, as well as from any other type of shock to my body. If you want to chat more about VV feel free to email me - Cheers, Kelly

Vaso Vagal Episode

From: Carolyn Snell, Payson AZ


I experienced a vaso vagal episode (as my Dr described it) while sitting in church last Sunday (02/16/03). I felt cold, things appeared to become white and faded in view, could barely speak, fell to my side while sitting and asked for help (no dizziness or sickness this time). My friend stated I looked white and felt clammy. I was taken home and went to bed around noon. By 3 pm I was up again feeling better, sat in the livingroom and again had another episode while sitting and was taken to the hospital by ambulance with a pulse of 75/50. It stabalized very quickly once at the hosptial. Heart x-rays, EKG, blood and urinalysis workups were all done with nothing appearing other than a mild temp (100.4). I visited my physician the next day and he told me to drink plenty of fluids and get rest for a couple of days, watch for the symptoms and then return to normal schedule. I am 56, female, overwieght about 75 lbs, ordinarily in good health with no major concerns (normal cholesterol, blood sugars and blood pressure). Have nver had such a think happen before but have had some high blood pressure associated with severe stress over two years ago. My concern is, is this something that I need to watch for from now on, or something that may preclude something of greater concern. My physician seemed quite nonplused on the matter. Please reply.

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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