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From: Brad
Date: 3/6/00
Time: 5:07:54 PM
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From: tfaulkner


I was diagnosed with vasor depressor syncope when I was 40. I am now 45. I was fainting every night at 3:00 a.m. while lying flat in bed. I would wake up, feel it coming on, then faint, wake up, faint, wake up and so on and so on. I would get a big knot in my stomach, lose my sight, my hearing, black out. My husband said I would go into a slight seizure. I would wake with an ammonia capsule, but keep fainting. When the fainting was done, I would chill and be so cold I shivered and my teeth clattered. One night I got up to go the bathroom (just to talk myself out of fainting) and I fell and crack the head on the tub. Went to hospital for that and they kept me for a week. Went through every test you could go through, cat scan, mri, tilt tables -- lots of them. Everything was okay. I did fail all tilt tables. The doctors only solution (I had a cardiologist, neurologist and general MD) said this syncope thing. Put me on Effexor XR 75 mg one a day. It works! They said it would regulate the seratoni levels in my brain and work with my blood pressure to keep fainting from coming on.Went to my GYN today for a biopsy and fainted today. He said it was vagal reflux -- he knows my history and said 1 out of 10 women will faint with this procedure. The biopsy was for endemetorisis - sorry about the spelling. Anyway I came home and got on the internet to see if anyone else has this. Amazing! I am afraid to go on the Effexor because the fainting symptoms are so awful. So I've been on this for over 5 years. It also helps my PMS. Don't know if this helps anyone else but if you know a cure other than pills, I would love to know. Thank you all for your posts and good luck to everyone.

Re: Tilt Test?

From: About Bubba


My husband fainted while we at a chili cookoff...he had worked out 3 hrs earlier w/weights, and had coffee thru the morning and lite snack...the usual sunday thing. Then we drove about 10 miles to the tavern. He drank one beer and had opened the 2nd ,we were inside and he says lets walk out and get some air. Someone stopped us and we are just standinding there ...he's in conversation and he just fell face forward onto the ground.Out for more than a minute...his color was grey,and he was unresponsive . So after he wakes up he is tired and wants to go home and sleep. Taked him in-,to the ER everything cks out fine,next day mri-mra shows only a sinus infection and Dr. says it could have stimulated the vegas nerve causing him to blackout. Bubba is 43 and had colon cancer and surgery 2 yrs ago followed by chemo and radiation. Watching him,look lifeless was a scary ordeal , glad we were around other people.Glad to find this site.

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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