Vaso-Vagal Discussion

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I'm not crazy, just looking for hope and info, PLEASE

Date: 3/11/00
Time: 6:06:27 AM
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Hello, I found this place while searching the Internet under Neurology, dizziness, faintness. I would like to find out more about VASO-VAGAL SYNDROME. I may be grasping for a thread, but I have to help myself as most think I am a bit nutty and all my problems are in my head. My age is 35. I started having what I thought was dizziness around 10 years ago, after getting pregnant. I also suffered from, strange chest pains since I was about 8 and they got worse after giving birth. I have been sent from doctor to doctor with no true answer. A cardiologist has labeled my chest pain problems as coronary artery spasms. I agree with him on that. This dizziness, that I once called it is actually faintness. I don't have spinning more like, I feel like I am floating, like air is being shot up from my feet and it rises to my head. This is brought on by movement, ever since I gave birth I can walk into a building and tell you if it has a basement or not as I am aware of the floors slightest give. Elevators are real hard for me. When I stop and get off I have that horrible feeling. Standing on an unsteady surface brings that feeling on, like if I stand on the couch or bed. As time goes on I have also discovered that when I am startled, or feel any anxiety that faintness comes over me. It kind of feels like my body is sending my mind a message and my body reacts but, is OVERLY reacting, just like I am Overly sensitive to movement. Like my senses are working TOO well. If I STOP, get away from what is causing this faintness, the feeling goes away pretty fast. I read this and think I sound crazy too. :-) I have had only two near fainting spells where I have fallen to the ground and that was back when I first gave birth. I know this sounds like I am reaching here, but this problem has pretty much wrecked my life for the last 9 1/2 years, as far as going out and doing things. I am looking for websites with more info this VASO-VAGAL SYNDROME, if you can help, please email me at Thanks, Tracy

Re: Vaso Vagal Episode

From: fainting spell. first time


Last night I was cutting my boyfriends hair and shaving the back of his neck with the electic clippers. I noticed he was not putting his head up or talking to me. He started going in and out of fainting spells for about 10 minutes. He started sweating so bad. I called 911 and they said all vital signs were good. They seem to think it was his Vagal Nerve that made him pass out. The nerve on the side of the neck. It made since until I took him to the doctors today and the doctor said "NO". Not related to that..quote "He just fainted". The doctor gave NO reason. Now I'm trying to find out for myself and of course, for my boyfriend, What is going on. Will this happen again? Is The Vagal Nerve the same thing as Vaso Vagal? Please help.

VNS impressions and information

From: Laura


Hi, I have an absence, tonic-clonic seizure disorder. I have had it all my life and it is resistant to medications and is still, basically, uncontrolled. My neurologist suggested the VNS therapy as an option. I know next to nothing about this procedure except for what information I have gotten from Cyberonics Inc. the manufacturer of the product. If you have any insites or information, I would appreciate it if you can send me a note. Thanks, Laura

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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