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Being checked for this syndrome

From: Pat
Date: 3/17/00
Time: 12:17:53 PM
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Almost a week ago I passed out while letting my dog out the door at 2:30 in the morning. The next morning everytime I tried to get out of bed, the dizziness would start and I had to lay down. My husband took me to the doctor who thinks I have this syndrome but is doing some blood work first to rule out other things. My symptoms are dizziness, swooning, fainting TMJ, Reynauds disease, etc. I seem to have a lot of factors that I have been reading and hearing about. As a child I fainted so many times that I couldn't even begin to count. In my 20's it got better, and in my 30's it didn't really affect me at all. But now that I'm 45 it seems to be reappearing? I already have a panic disorder while driving and now this really tops it. I have been loading up on the salt and water for 2 weeks like my doctor suggested? Any help on this strange syndrome would be much appreciated?

Passing Out

From: Judy in Largo, FL


I have been seeing doctors for five years to find out why I pass out without warning. I have seen neurologists, cardiologists, cardio physiologist and had tests too numerous to mention, not to mention the different medications I have taken. They can still find no real reason for this syndrome. I have had EEG, EKG, Cat Scan, heart cath, heart monitor, and I even went to far to have an implantable loop recorder put in my chest but they couldn't find anything bad enough to really pinpoint a problem. I have passed out at work now at three different positions and was fired because of it. I am afraid to get behind the wheel of a car, go anywhere alone, or be alone. The quality of my life has been severely hampered yet no one really knows what to do. They just pass me from one doctor to the next with no real answers for me. Any advice from anyone out there would be welcome. I can be e-mailed at

possible cure

From: David S


Found my cure....I did not have vasal vagal at all. It was a food allergy that made me go into anaphalactic shock. Saw over 40 doctors before it was pinpointed. If you have severe burning before or after your attack...look into food causes more than you think...

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