Vaso-Vagal Discussion

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Date: 3/25/00
Time: 4:38:12 PM
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My name is Audrey Merfeld. I am 32 years old and have had fainting spells since I was about 11 years old. At the time, I was told I may be hypoglycemic and thought to have low blood sugar. For years, I tried to regulate my eating habits to avoid a high/low blood sugar level. For the past several years however, the fainting spells and dizziness when standing up have gotten worse. I had a 24-hour heart monitor test which came out fine. Then had an ultrasound of my heart which also looked great. Then I had the lovely tilt-table test. I passed out within 6 minutes and was told that I could start on high blood pressure medicine to bring my blood pressure up a bit. I don't like the idea of having to take drugs unnecessarily and since this isn't life threatening, I chose not to take the drugs. Since then, I get these nasty fainting spells about every other month. It's almost always the same. I wake up in the middle of the night with a bad stomachache and need to relieve myself. While in the bathroom, the pain in my stomach is unbearable and I start passing out. I normally can get through it without actually going completely out because I get my head as far to the ground without actually leaving the toilet until it then whole ordeal passes. My doctor has told me since I only get these every other month, there is no medication that would really help. I can't pinpoint the foods either because the stomach pain happens when eating a variety of foods. The only common link may be msg. I'd like any feedback you could give me. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

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From: been there


I was (am) truly amazed at all the people who are experiencing this. I have had seizures/vv since 11. At 15 childrens hospital diagnosed me as being hyper, and gave me meds. Of course while they were taking my blood, I was passing out. Finally at age 24, I was diagnosed with temporal lobe epilepsy. 90% of all seizures have been directly related to pain, shots, sprained ankle,falling off bike, dentist visits etc.. Four have been from being over heated. One has woken me up. I have experienced 25 episodes in forty years. Dilantin has not worked, and it has only been within the last year that an RN told me that my last blood test passing out was vv. So, like many of you the question is, what brings this on? Pain? Sun? Stress? Moving too fast? Does the vv trigger a seizure? Are they seizures? Yes, i lose control of my bladder (always)..and 20% of the time upon waking I vomit. I am always totally wiped out for anywhere from 4 hours to the rest of the night. It doesn't feel like we're in kanas anymore.Toto.

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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