Vaso-Vagal Discussion

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Pregnancy and VV

Date: 4/13/00
Time: 2:46:49 PM
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I just found this site. I always thought I was just a weak person. It is so nice to read that I'm not the only one!! I was wondering if someone could tell me what kind of specialist I should see for this. I have always had fainting spells, mostly during doctor visits (I HATE that BP cuff!) I have seen many different types of doctors as I have Fibromyalgia. I am now treating it myself, somewhat successfully. I have become so wary of doctors after years of trying to explain how I felt. They just kept telling me it was indigestion or anxiety attacks, or even that I was being a big baby! I recently found out I was pregnant (for the first time) and it's twins! I have been weak and queasy all day every day for 3 weeks, and I am very nervous that this will be a difficult pregnancy. Does VV typically have an effect on pregnancy? I start seeing a perinatologist next week and I want to explain this condition to him. I am afraid he will totally ignore the term like so many others have, then get freaked out when my BP goes down and I turn white as a sheet. Thanks so much for your help.

P.S. Are there any more informational websites that you could recommend? Jane

Vaso- Vagal

From: Jen


My attacks began to happen when i was in the 4th grade. I was in school and suddnely blacked out while walking. Right after I came back I began to vomit. A few years later I became ill and in the middle of the night I would get up to go vomit in the bathroom but before i made it there i fainted, this happned 3 times that night. It seemed like the reoccurence would happen every three years or so. One of the worst times i fainted 10 times within a 10 hr time. The worst happned my summer before my freshamn year of college, i awoke to use the restroom in the middle of the night. I felt fine but when i sat on the toliet I became very nauesa and the next thing i know i was on the floor. I had split my eyebrow open and haad to get stiches. Shortly after that i saw some doctors and I had a EEG, EKG, MRI, and a holter monitor test down and everything was normal they told me i was healthy. It has gotten to the point where iam scared tobe alone when i feel like this b/c i havent vomited without fainting sicne i was a child. I do know that alchol does induce my fainting spells. What are the treatments and is it probable that i do have vaso vagal?

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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