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Re: Passes out in dark room

From: beth
Date: 4/20/00
Time: 1:04:22 PM
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I would make VERY sure that the darkroom has adequate developer and fixer can be harmful if the room is not getting the proper airflow!


Is this vaso vagal?

From: Shelly


I am an 18 year old high school graduate, I work as a cashier for a grocery store. About a week ago, the saturday before last (today is Tuesday) I was at a dance for the organization I am a part of. I was in a formal gown, and totally boogying down. I had eaten pleanty that day, and had been drinking enough fluids, and everything was perfectly normal. It was near to the end of the evening that I started to feel kinda woozy, and unsteady on my feet. I brushed it off, becuase I have never in my life fainted or blacked out or anything, so I thought nothing of it. Next thing you know, after what seemed like 5 mins of the hand jive, I was dancing in a dance circle, and stumbled and ended up on the ground. I never once lost consciousness, but I was so weak, and was unable to either move or supposrt myself very affectively, I was dead weight in the hands of the people who caught me, though I was perfectly alert...for about 30 mins I could not move or support myself and after that I could with assistance, another 30 mins and I was the same as I usually am. We attributed it to the heat, becuase it was very hot on the dance floor, and I was dancing every dance. Next time this happened, I was in completely different conditions, I was at my work (I work grave yard shift from 11pm to 7am) and I was assigned the task of facing shelves when not busy, so I was facing shelves, a very easy task, nothing strenuous, it was in facta littkle chilly in the room. I was moving from the lower shelves to the higher shelves and back again, and then I got very woozy, and unstable on ym fet, and ended up slowly making my way to the floor and laying down. after reaching the floor I was unable to move or support myself, some of my coworkers tried to help me up, but I helped for a moment then turned to dead weight in their hands. I was driven to the er, they took my blood, checked my vitals, and nothing was wrong, I was perfectkly normal, they sent me home and told me that I should come in the moment I started to feel like I did that night (being last Tuesday night/wednesday morning) I went home, and was off of work due to my doctor keeping me from going, and saw him the next day (Thursday). He gave me a medical release, could find nothign wrong, and had no clue what to tell me. I went back to work the next night (Friday) and was fine through the night, no dizziness, wooziness etc. then I was asked to face again this time in the frozen food section, and again the same thing happened, I ended up on the foor, and an ambulance was called so they could get my vitals as it was happeneing, and everything was normal. This is one thing I do not understand, I have heard of everyone's blood pressure going down, and losing consciousness, however those things do not happen with me. I was admitted into the hospital, and the doctors would not take too seriously my syptms even though keep me from functioning, if it were to happen in a car, I woudl wreck, it already keeps me from doing my job, they have to close down the store when that happens to me, so I am unable to work like this, and I need the money especially now since I have no insurance and must pay for all of my bills. While in the hospital I saw a neurologist who thought perhaps it was something in my vestibular system that is messed up or something, but the other doctors thought it might be VV, and suggested the tilt table test. I took the test, and had one of my spells, without passing out, and they concluded it was just that, however, a lot of the symptoms don't quite fit in. I did however notce that they were close to my menstrual cycle, which I started the day I left the hospital, is there anyone else who experiences the same symptoms as I do? Could it be something other than the VV? I would appreciate your help.

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