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vaso-vagal reaction

From: Jim Schaffer
Date: 4/27/00
Time: 11:12:49 AM
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I had gone to the optometrist for an eye exam. The doctor put eye drops in my eyes in order to dialate them. After looking to the back of my eyes with an extremely bright light, I began to feel nauseous. I told the doctor I would like to go out and get some fresh air. As I stood up, I felt the nauseousness intensify, I became hot and sweaty. I was awoken by the doctor who said I had passed out. The nurse was in the middle of taking my blood pressure as I awoke (I heard her say it was 64/60 which scared the hell out of me.) I felt horrible as I laid there on the floor. I was extremely sweaty and I felt more comfortable laying my face on the cool floor than trying to stand up. The nurse called my family practitioner and my wife took me to her. She checked my heart with an EKG. My doctor felt it was best to put me in the hospital for observation. I stayed there overnight with a heart monitor strapped to my chest. Blood samples were taken and cardiac enzymes were at normal levels. I was released the following day. I was referred to a cardiologist who gave me a stress test, took photos of my heart while radioactive fluid ran through my veins. All these tests showed no sign of a heart attack. The cardiologists conclusion was that I was anxious about the eye drops and bright light and I had a vaso-vagal reaction. To say that I received more than I had asked for would be an understatement with regards to me getting a new prescription for glasses. My eyes stayed dialated for a period of 24 hours which I feel is not normal.

Re: Vaso Vagal Episode



I came in contact with heat exhaustion in 1994 and since then have not felt myself at all. I was 14 and since have had recurrent seizures only in showers or baths. Last week I think we had a break through....LOW Blood pressure. This was my biggest problem my neurologist informed me. I am taking Toprol 60mg for the problem. BUT I still sometimes have the lightheadedness and feeling very fatigued. A few days ago I had a vasal spasm in my brain and it was very disheartening. I thought I was having an episode. BUT I feel great now, even though I am still a little fatigued...BUT the lightheadedness is not as severe. SO I am going to exercise and pray that everything will work out. Good luck to you as well!!

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