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Re: treatment for vaso-vagal

From: geri
Date: 6/7/00
Time: 11:43:17 AM
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dear s.p,

i seem to be doing well with the zoloft. i have not had any fainting episodes in over two weeks now. however, the side-effects bother me a bit. i've noticed a decrease in my appetite and i yawn a lot now. i have to reconsider about being on the medication. i might stay on it for a month. i still wear my event monitor. my doctor wants me to have it for at least another month to be absolutely certain the zoloft helps. i am back to doing my normal activity... i work out and stay very active. this vasovagal syncope has caused a lot of concern. my family, friends and co-workers have all been so worried. my co-workers have witnessed my episodes and i was rushed to the e.r twice. i am lucky to be able to tell when i am going to have an episode. i get a bad 'metallic' taste in my mouth, nausea and upper gastric discomfort. then, i get so light-headed and weak that i just crumple to the floor. my co-workers tease me now... they say that someone should invent air-bag underwear for me. i don't actually loose consciousness because i can hear everything around me, but my body becomes paralysed and i can't move. when i come out of it, my face feels really hot and i feel so fatigued that i can just go right to sleep. my doctors have no clue what has brought this about... i have not been stressed out and i don't suffer from depression. i have been a nurse for 5 years now and the sight of blood or any kind of medical procedure has never ever bothered me. i hope this helps you. i think this site is absolutely wonderful. it doesn't make me feel that i am the only one that has this condition. a lot of people still don't know about this... i now have a better understanding of what is going on. good luck to you s.p. e-mail me sometime to let me know how things are going. my e-mail is geri

Re: stomach ache/vomiting brings on episode

From: Christine


Vomiting seems to bring on my VV attack. If I know I'm going to be sick, my body shuts down and I pass out. When I come round, I vomit about 15-30 seconds later. This only happens in extreme circumstances and a high temperature seems to be the only common link. I'd love to stop this for good and know if anyone else out there has the same problem. Thanks.

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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