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Re: Vaso Vagal Episode

From: Mark
Date: 6/29/00
Time: 11:42:07 AM
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I've always had these with severe bowel movement. I never went to the doctor about them until I had one at work. It scared the dickens out of people at work. They usually happened at home.

From what my doctor told me: bowel movement stimulates or un-stimulates your vaso-vagel nerve. In turn, this causes your heart to slow down. In turn, this causes your blood pressure to drop. When your blood pressure drops, physical symptoms manifest themselves. These are profuse sweating, nausea, deathly paleness, dizziness, etc.. These symptoms scare the dickens out of people.

When the bowel movement stops, the nerve returns to normal, the heart speeds up, the symptoms disappear and you feel better.

Basically, my doctor's advice was to stay home if I had diarrhea and never be constipated. Constipation causes nasty cramping.

Vaso Vagal reation

From: Carol


After a very scary dizzy spell and extreme weekness I was told I had a Vaso Vagal Reaction. What is it ,have other fainting spells been related, what can I do to stop this from happening again?

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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