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Vaso-Vagal Syncope

Date: 7/4/00
Time: 2:32:50 PM
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Is there anything that can be done to treat Vaso-Vagal Episodes of cold sweats, nausea, diarrhea, and near fainting? I experience this periodically on no regular basis: sometimes a week apart, sometimes no closer than a month apart. The episode doesn't last very long, but is devastating while I am experiencing it. My BP drops to 50/20 when I'm having a V-V Episode. Had one in the E.R. and that's how I know what my BP drops to. Usually it happens 30-40 minutes after eating and is relieved by going to bed and sleeping for 1 1/2-2 hours. Is there any treatment? I've recently been to Mayo Clinic for a diagnosis or treatment, but was not helped.

Just diagnosed with VV

From: Mark



This past Sunday I was taking a leisurely cruise on a ferry back from an island when suddenly, with not enough warning, I passed out. Scared the hell out of my wife, our 12 other family members as well as myself. The ER couldn't diagnose me with anything and insisted on me staying over night. I refused as this wasn't the first time I've passed out. I went to my own physician today for whom I have the utmost confidence and respect. He diagnosed me with Vaso Vagus Syndrome. Just as a safely factor he is getting me set up to where a heart monitor for a week.

I had my first experience passing out when I was just a boy. The doctor back then told me that my body was reacting to getting a virus, which in that case was the Mumps. My next experience was when I was taking allergy shots as a youngster. Over the years I would eat, drink or for various reasons get severe stomach cramps and pass out. I had no idea what the actually cause was and really wasn't interested. This last attact came so quickly that I was very concerned as I felt that I wasn't in control. Usually, if I feel a spell coming on I can at least either put my head down or lay down on the floor until it passes.

This board is terrific. Please keep up the great work!

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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