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Awakened from sleep

From: Tom
Date: 8/9/00
Time: 1:17:44 PM
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I have been semi/diagnosed with VV also. (Age:27, very active/healthy)The first time it happened I woke up at 3:00am with bad stomach pain, shot out of bed, headed for the bathroom, and passed out cold. I woke up to my wife on the phone with 911, and went to the hospital. Had a follow up visit with my doctor the next day and nothing was done. Eight monthes later it happened again. Woke up feeling like I was going to explode, headed for the bathroom and passed out cold. Another ride in an ambulance. Diagnosis: Vaso Depressor Syncope. Went to the doctor, took ekg, put me on a heart monitor for two monthes. The last time it happened, (same symptoms every time)...As ridiculous as the doctors advise sounded (don't get up if you feel sick) I tried it and it worked. I woke up, felt "sick", my wife got the clothes together for the ER visit, I sat up to get my bearings, slowly went to the bathroom, took care of business, and went back to bed. Felt very drained the next day, but avoided passing out and avoided another trip to ER. The frustrating side effect I am having is panick attacks. I have been overcome by a fear of this happening in public. Anyway, another visit to the doctors 8-8 to see if they found anything on the HR monitor. Thanks for listening to me vent. If you suffer from any of these symptoms, remember, you're not alone. It has put stress on the wife, but hopefully we can get through this.

First Experience Today



I had never heard of a vagal reaction until 5 hours ago. I had to have an endometrial biopsy today at the gynecologist's office. I had been apprehensive about the procedure but tried my usual relaxation techniques (meditation, deep breathing, etc.) My Doctor came into the room and explained the procedure and told me that I would have some cramping but the procedure was very quick. I found the procedure to be VERY uncomfortable but breathed through it. When she was done I sat back on the table and felt a wave of nausea and told her. I then remember that she was talking to me and soothing me with cool towels but I felt very isolated and experienced tunnel vision. My ears began to buzz and my arms felt like pins and needles from the elbows down. I was sweating PROFUSELY!!! After about 10 mins. I started to feel back to normal. She explained to me that I had a vagal episode and that when some women have their cervix dialated for a procedure or childbirth they experience this reaction. It was the worst feeling I've ever had. I'm 33 years old, and height and weight proportionate. In the future she assured me if any other procedures were necessary they would sedate me for them. I hope I never experience another one of these episodes. ~Ally

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