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Vasovagal hypotension

From: LyricGDiva-Greer, SC
Date: 8/12/00
Time: 8:24:45 AM
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I recently had an episode in which my blood pressure went very low(I take medicine for high-blood pressure)I felt so tired that my shoulders and head seemed to weigh a ton. I called my doctor who wanted to see me right away. My BP had risin slightly but my pulse was only 55. He said that I had a classic attack of VV. Now this prompts me to wonder if any of the people having these attacks also are polio survivors as I am. I am 61 years old and had abortive polio when I was ten years old. No symptoms til now when I feel the same weakness in my neck, arms and legs that I remember from that ancient experience.




My Dad has recently been started on Florinef .1mg daily. He had diagnostic blood tests and was told that he does not have addison's disease but has adrenal insufficiency and possibly pituitary insufficiency. He is 80 years old. He falls frequently and has fainting spells as well as salt cravings. I thought adrenal insufficiency was addison's disease. Can someone explain the difference? My Dad was diagnosed by his cardiologist. Should I take him to another doctor?

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