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Re: Lots to ponder

From: Lynn w/ neurocardiogenic syncope
Date: 9/1/00
Time: 11:03:27 AM
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I also was recently diagnised with vaso vagal, but also have a cardioinhibitory reaction on the tilt table test. I have been advised by my cardiologist to have a pacemaker due to the fact that my heart stops, not because of bloodpressure drop, I gather that if my bloodpressure drop causes my heart rythem to slow, the pacemaker will activate and prevent my heart from stopping. I am scheduled to have the pacemaker put in Sept. 13, any comments from those of you with similar experiences would be appreciated. I too, believe in finding out anything I can on my own and not solely go on one doctor's opinion, but this does seem to make sense to me. Comments?

Sorry to bore you, this is my experience...

From: carolyn


Ever since the first time I have had blood drawn, I have passed out. Once, I banged my 'funny bone' REALLY hard and passed out (in a restaurant). When I woke up, I was violently sick for hours. The people I was dining with thought that I was joking and "faking" a seizure. Then, a few months later, I was getting a pedicure and I passed out during an uncomfortabl hard foot massage. This time, when I woke up, I felt myself loose control of my bladder and my entire body was DRENCHED in sweat. Plus, my hands and fingers curled up and tightened and I could not move then AT ALL for minutes. I was taken to the hospital and given an i.v. and passed out again. A neurologist was called to the scene. He prescribed me Tegretol (anti seizure med)as well as valium which was only to be taken prior to getting blood drawn. He also put in my orders for MRI, CT scan and an EEG. I never heard back from anyone and when I called to check, they told me all was normal. So, once, I took valium before getting blood drawn and still passed out. Another time, I did not take valium, but I did lay down and elevate my feet and I felt relaxed but still passed out (while I was laying down). Now I HATE going to the doctor and I think that I've been having anxiety attacks at school. All of a sudden, I'll feel really hot and my head feels hazy and I feel like I'm going deaf and I can't pay attention because I feel like I am going to pass out. My doctors can't help me, who can???

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