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Re: Vaso-Vagal Syndrome & Seizures

From: suzanne
Date: 9/2/00
Time: 6:32:39 PM
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Hello Everyone,

I'm happy to hear that there are others out there that have experienced this often misdiagnosed condition.

My story started when i was a teenager. I have never fainted before in my life, and didn't know it was going to happen until I woke up on the kitchen floor with my mother telling me that I had passed out and had a seizure.

Our family doctor ran a variety of tests and found nothing, but still wanted me on anti-seizure medication. My parents nor I didn't like the idea of being on this medication until we had an answer to my problem. After a few more incidents, now being triggered when i was receiving an injection, we found that I was slightly hypoglycemic.

I spent the next few years fine, and trying to watch my blood sugar levels, but in my early twentys, I had another fainting spell and seizure, and my new family doctor wisely sent me to a grea neurologist. She tested me and told me that it sounded like Vaso-vagal, and that my brain, for some reason, also adds a seizure when I faint.

I'm on no medication for this. I have found that intense stress seems to bring on the episodes.

Has anybody else experienced vaso vagal and seizures?


From: Pam


I have been passing out since I was a child and everyone said I did this for attention. Trust me if I want attention it wouldn't be by passing out. I have talked to my doctor and he mention vagel nerve. I did some research and just found your site. I now know I'm not losing my mind. I still don't know much about this condition and would like some feed back. I know when I'm going to passing out most of the time. This is a scary feeling. Any comments would be helpful. Please e-mail me at Thank you

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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