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Vaso Vagal Episode

From: Gary
Date: 9/25/00
Time: 1:45:12 PM
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Until today, I had never heard of a vaso vagal episode. This morning, while my 14 year old daughter was getting ready for school, she said she felt ill and felt like she either needed to have a bowel movement, or vomit. While on the toilet, she became even more ill, and said she lost her vision. She also said she felt like she was dying. Then, she passed out. My wife and I brought her around, and, after about 30 seconds, she passed out again. While I was trying to remove her from the toilet and lay her on the floor, she suddenly threw her head back and became very stiff, and began to groan. I believed this to be some sort of seizure. We immediately laid her on the floor, and when I brought her around, her eyes were fully dilated and fixed. We immediately took her to the emergency room where the ER doctor diagnosed her as having suffered a "Vagal Episode". I have read many of the comments in this forum and find that others have had similar instances. The ER doctor said that about 10% of teenage girls suffer such episodes, and that she should eventually grow out of it. However, I see from forum comments that many do not "grow out of it". I would appreciate any additional comments to those already posted in this forum. As I indicated, I had never even heard of this before, and it was quite a frightening thing to endure as a parent (not to mention what my daughter had to go through).

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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