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Triggers for VV - husband & daughter

From: Brenda
Date: 11/7/00
Time: 1:08:57 PM
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My husband (49) & daughter (22) have both experienced what appear to be VV episodes when they have had the stomach flu but only when it also involves diarrhea. In each instance they will be in the bathroom and experience a wave of heat and then pass out, usually for a very short time but sometimes with seizure-like jerking movements. They are both very healthy and it has happened about a total of 2 times each over a 20 year period. Needless to say as the caregiver while they are ill, it is terribly upsetting and worrisome.

Recently my husband has had an occasional (1 every 3-4 years) episode as a result of viewing or description or work involving needles,, vaccinations, dental work, etc. Somehow it must be stressful enough for him that it triggers a VV episode. Following these episodes (heatwave, fainting, seizure) he is fine, blood pressure & everything back to normal, no headaches, etc. Looking for advice of any type; prescription, stress management?

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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