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Turned down for Insurance due to Vaso Vagal

From: Debbie B
Date: 12/6/00
Time: 1:00:52 PM
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I started to experience fainting spells in 1992 but only fainted (then and now) when my body is "overheated" - in a hot restaurant, after being outside during hot weather, etc. but strangely enough never when working out. Almost every time I've fainted I've lost both bladder and bowel control and usually I only become aware that I'm going to faint about 30 seconds before it happens. I was tested for everything during the course of a few years and eventually was diagnosed with Vaso Vagal after a tilt table test (I too passed out on the table!) My Cardiologist prescribed salt tablets - to take 6 or 8 or even 10 if I'm going to be in a situation where I could become dehydrated or overheated. I use them religiously and have not fainted since I started to use them.

That's the good news. The bad news is that I recently applied for disability insurance and was turned down because of Vaso Vagal even though I have not had a fainting spell in 2 years since I was diagnosed and the salt pills have been an effective treatment they sited that because I also have TMJ Disorder (not related to Vaso..) and this condition I was too much of a risk. Has anyone else out there had this experience?

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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