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Re: Vaso-vagal faint linked to clinical depression

From: Bill Eatock
Date: 12/28/00
Time: 10:02:51 AM
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Your symptoms really do sound familiar! I though don't tend to faint as I've learned to "control" the attacks. Like you i've suffered from depression for many years and had the abdo' pain. Diagnosed as irritable bowel. (the two do seem to be connected) I'm surprised you haven't received a sympathetic response from your GP as here in Wigan, the medical profession have been very thorough. They diagnosed my condition within minutes!

Medication was not recommended, just a "self-control" regime, "slow, deep breaths, fresh air, laying down and trying to keep calm" Does seem to have helped. When I feel an attack, I go and lie down on the bed with a window open and a fan blowing cold air on my face, it does the trick. Unfortunately, though it's not always possible to do this if a person isn't at home at the onset of an attack. Things then can get pretty scary!

Horrible feeling, but not usually life threatening. Fortunately, I don't tend to get attack's when driving or such, must be because my brain is kept busy.



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