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VasoVagal Reaction

From: Beth
Date: 12/31/00
Time: 2:57:17 PM
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I was told by an emergency Dr. that that is what I experienced one day while driving my car with my two children. I am 39 yrs old and this occurred when i was 37. I still have a fear of my bp dropping and never want to experience that fear again. I was driving my car and smoked at that time and when i inhaled my cigarrette I felt the most intense heat spread through my throat and down inside my body, I then felt like i was going to pass out, so i pulled the car over and found a drug store that i frequented and ran inside thinking I was about to die right in front of my children. Panic of course set in, but the symptons only seem to frighten me worse, because next was a cold/hot sensation all over. It is hard to explain exactly how it felt, but i had never ever felt it before. When the paramedics came they kept taking my bp and said it was find and i think they checked my sugar with a prick in the finger and that was fine. I wanted to go to the Doctor because i was scared to death. After doing blood test and ekg test the dr. said i was a young, healthy young woman and to not worry about it or the smoking. i quit smoking ~~ and then the obsession set in with taking my bp all the time and the panic of driving the car with my kids and just fear fear fear! I have been living with this fear ever since this happened. I never actually passed out and I have never felt the exact feelings I did like that day, but I have felt a number of anxiety attacks or panic attacks and had my heart racing or palpitations or felt just weird, then I run and take my bp and it is either high or my pulse is high because I have worked myself up! Today my heart skipped a beat or I felt a rush so I got up and took my bp and it was so low it scared me~~ so now I sit here and worry that something is wrong. It was 77/62, but when I took it 5 minutes later it was back to normal. I have become obsessed with my body and every sensation and I can't stand it! I have had several ekg's done and those check out fine. I also will get occassionsl hot flashes and wonder if this is also nerves, hormonal of just what! thanks for listening.

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