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Another Case of Vaso-Vagal!

From: Laci
Date: 1/10/01
Time: 7:57:52 PM
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Well, I have been amazed by this forum. I have finally found people who know what is happening to me! I'll tell you a little about myself because I so enjoying learning about all of you. I am 22 years old and I am a teacher. My first "attack" came during a play in which I came back from intermission with a horrible aching stomach, I rushed out of the theatre, thinking I was going to vomit, and ran to the restroom (in a dress I might add) to lay on the cold floor in the big handicapped stall. A friend of mine had seen me get up and rushed to my rescue as I fell into her arms for help. She sat me in a chair and I eventually came to after sweating so bad that I had to practically undress and being as white as a sheet. Several minutes later I felt fine. The next episode happened during a lecture to my computer class for senior-citizens. A woman was asking me a question and all of a sudden her words became a blubbering mess and I pulled up a chair and started to faint. The last episode I had was while I was having an early-morning rehearsal for a high school play. I stood up and felt very faint and then the usual (clammy, sweaty, cold, painful stomach) occured. This is perhaps what is the worst for me is that it has happened twice during my classes although I think I would be a lot more scared if I were alone. I also think it can be stress driven, in several of my occurances I was under a lot of pressure. I also crave lots of salt and can't handle a lot of sweets. I also agree that I can tell when its going to happen about two minutes before. My doctor diagnosed me with vaso-vagal but he didn't have much to say about what to do when it happens namely what to tell innocent bystanders and he said that there wasn't much I can do to help it. I would love to know more about the prevention techniques such as salt and water intake. Another question is--could this affect childbirth? Thank you for all of you knowlege--I really appreciate it!

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