Vaso-Vagal Discussion

[ Home | Contents | Search | Post | Reply | Next | Previous | Up ]

Unclear, please explain

From: Munch
Date: 2/13/01
Time: 11:33:45 PM
Remote Name:


I recently went to my primary care physician to find out why I have been fainting (or near fainting), always tired and haven't been able to concentrate or focus very clearly. I had been feeling this way for a long time, but just thought it might be due to lack of exercise or eating improperly, so I never went to the doctor. Recently I had an episode where I passed out and when I "came to" I was shaking, not violently, but shaking pretty bad. That was it! I got scared and decided to find out what was going on. I had some blood tests done to find out if I possibly had Graves Disease (runs in family) and that test came out negative, so I was then referred to a neurologist. After talking to the neurologist, he had me go through a slew of tests...MRI, EEG, 24-hour Holter Monitor, tilt table (I had a 'near fainting' spell AFTER the test and my blood pressure dropped tremendously) and blood tests. Well, my follow-up appointment was today to go over the tests and he told me that the tilt table test showed significant Orthostatic Hypotension, but within the conversation, he also mention Vaso-Vagal. What I'm unclear about is, I've read most of the posts here and I see no mention of Orthostatic Hypotension (only from the posts that I read) but why was my doctor mentioning Vaso-Vagal? I asked him to explain all of this to me in 'lamens' terms, but still got the same answers from him. I'm lost! Needless to say, I was told to increase my salt intake, drink plenty of fluids and he put me on .01 mg of Florinef. I just started the Florinef today and am going to start drinking Gatorade. I guess my question Orthostatic Hypotension and Vaso-Vagal related??? Thanks for listening to me mumble about this :o)

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.
Last changed: June 22, 2007