Vaso-Vagal Discussion

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From: David
Date: 3/3/01
Time: 2:09:20 PM
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A few weeks ago, my wife, while shopping, became dizzy and somewhat disoriented, feeling as though she would faint at any moment. She managed to get through the check-out and to her car, where she sat for several minutes before driving herself home.

Once home she became extremely weak in the legs and felt, as she describes "mushy", she could barely stand. A nearby relative was able to get her to the emergency room at the local hospital. After three - four hours, an ekg, and x-rays, the staff doctor concluded that she had an inner ear virus (she had no evidence of this, but felt this was the best assumption) she was sent home, and told to contact her physician.

Since the first episode, she has had three more "attacks", all have been while in stores. Her internist has her using a "heart card" to electronically, via phone, monitor her heart. He has told her that he thinks she may have vasal vagal syncope, and that he would like to have her take a tilt test. At this time the test has been held-up by the insurance company---she must go to an expert before they'll approve.

At this writing, I have just witnessed an attack for the first time----it is a scary thing to watch, but must be terrible to experience.

Any information relative to symptoms and treatment is appreciated.

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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