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Re: vaso vegal syndrome

From: kathy arnold/hickory nc
Date: 3/27/01
Time: 4:19:30 PM
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I too suffer from this condition. The drs. seem to think itis easily identifyable and traceable. However, my episodes have only been during extreme stress that has culminated in one specific event. It seems to act as a release valve, when the stress over a prolonged period of time has reached a specific limt. Sort of like with allergies. I know when I am under stress. But I am never sure when I have reached the limit until I am on the floor. It's seems as though a chemical/hormone produced during stress reaches the level necessary to cause an episode. I have had more episodes recently. And the one overwhelming statement from witnesses is that I have lost ALL COLOR. I have been described as WHITE to ALL COLOR DRAINED FROM (MY) sic YOUR FACE. IT IS NOT LIKE FAINTING! Fainting is not as quick on coming and you have the option of sitting down when you feel the faint coming on. With this syndrome/condition you have no option. I usually fall straight back like e tree. This is proceeded by a tightness(slow squeeze) in the chest and then a feeling of OH WELL. There is nothing you can do. I can hear and see people even as I am falling but am uncapable of reacting or even speaking. I have an overwhelming feeling of relief after each episode. I have often heard the expression "fight or flight response". I propose a third response "the Possum". Too many people have reacted as I have and do, to be a coincidence. The drs. monitor the heart but they have never even offered or suggested to monitor chemical/hormonal levels before, during, or after an episode. Even tears contain chemical compounds related to stress--good or bad. Wake up DOCS and do your share of brainstorming here . This problem is easily remedied if you guys put your heads together. And I believe the treatment may be as simple as a good tear jerking movie once in a while or just a good cry. I have always been extremely logical in an unfemale characteristic way. I have always beenin traditionally male profession, from foreman of a construction crew, selling Life insurance, and being a Stock Broker and everything in between. I am not given to hysterical "female" outbursts. Maybe cryingcould help. Nothing else seems to be working. But what to cry about. Now that's the question.

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