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Re: I cant believe I found this........

From: Helen
Date: 4/3/01
Time: 1:04:38 PM
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It is so helpful to read through your messages as my doctor suspects I have been having vaso-vagal attacks and the symptoms all sound very familiar.

I first had an episode a few weeks ago while watching the Exorcist. There was a scene in it which really scared me, then I started to feel sick, dizzy and I passed out. I was taken to the hospital because the doctor thought I had a seizure. I had a couple more episodes but none for over a week now. I'm still feeling dizzy sometimes, I'm also sleeping lots and I've only left the house to visit the doctors or the hospital.

I'm waiting on the result of a CT scan, but since there are no neurological symptoms present and I'm having the same symptoms as the rest of you, I suspect my doctor may be right.

I've always had low blood pressure. I was also on tablets for stress which are known to cause low blood pressure and I think this, together with the fear, has set me off.

I've been taken off the tablets now and I had thought myself that (as some of you suggested) salty food is helping me. I'm also going to have a go at a high-protein diet.

Like the rest of you, these attacks have really scared me and at times I thought I was going to die. The first time it happened I actually thought I had a cerebral haemorrhage and just couldn't lift my head or I was going to pass out again.

So, assuming my scan finds nothing abnormal, I will be trying to find ways of avoiding this happening to me again. I will let you all know if I find anything new.

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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