Vaso-Vagal Discussion

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Interesting to hear others experiences!

From: LM
Date: 4/26/01
Time: 7:23:41 AM
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After having another "episode" of whatever last night, I thought I'd explore the internet for answers. My episode only occur once a year or less, sometimes years. I always wake up during the night with intense stomach ache, and find once I am in the bathroom, I cannot stop the events that follow... severe stomach pain, nausea, feeling of faint,... I begin the profuse sweating, go stone white, and become almost fixed state like a petit mal seizure. I, too, cannot lay down though I need to because my bowels are always involved and will lose control. Last night, once over, I had a splitting headache for a few minutes, this had never occured. My first experience, over 6 years ago was full blown, with seizures, loss of consciousness, etc. Neurologic exam showed nothing, and I was advised I might be new epileptic. This has not been the case. It never occurs except at night in relation to stomach ache, but does always occur within days before or after my menstrual period. How do we know this is not a mild form of epilepsy we experience and not vaso vagal? Is there anyway to prevent the attack once you know it is coming? It is the worst feeling in the world. I am an otherwise perfectly healthy marathoner/triathlete, so it is not like I have CFS, fibromyalgia or any of that. Does this sound familiar to anyone who has gotten answers to the problem? Thanks, LM

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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