Vaso-Vagal Discussion

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From: Steve
Date: 5/13/01
Time: 4:51:04 AM
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I have had six or seven of these things over 14 odd years, two on an airplane one with wet pants one without. The last time a doctor on the plane got to me in a minute and the same as you blood pressure was dangerous and they suggest they could not find a pulse. Like you the trigger is not obviously apparent, but I think you might find that it would be unlikely to be just one stimulus. I think a lot of things interact at once, its like the body decides to give you a short break, anxiety is you usually in there somewhere, maybe not a sudden insult necessarily, it can be incremental associated with prolonged stress. I really think this thing is genetically based, my daughter had it. At the end of the day its probably the best thing to get one of those, medical alert bracelets so if you do go over someone will put you In a recovery position. While it’s not pleasant hundreds of people seem to have these and seem to recover unaided. I have never needed to be resuscitated. I scuba dive, run, and I’m active. I think the more you worry, the more likely it is you will have another. These are embarrassing and frightening, its easy to have fear of the attack itself and go around just waiting for it to happen. They you get fear of fear itself and bingo panic phobia about attacks which can cause attacks. Thus the vicious cycle. The episode before the last was about six years ago. I didn’t have one, I think in part because I convinced myself I wouldn’t have one. Make sure your husband, partner, work mates and friends understand this and you will feel much better.

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