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Please help me!

From: Jennifer
Date: 7/20/01
Time: 11:02:27 AM
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I can't believe I found this site! This stuff sounds exactly like me. I'm a 22 yr old female who started developing problems in Feb. One night, I woke up feeling really really dizzy, I broke into a sweat and felt like I had to use the bathroom right away. After peeing, I threw up, felt better, but jittery and went back to bed. The next day, late at night, I felt really hungry, but when I finally got food, I felt nauseas, my heart rate sky rockted, I started sweating, and shaking really badly. I felt I had to use the bathroom again. I vomited several times. This episode lasted for hours and hours. I felt like I was going to die and like my head was being pulled back. Eventually, I passed out. This happend again in less severe, but still intense form every day for the next week. Every time, the symptoms were the same - although I did not always throw up - and it always involved needing to use the bathroom and or food. Every time, I eventually reached an "end" were I knew it would all end soon because I was going to pass out. I began to notice after awhile that I would feel panicky (heartrate high, dizzy, etc) right before a bowel movement. And if I couldn't have the bowel movement (which started happening), I would go into a full attack. In April, I woke up in the middle of the night with extreme abdominal pain - it was gone by the next day but I was left with a burning stomach. I've been to the doctor a million times who is convinced this is all in my head since my blood tests came back normal and so did an upper GI. I'm going in for a lower GI soon, but it really sounds like I have VV. Who should I see about this? What can be done? I am going crazy with the increased heart rate every single time I have to use the bathroom. The rate at which I need to go has increased as well. What is the vagus nerve exactly? Please help!!!!

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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