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Re: Please help me!

From: kimee (22)
Date: 7/26/01
Time: 1:13:01 PM
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Hi Jen, I hope you are still checking this board and get this message. I"m 22 and have also been told I have a form of VV (NMH) neurally mediated hypotension. I just wanted to write and tell you you're not alone, my doc did all these tests and all came back normal-I was totally frustrated-I even lost my first job because of my being sick and almost fainting everyday!! finally, I got a referral to see a cardiologist and he sent me for a tilt table test and now a 30 day heart monitor-he had a suspicion my symptoms-which were almost exactly like yours-might be a vaso-vagal episode. Please don't lose hope-it's not all in your head-you just have to find a doc that will listen and one that has some knowledge of VV. Also, I dont' know if you found any info on the vagus nerve, but I do have some knowledge of this as I'm in (or was in) the healthcare field. The vagus nerve is one of the 12 cranial nerves-it controls all of our basic bodily functions, such as heart rate , blood pressure, GI function, and bowel/bladder function. How efficient ;) -one nerve to control all of this-god forbid it should malfunction-haha:) anyway-it is also understandable why you feel faint before /during a bowel movement-during this time, blood pressure actually lowers. well, i do hope you get this and it helps a little. Just know that you're not the only one your'e age dealing with this. If you want to talk more, we can always email (not sure if i left that on my last post (22 with nmh). ALso, you might want to check out -it gives a good overview of what disautonomia is and the different types. good luck! -kimee

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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