Vaso-Vagal Discussion

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From: Denise


My daughter does get what our doctor call vaso-vagal only around her menstrual time and it only happens at night when she is asleep. She wakes up feel sick and wanting to vomit. Then she usually lays on the floor and calls for me. Her heart rate is approx.40 blood pressure low. I immediately take her to the hospital and the emergency staff give her IV's and say that it is dehydration. Which it is not my daughter we born and brought up at an altitude of 8,000 feet, she was a premature baby 3.2lbs. I have had an utrasound done on her heart and no results. now we will go to a nuerologoist soon. My daughter will start college in late August and she is so afraid to attend which this medical problem. She is also afraid to sleep at night since this episode only takes place between 12:00 to 3:00 am. The emergency room staff knows us pretty well. My daughter has had approximately 8 episodes in the last 2 years. I am not sure if you can give me any direction as to what to do now . I feel so helpless in helping my daughter overcome this fear. My daughter is very active in horseriding and does keep herself very fit. Do you think she will outgrow this problem?

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