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Vasovagal Syncope, non-cardiac related

From: Coy Lauer


I am a 50 yr. young male and have been suffering from vasovagal syncope for 3 yrs. Triggers include coughing, sneezing, laughing, deep breaths, smoke, perfumed, and airway irritants. I also have asthma, which makes my airway particularly sensitive. Stress seems to increase syncopal episode frequency. Syncopal episodes have been as often as >2 doz./day, and as little as an average of 4/mo. over a years time. The many Drs. I have seen say that there is no treatment and I will likely suffer from this condition for the rest of my life. I also suffer from severe depression and anxiety. Does anyone have practical suggestions (other than wheelchair, helmet and pads) for minimizing injuries? Has anyone had problems with finding or keeping a job? Does anyone have experience with private and/or Social Security disability claims? Are there any support groups? Please help me! I'm almost at the end of my rope.

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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