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Vaso Vagal Episode?

From: Nick


It all began when i was 11 years old.(i am 19 now) I had two episodes while i was 11. One was on a hot day and my friends were talking of leeches and blood and all the sudden i could feel myself get a weird feeling in my lower legs and arms, then followed by a cloudy sensation in my head, then i get really nausiated and it feels like my throat is closing in. Then i become very euphoric and dizzy and experience a visual disturbance similar to a tv channel that doesnt come in, then that gradually worsens until i black out and i get very weak and ive passed out twice out of the 20 plus episodes. Heavy sweating is common with me and a super loud ringing in my ears is present. I can feel my heart slow down alot and it feels like my whole body is shutting down, it is surreal. Every outside noise is eliminated. These episodes last about 10-15 mintues and after i 'come back' i am very disoriented for some time and feel very fatigued and weak for hours. Many things have triggered these episodes ranging from getting blood drawn to talking about blood, to seeing an educational video on anorexia. My worst experience was when i was at a feild trip in 8th grade, we were at a cadaver seminar in a university hospitial and i totally lost conciencness for some time. Should i see a doctor?

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