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Re: Another story, surgery warning

From: Joanne


Hi Elynne,

I thought you might like some feedback as to pregnancy and v-v. I have four children and have only had v-v epidodes since after my second child was born. I'm not sure if it is related at all, but this also co-incided with the first time I had had surgery.

I had to have a D&C a few weeks after the birth to stop the bleeding. I have had numerous other small operations since then and have thankfully never had an experiences on the op. table.

I do however have fainting spells whilst pregnant and in labour. So far the worst thing that has happened is a bad bump on the head from a fall in the bathroom of the labor ward.

I have only discovered, partly due to this site, that there is a name to all this and thankfully it isn't (as everyone else agrees) just in my head. I had always thought that fainting was something that just happened to some people and that there weren't really any adverse effects. Well I know how wrong I was now!

My last episode was only a month ago today and that time, I actually had the seizure like symptoms. It really scared the life out of my family and friends, along with everyone at the restaurant we were in at the time!

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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