Vaso-Vagal Discussion

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My Story

From: Cara,


Hi, I'm 16 years old and I was diagnosed with this when I was three years old, but I believe I started fainted at 2. I've fainted since many times. When I was about 8 or 10 maybe I visited the Children's Hospital in Philidelphia, where I met a very good doctor who put me on medication and left very good advice for me. I forgot the name of the medicine, but it was a small, round, white pill. His advice was to use lots of salt. I didn't have another episode for amazingly 5-8 years. By then I was off the medication. My episode was triggered by stomach cramps. This was a year ago, and I have been fine since then, except for two near episodes where I got on the ground and had my feet on the air quickly before I fainted. The two episodes were triggered from pain. I'm not on the medication anymore, but salting like crazy still. :)

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