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Old 01-05-2012, 02:18 AM   #1
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vasovagal syncope or seizure?

While I know it's common for people to faint during blood work...I wasn't nervous..wasn't anticipating the needle..had just eaten and while sitting down, I felt a little nausiated and dizzy and apparrently blacked mom was with me and she said my head would rock back and forth and my eyes were open with my pupils dilated ...I could hear people, but it was a dream like state and I couldnt respond...this isnt the first time this has happened..I did the same thing when having a nerve conduction I just wondering if it's my body "over responding" or something more. It's just so strange that I'm almost always sitting (unlike w/ syncope, where one is usually standing) and this other time when I was laying my head on the table letting my cousin (a nurse) put ear drops in my ear and I got the same feeling and had to go lay down before i passed out, but this time my fingers were moving strangely on their own...I thought I was posessed! lol j/k......any ideas?

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Re: vasovagal syncope or seizure?

Hi Rachel,
Sorry about what happened to you. When I first read your post I thought maybe a seizure (i have seizures from epilepsy) with your head rocking back and forth. but there were 2 differences for what happened to you and what happens to me. Apparently my eyes are open, but my they go back in my head so you just see the white. Plus I don't hear any noises at all. I mean I am totally blacked out. Normally I wake up in a hospital strapped on to the bed.

So I didn't know what vasovagal syncope was so I looking it up and what happened to you sounds more closer to that - here is an excerpt from what I found:

Among people with vasovagal episodes, the episodes are typically recurrent, usually happening when the person is exposed to a specific trigger. Prior to losing consciousness, the individual frequently experiences a prodrome of symptoms such as lightheadedness, nausea, the feeling of being extremely hot (accompanied by sweating), ringing in the ears (tinnitus), uncomfortable feeling in the heart, fuzzy thoughts, a slight inability to speak/form words (sometimes combined with mild stuttering), weakness and visual disturbances such as lights seeming too bright, fuzzy or tunnel vision, and sometimes a feeling of nervousness can occur as well.

I could be all wrong. I am not a doctor, I am just telling you know what my experiences are - and I know it is scary. There is definitely something is wrong though and I would suggest you see a doctor asap, a neurologist would be better and you may have to go through some testing to pinpoint what is going on with you, but it is well worth it.
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Old 01-05-2012, 03:46 PM   #3
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Re: vasovagal syncope or seizure?

Thank you...I am leaning towards vasovagal syncope as well...I did get referred to a wonderful, and I mean WONDERFUL neurologist-very thorough. He said he wanted to make sure it's not seizures b/c he said there are sooo many different kinds...they did a number of tests, including an eeg and I am awaiting the results of that (perhaps, I should call and ask, as I tend to assume they are normal if they haven't called me yet) Thus far, the only results I have gotten back are the ones from a cervical mri, which does reveal some flattening of my spinal cord

Moreover, I do have a cousin with seizures, but I believe they are non-epileptic and due to her chiari malformation so I don't really know if genetics play a role...and did have a grandfather who had grandmal seizures...just throwing this out there! Thanks again for the feedback!

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