Signs and Symptoms of a Vasovagal Attack Mar 28, 2012 4:05:32 GMT -5
Post by Sea Dogs Beach on Mar 28, 2012 4:05:32 GMT -5
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A vasovagal attack is a disorder of the Vagus Nerve. When the vagus nerve is pinched or injured through drugs, surgery or trauma, disruptions in signals sent through the Vagus nerve to the brain can and more than likely will happen. Some really tramatic symptoms can occur not listed in this article. The Vagus nerve controls all of your bodies automatic functions and the Vagus Nerve has complete control over a persons gastrointestinal tract.
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. These last for at least a few seconds before consciousness is lost (if it is lost), which typically happens when the person is sitting up or standing.
When sufferers pass out, they fall down (unless this is impeded); and when in this position, effective blood flow to the brain is immediately restored, allowing the person to wake up. Short of fainting a person may experience an almost indescribable weak and tired feeling resulting from a lack of oxygen to the brain due to a sudden drop in blood pressure. Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary describes this as the "feeling of impending death" caused by expansion of the aorta, drawing blood from the head and upper body.
The autonomic nervous system's physiologic state (see below) leading to loss of consciousness may persist for several minutes, so:
If sufferers try to sit or stand when they wake up, they may pass out again
The person may be nauseated, pale, and sweaty for several minutes
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