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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 12/31/2008 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I couldn't find a better place to post this.  I am going to my doctor in a week but am trying to gather as much info as possible first.  I have had major attacks on my system over the last 5 years, probably 8-10 times minimum and had my most recent in the last month--I am 8 weeks pregnant.
This is what happens:  I wake up in the middle of the night with excruciating chest pain, I find myself in the bathroom feeling like I need to poop and/or vomit.  After that whole scenerio, I start to pass out--hit the floor, but generally am still somewhat concious--the worst of it was that my eyes were open, but everything was black and I was mumbling that I was ok to my husband.
So...these attacks last about 15 minutes, but sometimes the chest pain (before the attack)lasts a LOT longer, like a couple hours.  The really funky thing is that once I "pass out" I stand up and I'm completely fine as though nothing has happened. 
So...I'm trying to figure out...heartburn?  Gall bladder?  Panic attacks?  I have been treated for panic/anxiety disorders, but I read you don't pass out during a panic attack...maybe a combination of the above?
I'm frazzled, does anyone have any ideas?

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 1/1/2009 12:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Evening,
This is Kitt.  It concerns me that you feellike your going to pass out for 15 minutes.............anytime you vomit or bear down to have a bowel movement it may cause vasovagal reaction.

Vasovagal syncope occurs when the part of your nervous system that regulates heart rate and blood pressure malfunctions in response to a trigger, such as the sight of blood. Your heart rate slows, and the blood vessels in your legs widen. This allows blood to pool in your legs, which lowers your blood pressure. This drop in blood pressure and slowed heart rate quickly cause diminished blood flow to your brain, and you faint.

Common triggers for vasovagal syncope include:

  • Standing for long periods of time
  • Heat exposure
  • The sight of blood
  • Having blood drawn
  • Fear of bodily injury
  • Exertion, such as straining on the toilet
  • Stress reaction

My concern is that you are 8 weeks pregnant. I amnot a professional so please do make an appointment to see your OB/GYN physician to be evaluated.

Bless you and congratulations on your pregnancy.




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