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In old movies, actresses would put their hands up to their foreheads with the palm faced out before passing out upon the delivery of any bad news, or as a sure sign of an unsuspected pregnancy (or a bad plot). Rarely in these movies did a man faint "dead away," except for comic relief upon "not getting shot." In real-life situations, though, fainting can represent a problem and is the cause of a huge amount of expenditure of health care dollars and patient concern. Indeed, one of the first consultations that I received after opening my office was from a pediatrician. A 17 year-old male suffered an apparent cardiac arrest in his office after a tetanus shot. It still amazes me that the simple sight of a needle can bring about such awesome changes in human physiology. In this case, the young man awoke with a rather sheepish grin. The problem: he and many members of his family have "strong vagal tone ." Each year, there seems to be another ef...
For some of us who have migraines, the nausea that often occurs during migraine attacks can be the worst of our symptoms. It can be more severe and debilitating than the pain of a migraine attack. Moreover, it can truly wreak havoc with any oral medications we might take during a migraine. Many migraineurs have commented that keeping their meds down during a migraine is one of their biggest treatment challenges because of severe nausea and vomiting.
BUT, Here's a Vital Question:
Is the severe nausea and the accompanying vomiting truly making the meds, "not stay down?" The very, very important answer to that questions is, " Probably not entirely. " You may have read about gastric stasis and how it can keep oral medications from absorbing correctly and being optimally effective. That's not uncommon, but even if gastric stasis is a problem, SOME of the medication can enter our system within seconds of swallowing it.
Here's a Huge Problem:
Some of the same migraineurs who have commented t...
Full Question: I appreciate the information you share and hope you can point me in a healing direction. I have been debilitated by headaches since I fainted a year and a half ago and apparently incurred a concussion. I’ve seen a cardiologist (who diagnosed vasovagal syncope, which he says no longer needs treatment, and noted that I have “normal” blockage in my LAD and mitral valve prolapse), a neurologist (who diagnosed post-concussive syndrome, but says I should be past that now), an ENT (who sees a slight septum deviation but says it doesn’t need correction, diagnosed me as “highly allergic” and is giving me weekly anti-allergy shots), an ophthalmologist (who sees the beginning of cataracts, but says they don’t need attention yet) and many other doctors. At present, I am seeing a chiropractor weekly. I’ve had CT scans, MRIs and extensive blood tests. I’ve tried numerous medications. The final analysis, as synthesized by my family doctor, is that for some reason I am having tension,...
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