I have been suffering with vasovagal attacks since December; my doctor thinks the probable reason for this is the shock of a car accident I had a couple of months previously. I have only blacked out once and am now very aware when I am going to faint so am usually able to prevent it by lying down. The difficulty I am really having is that I feel that I am constantly in some sort of 'brain fog' and feel really dizzy and disorientated particularly when I go out. I also feel very weak a lot of the time. I also feel unable to drive as I don't feel aware enough of my surroundings. My doctor has advised me to increase my intake of salt and fluids which I have been doing but I still don't feel well enough to function properly and go back to work. Is there anything you can advise? I just want life to return to normal!
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From the description it seems that your symptoms are due to chronic constipation, and associated diverticulitis.
There are many things you can help constipation. They include
1. Eating more fruits, vegetables and grains, which are high in fiber
Foods Rich in SOLUBLE Fiber: Oatmeal or oat bran; Brown rice; Orange, grapefruit, green plantain
Foods that can act as laxatives: Prunes, figs, Psyllium husk, shredded wheat, flaxseed (oil), Senna, Cascara sagrada, Aloe vera juice, Dandelion root, Molasses, Liquorice, etc.
2. Drinking plenty of water and other liquids
3. Getting enough exercise, abdominal exercises are best to improve gut motility.
4. Taking time to have a bowel movement when you need to. Visit the toilet for 15 minutes in the morning, even if you are unable to have a bowel movement. This relaxes and stimulates your digestive system.
5. Relaxation and stress management techniques.
6. Proper dietary habits, regular meals, not missing meals and breakfast,etc. Sit quietly for 15 minutes after eating a meal to aid in digestion.
7. Cessation of smoking and tobacco use, excess dependence on sodas, colas and caffiene.
Stomach or intestinal gas is a byproduct generated during the process of digestion. It is generally expelled from the body, either through the mouth (called belching or burping) or through the rectum (flatulence or flatus).
The flatus if smells bad, is due to fermentation process of the colon contents, which generates sulphur gases, which produces that foul odor. This could be due to indigestion or reduced quantity of good bacteria in the gut.
In addition to dietary and lifestyle changes, OTC medications such as activated charcoal, probiotics and digestive enzyme supplements can be used for intestinal or stomach gas relief. Activated charcoal tablets have the best effect in relieving your symptoms.
hey there, im a twenty year woman and reading your post was like reading myself I can totally relate with every problem you are suffering from and know the effect it has on your entire life. Mine too was from an accident i was hit by a car and suffered brain trauma resulting in vaso vagal syncope, it took me 5 years to get a name for what i was suffering. I attend a specialist and have been put on medication called fludrocortisone. There are many other medications and treatments for what we suffer and its kind if a trial and error process as every sufferer is different. I wish you all the best as this should not be ruling your life you should be living it comfortably. Hope this helped.
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