Vaginal discomfort is due to an imbalance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems causing a drop in blood pressure and / or a slowdown of the heart.
There are 2 forms of nervous system: the sympathetic and the parasympathetic.In normal times, the parasympathetic nervous system (thanks to the vagus nerve) has the ability to slow the heart rate. For its part, the sympathetic nervous system can accelerate the heart rate, and also cause a rise in blood pressure. In the event of a break in equilibrium between the two systems, discomfort is likely to occur. In fact, we are talking about syncope, which is characterized by a decrease in brain irrigation.
Risk factors for vagal discomfort:
Some factors promote vagal discomfort: – Staying upright for a long time – Staying in a hot environment, confined, with many people – After a meal or an emotion, following a violent pain or at the sight of the blood, or ‘a needle- Physical fatigue- Sudden physical exertion
Symptoms of vagal discomfort:
The victim of this discomfort will feel some or all of the following symptoms: • great feeling of weakness • black veil (troubled vision) • yawning • sudden muscle weakness often causing a fall if the subject is standing (the subject faints) • sweating • nausea or vomiting • dizziness • loss of consciousness, sometimes accompanied by convulsions • stomach pain and diarrhea • headache • hot flushes • tingling in the extremities (hands, feet, top of the skull, just before losing consciousness).
What to do in case of vagal discomfort?
Although frightening, vagal discomfort is safe. When it occurs, the person must lie down and elevate his legs to increase blood perfusion of noble organs including the brain and heart.This position will promote blood return to the heart. If the victim of discomfort is accompanied, at least one of the people present must stay by his side to talk to him and make sure that he quickly regains his senses. This person may also bring a cold water towel to refresh the victim.In case of unconsciousness, the unconscious person must be placed in a lateral safety position (PLS). If the unconsciousness persists or the person with vagal discomfort suffers from cardiovascular disease or diabetes,
How to prevent vagal discomfort?
Various actions can prevent vagal discomfort: • get enough sleep, about 8 hours per night • eat healthy and regularly • drink plenty of water at least 1L and a half • exercise regularly (yoga, swimming, walking) , etc.).
What to do in case of many recurrences of vagal discomfort?
Although this is rare, some individuals may experience recurrent vagal discomfort. If this is the case, medical treatment exists: subcutaneous injections of atropine to calm the stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system.