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Hey, I'm new here.

Hey, I just found this community.  I've been fainting since I was 14 from Neurocardiogenic Syncope.  I'm 24 now and living off SSI.  I moved back in with my parents after failing college.  I've tried salt tablets, gatorade, proamitine, florinef, atenolol, klonopin, paxil, ritalin, etc.  Right now I'm on ritalin and florinef.

The first 5 years were rough, but managable.  The next 2 years I began to think I was growing out of it.  Then I went to college, and have been worse ever since.  I faint probably 2-3 times a week with constant symptoms in between times.  Any ideas?

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Your story sounds so much like mine.  I've been sick with dysautonomia since 15.  I'm now 28, and like you, living on a very limited SSI income.  I've had good years and bad years, good days and bad days.

I take these daily: Florinef, Lyrica, Norpace, Provigil, Prozac, and Ritalin.
I take these as needed: Zofran, Valium, Celebrex, and supplemental oxygen.

I also have a central line for daily intravenous fluids.  By the way, this is my 7th month without fainting.  I still feel sick sometimes though.
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How long have you been on the florinef and ritalin combo?  Have you tried a PICC?  Florinef works best with a PICC in my experience, unless your symptoms are mild.  2-3 times per week of fainting is about what my daughter does too.
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Your background sounds quite similar to mine.  I hope the Florinef and Ritalin are helping to ease your symptoms, I am taking those medications as well.

I'm not sure why our symptoms seem to fluctuate, but it seems medication adjustments are constantly required to keep in control.  You've tried a lot of the same medications I've tried.  I've been listing all of the treatments I'm aware of in our health pages, but outside of that I am unsure what else to suggest.  Have you had your electrolytes checked recently?
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Congratulations on your seventh month without fainting!  That's awesome!  Summer has been rough on me so far, any suggestions?
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