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Can I put my magnet over my vagus nerve stimulator to turn it off for a while?

Can I put my magnet over my vagus nerve stimulator to turn it off for a while?

CAUTION!: Unless you have been specifically told to do so or shown how to do this, it would not be advisable for you to do anything to a vagus nerve stimulator. If you have questions or concerns, call your doctor or the doctor on call for that doctor and discuss this or see your doctor soon in the clinic. If emergent, go to the er. Don't do it! ...Read more

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Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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Can I use my magnet to turn off my vagus nerve stimulater?

Can I use my magnet to turn off my vagus nerve stimulater?

Yes: Taping the magnet directly over the stimulator will prevent it from working temporarily. When you remove it, it will restart. If you want it turned off permanently, see you epilepsy doctor. ...Read more

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What is the current procedural terminology for vagus nerve stimulator?

What is the current procedural terminology for vagus nerve stimulator?

VNS: A vagal nerve stimulator is an electrical device designed to control seizures, by stimulating the vagus nerve, which affects brainstem connections, with a resultant anti-epileptic effect. Since it has few side effects, it may be better tolerated than medications. However, needs a surgical implantation, and regular re-programming to optimize effect. ...Read more

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I have a Vagus Nerve stimulator I'm having a lot of neck pain for the last two hours not sure if I should keep waiting for it to subside or if it will?

I have a Vagus Nerve stimulator I'm having a lot of neck pain for the last two hours not sure if I should keep waiting for it to subside or if it will?

My thots: I presume that the unit has been in place for a while, and if present longer than 2-3 weeks, the neck pain has nothing to do with VNS. However, due to infection risk and potential unit mis-functions, such as aberrant firing, would interrogate and check settings. However, would also investigate local neck pathology, especially in view of your low back history. ...Read more

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Is the the vagus nerve stimulator effective for depression?

Is the the vagus nerve stimulator effective for depression?

Yes: Yes, but because installing it involves the risk, pain and expense of major surgery, it is not often used. Less drastic interventions such as routine meds, augmentation meds, ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) and tcm (transcranial magnetic stimulation) would be used first, ordinarily. ...Read more

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I have a vns vagus nerve stimulator for epilepsy, how safe is a mri?

I have a vns vagus nerve stimulator for epilepsy, how safe is a mri?

MRI is restricted: Mri can be performed in patients with vns, but only under certain conditions. The type of MRI machine and location on the body being scanned are important. Also, if MRI is being performed, the vns will need to be turned off prior to the study and turned back on after the study is complete. Your neurologist and the radiologist at the MRI center should be able to provide more details. ...Read more

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What is it like to wear a vagus nerve stimulator?

Not very visible: Cosmetically, the stimulator/battery unit is placed below the collarbone. It may not be very visible under the skin. ...Read more

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What are the indications for a vagus nerve stimulator?

Uncontrolled sz: Those with uncontrolled partial epilepsy should be evaluated for resective epilepsy. If not a candidate, those with uncontrolled seizures may consider vagus nerve stimulation (vns). Vns should be thought of as another anti seizure medication (aed). It rarely eliminates the need to take aeds. It is palliative, not curative. ...Read more

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