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Can I Use My Magnet To Turn Off My Vagus Nerve Stimulater
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Seizure treatment: Vns is an fda-approved treatment for patients with refractory partial epilepsy (over age 12). It is a matchbook-sized device implanted under the skin in the upper left chest with a wire that connects to the left vagus nerve (in the neck). It is programmed by your neurologist to provide electrical stimulation for 30 seconds at 5 minute intervals. It can be a very effective treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nerves in the neck: The vagal nerves, 1 on either side of the neck, control the vocal cords; the left vagal nerve also gives parasympathetic innervation to the heart. In theory, gerd shouldn't stimulate the vagal nerves, because the esophagus is further back in the throat, while the vagal nerves are close to the front of the throat. ...Read more
VNS: Units are set for on and off periods, and are not 100 % perfect, even when optimally programmed. A magnet is included, and if swiped across the vns device, will cause it to fire, and perhaps stop the seizure. If you sleep with a partner, the other can stop the seizure activity, but, if you sleep alone, the seizure will likely complete, but maybe the unit will decrease frequency well over time. ...Read more
What are the methods for diagnosing/ locating damage to vagus nerve? Can it be repaired/ reactivated?
Variable: The vagus="the wandering nerve is one of two vagus nerves that are left anterior and right posterior along the esophagus in the chest to the stomach. If one is damaged there may be no signs. If both are damaged or surgically divided there are changes in gastric -stomach acid production and motility. But if cut high in the neck the recurrent laryngeal -voice nerves will be affected. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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