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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Vagus Nerve Disorder

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Is there a connection between vagus nerve irritation (causing hiccuping) and dementia? What are causes of vagus nerve irritation?

Is there a connection between vagus nerve irritation (causing hiccuping) and dementia? What are causes of vagus nerve irritation?

Not directly: Elderly people may suffer both, but they are not related. Damage to the nerve can result from injuries or even some surgeries. Aging alone can impair it to some degree. Discuss this w/ your doctor so you'll understand better about your condition and what to expect (or not). Best! ...Read more

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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What can cause increased stimulation of the vagus nerve?

Vagus nerve: This is called Parasympathetic overstimulation, some causes being; Holding your breath, Dipping your face in cold water, Coughing, Tensing your stomach muscles by straining, Emotional stress, Infection. ...Read more

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Are there specific vagus nerve disorders? If so, what are they called?

Vagal Disorders vary: Neuralgia, respiratory and vocal problems, problems swallowing, stomach problems [gastroparesis], vasovagal reflex induced fainting, heart arrhythmias, and urinary problems. Patients with anxiety, depression, or who lose consciousness during complex partial seizures or generalized seizures, and whose seizures are not being controlled by medication, may benefit from vagal nerve stimulation. ...Read more

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Can ACDF surgery cause damage to the Vagus nerve?

Can ACDF surgery cause damage to the Vagus nerve?

No: But has other complications, discuss with the surgeon risks, benefits and alternatives of the procedure before you proceed, a second or even a third opnion, if you wish, is your right, if you can afford the time and access to other surgeons, good luck ...Read more

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If my bradycardia (without symptoms) is a vagus nerve disorder. What would be my prognosis?

If my bradycardia (without symptoms) is a vagus nerve disorder. What would be my prognosis?

Vagal nerve: Slow heart rate is not due to a "disorder" of the vagal nerve it's due to a predominant vagal tone versus sympathetic tone. The prognosis is generally good ...Read more

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Can a pinched vagus nerve cause vasovagal syncope?

Can a pinched vagus nerve cause vasovagal syncope?

No: Can't pinch vagal nerve, but it can get irritated and cause vasovagal syncope. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed lone atrial filtration caused by vagus nerve. Could you give me advice how to calm down vagus nerve?

Confusing: Atrial fibrillation isn't generally caused by vagal stimulation so your question is a mystery. I'm not sure what you heard your doctor say but I think it may be somewhat distorted? Please ask for a clarification. ...Read more

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What is the function of the vagus nerve, what does it control, and what causes it to become irritated that results in chronic hiccuping?

What is the function of the vagus nerve, what does it control, and what causes it to become irritated that results in chronic hiccuping?

To send info to brai: The vagus nerve is a cranial nerve and an extension of your brain. It is involved in your gag reflex. It sends signals from your brain, heart, and digestive system. The vagus nerve is tied to our emotions. Vagas nerve stimulation is a way to treat depression. Chronic hiccuping can be caused by irritation of the diaphragm or gallbladder disease. ...Read more

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Can constipation straining cause damage vagus nerve?

Can constipation straining cause damage vagus nerve?

Very: Unlikely can this kind of straining cause damage to the vagus nerves. ...Read more

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How can I find out if my vagus nerve was damaged during a nissen fundoplication surgery which caused gastroparesis?

How can I find out if my vagus nerve was damaged during a nissen fundoplication surgery which caused gastroparesis?

Tests are available.: For all surgical procedures there are risks and benefits. With nissen fundoplication and hiatal hernia repair, vagus nerve injury is a known risk. The risk for vagus nerve injury is due to the proximity of the nerve to the anatomy in which the procedures are performed. Okay to discuss with your surgeon and the GI doc on your team. There are tests to diagnose vagus nerve function. Good luck. ...Read more

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How does the vagus nerve relate to heart disease?

How does the vagus nerve relate to heart disease?

Brake on the heart: The vagus nerve (cranial nerve 10) is the "brake" on the heart. When it is activated it slows down the heart. In heart disease, it can be either helpful or part of the problem, depending on the particular disease process at work. If it's over-active, it can force the heart to beat to slowly. If it isn't working, it can let the heart beat to fast. ...Read more

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Can a heart pacemaker stimulate the vagus nerve and cause other problems?

Can a heart pacemaker stimulate the vagus nerve and cause other problems?

No: Cardiac pacemakers maintain and encourage normal heart rhythms, and are used to treat abnormal heart beat patterns. The vagus nerve is stimulated by a vagal nerve stimulator used over the left vagus, which does not have cardiac innervation, and this device helps control seizures. ...Read more

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What is the connection between thorazine (chlorpromazine) and irritation of the vagus nerve that causes hiccups.?

What is the connection between thorazine (chlorpromazine) and irritation of the vagus nerve that causes hiccups.?

Mayo clinic notes: The most common cause of long-term hiccups is damage to or irritation of the vagus nerves or phrenic nerves, which serve the diaphragm muscle. Neurotransmitters involved in the process of hiccup include both dopamine (D) and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). Thorazine (chlorpromazine) is a dopamine blocker. Prolonged hiccup requires medical eval to determine cause. Best regards. ...Read more

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Does gerd/acid reflux always cause stimulation of the vagus nerve? If yes, are symptoms of stimulation different from those of anxiety?

Does gerd/acid reflux always cause stimulation of the vagus nerve? If yes, are symptoms of stimulation different from those of anxiety?

Vagus: Interesting question. Symptoms of stimulation of the vagus nerve are not usually associated with anxiety. The vagus nerve has many functions and I won't go into all of them here do to space limitations.
Reflux can cause stimulation of the nerve and chest pain and synocope/near synocpe (passing out) can happen but that's often in severe cases and usually with cold/hot beverages/drinks. ...Read more

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Can lap band surgery cause vagus nerve damage?

Potentially: Any surgery to the stomach can potentially injure the vagus nerve, as it enervates the stomach. ...Read more

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Does vagus nerve damage cause heart arythmia? Can you cure it.

Vagus nerve: Helps lower heart rate so damage to it would lead potentially to higher heart rates and may exacerbate arrythmias. While generally not curable, arrythmias are treatable. ...Read more

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Can my vagus nerve be the cause of my anxiety? I had fundoplication and developed anxiety thereafter all heart tests are ok

Can my vagus nerve be the cause of my anxiety? I had fundoplication and developed anxiety thereafter all heart tests are ok

One of the few times: In medicine that I believe I can say with 100% unequivocal certainty that NO- your vagus nerve cannot be the cause of yours OR ANYBODY's anxiety. That's because a single CRANIAL NERVE is incapable of causing the generation of a sentiment which is the conglomeration and coalescing of multiple intricate and personality specific attributes. ...Read more

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Could advanced cervical spinal stenosis cause vagus nerve damage?

Could advanced cervical spinal stenosis cause vagus nerve damage?

Vagus nerve / spine: Spinal stenosis should not affect the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve is safely outside of the spinal canal. In spinal stenosis, it is the spinal canal that becomes narrowed. ...Read more

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I was told that because of the vagus nerve that GERD can cause a fast heart rate. Is that true?

I was told that because of the vagus nerve that GERD can cause a fast heart rate. Is that true?

Endothelial Problem: Heavy meals can cause the cells covering the interior wall of arteries to become sluggishly and sticky, a condition called endothelial dysfunction. This leads to decreases blood supply to the organs. In your case, the heart. The heart rate increase due to the increased demand without the appropriate supply of blood. ...Read more

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My sister had gall bladder removed &has now developed severe gastroparesis. If b/c vagus nerve damage caused, can anything be done to reverse?

My sister had gall bladder removed &has now developed severe gastroparesis. If b/c vagus nerve damage caused, can anything be done to reverse?

Unrelated: Gallbladder surgery in no way would injure vagus nerves. There is no association with these two conditions. Gastroparesis is uncommon and can be related to diabetes. Some medications can help, see a gastroenterologist to be sure the diagnosis is correct. ...Read more

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Hello docs. I was wondering can vagus nerve irritation cause eye floaters?

Vagus nerve: Irritation has nothing to do with the eyes and will not cause floaters. ...Read more

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Can degeneration of the C5-C6 vertebra cause episodic syncope due to vagus nerve damage or entrapment?

Can degeneration of the C5-C6 vertebra cause episodic syncope due to vagus nerve damage or entrapment?

No but VBI might: VertebroBasilar Insufficiency (VBI) - The vertebral arteries run up the back of the neck thru tunnels (foramen) in the vertebrae (bones of spine). Some neck maneuvers can compress the artery where it passes thru the foramen. While not usually syncope, this can cause vertigo & drop attacks via buckling of the knees usually in older folks with degenerative spinal problems. Aka beauty parlor syndrome. ...Read more

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I Had a sleep study last night with CPAP and have been experiencing heart palpitations most of the day. Can initial CPAP cause Vagus nerve irritation?

I Had a sleep study last night with CPAP and have been experiencing heart palpitations most of the day. Can initial CPAP cause Vagus nerve irritation?

Typically no: That does not usually happen. It can trigger changes in your level of carbon dioxide since with apnea you tend to retain more and CPAP will force you to blow that out. If this is persistent go get an EKG. Heart arrhythmia is common in apnea including heart block, PVCs and atrial fibrillation. Some can be dangerous. ...Read more

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Is this a sign of a damaged vagus nerve? Every day before I have a bowel movement, I feel hyper stimulation in my intestines & it causes me to vomit!!

Is this a sign of a damaged vagus nerve? Every day before I have a bowel movement, I feel hyper stimulation in my intestines & it causes me to vomit!!

Vagal stimulation: This is a normal reaction to a valsalver
maneuver like stooling strong or strong coughing.
The vans nerve is innervated causing GI effects inc;luring emesis, but is not nerve damage! ~ No worries... ...Read more