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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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What are the symptoms of a sensitive vagus nerve?

What are the symptoms of a sensitive vagus nerve?

Multiple: Patients with vagus nerve disorders may have a variety of symptoms, including low blood pressure, irregular heart rhythms, difficulty in swallowing and digestive problems. ...Read more

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Can the vagus nerve cycle between being overactive and under active? What would be the symptoms?

Yes.: Overactive example pass out when see blood. Sympathetic failure? Trigger points localized points discomfort with bizarre symptoms if activated are sympathetically maintained. There is sympathetic sudomotor syndrome where compress area lets say neck muscle and only 1/2 forehead sweats. Simple injury to sympathetics can produce severest of pains that may destroy persons life called regionalpreviousn. ...Read more

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My uvula is deviated to the left, could this be serious? Could I have a tumor impinging my vagus nerve? I don't have any other symptoms.

My uvula is deviated to the left, could this be serious? Could I have a tumor impinging my vagus nerve? I don't have any other symptoms.

You're fine: I see that you are a first year medical student. Deviation of the uvula is a marker for a cranial nerve palsy, but when you eventually see it in real life, it's spectacular and the movements of the other throat muscles are obviously abnormal. Few uvulas are truly straight. You'll also learn that you have palpable lymph nodes in your neck that may not be in the anatomy book -- they're okay too. ...Read more

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What is inappropriate stimulation of the vagus nerve and how to prevent it? Is it true it may create some physical symptoms of anxiety?

No control: you could not control vagus nerve on your own it could be temporarily or permanently blocked or could be manipulated by electrical stimulation like a pacemaker specially for vagus nerve ...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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What is the vagus nerve? Can gerd/lpr stimulate it and what symptoms occur if it can?

What is the vagus nerve? Can gerd/lpr stimulate it and what symptoms occur if it can?

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

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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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How random can food allergy reaction be?Recently told have allergy to some nuts. Hives once.History of vagus nerve symptoms resuming in minutes on own

How random can food allergy reaction be?Recently told have allergy to some nuts. Hives once.History of vagus nerve symptoms resuming in minutes on own

Depends: Incidence of nut allergy is around 1%. People with atopic dermatitis are more likely to develop food allergy via skin contact. Remember that a positive skin or blood test does not prove food allergy- just a potential . You must have symptoms from eating the food. People allergic to one nut is more likely allergic to another but they are not related. See an allergist. ...Read more

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I had a fundoplication about 15 years ago and just recently developed symptoms of vagus nerve damage. Could the surgery be the reason this long after?

Doubt it: I doubt it, but i wonder what symptoms you are having that caused you or your doc to think that those are related to the vagus nerve. I am not sure i've heard there are symptoms that a vagus injury can be diagnosed on. ...Read more

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