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20 year old female with myositis ossificans in paraspinal muscles c6/c7. Could it irritate vagus nerve causing 144bpm heart rate, breathless, fatigue?

20 year old female with myositis ossificans in paraspinal muscles c6/c7. Could it irritate vagus nerve causing 144bpm heart rate, breathless, fatigue?

Myositis ossificans: The location of the muscle calcification is not located near the vagus nerve based on your location description. Would look for another source of complaints. ...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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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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Treating a Pinched Nerve (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch
Once
Get an Xray/MRI if pain lasts more than 4 weeks
Once
See a spine/pain specialist if pain doesn't improve
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22 year old son when eating feels like food is stuck near his heart area. He gets faint, sweaty, heart rate lower, can this be the vagus nerve 4 yrs ?

22 year old son when eating feels like food is stuck near his heart area. He gets faint, sweaty, heart rate lower, can this be the vagus nerve 4 yrs ?

Correct perception: It's likely that the food is literally getting stuck transiently after he swallows. He needs to be evaluated for an esophageal problem. If he becomes completely obstructed he will not even be able to swallow liquids and will end up in the er. ...Read more

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I feel like my heart is racing but my heart rate and BP are normal. Results from heart monitor and echo were fine. Could this be vagus nerve related?

I feel like my heart is racing but my heart rate and BP are normal. Results from heart monitor and echo were fine. Could this be vagus nerve related?

Not your heart: If you feel like your heart is racing and all of those tests are normal, then it is safe to say it is not your heart or the vagus nerve. You and your doctor should pursue other diagnoses including anxiety. ...Read more

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Treating a Pinched Nerve (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch
Daily
Use NSAIDs for pain relief
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Get an Xray or MRI in 4 weeks if not better
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See a spine specialist after 6 weeks
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I pinched my vagus nerve in my right shoulder and now my arm hurts a lot and my heart rate is irregular. What kind of treatment can I do at home for this?

Go : Go to the er...Go directly to the er! do not eat a sandwich, nor anything else for that matter! the vagus nerve is not associated with sensory signals from the upper extremities. It starts in the brainstem and wanders throughout the neck, chest, and abdomen to control a variety of organ functions. The symptoms you are describing are more typical of a heart attack. Any abnormal heart rhythm should be evaluated immediately in an emergency room. Even something like atrial fibrillation can cause blood clots to the brain (a stroke). ...Read more

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Can heart rate increase by pressing on the vagus nerve and/or carotid artery?

Can heart rate increase by pressing on the vagus nerve and/or carotid artery?

No: Pressing on the vagus nerve or doing a carotid massage usually induces a vagal response which by definition translates to a slowing of the heart rate, not increasing it. ...Read more

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Treating a Pinched Nerve (Checklist)

Don't try home or OTC remedies. See a doctor.
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Determine cause, if possible, don't just treat symptoms
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Try a range of motion massage
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Consider physical therapy
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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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Heart Rate (Definition)

Heart rate is a measurement of the number of times a person's heart beats in one minute. Normal heart rates vary with a person's age and with excitement and exercise. Abnormal heart rates are too slow, too fast, and/or irregular (too much ...Read more

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Cardiac (Definition)

Cardiac is also known as Heart. Cardiac translates literally to "heart, " and any place the term is seen, such ...Read more

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