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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

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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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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What happens if we cut vagus nerve?

What happens if we cut vagus nerve?

Vagus nerve: Cutting the vagus nerve, especially bilaterally can led to severe heart problems along with lung issues such as pneumonia, bronchitis among other issues. ...Read more

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How to treat a damaged vagus nerve?

How to treat a damaged vagus nerve?

Depends: Really depends on where the nerve is damaged and what caused the damage to assess whether the nerve can be repaired. ...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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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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Dr. David Earle
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Gerd (Definition)

It is normal to have some gastroesophageal reflux (ger). It becomes a disease( gerd) when it causes organ damage (imflammation of the esophagus, or barrett's esophagus), it has a significant negative impact on your life, or requires dependence ...Read more