Vagus Nerve - I'm looking for some information here. Since mid-october I've been in and out of doctors offices and hospitals, I've had an endoscopy (GI), multiple abdomanol CT scans, sinus scans, chest x rays, blood work, echo cardiogram, EKG, the works. Finally an ENT stuck a tube in my nose and found that I had a bacterial infection that led to vagus nerve dysfunction. Gave me an anti-depressant and said to come back in a month. I've lost 30 lbs since october, palpations to the point I thought I was having a heart attack, difficulty breathing, eating, drinking, my blood pressure has been up and down (as high as 130/93 to as low as 88/44) my heart rate jumps up and down, get chest pain, upper ab pain, dizzy, tingly all over, disoriented, I mean it's a frickin mess. Could this all be attributed to the vagus nerve and will this ever end? I've been taking the anti-depressant for 5 days now, have noticed some improvement, palpations ever once in a while, still a little hard to eat or drink, I still feel like I want to yawn all the time, want to belch all the time, It's been almost 3 months and I'm praying this is the answer. Anyone had anything similar? Any information on the Vagus Nerve? Everything I'm finding online relates to epilepsy, I'm seeing a neurologist and we're doing an EEG to rule that out but come on, anyone know anything about the Vagus Nerve?
I think you need an Autonomic Nervous System Disorder Specialist, and meanwhile look up Dysautonomia and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. Look up Dysautonomia Information Network, and you will find some doctors and answers there. I hope your Neurologist knows about this disorder, otherwise you are in for many tests with no answers. Sounds as if you have already had every test known to man! You need treatment. I'll pray you are able to find some answers. Joy, Kim
I don't know a ton about this, but have just started seeing a chiropractor who did some scans of my body and found vagus nerve impairment. She is working on readjusting me to take the pressure off of the nerve. Perhaps you should find a wellness chiropractor, that looks at total body health. I've noticed some relief after 2 adjustments, but it will take many more. Like you, I have been to ENTs, sleep specialists and on antidepressants. None of them gave me anything to treat the cause of the symptoms, just stimulants, antidepressants and anti-anxiety meds. Do you have a desk job by any chance?
I have the exact same symptoms! I have had x rays, ct scans, and bloodwork and they all come back normal. The only difference I have is a cough. A deep, bark like cough that won't go away. I have seen a chiropractor a few times and it does seem to help. Please post what you find out at your appointments.
What I have found out is that my symptoms are related to an old gallbladder operation where the vagus nerve got damaged to an extent (very sloppily done operation), some kind of drug poisoning as well as some kind of microbe. The last one hasn't been proven. but is quite likely. I have scar tissue in the lumbar area from an old operation. There is scar tissue in the cervical area from some old car accidents that resulted in injuries. I was told that the nerve will "fatigue" after a while and go the other way. What that means in it's entirety is not clear to me yet. My whole body is compromised for circulation from this nerve supply being compromised. Cough, chokiing, pain down the arms from the pinched nerves the medical will do nothing about because of my age and extent of medical insurance. There is amost complete numbness in many parts of my body and inability to walk very fast or at all at times over the last year. The feeling of "tightness" gets worse every day. I can eat only liquids most of the time. Losing weight. This could have stemmed from haaving a hiatus hernia in the past and also from doing a colon cleanse that displaced that organ in the process of healing after cleaning out so much toxic garbage. It's an extremely painful condition. Chest pain, shortness of breath are all symptoms I suffered. Regurgitation of food as well as projectile and plain vomiting are part of this and may come and go. I don't know what the outcome will be, but I was told to use peanut oil and the essential oils of rosemary and sage and rub it into the site around the bad cervical discs. Herbs such as are in Dr. John Christopher's formula may help to heal bone, flesh and cartilage. For those who are into herbs. My chiropractor is keeping my back flexible by using his Thompson table and making sure the CSF is circulation. Hope this helps some of you to know someone else has suffered greatly with this, too, and what they have come up with. I will also employ a good massage therapist who will help, but can't say outcome yet, because the massage therapist is a new venture.
I have/had vagus nerve issues. Food poisoning led to severe vomiting and then atrial fib. A cardiologist mentioned that the trauma and force of the vomiting threw me into afib.
About two months later I began having a sense of something stuck in my throat. Ice or chewing gum would relieve the stuck feeling. As months progressed I developed bloating, constipation, swallowing difficulty, voice getting hoarse, dizziness, extreme fatigue, tongue not cooperating when speaking for a period of time, dropping things more frequently, episodes of not being able to take in a full breath, and I got to the point of only eating liquids due to the bloating and swallowing issues. All gut motility had just about ceased, or so it seemed, my stomach never made noises like it was digesting anything.
All of this has been going on for over a year.
I finally found a neurologist chiropractor. She immediately diagnosed me with vagus nerve damage. She has done some noninvasive treaments and there has been so much improvement. About the only symptom left is the "stuck in my throat" symptom, which is much better and I hope it to be fully gone soon.
So, find one of these docs and get yourself well. If I had not found her I would still be stuck on the make a diagnosis merry go round with conventional m.d.'s.
It's truly amazing that I can sit here and type this without gum in my mouth and not feel as if I'm being strangled from the inside.
It has been a long road and at times a very scary one, but now I feel so much hope that this issues will be completely resolved.
I constantly feel as if I am going to have a heart attack have had two hihatus hurnia opp in a mater of 18 months still can not swallow well never hungry prefer liquids but the worst of all is the fatique and constant back and chest pains by the way my vagus nerve has been cut and is now wraped around my asouphicus.please help I also have neck and shoulder pain.
What I am doing for nourishment is Enough chlorella that is a complete food. Otherwise, liquids from a blender. My chiropractor has said to use a good digestive enzyme in order to assimilate what I do take in. With the circulatory as well as nerve compromise that results in low assimilation of nutrients, this is what he told me to do. Hope it helps someone.
All of you should check out Dr. Barrett's blog and website.
I have been suffering with heart arrhythmia and a hypersensitive vagus nerve. I was taking Omeprazole 20mg for GERD. After reading Dr. Barrett's case studies, I increased the dose to 40mg (20 x 2). After just a few days, I am feeling better. It takes as much as 30 days to see complete results. The reason for this is that taking acid reducers just enough to eliminate heartburn is not enough to eliminate more subtle damage to nerve endings in the lower esophagus caused by leaking stomach fluids. These fluids are not acidic enough to burn the esophagus, but they can erode vagal nerve endings.
I am feeling like I am going to die. This all started 2 months ago and since then I have had a CT on my head and abdomen but my symptoms are so off the wall people think I am crazy. I have been to the hospital 5 times and they never said one word about my heart rate being 43 or the fact that my BP is all over the place. I feel terrible pressure and sensitivity in my abdomen feels hard to breath. Then it will affect my sinus's and my ears. The pressure is unbearable. I feel like I'm coming unglued. My teeth go numb, my left foot is going numb and I can't eat or sleep. The worst part is that my so called family thinks I'm some kind of crazy hypochondriac. I had one episode of incontinence and it has even my my groin area super sensitive. Oh and my left foot is numb and if I try to sleep my hands and arms go numb. I need help badly, but I wanted to post this in case anyone ever experiences this and needs help. I am going back to the emergency room. Good luck to all.
I have been dealing with similar issues for much of this year. Kept/keep thinking it might be stress, stress combined with other health issues, etc. I JUST NOW joined this site because I literally feel like I am dying and do not know what else to do!! I am completely frustrated, experience many of the identical symptoms as above, have been SENT to the ER by my doc, lots of tests, meds, etc. I am fortunate to have a background in health care/education and research everything, dad was prof at a medical school. I recently did 2 years Graduate studies in holistic health. My body systems, organs, functions seem to be totally inconsistent and out of whack. Vagus nerve disorder, piriformis, serotonin syndrome are diagnoses I am researching. Afib, severe constipation, erratic BP, radiating pain, digestive pain, fainting, numbness alternating with sciatica, ad infinitum. Deep tissue massage helped after last ER visit, avoiding any kind of physical stimulation helped. Just do not know and do not know how to find better professional help! Used to feel wonderful physically, now feel I am wasting away somehow. Thanks, more later. Hurts to sit, stay in one position.
Hello everyone. I'm in the same spot. I have been sick for years and didn't even know it. Similar to everyone, my stomach has been the main culprit since I was a child. I have since been diagnosed w/ gastroparesis (vagus nerve dysfunction), IBS, GERD. Finally, I went to a Naturopath. Immediately he took me off glucose and wheat. I felt better almost immediately. However, before this and since, I've had dizzines (w/ heart palpatations) and equilibrium issues. I've been diagnosed with a Vestibular Disorder. This results in dysequilibrium, blurry vision, headaches, head & ear pressure (causing increasing hearing loss while dizziness occurs). Everything, except the lack of equilibrium occurs when I get dizzy, but the dysequilibrium is constant. Other side effects can be anxiety, depression, extreme fatigue.
I also have constant difficulty swallowing and no gag reflex. I can put my finger down my throat with no reflex occurring. I have to chew a lot and swallow very little. This is ALL Vagas nerve dysfunction. Read an article of WHAT the Vagus Nerve is, where it is, it's functions, etc. You may be very surprised.
I've been through the ream of tests as well with a Neurologist in my home town, but was finally referred to Mayo Clinic. I am presently still going. In a couple of days I will find out results, but Vagus Nerve better be on the top of his list! There is Treatmeant. Stimulation of the Vagus Nerve.
Tests I've had: blood work, MRI,Spinal, Arterial ultrasound in neck, EMG, ARS, QSRT, nerve biopsy (which was positive), sleep study and more. I've seen some of the results from Mayo for the ARS (automonic reflex system) test and it was fairly normal. This is one of the MAIN test to have done. Still, there are too many other symptoms, regardless if this test does not say positively that I have an autonomic disorder, that point directly to a Vagus Nerve dysfunction.
Good luck everyone! It's a PAI when Dr.'s don't know what's going on.