Maxi Dresses
64 Members and 8996 Guests Online

Viewpoints

Vagus nerve

Started 1286298486.66 in Viewpoints | Last reply 1286398552.297 by kalaim

Yesterday morning while decorating for one of my club meetings, I passed out. It was brief but someone called 911. By the time they came I was feeling pretty normal but they took my vitals anyway. My blood pressure was very low as well as my heartbeat. They took my vitals about 10 minutes later and they had gone up. The color had returned to my face and they told me to call my Dr. to make an appointment.

My daughter came and got me and we left for the Dr. She ran my vitals again but was concerned about my blood pressure. Usually my blood pressure is 120 over 88 but it was 110 over 66. After she finished the examination she though I had an episode with the vagus nerve. My back was really bothering me and I was in a lot of pain and I continued to work through the pain to finish the decorating. She explained to me that when you have more pain than what your body can sustain the vagus nerve carries that information from the nervous system to the brain. Your brain can shut down for a micro second and then you faint or worse fall into a coma.

She thinks that I had an episode of the vagus nerve but has scheduled me for a full heart workup later today.

Has anyone ever heard of this nerve and know of anyone that has had an episode?

When someone tells you that you have changed, it simply means you have stopped living your life their way.

Page 1 of 3
1 2 3 Next
Piper 541286299600.11398 PostsRegistered 2/8/2010Arizona

It is called Vasovagal syncope, when the body can't quickly compensate for a drop in blood pressure. Even minor muscle cramp can send a signal to the heart via the vagus nerve that slows down the heart rate enough to cause a person to faint. I'm glad you will be getting tests today, good luck to you.

Piper

Only in a Jeep

MJ 121286299866.112030 PostsRegistered 12/30/2009On the Beltway
Hi Moxie! I'm glad you weren't alone when it happened and glad you're ok. My Mom had problems with her (I thought they called it) her vaso vagal nerve, she kept passing out, but they weren't sure if it was that or her weakened immune from chemo.

We can put a man on the moon, yet we can't develop another analogy for describing when something... obvious needs to be done but hasn't.....

HiLo1286299894.7476193 PostsRegistered 8/28/2007

My goodness, if it's not one thing it's another strange ailment.

The only thing I know about the vagus nerve is that it is responsible for providing acid to the stomach to aid in digestion. All of these other functions I'm not familiar with but am anxious to find out; just sorry it has to be through your distress..

Wish you well, Moxieee.and saying a prayer that they will get to the bottom of all this and that you will soon be back to feeling normal.

HiLo

JustJazzmom1286300344.30326424 PostsRegistered 11/12/2007My garden, of course!!

The vagus nerve is one of the longest nerves in the human body.

☼The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for him there. GBShaw☼

Cindy Shop­per1286301749.60710677 PostsRegistered 11/14/2007

It does sound like vasovagal syncope. Pain and many other things can cause this reaction. Saying it could send you into a coma was a little overkill. Usually it just makes you pass out and then the blood returns to your head and you are fine. If this becomes a problem there are many treatments for Vasovagal syncope. One is a beta-blocker. It will actually block the response the vagus nerve is sending. There are other treatments as well. You may have to heart a heart monitor and they may order a tilt table test. The important thing is to make sure it is nothing else.

mygr8daneg­uinness1286302436.7679502 PostsRegistered 7/29/2010

The vagus nerve is the 10th cranial nerve that extends through the medulla portion of the brain to the jugular and carotid arteries; the vagus nerve conveys sensory information.

I had a case of vaso-vagal syncope about 12 years ago; severe abdominal pain preceded the fainting episode. My father-in-law is a vascular surgeon and had his partner do a carotid doppler on me to see of there was anything else going on, and it showed a 60% narrowing of both my internal carotid arteries, but luckily did not require stenting (only if it reaches 70% narrowing).

Good luck to you. I hope the doctor can pinpoint a cause of your syncope.

MJ 121286302558.44312030 PostsRegistered 12/30/2009On the Beltway
Hey Cindy Shopper! Yes, I forgot - the doctors finally had my Mom wear a heart monitor, because she kept passing out.

We can put a man on the moon, yet we can't develop another analogy for describing when something... obvious needs to be done but hasn't.....

MJ 121286302800.05712030 PostsRegistered 12/30/2009On the Beltway
Anyone know if it's somehow related to low BP? I always have low bp, just curious. TIA

We can put a man on the moon, yet we can't develop another analogy for describing when something... obvious needs to be done but hasn't.....

mygr8daneg­uinness1286302860.7139502 PostsRegistered 7/29/2010
On 10/5/2010 MJ 12 said: Anyone know if it's somehow related to low BP? I always have low bp, just curious. TIA

Are you having any symptoms related to your low BP?

Cindy Shop­per1286303158.3210677 PostsRegistered 11/14/2007
On 10/5/2010 MJ 12 said: Anyone know if it's somehow related to low BP? I always have low bp, just curious. TIA

Yes and no. Over stimulation of the vagus nerve can cause the BP to drop but only momentary. If your BP is running low that is not a vagus nerve issue.

Low BP is a good thing as long as it is not so low that it causes symptoms. What is your's running.

MJ 121286303725.9912030 PostsRegistered 12/30/2009On the Beltway
Thanks! I had a physical this morning, it was 110/70. So they redid it, 107/65. It's always been low. Funny since I'm so, you know, mouthy. ETA no medical issues, just curious.Last edited on 10/5/2010

Last edited on 10/5/2010

We can put a man on the moon, yet we can't develop another analogy for describing when something... obvious needs to be done but hasn't.....

Cindy Shop­per1286303903.4110677 PostsRegistered 11/14/2007
On 10/5/2010 MJ 12 said: Thanks! I had a physical this morning, it was 110/70. So they redid it, 107/65. It's always been low. Funny since I'm so, you know, mouthy.

That's not low. That perfect! It's actually what we want it!

MJ 121286304029.82312030 PostsRegistered 12/30/2009On the Beltway
LOL so I'm normal? Yah for me! I thought it was low, sorry! Sorry for the O/T!

We can put a man on the moon, yet we can't develop another analogy for describing when something... obvious needs to be done but hasn't.....

stilltamn8r1286304078.4512078 PostsRegistered 6/14/2006So Cal

I once had a vasovagal response to a momentary but extremely stressful experience- scary

I happen to have very low blood pressure usually around 91/59, and have never had any other type of fainting episodes...though when they take it they always ask me if I do...

GoodStuff1286304488.38313610 PostsRegistered 11/11/2008

It's called a "vagal episode", and it's pretty much what's behind a lot of fainting episodes. Medical people are very familiar with this kind of episode, and refer to it as a patient "vagaling" or "going vagal". When I worked in a surgeon's office, patients often had vagal episodes and got all weak, pale, and fluttery -- or passed out altogether -- during an in-office surgical procedure.

Glad you're being tested to be sure nothing more serious is going on.

Mox ie1286305052.6935221 PostsRegistered 7/16/2010
On 10/5/2010 MJ 12 said: Thanks! I had a physical this morning, it was 110/70. So they redid it, 107/65. It's always been low. Funny since I'm so, you know, mouthy. ETA no medical issues, just curious.Last edited on 10/5/2010

Normal blood pressure is 120 over 80.

Low blood pressure is 90 over 60. You fall in the middle, but your blood pressure is in the normal range. Your blood pressure would be considered borderline low.

My Dr. told me that they are seeing so many paitients with blood pressures in the 200 and more over 100 and more that anyone who is in the 120 over 80 or lower range is considered to be low now.

Last edited on 10/5/2010

Last edited on 10/5/2010

When someone tells you that you have changed, it simply means you have stopped living your life their way.

Cindy Shop­per1286305183.6910677 PostsRegistered 11/14/2007
On 10/5/2010 moxieee said:
On 10/5/2010 MJ 12 said: Thanks! I had a physical this morning, it was 110/70. So they redid it, 107/65. It's always been low. Funny since I'm so, you know, mouthy. ETA no medical issues, just curious.Last edited on 10/5/2010

Normal blood pressure is 120 over 80.

Low blood pressure is 90 over

Normal is 120/80 or below. MJ12's is great. Yes, a Systolic less than 90 is low.

MJ 121286305355.4612030 PostsRegistered 12/30/2009On the Beltway
Bp in the 200s! That is frightening! Mox - how is your MRSA treatment going? Do you see any improvement? I hope so.

We can put a man on the moon, yet we can't develop another analogy for describing when something... obvious needs to be done but hasn't.....

doxiemom 41286305580.89327472 PostsRegistered 12/30/2008NJ-FL

Low blood pressure can be a cause........another cause could be what the call aortic steno sis.....It's when the heart valve is narrow......it can be easily treated....

The pain along with the low blood pressure could be the culprit.....

Good luck later today at the Dr's.......

Holly Noel 7/11/97 1/22/11 RIP My Sweet Angel
Annie Oakley 12/7/00 - 8/26/12, Another Angel.








dooneymom1286305981.303343 PostsRegistered 4/12/2007

This also often happens to the elderly while they are ( there is no nice way to say this) having a bm. The strain on the nerve causes them to pass out during or just after they finish. I've seen it happen many times, looks scary, never seen anybody go into a coma over it though. Ususally the're pretty worn out after and need some recovery time ( a nap) and then they're back to normal.

doxiemom 41286306197.9727472 PostsRegistered 12/30/2008NJ-FL
On 10/5/2010 dooneymom said:

This also often happens to the elderly while they are ( there is no nice way to say this) having a bm. The strain on the nerve causes them to pass out during or just after they finish. I've seen it happen many times, looks scary, never seen anybody go into a coma over it though. Ususally the're pretty worn out after and need some recovery time ( a nap) and then they're back to normal.

This is also very true.......

Holly Noel 7/11/97 1/22/11 RIP My Sweet Angel
Annie Oakley 12/7/00 - 8/26/12, Another Angel.








esmerelda1286306329.0213182 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 10/5/2010 moxieee said:
On 10/5/2010 MJ 12 said: Thanks! I had a physical this morning, it was 110/70. So they redid it, 107/65. It's always been low. Funny since I'm so, you know, mouthy. ETA no medical issues, just curious.Last edited on 10/5/2010

Normal blood pressure is 120 over 80.

Low blood pressure is 90 over 60. You fall in the middle, but your blood pressure is in the normal range. Your blood pressure would be considered borderline low.

My Dr. told me that they are seeing so many paitients with blood pressures in the 200 and more over 100 and more that anyone who is in the 120 over 80 or lower range is considered to be low now.

Last edited on 10/5/2010

They're doing BP's "on the curve" now...like grading school papers? I don't think so. If they did weights that way, something like 200 pounds would be "considered to be" slim now.

"Your emotions and thoughts are always accompanied by bio-chemical reactions in your body, which create your state of health over time." - Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Think about it.

esmerelda1286306410.2313182 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 10/5/2010 MJ 12 said: Bp in the 200s! That is frightening! Mox - how is your MRSA treatment going? Do you see any improvement? I hope so.

Poor moxieee...if it isn't one thing, it's 10!! I hope your MRSA treatment is going well also.

"Your emotions and thoughts are always accompanied by bio-chemical reactions in your body, which create your state of health over time." - Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Think about it.

Lotus~1286309618.0834761 PostsRegistered 6/23/2006Long Island, NY

It's the largest nerve in the body and controls many bodily functions....it runs up both (I think) sides of the stomach. I was having some really weird symptoms that sent me to the ER on several occasions. They could never find anything. I would get light headed and dizzy, I would get a severe buzzing in my ears and I would have a sudden urge to have a bowel movement, but would never really have to go....sorry if that's TMI.

Finally my doctor asked me if I had a family history of hiatel hernias...which I did. He sent me for an upper GI series, and sure enough...I had a "significant hiatel hernia". THAT's what was causing my symptoms. I asked the doctor how one thing could have anything to do with the other and he explained it to me. The Vasovagal nerve runs along each side of your stomach. The hiatel hernia can cause the stomach to push up the the hiatel opening in your diaphram, which then compresses the nerve, causing the symptoms I described. After being put on meds for the hernia and adjusting some eating habits and sleeping positions, I never had another "episode".

Mox.....hope you follow up with your doctor.

"After me....you come first."~unknown~
My sweet girl Ashley crossed over The Rainbow Bridge, Wed., 5/22/13. Miss you madly sweet girl. <3
RIP Jack <3 , my "Old Man" 7/31/13 Be nice to Ashley.

------1286309947.416962 PostsRegistered 2/13/2008

I never heard of this.

Good thing you didn't hurt yourself. Very scary feeling to faint then come out of it wondering what happened.

Page 1 of 3
1 2 3 Next