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Vagus nerve stimulation problem causing seizures - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have been having really bad panic and anxiety for about 10 years tries lots off drugs, is there a VNS surgery tah would help? I'm in Orem, UT.
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hello
Doctor :   Can you describe the symptoms that you have?
User :   cold sweats, hot flash, ocd gets worse, thoughts of floating away an can't stop. I was all so given meds for bi-polar and depression for the last 10 years. I'm only 30 I would love to have fun wit the wife and kids.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me explain to you.
Doctor :   VNS procedure are primarily used in the treatment of refractory seizures.
Doctor :   However due to its other effects, they are considered as a treatment option for conditions such as
Doctor :   anxiety, depression and mood instability conditions.
Doctor :   There has been no much reports found on the effectiveness of this procedure in treating anxiety.
Doctor :   However, if all the measures including medications, behavioural therapy and couselling sessions have failed then you VNS procedure can be opted.
User :   Is there any new meds or ways of treating it.
Doctor :   The most effective medications are benzodiazepine group of medications
Doctor :   Other drugs such as SSRI's and gabapentin stimulators have been used.
Doctor :   These are the most effective medications
Doctor :   These drugs along with lifestyle modifications and psychotherapy are the best known methods of treating anxiety/panic attacks.
User :   I'm on my last leg, I really need to get something I love my family but hate putting them through this with me. I see a doctor and a therapist it's just really hard these last few days. Thanks for the info,
Doctor :   You can try the VNS after discussion with your doctor, as it has helped in few individuals.
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   Know any good docs in Utah county.
Doctor :   I am unaware of much centre at Utah but, University of Utah which have specialised group of neurosurgeon
Doctor :   who specialise in this procedure.
Doctor :   you can visit them.
Doctor :   Are you there?
Doctor :   I have to close the window as you are not responding. Please chat with us if you have any additional queries.
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