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Suggest treatment for damaged vagus nerve

I had ablation for afib on 9/22/2014 and have been unable to keep food down since. I have lost 50 pounds and have been in hospital multiple times for longer times. They just got a test result back that shows them my Vegas nerve has been killed - they thoughtit was damaged. They are wanting to do a surgery that will make it impossible for me to even ever eat out again. Is there any treatment that I shoudl be looking at for correction of this problem. I was just told today. I am desperate!
Mon, 23 Feb 2015
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Hi,
Thanks for writing in.

The vagus is an important cranial nerve in humans and originates in the brain stem. Then it courses along various structures to supply important organs of the body. Please get examined clinically to know at which level your vagus nerve is damaged. Vagus nerve disorders can be treated to some extent by learning to do activities that stimulate the nerve. This includes exercises of the pharynx and soft palate, or the area at the top of the mouth. Through a combination of vocalizations, breathing techniques and movements, the exercises may stimulate the vagus nerves and reduce some of the symptoms.

There is also vagal nerve stimulation procedure by which the nerve can be stimulated with electrical impulses. These might be discussed with your doctor and how much it can help you.
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