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Victoria123
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   Posted 7/17/2007 8:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Do you have personal experience with VNS Therapy?
 
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CRANKY 1
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   Posted 7/17/2007 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey Victoria,

What is VNS Therapy?  I've never heard that term before, but I've had so many different kinds of treatments, I might know what it is under some other name.  Can you explain what it is?

Thanks,

Leigh Ann cool


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  • Divorced, 42, no children
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olivia of course
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   Posted 7/17/2007 7:41 PM (GMT -7)   

I found a link below that explains what VNS therapy means.

Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is a treatment for certain types of epilepsy and clinical depression.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vagus_nerve_stimulation

Olivia


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   Posted 7/18/2007 9:25 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey Victoria,

I read the information on the link that Olivia posted, and no, I've never had that kind of treatment before.  If you have it, please let us know how it works for you.

Leigh Ann cool


Basic info:
  • On Disablility for: Chronic Migraines, serious Back and Knee problems (will need surgery eventually), moderate Depression, Anxiety/Panic disorder, TMJ 
  • Divorced, 42, no children
  • Surgeries: Gastric Bypass, Gallbladder Removed (followed by a week in the hospital for a Blood Clot), Kidney Stone Removed, Broken Ankle, Major Dental work(four molars pulled, multiple cavities, root canals) 
  • Current Meds: Lexapro, Klonopin, Wellbutrin, Migranol, Trazadone, Buspar, Nexium, Skelaxin,  Phenergan, Chantix, Iron Pills, PROHIBITED FROM ALL NSAIDS
  • Current Problem: Internal Bleeding, possible ulcer in location of Gastric Bypass
 
"The weather is here, I wish you were beautiful."
                                             - Jimmy Buffett
 
 


faithfully4you
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   Posted 7/18/2007 3:59 PM (GMT -7)   
:-)  Hey guys~
I have the VNS!!!! I was implanted with it in November and turned on in December 2006.  It is called the vagus nerve stimulator, it is a pacemaker-type device that is implanted where a pacemaker would go.  they then make an incision in the neck and wrap the wires around the vagus nerve.  For me I am thin so it is kinda ugly where the wires are because you can see where the wires are laying under the skin, my incision for my device is healed but you can see the impression of it and feel it that is too because i am thin.
I really think that it has helped me because of all the stuff i am going through.  I actually only take 2 meds as opposed to 5-6.  I have some discomfort and side effects with it but all in all it was a good decision.
It is extremely hard to get this covered under insurances right now, i was able to get it (i did fight really hard for it) because i have narcolepsy as well.
 
I would be more than happy to give anyone info if they would like it, i think it has changed my life
Teresa
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Luciano de Crescenzo
 
Of all the moments in my life, you were always there somewhere. Once as a wish. Once as a blessing. And now as the greatest loss I'll ever experience."
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