Cardio-Esophageal-ReFLEX, Esophageal-Spasms, Tinnitus and the Vegus Nerve?

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   Posted 4/13/2012 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
These 3 conditions are getting more intense daily. Unfortuneatley I've found no relief for any of the three. I'm beginning to think that the common thread is the Vegus Nerve that defineatly can have a direct impact on all three. I've talked to my Endo, Gastro, Cardio, Otolarin  and they all think it is an interesting observation but can find no research. If anyone has any thoughts, direction, on any new treatments or cures for either of the 3, I would appreciate any suggestions. The Spasms are the worst and nitrostat is the only partial relief drug but I hate to think I'll be taking it 6 times a day for the distant future. Reflex has NO medication that works and the Tinnitus is hopeless.  Any input will be greatly appreciated. Oh yeh, I am a hypertensive - Type II but that is totally under controll.   Craig

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   Posted 4/13/2012 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum, bear.

If the docs didn't find any research, they didn't look for it. Cardioesophageal reflex, aka linked angina doesn't have a lot of papers, but they are available. One paper described how the reflux can trigger coronary vasospasms, which can cause a plaque rupture, which becomes a heart attack.

My triggers are foods, drinks and medicines. My allergist had me keep a good food journal, writing down what I ate drank and meds, with times and reactions, especially within 2 hours. People who react with migraines can react as much as 2 days after consuming a trigger. If you do a search in the box at the top of the page, you will find a large number of posts on this subject.

I react to pork, gelatin, wine and beer, corn starch, maple syrup, onions, and a lot of prepared frozen, dried and deli foods. On getting together my list I googled some of them with the term "food allergies." I came up with a connection - sulfites. You may have a very different trigger. It takes a couple of months at least to get a good list.

Tinnitus may be from something else altogether. I get it from my cholesterol med.

Cutting down on foods with even medium amounts of sulfite minimized my reflux. My stomach doesn't react quite so much since I needed the surgery for it, but I still get bouts of tachycardia and arrhythmias if I go over my daily limit for sulfites. I can usually get relief from an attack by doing "valsalva maneuvers." If that doesn't work I take a beta blocker. Propranolol works fast but not long. I've gotten a little worse lately, so I'm on a half the smallest dose of atenolol daily. That's cut the number of attacks for me.
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