Question about Vagus Nerve

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   Posted 10/24/2014 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
Actually I have two questions!

1) I've just been reading about the Vagus Nerve, and how some believe it's responsible for LPR, and that Elavil might help. My question is, if my stomach symptoms started way before I felt LPR (well, at least that I was aware), would vagus nerve disorder be a consideration? I don't know much about it, but wasn't sure if it was just involved when ONLY upper-airway stuff was felt, not digestive stuff per se.

2) If my stomach has been funky for a couple of years before I felt LPR stuff, does that suggest it's not an improperly working LES? I feel it's my bad stomach forcing the stuff up (gas, bacteria, etc.). If LES was weak, it would be just coincidence, yeah?

Thanks for any suggestions!

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   Posted 10/27/2014 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Electracat,

I'm not sure I can answer your question, but I will say that in my experience, when my stomach/gastritis flared up, it increased my reflux/LPR symptoms.

Have you been seen by a GI doctor? If you're experiencing such problem symptoms, it would make sense, I think.

This response will bump your thread to the top of the list, and hopefully someone will be by with more information for you. Hope you find answers and can begin feeling better!

Good luck!

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   Posted 10/27/2014 9:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Denise.

Just had a thought: If stomach dyspepsia can cause reflux (which apparently it does by pushing the stuff up), maybe, over time, the LES weakens due to the constant pressure on it. So maybe it becomes a two-fold problem.

Oy. Wanted to avoid the motility test, but probably will have to do it at some point.
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