Vagus Nerve Stimulation For Fibromyalgia- Promising Therapy?


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Studies suggest the vagus nerve may be under-active in ME/CFS and FM. Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) often requires surgery but techniques are being developed where surgery is not required. An incredible story of a woman in horrible pain for whom VNS worked. With Dr. Natelson talking on how vagus nerve stimulation could help with ME/CFS as well.
Interrupting Pain to the Brain: Vagus Nerve Stimulation, Part I

We’re going to delve into how we can suppress pain by stimulating a nerve the lies in the neck called, the vagus nerve. The therapy is called vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) and it’s a newly explored therapy for pain that requires surgical implantation. There are even newly developed, transcutaneous forms that may help with headache and other pain conditions. Jean Haase shares the dramatic effects of VNS on the pain of fibromyalgia. Then, Dr. Benjamin Natelson, Professor of Neurology and Director of the Pain & Fatigue Center at Mt. Sinai Beth Israel in New York City talks about the potential for suppressing pain with VNS, side effects from the therapy, and the hope for applying this new technology to a broad array of medical condition.

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Interesting article. My eldest has had a VNS for the last 16 years for epilepsy. It is also used for depression. It does come with side effects (EVERYthing comes with side effects).

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