Friday, February 02, 2007

Vegas with a U


In the middle of your breast bone, a little over to the left side, is a nerve that is called 'the Vegus nerve.' Most people never even know it exists unless you have something happen that involves it.

Often, if you are prone to having anxiety attacks and you feel a pain in your chest, it is the Vegus nerve that is being stimulated. Many people have thought they were having a heart attack, only to then learn about the Vegus nerve. The Vegus nerve only makes itself known through pain, be it a sharp pain, a dull ache, or just a general sore feeling around the area in the middle of the chest.

I have issues with my own Vegus nerve. With no prior warning, this nerve will go into a series of spasms. The pain that is involved with it, I am used to and I no longer think I am having a heart attack, but the symptoms I will never get used to, is the slurred speech, the crash of sudden weakness that takes days to recover from and the freight train that is stopped in its tracks.

I recover from the slurred speech fairly quickly, but the other symptoms linger for awhile and I am always amazed at the fatigue level...I mean, I am absolutely incapable of even keeping my eyes open. And then you sleep and sleep and sleep some more.

There is nothing that can be done to prevent it from happening. External ice packs sometimes help with the inflammation (did I forget that bit of information?)and cold drinks or popsicles. (or Starbucks frappicinos *wink*)

Boho had to go home early and no Boho boy is coming...they both came down with a nasty cold. (:-( but I feel lucky to have had her here for the 4 days that I did. She is just plane YUMMY! and I'm going to miss her. She was with me when the attack happened and I can only imagine what she was thinking. I didn't even get to say goodbye

It is Friday and I wish you all a wonderful weekend...hugs to all! xoxo

31 Comments:

Blogger turquoise cro said...

GOD Bless YOU and YOURS today Darlene! Thinking of YOU! Please GET WELL!!! LOVE and prayers, XOXOOXXOOXOXO,Cinda ps.HAPPY GROUNDHOG DAY!!!! I LOVE YOU!!!

1:12 PM  
Blogger poet said...

i am so sorry that you are having such awful health issues, darlene. but i am so happy that your sister was there to give of herself to assist you. with everything with mark, and you. and you keep smiling through it all. take care and sending warm and fuzzies to you all.vi

1:20 PM  
Blogger Angela Marie said...

I hate it when that happens to you. Plane ol' scary.

I am sorry that Denise had to go home early, and that she was not feeling well.. I didn't even get to see her.

I love you girl and I will check on you soon.

1:59 PM  
Blogger Wanda said...

My dear Darlene: I'm so sorry this week had so many health issues. I hesitated to call, because I knew your sweet sis was with you and wanted you to have all your time with her. Now I see not only were you experiencing more awful health issues, but she wasn't feeling good either. Life sure gets in the way of living, doesn't it. I will be in touch soon and do a Starbucks run for you.
I love you every day!
PS I hope Mark is continuing to heal.
Wanda aka Lovely

3:37 PM  
Anonymous amy said...

i am sorry that you've been feeling so unwell and that your sis has been sick too. it's just not fair. hope this particular episode passes soon and that Mark is continuing to heal.
take care,
amy

4:26 PM  
Blogger Cape Cod Kitty said...

Many wishes for this latest challenges to pass quickly. Hoping all the rest which is being forced on you will eventually leave you energized once more.
So sorry your sister had to leave and I hope she is better quickly, too.
More peace, ease and healthy wishes coming your way.
Off to the mountains of western MA
for the weekend. BRRRRRR
Cape Cod Kitty

4:36 PM  
Blogger Shaz said...

How awful I know that pain where you think ur going to have a heart attack(my first panic attack)and I didnt believe in stress lol what a nieve young woman I was. Sorry Honey that its such an awful time hopefully this will pass over quickly.Sending many prayers and blessings your way.

4:41 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

Oh no, Darlene! Bless your heart (no pun intended LOL), you have more than enough on your plate, girlfriend! I was 'relieved' that your sister could come and stay a while...so sorry she caught the crud and had to leave you so soon. I do hope you are feeling better quickly, and that Mark is still making progress. Quilty hugs and prayers to all of you.

5:22 PM  
Blogger Regina Clare Jane said...

With all you have going on... I am so sorry, Darlene. At least you know what it is now...
I know about the vagus nerve from an incident with my mom. We were lucky though... and it's never happened since.
Sending you lots of prayers and hugs...

7:18 PM  
Blogger Star said...

The whole sleeping thing reminds me of migraines. Too bad Den had to go home (especially without a goodbye), but I have the feeling that something really good is headed their way soon.

I hope you're feeling better soon. Sending you healing thoughts.

xoxo Star

7:36 PM  
Blogger Laini Taylor said...

Oh Darlene, so sorry to hear about this. Glad Denise could be with you. Hope you recover quickly!

10:30 PM  
Blogger luzie said...

Sorry to hear about the struggles with your health, Darlene. You are in my thoughts. I'm so glad you had Boho stay with you though, even if only for a short time. Take good care of yourself, I'm thinking of you. Love xo

10:38 PM  
Blogger Georgia said...

Oh, Darlene!!! :(

What can I do to help sweetie... I feel so useless from way over here. I would come help out if only I lived near you. I will continue to send you positive energy.

xoxo
Georgia

12:46 AM  
Anonymous suzie q said...

Thinking of you, sweetheart, and wishing you well... So sorry Boho girl felt poorly, too, but I hope you will all begin to feel much better very soon..
Love to you all,
may the weekend bring you joy & renewed strength.
Suze xXx

3:26 AM  
Blogger bb said...

I have had my own run in with the vegus nerve with my own (thankfully much lessened) panic attacks. It's scary stuff - and I'm thinking of you. Is there anything I can do? Anything I can visualise for you? I'm beginning to believe shared dreams really help :-D

love bb x x x x x

4:48 AM  
Blogger Jack K. said...

I wish you a speedy recovery.

Perhaps a load of hugs from us all will help.

Our best to you all.

Glad Boho was there with you.

7:38 AM  
Anonymous Sophie said...

My thoughts are with you. I hope your health will improve soon and that Mark's health keeps taking steps forward.

Is there anything I can do for you? Please let me know if I can. In the mean time I'm sending you lots of love and healthy vibes :)

xoxo Sophie

10:17 AM  
Anonymous ceanandjen said...

D~ I had no idea that is what it is called. I experienced that sharp pain, although NEVER in the manner in which it is hitting you. I so hope that you are feeling better very soon and that the rest and sleep helps to rejuvenate you.

Sending prayers...and warm hugs.

xoxoxo

10:44 AM  
Blogger Chulita said...

Oh Darlene, I'm so sorry to hear you are still having health problems. And this one sounds so scary! I will be saying extra prayers for you today to help speed up your recovery. I hope Mark is doing better too. Much love to all.

11:24 AM  
Blogger Alexandra S said...

Darlene,
I have had crazy problems with Blogger this week and gave up temporarily trying to comment anymore but I want you to know as always you are in my heart, along with Mark. You are fiercely brave and strong and beautiful.

11:30 AM  
Blogger Jane Poe (aka Deborah) said...

Oh sweetie, that sounds so miserable. I'm sorry you've been having such a tough time of it.

Much love and many healing thoughts from me to you, xx, JP

11:34 AM  
Blogger LEstes65 said...

Wow. I never knew about that nerve. Thanks for the education. I will pray for quick recovery for you. I'm so glad you had time with your sister.

My prayers are always with you, Mark & your whole familiy.

2:46 PM  
Blogger bee said...

oh...darlene. BIG HUGS HERE.

4:28 PM  
Blogger Mary Timme said...

Ouch! I have a great book on pain should you wish to have it. I learned a lot about dealing with it through this book. A lot of it I didn't like, but...well you know how it is.

5:05 PM  
Blogger Becca said...

I hope your vagus nerve has calmed down, and you along with it. What a shame Denise had to leave you early...hope she can come back soon.

Sending strength to you and Mark, as always, you remain in my thoughts and prayers.

7:47 PM  
Blogger gena said...

Poor you ! I am sending good and positive wishes your way, be well again soon.xx

11:58 PM  
Blogger Michelle O'Neil said...

"The hush of Heaven holds my heart today."

-ACIM WB286


(and your vegus nerve).


Love.

7:28 AM  
Blogger Jerri said...

Love, strength, and peace to you, Darlene. And to Mark, of course.

j

10:04 AM  
Blogger Amber said...

Oh my. I do get little pains in this spot, and I have thought I had heart issue. But I was told it was "just a nerve pinch". So far it is not as bad as yours, you poor thing!

Take care of yourself! I am happy you had your sister for as long as you did. Family. *happy sigh*

;)

12:36 PM  
Anonymous AscenderRisesAbove said...

your post reminded me of the pain spoon theory. here it is in case you have not read it
http://www.butyoudontlooksick.com/2004/11/the_spoon_theory.php

hope you are feeling better soon

7:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Darlene
I know a bit of what you went through with the vegas nerve thing I am going through some curious symptoms and my chiropractor is helping immensely with my symptoms. How are you symptoms now..?? Today though is a rough one.. any links or info you have found on this whole vegas subject??

LM

8:42 AM  

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