I too figured that whatever was wrong with me had something to do with my vagus nerve, as many of the symptoms I was suffering from, following my head and neck injury in 2002, had some connection to that nerve. I figured this out way back in 2003, when I mentioned it to a Neuro-surgeon (whom I had asked to see for a second opinion, after my Neurologist told me to ‘go home and forget about my symptoms and I’d get better’!!!) Nearly 10 years down the line and I’m a total bodily wreck, so much so that my children’s pet name for me is either ‘wheelz’ or ‘in-valid’!!)
Anyway, this Neuro-surgeon simply dismissed it, saying that you have a vagus nerve at the left and the right and if one was not working properly the other would compensate for it. He was adamant, so he sent me down the road with a treatment plan of twice a week physiotherapy sessions at £30 a time – which made me worse! In my mind, I obviously disproved that theory but he wasn’t willing to investigate it, to find out why – so I hit yet another ‘brick wall’ in trying to obtain effective treatment!!
I’ve felt all along that the vagus nerve still held a clue but couldn’t get to the bottom of it. How thankful I was, when I discovered The Driscoll Theory, especially the part regarding Vagus Nerve Compression by an enlarged jugular vein – and when I went and checked my MRI scans to compare with Dr Diana’s examples, what did I find – yeay!!! – I had an enlarged jugular vein! After reading The Driscoll Theory MANY things are making sense. THANK YOU DR D!
You are such a smartie, Barbara!! I will be collecting MRI’s/ MRV’s and fMRI’s for a study soon. Can you hang onto those images? Strength in numbers and publishing!! I’d love to see you as part of the study. Isn’t it amazing what we can do over the internet these days? 🙂 Diana