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1211201 tn?1329318473
Atrial Fibrillation / Vagus Nerve Connection
Hi everyone,

I was recently diagnosed as having had an episode of atrial fibrillation.

For some years leading up to this episode of AF I have been having the following symptoms:

- shortness of breath
- some trouble swallowing
- sensation of pressure in head / headrush
- light-headedness/unsteadiness
- weakness in left eye muscle, left hand and foot
- aspirating saliva into lungs in sleep (occasional)
- swollen oesophagus

My question is, could all of these symptoms be emanating from a neurological source? i.e. vagus nerve

I am waiting a referral to see a cardiologist. I have had an MRI and the neurologist said it showed "nothing serious". I have seen a chiropractor who has told me I have some "subluxation" in my neck and spine.

Can anyone offer their advice/input?

Many Thanks,

JP
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1182699 tn?1297578384
Those symptoms sure look familiar. The weakness bothers me a lot...it is my left side as well. Everything always comes back "normal" except the tachy, pac's and pvc's which run most of days. Not sure about your neck/spine term, but was diagnosed in my early 30's with scoliosis! I wonder if the school nurse didn't know what she was doing every year she checked for that. I am certain my vagal nerve is affecting my heart rhythm and finally my PCP agrees. Now to get the cardio on board :) I also know I have had short bursts of afib that have awakened me from my sleep...it was most certainly no pac or pvc. The head rushes with those episodes were unbelievable! BP must have went out the roof. Currently, I'm just suffering with it (I do take prevacid and atenolol)...I seem to be one of those medical mysteries with events that won't kill me, they just decrease my quality of life. Sorry I have no advice, but you're not alone. Hoepfully itdood, jerry, or issomethingwrong will run past your post and be able to give you some insight. I hope you feel better...best to you!
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1569985 tn?1328251082
Have you been checked for Acid reflux or GERD?  I wonder if that could be a reason.  Also, your symptoms remind me of sleep apnea.  You might want to ask your doctor about a sleep study.  The lightheadness/unsteadiness feel goes along with Afib and some of the meds used to treat it like beta blockers.  Hope this is of some help.  Good luck.
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1211201 tn?1329318473
Thank you both for taking the time to consider my post and provide responses, it’s very much appreciated.

I’ve never been checked for sleep apnoea, my GP says that I’m carrying no extra weight and have no other predisposing factors.

Re: GERD, my doctor did suggest I may have Larygopharyngeal reflux or post-nasal drip caused by allergies, but I am mo further forward with either diagnosis.
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