Guest 12StringANSGuitar Posted August 28, 2005 Report Share Posted August 28, 2005 I just get this strange feeling after reading some things here, and having talked a bit with my friend who has POTS, that most everyone here has a problem when it comes to relieving the bladder completely, and also the bowels.I know this is the stuff that we feel this about, but we are talking serious obviously, so this is all in clincal/medical context.Alright then. Since 1981 when I had my appendicts out, I've had problems with both items; however, its the BM issue that has been the most disturbing of them.Early on(maybe 1982 or 83), a radio host in Philadelphia(Dr. Jim Corey), answered a question of mine with the reference of the Vagal Nerve.He actually had said Vagus Nerve, and it made for a few jokes from people over the years, when I attempted to explain some of my personal issues of health.What I had described to Dr. Jim(as he was referred), was that since the operation,I had trouble eliminating(when there was no problem prior,,and it was always 1,2,3, and done!),, and would experience symptoms of a quicker erratic like heart beat; nervousness, and even my feet would get cold(sometimes icy even!).I also mentioned that I had trouble sleeping(the quality of any sleep was totally sucky), if I didn't go #2 well, before going to bed.Dr. Jim explained that possibly my Vagus Nerve was affected, and that it ran from the bowel to the brain, and that the pressure of a full bowel, was probably pressing against this nerve, causing my nervousness, and my heart rate to go erratic.Because of this, I modified my diet severely, and ended up losing 15lbs. that I didn't need to lose(I was always in pretty good shape- and in my best, prior to the operation). Consequent to this, I ended up with almost 14 and 1 half years of bad sleep, and what ever life I would have had, was controlled by how lousy I felt that whole time.I actually discontinued my exercise during that period, but since about 5 years back, I've gotten myself into shape again, despite recognizing that I probably have had this NCS issue since about 1992, and my still un-diagnosed properly stress issue that causes me to somewhat seize up, slur, get mentally confused, and stare(at times).I also have this low heart rate issue(bradycardia), and I only knew because I did collapse on my job once(possibly 6 yrs back), and when I was hooked up, I was hovering around 40-44 beats per minute. Since that time, I am able to comprehend how stress will sometimes precipitate the low heart rate, or even vice versa...and then, my brain seems to go on the fritz. Its all a domino thing I guess.Whats also of interest with respect to how the 2nd part of my disorder transpired, is that consequent(about 6mos time), to a hit to the peak of my head while being shown a martial art technique , I feel this was the cause.You may laugh or not, but this guy at work knew this Aiki Jitsu Art(but he shouldn't have known it, because he was not a nice person), and I willingly allowed him to use me as his practice dummy(because I like martial arts).Anyway, he accidentally( ) kicks me in the privates, and although it wasn't too hard a hit, I don't feel too good.!!Then he tells me to stand still(which I did- not knowing what was coming), and he takes the flat of his hand, and whacks me fairly sharply on the top of my skull!This is a nerve juncture area, and a dangerous place to get hit too!All I can tell you, is that the pain below was gone, and I had a strange feeling of peace about me ! Go figure that one. And looking back, I wonder if that caused my prior symptoms to become exascerbated. Since the Vagal nerve goes to the brain, maybe he aggravated things more? Who knows.Its remarkable from my perspective, how I can still summon my Will in order to do my exercises. I feel if I don't, I will fade(literally).I mentioned on another thread here that I am a recovering alchoholic. That was mostly the last 7 years, but was getting much worse the last 3-4. All thru this bad period, I always did my exercises.The thing I cannot figure out for the life of me, is why my darn bowels are still the way they've been since June of 1981. I have to bring something to read into the bathroom, and I also must go thru a literal routine of postural like movements and certain exercises, so that I can go #2. This is so frustrating to me, and I think I ANTICIPATE what will be, and therefore I have inhibitions just knowing what awaits; especially before bedtime, because I know the effect on my quality of sleep.I really feel that none of this should be happening to me, because I am well conditioned, and I don't eat garbage food, low fat, and hardly any sugar or salt.I guess what I'd like to know(cause I'm tiring right now, and its getting real late),is if everyone who has the NCS, and even the POTS diagnosis, has bowel problems effecting their condition, do your feet get cold(sometimes mine is just one of them), is your heart rate effected, and is your sleep effected???Also, have any of you thought, or have been told, that your Vagal Nerve is hyper stimulated, or under-stimulated even?Do you also notice that your condition manifests more so, when you have either Brady or Tachy symptoms going on? And do bowel problems effect that too.I'm wondering which come first?I wrote a book,, sorry, but I needed to get that one out there.nighty night everyone,Jeff Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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