Small Town Inertia Simon : Living with Epilepsy (Moments after suffering an Atonic seizure in 2012.)
“My Doctor asked me if I wanted the V.N.S put into me and I said “Yeah, I do” because if there is a chance it can help cure my epilepsy I want it. To try because this last year I’ve been having so many fits, been in and out of hospital so many times I might as well have it done instead of wasting the Hospitals, the Doctors, nurses and the ambulance mens time. So it’s worth a try isn’t it?
Last year was the worst ever really, especially at the gym when I had a seizure and fell off the treadmill and cut my head open, then the time at work, then my hernia, then the pneumonia. At least I was willing to go back to the gym, to try again, I had the guts for that at least.”
Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) therapy uses a small generator that is implanted under the skin below the collar bone. This is connected to a lead with two coils at one end. These coils are wrapped around the Vagus nerve at the side of the neck, under the skin, during a small operation.
The generator sends electrical impulses, at intervals, to the Vagus nerve and then to the brain. This helps to lessen how often the seizures happen and how severe the seizures are.
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