So today let's talk about the connection between the "vagus" nerve we just spoke of last week . . . and "Irritable Bowel Syndrome"
Now . . . as we know . . . the "vagus" nerve starts at the base of the skull and travels to the thighs. And with this . . . it touches every organ in between.
Including the "instestines"
You see . . . it's the "vagus" nerve that tells the "intestines" to contract or not . . .
And if the "vagus" nerve isn't working properly . . . you could end up with intestinal issues.
Remember we spoke about "lower vagal tone"???
Well . . . "lower vagal tone" has been described in IBD and IBS patients . . . thus favoring peripheral "inflammation" . . . and through "vagus" nerve "stimulation" because this action is "anti-inflammatory" . . . it can "restore" homeostasis" in the microbiota-gut-brain axis . . .
So what does all that mean???
Well . . . stimulating the "vagus" nerve . . . can correct the communication between the brain and gut for a correct bowel movement and control.
But . . . many people, especially those with IBS have "vasovagal" symptoms when they have a bowel movement. With "vasovagal" being a drop in blood pressure with pallor, fainting, sweating and nausea . . . and the cause is an "OVERACTIVITY" of "vagus" nerve action, especially as a result of stress.
And unfortunately . . . studies show that people with any "inflammatory bowel disease" are 4 times more likely to develop neuromuscular conditions like carpel tunnel syndrome and small fiber neuropathy, which causes pain and lack of feeling in the feet.
So if the "vagus" nerve . . . is not working correctly . . . it can also stop sending signals to the stomach muscles. And with this . . . it can cause food to remain in the stomach too long . . . causing a delay in movement to the small intestine for digestion.
Okay . . . so what about the connection between IBS and "fibromyalgia"???
Well . . . studies have found that IBS typically "overlaps" with "fibromyalgia" syndrome.
You see . . . "fibromyalgia" occurs in up to 60% of patients with IBS . . . and up to 70% of patients with a diagnosis of "fibromyalgia" have IBS.
And "low vagal tone" has been observed in painful and inflammatory disease like "fibromyalgia" and "IBS"
So you can clearly see . . . it's all connected.
So tomorrow, let's explore IBS.
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