next month abby is to have her vns removed and replaced with the newer smaller model. she has had hers since 2000. i am seriously considering having it removed. she has had it turned down and there has been no change in seizure activity. she always seems to be sick, sore throat, strep, gastro problems. is the vns the cause of any of the above? any suggestions ? she has seizures every 7 to 14 days , and usually has a sore throat /strep when she does have one.