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How can you tell the difference between slight and transient brain injury?

How can you tell the difference between slight and transient brain injury?

TIA: You mean transdient ischemic attack, this a pre-stroke syndrome.This need to be treated as soon as possible before it developed into a completed stoke.Other name is acute. Brain attack. ...Read more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Brain Damage (Definition)

Anything that disrupts tissue integrity can cause brain damage: lack of or reduced oxygen (stroke), viamin deficiency, pressure (hydrocephalus, or, bleeding or tumor inside the skull), blunt or penetrating trauma; infection; inflammation (immune system mediated or otherwise); toxins (alcohol, ecstasy, lead, mercury, arsenic, to name but a few); diseases (ms, diabetes, ...Read more


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How can you tell the difference between normal forgetfulness and dementia?

How can you tell the difference between normal forgetfulness and dementia?

Check sympptoms: We get forgetful as we grow older. Stress and illnesses like anxiety and depression can also cause forgetfulness. Dementia is a term used to describe certain neurological disorders where besides memory problems there may be problems with performing activities of daily living, cognitive function impairment, poor judgement, disorientation and mood changes. When in doubt see your family physician. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between sinus pressure and pressure from a brain tumor?

How can you tell the difference between sinus pressure and pressure from a brain tumor?

Pain anxiety: Sinus pressure is felt as a tight squeeze and localized generally to the area of the sinus involved. Brain tumors generally don't hurt, but the symptoms are related to the area where the lesion is located. If tumor is in the back (occipital area) of the brain, symptoms may be perceived in the eye, for example. A good physical examination may be helpful in differentiating between the two. ...Read more

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What can you do to tell the difference between the symptoms of a pinched nerve and a concussion?

What can you do to tell the difference between the symptoms of a pinched nerve and a concussion?

No head trauma: Shouldn't really be confused. Radiating pains into the arm (singular) suggests pinched nerve. Concussive symptoms are grouped into: 1) cognitive; foggy, concentration, memory issues 2)somatic; headaches, dizziness, nausea, light sensitive 3)mood; irritability, anxiety, sadness 4)sleep disturbance including too much/too little. Again, not too much alike. ...Read more

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How to know the difference between normal and severe memory loss?

How to know the difference between normal and severe memory loss?

Memory problems: Most people complain of some memory problems as they age. For people who are concerned about their memory, testing can be performed by geriatric specialists. In general, events like misplacing car keys or loosing your train of thought is probably normal. Examples of events that are usually not normal include getting lost in prevously familiar surroundings or repeating converstations. ...Read more

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How do you know the difference between acute and subsequent seizures?

How do you know the difference between acute and subsequent seizures?

Reask: It's unclear what you are asking. Please clarify since the term acute and subsequent seizures don't have a meaning in the context of a discussion of possible epilepsy. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between inflammation from jra and inflammation from a injury on mri? How can you detect jra on mri?

How can you tell the difference between inflammation from jra and inflammation from a injury on mri? How can you detect jra on mri?

Marginal erosions: Mri is the most sensitive imaging method for detecting marginal erosions and early pannus formation. The pattern of the bone marrow edema, its location, and the lack of a history of trauma will make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between anxiety and heart related pain?

How can you tell the difference between anxiety and heart related pain?

Examination: I would examine for other causes before diagnosing anxiety. We have a few tests and basic history and physical would narrow down the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What can you do to tell the difference between meningitis and the flu?

What can you do to tell the difference between meningitis and the flu?

Neck pain: Flu has flu like symptoms, sore throat, runny nose, watery eyes, cough... Meningitis has neck stiffness and or pain. If viral, it is more benign, but bacterial meningitis can be deadly. I would see a doctor. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between phlebitis and infiltration?

How can you tell the difference between phlebitis and infiltration?

Clot or swelling: Phlebitis is a clot in a vein and it can be either superficial or deep. Thrombophlebitis is another name for this. Infiltration is when an IV is placed into a vein and the fluid from the IV escapes from the vein causing the tissue around the entrance site of the IV to swell. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between the normal winter blues and actual depression?

How can I tell the difference between the normal winter blues and actual depression?

Winter blues: Depression is not seasonal; it persists year round, unless treated. Even then it may take some time to feel "normal". Winter blues is also called seasonal affective disorder (sad); usually occurs in fall & winter, when we have less exposure to sunlight. Sad responds some to antidepressants but even more to full-spectrum light—sun or special light therapy lamps. Even grow lights may help. ...Read more

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How can I know the difference between nerve or skeleto-muscular pain?

How can I know the difference between nerve or skeleto-muscular pain?

Type of pain: Nerve pain is often described as burning, tingling or numbness. Nerve pain tends to travel along a dermatome (nerve pattern on the skin) and radiate proximally (at the source) to distally (towards the end of an extremity). Musculoskeletal pain can be sharp or dull and tends to be more focal- meaning it stays in one general area. These statements are generalizations & not all pain is "textbook.". ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between joint and muscle pain?

How can you tell the difference between joint and muscle pain?

Location: Simple joint and muscle pain location are restricted to their own structures. And tenderness is as well. Push on a joint and joint pain will hurt. Complex pains are more difficult because a painful joint can cause tightness and pain in the adjacent muscles, and stiff painful muscles can lead to joint pain. In that case, both will be painful and sore, with the primary source usually more painful, . ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between closed head injury and concussion?

I want to know what is the difference between closed head injury and concussion?

Head injuries: A closed head injury refers to an injury to the head without fracture of the skull or intrusion through the skull. The brain may not be involved. A concussion is the mildest for of a brain injury. M. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between dehydration and a stomach virus?

How can you tell the difference between dehydration and a stomach virus?

One can cause..: The other. A stomach virus that leads to vomiting, poor intake, diarrhea can lead to someone getting behind in fluids (dehydration). A stomach bug often comes with feeling bad, maybe fevers, stomach cramps, etc. Dehydration can be caused by lots of things besides stomach problems. Not ever stomach virus leads to dehydration, but you should take steps to prevent it anytime you have a stomach virus. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between a migraine headache and a brain tumor?

How can I tell the difference between a migraine headache and a brain tumor?

Migraine or tumor: A neurologist can help you greatly by providing tests that look into your brain. They are painless and give lots of information. Migraine is much more common than tumor. Their are various kinds of migraines and natural and conventional docs who help with them. ...Read more

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How could one tell the difference between a lipoma and normal swelling/minor tissue damage?

How could one tell the difference between a lipoma and normal swelling/minor tissue damage?

See a surgeon: It can be difficult at times. Lipomas are usually very discrete and mobile. Swelling is less well defined but will improve. See an experienced surgeon to be sure. ...Read more

Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Traumatic Brain Injury (Definition)

Damage to the brain after trauma, meaning direct hits to the head, or a shockwave to the ...Read more