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Alcohol Affects Cerebral Cortex
Cerebrum is the 2 hemispheres (Right & Left) of brain.
Cerebral cortex is outer gray matter covering the brain. ...Read more
Lateral sulcus: It separates Frontal & Parietal Lobes above from the Temporal Lobe below. ...Read more
CC lesions: Depends on the type & location, etiology, & extent of involvement of brain. ...Read more
Temporal: On both sides (lateral, right & left). ...Read more
Hot is cold cold is hot pain all over focusing at the cerebral cortex could this be a sign I had a stroke? If no what else can cause this
Not Clear: It seems that you are saying that you have abnormal/unexpected sensations over a part of your head or scalp. The actual cerebral cortex can't been seen (except at surgery) and doesn't have sensation. What you seem to be describing on the scalp sounds like a local peripheral neuropathy. This means there may be some nerves in the scalp that are transmitting abnormal sensations. ...Read more
Brain spect grossly irregular activity in large area cerebral cortex with relative sparing of the occipital region possibly the R frontal area Ideas?
Is it your scan?: Presumably you didn't just wander into a nuclear medicine facility & make an impulse purchase. Your doctor ordered the scan for a reason. What is the reason? Please also repost & state what your doctor's "ideas" about the scan are; or if you have not asked your doctor, please relate why not. ...Read more
I've got extreme headaches, loss of balance, memory loss. Had MRI that showed abnormality in cerebral cortex. Treatment? Pain is debilitating!
Need more info: In order to give you a more informed answer, I would need more information about what you mean when you say there is an abnormality in the cerebral cortex. This could benign or something serious. Treatment depends upon the etiology. ...Read more
Do psychiatric drugs enlarge the basal ganglia and atrophy the cerebral cortex. Do cause brain damage? I have lingering akathisia from invega (paliperidone) shot
Side effects: All medicines have side effects. You must always weigh the benefit and the risk. Sounds like you may need something ...Read more
Depends on you: If you are indeed an alcoholic, and have an associated nutritional deficiency, you could acquire wernicke-korsakoff syndrome with incoordination, gait imbalance, visual problems, confusion, and memory loss. Not unique if alcohol abuse to eventually develop brain atrophy and dementia. However, all is secondary to abuse, as moderation does not result in the above. ...Read more
Yes: With acute intoxication the brain chemistry is altered, alcohol withdrawal, brain chemistry is altered and if dependence to alcohol develops, brain chemistry is altered. Any drug including alcohol has a direct effect on the brain, its neurotransmitters, it may cause some neurotrasmitter levels to go up and some to go down. The brain "tries" to adapt to what you do to it, but their are consequences. ...Read more
Acute and chronic:
Acute: impair psychomotor abilities
chronic: may damage or kill brain cells. ...Read more
Steroids: I don't believe there is anything like neurosteroids. Please be specific. ...Read more
No: Fetal ethanol exposure has been shown to decrease both cellular and behavioral responsiveness to neurosteroids, . ...Read more
Motor cortex: ALL motor activity - not just smiling - is mediated by the motor cortex. The primary motor cortex is Brodmann area 4 in the precentral gyrus. There are 2 kinds of smile: voluntary (cortically mediated) & emotional (mediated by the thalamus). The brain is way, way, WAY more complex than just "action of smiling" vs " (not emotions)." That's a massive oversimplification. ...Read more
I am going to speak very frankly. You have a disease, known as addiction or alcoholism. Alcohol can lie to our brains and we think it is making us happier or more fun. But, in reality alcohol is a depressant. It interrupts rem sleep and can lead to increasing despair, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts.
You need to get sober and to stay sober for at least a month to see how your brain works. ...Read more
Relative: That is a relative question. You can damage the brain with just one big binge. ...Read more