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Brain Damage Caused By Alcohol Is Not Permanent
What is permanent brain damage ? and how to heal from a perm brain damage caused by illegal drugs or by anything else?!
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
Stunts development : Lead is toxic to brain cells, and can damage them (eg. Limit the ability of neurons to branch and form connections to other neurons) and even kill brain cells, as well as other cells in the body (eg the cells in bone marrow that produce blood cells). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is hyperreflexia permanent or temperory, when caused by alcohol withdraws are over? Is this permanent
Temporary: It is a sign of increased Adrenalin and possibly other neurotransmitters that are seen in alcohol withdrawal. Once the withdrawal is over, they go away. If there is some other cause (a brain or spinal cord lesion, or other diseases or medications that can cause it), then it may persist. A neurologist can help figure it out the cause and treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Complex: Yes, improved function can be achieved, but alcohol must be totally avoided, thiamine supplements are critical, liver function needs to normalize, and both psychological and medical interventions will be required as part of a rehab effort. Eventual outcome may well be unpredictable, but if all of the above can be done, odds of improvement are quite good. ...Read more
Not really ...: Campral will help stabilize the brain chemistry during recovery from alcoholism. Healing will happen only after removing unhelpful drugs and alcohol, returning to a balanced healthy diet, and replacing the vitamins and nutrients that were exhausted by the drain of addiction. You cannot completely reverse all of the brain damage caused by alcohol, but the sooner you start the closer you will get. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Memory loss: The most serious medical consequences which can occur as a result of binge drinking are neurological. One can have potentially fatal seizures during the withdrawal phase. If one is not adequately nourished, the areas of the brain involved in memory formation may be damaged permanently (wernicke korsakoff syndrome). Of course there are social consequences, like relationship or legal problems, too! ...Read more
No: You cannot reverse damage but there is a fascinating data from the book "the winners brain" by jeff brown. Even if we damage brain the procedural brain remains intact meaning by repitive learning we can learn skills. I felt comforted about raising my kids- i tell my kids I do not need to worry about their education - they can always learn a trade any age in their lifetime. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not really.: Once the brain tissue has been damaged by drugs, it is unfortunately lost for good. ...Read more
At what age, how : long ago, what areas of the brain were damaged, what functions were lost or have not been attained & how much progress has been made since Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy occurred ? There are criteria for expected outcomes of HIE in neonates, for example. Please re-submit your question with specific data. Thanks. ...Read more
Benign by definition: It is good to point out a difference here between a seizure occurring with a fever & a "febrile seizure". Anyone with a variety of different types of seizures can have a major seizure during a fever.The outcome of this is related to the type of seizure & complications common to that type. Febrile seizures are by definition, brief, don't impair oxygenation or result in long term injury. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not uncommon: When Insulin first came out, back in 1921 the fatalities from hypoglycemia were quite common. Now, the monitoring, accurate finger stick readings and understanding of how Insulin works, delays and quick carb tabs for low sugars makes the fatalities much less common. Still very important to work with your team of docs to prevent low blood sugars and brain damage. ...Read more
Yes: For the vast majority of carbon monoxide exposures the symptoms are reversible. However, for people who have significant altered mental status the likelyhood of some type of permanent damage is higher. ...Read more
Bacterial meningitis: Meningitis can cause damage to the brain by causing an increase in intracranial pressure (compresses the brain) or by other factors. In severe cases or if untreated in a timely fashion, it can result is a number of complications. When the complications are irreversible and the resultant impairment significant, it is considered serious. In severe cases paralysis or death can ensue. ...Read more
Does lack of sleep cause brain damage? I know it causes your brain to be slightly slow temporarily but is there any permanent damage from it?
No: It will not cause an permanent issues. ...Read more
Can anesthesia cause brain damage or reduce cognition? Not from complications but purely from the anesthesia affecting your brain?
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