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Brain Feels Like It Glitches
I have sort of brain glitches where I'll be fine one minute and the next I feel disconnected. Like I'm in a dream. It only lasts 20 secs or so. Ideas?
Several possibiities: Most of us have "brain glitches" from time to time. In older folks they're known euphemistically as "senior moments." But anyone at any age can have brief moments during which the mind seems to go into "la la land." Maybe we're distracted or overwhelmed or just bored and start to day dream. Although they're rarely a result of a medical condition, if you're concerned, talk with your doctor. ...Read more
The horse's mouth: If I thought this were an appropriate venue for joking around, I'd say, "Ask any politician, " but seriously, folks: In order to find out what it feels like to be brain-damaged, you need to ask people who actually ARE brain-damaged. No one who isn't can know what it feels like. A search for "brain injury" on Amazon pulls up lots of books. Check with your library as well. ...Read more
I'm not sure: I don't think it's your brain that you feel doing that so much as it is your head or scalp doing that and even if I'm right I still don't know why it is happening. You need to be examined by your doctor who may wish to send you to a neurologist for further evaluation. ...Read more
Talk to your doctor: Pain in your head can be caused by lots of things like migraines, pinched or inflamed nerves, injuries, tumors and muscle tension. But it's not normal so see somebody. ...Read more
Dehydration: While these symptoms could be explained by a variety of different things, it might be that you are simply more dehydrate at times than at others. Since the symptoms do not happen all of the time, it makes it a bit more challenging to pin point where the problem could be. You could start by ensuring that you are well hydrated, drinking plenty of water each day. I hope this helps clarify this. ...Read more
You overdid it!: After studying for a long time, there's no accepted doctor's note to get you out of class or exam if your brain hurts. Perhaps you had too much caffeine to keep you going? Or too much fast food? Salt? Sugar? Fat? More likely you didn't drink enough water, especially to counter the diuretic effect of caffeine. More likely, you need sleep which you didn't get b/c you were studying. ...Read more
Sorry, what?: I am trying to make sense of yout question, without success. First, doctors are not career counselors, and second, pieces of brain don't "come off." I am taking your question literally because if you mean something figurative, it is not apparent. I have a feeling that whatever your real question is, expecting any kind of useful answer in 400 characters is futile. ...Read more
Everything feels slow like my brain isn't fully turned on kind of feels like a fog over my brain?
See psychiatrist: Several conditions come 2 mind this is frequently depressed pts say but u need a work up. ...Read more
Sometimes I feel fluids that go from the middle of my back to my brain? Like a waterfall. What could it be?
Strange feelings...: Odd sensations of water flowing can be due to irritation or other effects on nerves and/or on the spinal cord. A primary care doctor can check, and may refer to a neurologist or a physiatrist (physical medicine / rehabilitation doctor) for more evaluation. The doctors will check to see where (which nerves) might be the source of the sensations. ...Read more
What does it mean when it feels like you had a bolt of electricity shock york brain and it feels like it moved?
As above: Certainly not normal, see your PCP for evaluation and work up. ...Read more
I try to eat smaller portions and not just raid the pantry but I feel like I can't help it because my brain is craving taste. What to do?
Hard w/o more info: Dr. Saghafi referred your? To me - I hope I can add to his good thoughts. You don't say if you're bulimic or overweight or have some illness or take meds, so... But if it really is only some taste you crave, flavored waters exist. And, water is a great idea anyway. Cravings can mean a real deficit, so you might want some lab work to discover that. A talk therapist may help find an emotional need. ...Read more
More than a month I have been having problems which made me suffer a lot cried screamed like for 1 year and now I feel my brain is heavy?
See your physician: You say you've been having problems which make you suffer, scream, and cry for 1 year? Then i'd surely suggest you see your family doctor for evaluation and help with this. Your question leaves a lot of possibilities open. Your doctor might also want you to see a psychiatrist and/or therapist for more assistance. If you're open with them about what you're experiencing, they'll know how to help. ...Read more
I'm laying down in bed and my brain had a shock it feels like my brain shuts down for a sec then it hurts. Scares me it has happened before?
See a doctor: If it scares you, then posting on HealthTap won't un-scare you, because HealthTap docs are ethically obligated NOT to act like your personal physician and you shouldn't expect them to. Statements like "brain had a shock" and "brain shuts down" are medically meaningless (not helpful for diagnosis). A careful and thorough history taken in a doctor's office is essential if you want answers. ...Read more
During exam time I struggle to study and when pushing hard I feel like my brain is boiling. What might be the cause and how to deal with this problem?
The cause?: Your sensations are completely subjective. A boiled brain is no more alive than a boiled egg. Brains don’t boil (as long as the owner is still using it). Sounds like you need to find some way to manage stress and nervous tension. There’s nothing exotic or complicated about this. ...Read more
What could this be: feels like an electrical shock to the brain? Someone I know has been having this problem. She's been having a very painful, as she refers to, "electrical shock" to her brain. She had it for the first time when I was with her in the mi
Avoid certain acts:
Symptoms of "brain freeze" can occur after eating ice cream or other cold foods. It probably relates to stimulating the trigeminal nerve which controls sensation in the face and large areas of the head. Avoiding the activities that bring on the symptoms is probably the best bet.
Good luck. ...Read more
I do not know: But the good news is you have enough to be able to formulate thoughts and type this question, so it can't be something too serious. See a dr. For an evaluation and let them know your issues. Good luck to you. ...Read more
Try taking naprosyn (naproxen): You should see your doctor to find the cause of your headaches and to give you the right medication. A neurologist is a specialist who typically handles severe and persistent headaches. Until you see the doctor try using combinations of two medicines together. Chosing from tylenol, (acetaminophen) asspirin or naprosyn along with caffeine. ...Read more
What to do if I feel like my brain doesn't work as actively since having chemotherapy a year ago?
Time may still help: 'Chemobrain' typically lasts for up to about a year. You likely will continue to improve. My best advice would be to cope while you are still not back to your normal (ie. Make more lists, leave additional time for tasks if needed, etc.). However, try to challenge your brain with activities that will help you to try to expedite recovery. Talk to your doc if not at least seeing some improvement. ...Read more
What could be wrong with me? Been getting headaches that feels tingly almost like a brain freeze?
Probably migraine: Frequently brain freeze occurs in migraine patients, and sometimes the migraines themselves give this feeling. If you have been getting headaches for a while, this is almost certainly the cause, particularly if otherwise normal. You may have some medication overuse/rebound headache as well from taking many otc pain meds. A headache neurologist should be able to help you with the appropriate meds. ...Read more
I get migraines easily and it feels like having a constant brain freeze. Possible reasons for this?
Triggers: Migraine is a disorder of sensitive chemical triggering due to internal and external stimuli, and sounds like your glutamate reactions are very susceptible. You therefore, may do best by starting an effective preventative and this could be prescription or otc, the latter including riboflavin, butterbur, feverfew, magnesium, or coq-10. ...Read more
What does it mean when your brain feels like its on fire female 34 years old can't bend down confused when I get back up
Don't have a clue: Your brain doesn't hurt--its coverings can, though and if you're having head pain and spells of confusion you need to see an md. It could be lots of things. ...Read more
I've never been one to get headaches, but for the last day and a half it feels like a brain freeze that won't stop. What could it be?
You need to be seen:
This sounds like it could be a migraine headache but without more information and a thorough exam, there is no way to tell. You should be seen by a physician to make sure this is not something more serious and to prescribe appropriate treatment.
It is especially important if you have never had a headache like this before. ...Read more
I can't concentrate on anything. I feel like I'm in a coma (cuz schizophenria I think?) I don't understand anything with my brain. I am lost.
See psychiatrist: At 17 years of age feeling like lost, can not concentrate may be some problem at school or home and problem with friends may be disturbing you. May be you are depressed and unable to understand. Better consult your doctor -psychiatrist and explain your problem ...Read more
Is it true that when you feel like you're falling in 1 of your dreams, you're dying and the brain's function is to wake you up to save you.?
Dream hard interpret: Dreams are like clouds - you can see anything you want in them. Certainly drug dreams occur in addicts and ex-smokers. People rarely die in their dreams. Falling in a dream is usually thought of as a sign of losing control. ...Read more
I sometimes feel overwhelmed when I have to count, give explanations etc, its like my brain is clutched. Do I have a mental illness? What might it be?
Can't say: Can’t diagnose with available information. Examination, history & possibly other testing would be needed to make an accurate diagnosis. Treatment would be dictated by diagnosis. ...Read more
Hi what brain diseases can cause mental conditions? I feel like I can't think properly at times and at other times I am unable to read anything mental
SPECIFIC ITEMS: There are numerous diseases of the brain, but I am not certain that you possess any of them, and may in fact need help in the psychiatric realm. Granted you could have a migraine issue or even temporal lobe epilepsy, but suggest you get a thorough evaluation by your primary doc first and exclude thyroid problems, anemias, and nutritional deficiencies. Also, best to fully avoid recreational drugs. ...Read more
More history: I would need a more complete history to help you with this. I assume you mean you are having trouble thinking clearly. Do you use illicit drugs or drink alcohol? Are you taking any prescribed meds? Do you have any chronic illnesses? Please set up a consult with me on HealthTap if you would like to. ...Read more
Brain pain?: Actually, there are no sensory nerves in your brain. (if during neurosurgery, while you were awake, the doctor scooped out a tablespoon of your brain, you would feel nothing.) thus your pain probably reflects muscle tension and/or scalp inflammation on one side of your head. You have a muscle that stretches from the back of your neck to your forehead that is common site for muscle tension headache. ...Read more
It may be a psychological type problem such as agoraphobia. It is doubtful that there is a significant neurologic disorder.
However, I would check with your family doctor.
Good luck. ...Read more
Muscle tension: We humans tend to wrinkle our brows, tighten our necks and narrow our eyes when thinking, then the muscles get tighter, making the head feel "full". It's like pulling tight cap down onto the head for hours. Relax the muscles, take a break, stop reading, move around. Roll your shoulders and head, take a power nap, anything to unlock the muscles. ...Read more
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