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Fibro brain fog...Tx? Suggestions?

Fibro brain fog...Tx? Suggestions?

Savella (milnacipran) is proven: Savella, (milnacipran) one of the fda approved fibromyalgia treatments, has been shown in research to improve cognitive function as well as fatigue. However, it doesn't work for everyone. Stimulants medicines, like ritalin, are often used if patients fail savella (milnacipran). If you sleep is poor, improving your sleep quality can also help. If you are overweight, snore and tired during the day you might have sleep apnea. ...Read more

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Can pituitary tumors cause brain fog and cognitive issues?

Can pituitary tumors cause brain fog and cognitive issues?

Do you have one?: Have you been diagnosed with a pituitary tumor? I suppose it's possible for a pituitary tumor to cause those symptoms, e.g. secondary hypothyroidism; but usually there are also physical symptoms. If you mean a BIG GROWING tumor, you shouldn't have that without also developing a bitemporal hemianopsia and walking into doorposts and walls. Why does this in particular worry you? ...Read more

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Can low dopamine cause twitches, tachycardia, memory issues, brain fog, personality change...?

Can low dopamine cause  twitches, tachycardia, memory issues, brain fog, personality change...?

Hard to say...: Dopamine (DA) is not measured in clinical labs. It's extremely rapidly metabolized along a variety of pathways. Further, DA levels in blood bear little resemblance to DA activity in the brain - even less to the small brain regions and synapses where DA signaling is concentrated. Though DA *might* be relevant, the symptoms you describe could have a very large number of non-DA causes. ...Read more

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Are brain tumor headaches constant?

Are brain tumor headaches constant?

Depends.: Brain tumor headaches can be steady but can worsen if there are bleeds or if there is worsening of the flow of the CSF drainage or if the intracranial pressure increases due to growth of tumor. ...Read more

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Can ecitalopram cause brain fog ?

Can ecitalopram cause brain fog ?

No: Generally speaking no ssri, including escitalopram or lexapro, causes brain fog, and actually should make you more focused by treating anxiety or depression. ...Read more

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What causes brain "zaps?"

What causes brain "zaps?"

Many: Are you on any medication? Many meds, especially those used having their main effects on the nervous system (ssri's, etc) can cause this. In addition, allergies, infections, tumors, and noxious agents can trigger them. I encourage you to see someone for an evaluation of this issue. ...Read more

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Are brain fog, tingling in head and dizziness, signs of a brain tumour? I'm terrified.

Are brain fog, tingling in head and dizziness, signs of a brain tumour? I'm terrified.

Brain fog & tingle: can be produced by many things, tumor is at the bottom of the list. Please see your doc for diagnosis and treatment. Diet, lifestyle, sleep habits, etc. all contribute. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Do brain tumors cause depression?

Do brain tumors cause depression?

Some do, some don't: A lot depends on the location of the tumor, it's size, the swelling around it, which fiber tracks are blocked and chemicals emitted from the tumor, as well as the person's psychological reaction to having a brain tumor, family support, accurate and timely treatment, etc. ...Read more

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What brain conditions can cause brain fog in young people?

What brain conditions can cause brain fog in young people?

Need more info: Really need more information about what is meant by brain fog; too vague a description to provide a meaningful answer. ...Read more

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Does a brain tumor cause forgetfulness and severe headaches?

Does a brain tumor cause forgetfulness and severe headaches?

Possibly: Brain tumors can cause forgetfulness and certainly are associated with headaches, however many other things can cause this too. If you are having these symptoms please see your doctor. ...Read more

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Could brain MRI detect meniere?

Could brain MRI detect meniere?

You need 3T MRI: Look up 3t MRI and meniere's disease. I would also suggest a 32 channel MRI head coil. ...Read more

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Microvascular chronic ischemic in brain can affect memory?

Microvascular chronic ischemic in brain can affect memory?

Sure can: We term multiple small strokes, lacunar infarcts, and these can mount up and produce "etat lacunaire", or full blown vascular dementia. Here, the job involves prevention with an appropriate stroke anti platelet, or anti-coagulant approach. ...Read more

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Can neck tension and anxiety cause dizziness and brain fog?

Can neck tension and anxiety cause dizziness and brain fog?

See your doctor : Your symptoms can be due to a multitude of medical conditions. These need to be ruled out before we assign your symptoms to anxiety or "stress". Please see your doctor for a complete history and physical exam to include comprehensive lab panel. Your symptoms could be due to diabetes, thyroid dysfunction, medications, neurological illness, etc. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Which anti-depressant would help brain fog and memory recall ?

Which anti-depressant would help brain fog and memory recall ?

Can't tell: Anti depressants can reverse symptoms of mental fog only if someone had those as symptoms of depression. Discuss your concerns with your doctor to make certain the goals you have are the same as your prescriber. Determining the cause of your symptoms is primary! These may have nothing to do with your depression, or be totally be cause by it. Brain fog is better treated by stimulants. ...Read more

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Tension headache or brain aneurysm?

Tension headache or brain aneurysm?

Tension Headache: Brain aneurysms almost never cause symptoms until they leak, or outright rupture. When this occurs, it commonly is "the worse headache" of a person's life. Chronic headaches are almost never from an aneurysm. With the advent of MRI angiography, it is much easier to screen for aneurysms. Consult with your local physician. ...Read more

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Sudden head rush coupled with brief dizziness. Minor headache dry eyes, brain fog afterwards. (normal mri) thoughts?

Sudden head rush coupled with brief dizziness. Minor headache dry eyes, brain fog afterwards. (normal mri) thoughts?

Sudden low BP: It sounds like your blood pressure is dropping briefly. When this happens, you will get dizzy, possibly get a headache and your brain can feel foggy from a brief lessening of oxygen. With the dry eyes as well, it sounds like you may be dehydrated. You are in a heat wave. Make sure you keep your fluids up. If it worsens, go to the er for IV replenishment. ...Read more

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Can Ct Scan damage brain , effect activity of brain?

Can Ct Scan damage brain , effect activity of brain?

No: The x ray radiation in a CT has no measurable or known effect on neural tissues. 1) dose is way too low and 2) nerves are relatively radioresistant since the cells don't reproduce very fast, if at all. There is a theoretical risk of cataracts and cancer years later, but this is incredibly small esp. for a single scan and controversial anyway. ...Read more

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Could MS located in the spine cause symptoms primarily impairing brain function? Like lightheadedness (brain fog) and bad short term memory?

Could MS located in the spine cause symptoms primarily impairing brain function? Like lightheadedness (brain fog) and bad short term memory?

Not related to MS: MS in the spine wouldn't cause any issues with brain function. MS taking place in the brain could cause some issues with lightheadedness but not memory issues, it would have to be a very end-stage degenerative MS to cause such symptoms and even then it would likely be a secondary cause, not a primary. Other things such as vertigo, viral infections, stress, sleep etc could be benign causes of this ...Read more

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Sinus trouble that want go away!! Dizziness brain fog!! Extremely tired?

Allergy care: This could be allergies. Have you tried allergy medicines or prescription nasal sprays? Have you seen an ENT? If the symptoms persist after the antibiotics and a trial antiallergy medicine, then I recommend a visit to your PCP (primary care physician) or an ENT. ...Read more

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