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I had a harsh popping sensation in the center of my brain & since have had random periods of intense dizziness. I'm only 21 & perfectly healthy. Help?
Hello, i'm having a sort of crackling sound in my brain whenever i move my head. Feels like popcorn popping or chips cracking. No headache or anything?
Neck?: We generally do not hear things in our brain, but it is possible that you are hearing some crunching in the neck bones when you move your head, or possibly some issues inside your ear canal could be triggering this. Please see a doctor. In either event, it is likely this is not a worrisome thing, just annoying, but perhaps can be treated. ...Read more
Been on lexapro (escitalopram) for almost 8 weeks and this week have head pressure, brain popping and dizziness on and off. Could lexapro (escitalopram) be cause? Please advise
Lexapro (escitalopram): Lexapro (escitalopram) has some side effects, and can even be experienced after taking for awhile. Some dizziness, lightheadedness, and even some head congestion are on the side effect profile. If it worsens go to the ER for an evaluation, or if not getting better in the next few days, I recommend seeing your personal physician. ...Read more
No: There is a drainage pathway from the lip that can go into the brain and at its worse could cause meningitis or cavernous sinus thrombosis both of which are potentially deadly. For perspective this CAN happen but it is extermely unlikely. Those diseases are accompanied by severe headache fever and altered mental status (confusion). If you are otherwise fine and functional your risk is very low. ...Read more
Having a buzzing, tingly feeling in my hands and feet especially when standing. My ears also keep popping. Worried. Could this be brain related?
No, but...: ...although it is most likely not "brain-related," that doesn't mean it couldn't be neurological. There's more to the nervous system than just the brain. The ear popping is not related. If you're worried, then of course see your doctor. If it is neurological, it's not something a disembodied doc on HealthTap or Dr. Google should be relied on to diagnose. You need live medical hands laid on you. ...Read more
I've experienced past brain trauma. Now, years later i'm experiencing popping sounds in one ear when sleeping/lying down. Should i be concerned?
Ear popping: I don't think it has any relationship with your brain trauma. Ear popping are common and you should see an ENT doctor for evaluation. ...Read more
Nystagmus and derealazation .Had 2 normal brain CT scans .Panic attacks.Brain zaps, popping in my head and ear when i turn head. Whats the cause?
Not sure: Not enough specifics about your symptoms. Suggest seeing ENT or neurootologist who specializes in hearing and balance disorders. ...Read more
I had braces & ever since I've had a popping in the jaw. Just recently I've had pressure behind eye and cheekbone. Worried of brain tumor or anurysm?
Unlikely : Anything bad but would talk to your orthodontist. ...Read more
Feeling unbalanced like rocking forward to backward popping ears head pressure had CT scan and MRI of brain checked out fine what do I do next?
Neck cracking/popping, forehead/scalp tingling, the result of pinched nerves in neck from bulges at C5-C6 and C6-C7 via neck MRI?
MRI's and CT's of brain were normal. Thanks.
Does not correlate.: The disk bulges at C5-C7 should affect your arm & neck, not the forehead & scalp. Many people live their ENTIRE LIVES with bulging disks & don't complain of any pain, so MRI or CT scan to "diagnose" bulging disks is actually a gross misuse of imaging. Talk to your doctor or a neurologist about your symptoms to undergo accurate testing. Or use HealthTap Prime. Good luck to you; hope you find cause. ...Read more
Neck popping sounds, ear pain, MRI/CT on head/brain normal, node tenderness in upper chest. Infection somewhere?
Neck popping: I do not know what you mean by node tenderness in upper chest. The only nodes in upper chest are inside the chest. Happy to do 2nd opinion to better get to the problem. ...Read more
Have neck/forehead pain. Popping sounds in necl when I turn my head. Ear pain both ears. Dull arm pain. CT/MRI's on head/brain were normal.
Localization: Your description doesn't provide enough detail to localize the symptoms; if you haven't seen a neurologist, that might be a consideration to aid in assessment. But certainly a second opinion if you have might also be an option. And you should speak with your physician who ordered the imaging in the first place to determine if they have thoughts on the differential diagnosis. ...Read more
I believe i had a brain aneurysm pop in the back of my head 2 yrs ago as i had the worst headache ever. I took 3 Advil (ibuprofen) and it stopped. Am i ok now?
Unclear if: You really had an aneurysm period, as a subarachnoid hemorrhage due to aneurysm rupture is a serious event, not responding to advil (ibuprofen). However, if you remain concerned, you could have your doctor order an mra of the circle of willis to visualize potential issues. You likely are going to be fine. ...Read more
I drink nothin but water anymore. Use to be heavy pop drinker. Been feeling light headed. Lack energy. Weak. Lack appitite. Brain fog. Pop withdrawl?
Pop withdrawal: Good for you in stopping the soft drinks. Neither the full-sugared ones nor the artificially sweetened ones are healthy for you. You may be having both withdrawal from the caffeine and from the aspartame if you drank the artificially sweetened kind. It can be tempting to go back on them -- don't! water is good for you, and you'll feel much better in a few weeks. You can drink teas too! ...Read more
Had a spaced out floaty feeling in my head the past two days. So scared it's a brain aneurysm ready to pop. I have anxiety. Clear scan 4-5 years ago?
I have had two separate MRI on my brain and each time a white lesion pops up on my brain. Should I be concerned?
Why do I sometimes hear and feel what seems to be little bubbles in my brain ?.Hard to explain.Almost like pop rocks?
Is there any asymptomatic, untreatable, fatal brain condition that would just pop up one day and get you?
Yes, pessimism for 1: Wow! what a concept! you should have better things to involve your life than worry about falling meteors, exploding gas mains, run away buses, errant gunshots and ruptured brain aneurysms. ...Read more
Lately I have been feeling as if my brain is swelling almost as if it wants to pop out of my skull it' s not painful but uncomfortable in a scary way?
How much is my brain damaged if I have been addicated to caffeine for 10 years? Ex. I drink energy drinks and pop on a daily basis if I don't I can't think or wake up
Probably no damage: It is conceivable that extraordinary quantities of caffeine could produce brain damage, but not likely. Excessive use or "addiction" may cause problems, even possible brain changes, but these would not be classified as "damage." You may be painting a picture of addiction, not actual damage -- this could be better addressed by a professional evaluation. ...Read more
Crackles and pops like pop rocks what feels and sounds like in bottom of my brain and neck.mri shows lesions. Can be related ? What can it be?
Doubtful: Doubtful, this may simply be the vertebrae / bones in your neck adjusting. The neck and back are fluid and moveable bones, that is where osteopathic medicine and chiropractic medicine can manipulate your bones to assist in realignment. Don't be alarmed, continue close follow up with your primary care provider. ...Read more
I have daily headaches x 2 months. Head feels like in a vice and going to pop. Sometimes sharp pain. Balance off, does it sound like brain swelling?
Not brain swelling: Your headaches have nothing to do with brain swelling. That would cause you to be in a fog, confused, disoriented. The look of Ohio State Buckeye fans who couldn't believe that Virginia Tech could actually come in and beat up on them...beat up on US is closer to the effects of brain swelling! Your headaches are likely tension type in nature OR medication overuse since I see you take Tylenol (acetaminophen). ...Read more
Is it true that if you pop a pimple in the death triangle ( which is in you face I assume) can cause brain infection? Many people seem to believe it
I have a sebaceous cyst on my head near hairline at forehead. I just applied unintentional pressure to it and I felt it pop. Should I be concerned? I'm Worried about infection under skin, infection in brain etc. what should I do? Is this an emergency
Sebaceous cyst: Most do not get infected. Consult with us to get an Rx and send a photo to monitor to be sure it heals without an issue. ...Read more
Neck cracks/pops, forehead/scalp tingling, is the result of pinched nerves in neck from bulges at C5-C6 and C6-C7 via neck MRI? Brain CTs/MRI's were all normal. Help!
Tingling: Neck cracking usually emanates from neck ligaments and vertebrae. Pinched nerves in the cervical spine generally cause Sharp,shooting pains in the back of the scalp. Tingling of forehead would be an unusual manifestation. I would be reassured about no significant neurological pathology in your case and would regard the tingling symptoms as more of a nuisance. A neurologist can advise you best. ...Read more
Tamoxifen (4example): Chemoprevention involves taking a medication to prevent a disease. In my practice, i prescribe tamoxifen and Raloxifene for women at high risk for breast cancer. Studies have shown that this can reduce the chance of developing breast cancer by 40-50%. Of course, there are potential side effects and some risks, too--if you feel you may qualify for this rx, discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
Brain Freeze, too: Brain freeze from ingesting ice cold foods is common & multifactorial, as are headaches. Such pain can originate from the skin, fat, muscle, blood vessels or within the cranium from great venous sinuses, their tributaries, the dura and its arteries, the falx cerebri, & the large arteries at the base of the brain (all of which have pain fibers). Also, migraines can trigger from alcohol and foods. ...Read more
No problem: If you want to find out how the brain works, you can start with one of the standard references: Principles of Neural Science, by Kandel and Schwartz. I have the fifth edition. It's 1709 pages long. It covers the basics. It's an introduction. If you really want to get into the subject, there are more and bigger books you can read. ...Read more