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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?

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?

Popping?: Your brain itself has no nerves, so I believe the sensation you are experiencing is coming from your sinuses and I believe your sinuses are probably infected and may be causing your dizziness, as well. Go see an ENT doctor for verification. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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

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

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Does popping a pimple on the lip cause a brain abscess? Should I be worried?

Does popping a pimple on the lip cause a brain abscess? Should I be worried?

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

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Having a buzzing, tingly feeling in my hands and feet especially when standing. My ears also keep popping. Worried. Could this be brain related?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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?

See a neurologist: You need a detailed history and exam with extensive neurological details. Go see somebody and get this worked out. Imaging studies are of little diagnostic value when negative. ...Read more

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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.

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

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Neck popping sounds, ear pain, MRI/CT on head/brain normal, node tenderness in upper chest. Infection somewhere?

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

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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. Help!

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.

Help!

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Uncertain: Because you have an anxiety disorder,it makes me wonder if this could be disassociation. If medical causes have been adequately rule out , consider discussing this with your psychiatrist or therapist. ...Read more

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I have had two separate MRI on my brain and each time a white lesion pops up on my brain. Should I be concerned?

I have had two separate MRI on my brain and each time a white lesion pops up on my brain. Should I be concerned?

Mri: White lesion on MRI could have many meanings, depending on reading interpretation, your symptoms, reason for test, etc. Your doctor can go over results of MRI with you since he/she knows your case. ...Read more

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Why do I sometimes hear and feel what seems to be little bubbles in my brain ?.Hard to explain.Almost like pop rocks?

Why do I sometimes hear and feel what seems to be little bubbles in my brain ?.Hard to explain.Almost like pop rocks?

Popping sounds: Probably just coming from your inner ear or the tube that connects the inner ear to the back of your mouth (eustachian tube). If you have hearing problems or any new additional symptoms, do see a doctor. Otherwise, probably nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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Is there any asymptomatic, untreatable, fatal brain condition that would just pop up one day and get you?

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

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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?

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?

Sinus?: Seek medical attention immediatly if you have suffered a fall or bumped your head. Sinus infections can cause incredible pressure in the face and head (brain) area. You might also be suffering a chronic ear infection. See a doctor soon because you probably need antibiotics. ...Read more

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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

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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!

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

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What pops into your mind when you hear chemoprevention?

What pops into your mind when you hear chemoprevention?

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

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What is brain freeze?

What is brain freeze?

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

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How large is the brain?

How large is the brain?

Brain size: Average adult brain volume in men is 1,260 cubic centimeters, & in women 1,130 . ...Read more

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What is a brain freeze?

What is a brain freeze?

Slang expression: Many migraine sufferers, who eat or drink cold foods or liquids may experience a brief burning achey sensation when these items are ingested. This correlates with motion sickness, migraine headaches, and family genetics. ...Read more

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How does the brain work?

How does the brain work?

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