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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

Consciousness (Definition)

It is the amount of awareness with yourself and the surroundings meaning recognize yourself and ...Read more


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Medical cause for someone in a dream-like extreme dissociative state but no loss of conscious, slowed brain, no sense of time, confabulations, amnesia?

Medical cause for someone in a dream-like extreme dissociative state but no loss of conscious, slowed brain, no sense of time, confabulations, amnesia?

Neurologic/Psycholog: It is necessary to determine the root of your symptoms. A visit to a neurologist is a good place to start. After that a clinical psychologist could be the correct professional. Brain malfunction or psychological trauma may be the cause(s). Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Will Lorazepam cause confusion, sleeplessness and agitation in a brain tumor patient?

Will Lorazepam cause confusion, sleeplessness and agitation in a brain tumor patient?

Good chance!: Lorazepam can cause confusion which can cause agitation and sleeplessness (even though it is normally sedating). A good thing to stop using by a lot of people! But it has to be tapered slowly and carefully if a person has been on it for a long time or withdrawal can cause confusion, agitation, sleeplessness and seizures! The are other causes of confusion as well. See doc to sort out. ...Read more

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Could an affected/damaged cerebellum cause uncontrollable fear/panic attacks, seemingly dissociation, vision changes, memory impairment? I have lyme.

Could an affected/damaged cerebellum cause uncontrollable fear/panic attacks, seemingly dissociation, vision changes, memory impairment? I have lyme.

Not cerebellum: The symptoms you mention would not likely come from cerebellum. But there's still help for panic attacks and anxiety, which can cause all those symptoms. A psychiatrist could help you with them. ...Read more

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(not depressed) weakness beyond belief breathing, talking, moving slow cognitive functions loss of emotions/feelings no adrenaline limbs no energy?

(not depressed) weakness beyond belief breathing, talking, moving slow cognitive functions loss of emotions/feelings no adrenaline limbs no energy?

Med eval.: 29 year old male with these symptoms, makes we wonder about things like an infection (such as mononucleosis), neurological problem, anemia, an endocrine imbalance (i.e., thyroid, testosterone, etc.) or depression (even though you said you aren't depressed). Don't know why you are taking vitamin B12 & viagra (sildenafil). Don't know length of sxs. This requires thorough medical evaluation to evaluate. ...Read more

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Can Status epilepticus be pseudo from PTSD? x19hr total loss aware No+EEG during prob to med given for seize Rpd slwng brain wvs 1rst epilepsy event

Can Status epilepticus be pseudo from PTSD? x19hr total loss aware No+EEG during prob to med given for seize Rpd slwng brain wvs 1rst epilepsy event

What was happening: During the status. Were you having tonic clonic movements or were you in a post ictal or other form of unconsciousness? Seizures can result from a number of medical illnesses. Temporal lobe seizures can be hard to find on an EEG but during a seizure there should be something. I am suspicious that something else may have been happening and would welcome further information . Exam and labs. ...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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Geriatric epilepsy unknown etiology patient on TEGRETOL . Short memory loss and signs of poor brain circulation(MRI), drugs advised?Cavinton ?

Geriatric epilepsy unknown etiology patient on TEGRETOL . Short memory loss and signs of poor brain circulation(MRI), drugs advised?Cavinton ?

Cerebral blood flow: Carbamazepine is a good agent for seizures, but can be associated with cognitive side effects. If the issue is with blood flow in brain, additional details need to be provided. As for Vinpocetine (Cavinton) there is anecdotal evidence of improvement of blood flow, but there is less experience with that drug in regulated markets (eg US FDA) to comment on usage. ...Read more

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Why does the brain shutdown memory during a traumatic episode?

Why does the brain shutdown memory during a traumatic episode?

Not sure there is: Any research on this. But it seems to be a self protective mechanism. Ptsd is an illness of having, in a sense, too much memory of a traumatic event. ...Read more

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Age 23. Coma patient. Diffused axonal injury. Intraventricular hemmorhage. Bleeding in frontal lobe. Chances of survival? Any possible impairment?

Age 23. Coma patient. Diffused axonal injury. Intraventricular hemmorhage. Bleeding in frontal lobe. Chances of survival?  Any possible impairment?

Not good : Sorry about this one, but there will be a suboptimal outcome at best. Survival may be issue, talk to your doctors, and perhaps an eeg can guide decisions, but hard to predict outcome of comas. Sounds like a profound traumatic event, and since young and severe, have a family conference with the treatment team, and get all your questions answered. ...Read more

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Does mental distraction increase the excitatory level of the spinal cord?

Does mental distraction increase the excitatory level of the spinal cord?

No: No, the excitatory level of the neurons in the spinal cord is based on physical or chemical stimulation largely in the peripheral nervous system. Mental distraction is a cognitive function (or in some cases, dysfunction) that has no direct correlate with the spinal cord. ...Read more

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Can high doses of prescribed Ritalin (methylphenidate) (110mg) cause brain damage? Memory loss? Apathy? Is this reversible?

Can high doses of prescribed Ritalin (methylphenidate) (110mg) cause brain damage? Memory loss? Apathy? Is this reversible?

110 mg IS a lot: The maximum approved dose of methylphenidate/Ritalin is 60 mg/day so all the side effect data is based on this dosing. High doses raise concern for abuse causing a picture similar to cocaine abuse. High doses would be expected to cause disorientation, hallucinations, confusion more than memory loss and apathy. Close medical supervision to reduce dosage is needed. This is a dangerous situation. ...Read more

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Could cognitive impairment from bipolar disorder effect one's grades and overall intelligence?

Could cognitive impairment from bipolar disorder effect one's grades and overall intelligence?

Impact on function: Until one finds a way to relieve or reduce the symptoms of mental/emotional/behavioral disorders they do indeed have an impact on functioning in many areas of life. Often that is a necessary part of the dx. It's not likely that the innate intellectual capacity would be diminished, but the performance level definitely could. Find effective tx - a combo of cbt talk therapy and meds may be best. ...Read more

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What are the cognitive associates of Depression? Does someone in a depressed state have a lower IQ than normal state? Is brain fog an MDD symptom?

What are the cognitive associates of Depression? Does someone in a depressed state have a lower IQ than normal state? Is brain fog an MDD symptom?

Brain fog is: associated w/depression, as is lack of energy and concentration. IQ does not lower, but our ability to us our intelligence does temporarily. Please get treatment, not only medicine. See Feeling Good, a book by David Burns. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is it common to experience memory loss after status epilepticus coma?

Is it common to experience memory loss after status epilepticus coma?

Yes: Status epilepticus is a life-threatening condition in which seizures are prolonged and affect much of the brain. Someone can be in a coma with se either because of prolonged seizures or because of meds used to stop the seizure. In either case once the seizures stop it can take time to recover. If the seizures are very prolonged damage to the brain can occur. ...Read more

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Gets infections constantly, memory loss, slurred words, cognitive problems, brain fog, abnormal eeg. 21 years old, felt this way since 14?

Gets infections constantly, memory loss, slurred words, cognitive problems, brain fog, abnormal eeg. 21 years old, felt this way since 14?

More information: I am assuming you have sought attention from primary care providers, neurologist as well. You want to make sure no metabolic, immune system dysfunction, i.E congenital anomalies. ...Read more

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Can lupus directly impact the brain? Myoclonic seizures, major depression, GAD, major mood swings. No official diagnosis, but positive for antibodies.

Can lupus directly impact the brain? Myoclonic seizures, major depression, GAD, major mood swings. No official diagnosis, but positive for antibodies.

A few comments: Yes, lupus cerebritis can occur. Spinal fluid measure of P-ribosomal protein might help. Your myoclonic seizures could be Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy, and could benefit from Depakote or Keppra (levetiracetam). Your emotional state could be assessed by psychiatry. Recommend you see a neurologist, and have all of this looked at thoroughly. ...Read more

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How can memory loss effect and affect memory thoughts or recollection in patients that suffer memory loss from motor vehicle accident?

How can memory loss effect and affect memory thoughts or recollection in patients that suffer memory loss from motor vehicle accident?

Memory: It depends on the areas of the brain affected by the car accident. The first thing I would do would be to go get a complete neurological workup to determine the extent and particulars of the damage. ...Read more

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Brain injury oxygen deprivation are there institutions which specialize in brain injuries due to oxygen deprivation after taking oxycoten?

Brain injury oxygen deprivation are there institutions which specialize in brain injuries due to oxygen deprivation after taking oxycoten?

Yes: Sorry to hear about your loved one. There is nothing specific about oxycontin-induced anoxic brain injury; however, there are rehab facilities that do specialize in brain injury. Much can be done to help some patients to regain some of their activities of daily living, however most of this is general to all brain injury. Look for good management of family expectations while maximizing function. ...Read more

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Can cognitive impairment from mental disorder effect one's grades and overall intelligence?

Can cognitive impairment from mental disorder effect one's grades and overall intelligence?

Of course!: No further answer is really indicated here -- it's just an obvious "yes". If you are impaired cognitively -- for any reason -- you should get professional help. Similarly, if you have a "mental disorder", you should get expert professional help. ...Read more

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