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Doctor insights on: Brain Waves

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Do cell phones mess with brain waves?

Do cell phones mess with brain waves?

Not directly: The message, not the messenger, is more likely to affect your brain function. Power emission of cell phones is so low that alteration of brain electrical activity will not occur. Despite media concern, many studies have failed to conclusively document increase of brain tumors in cell phone users. The content of the phone call will affect your brain activity much more strongly than the phone. ...Read more

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What does slow brain waves on an EEG mean?

What does slow brain waves on an EEG mean?

Not clear: It could be due to medications or brain injury or systemic poisons. If there is severe slowing, it could indicate deep coma with poor chances of recovery. ...Read more

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What causes abnomrmal brain waves without epilepsy?

What causes abnomrmal brain waves without epilepsy?

Many entities: Includes prior head and neck trauma, migraine headaches, medication effects, sleep disorders, metabolic influences, chemical imbalances, to name a few. ...Read more

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What do the brain waves show for someone in a coma? Does it just look like they're sleeping?

What do the brain waves show for someone in a coma? Does it just look like they're sleeping?

Not that way: EEG tracings in coma depending upon the cause, may show diffuse slowing or even relatively waking recordings (in some brainstem strokes). Very useful in also ruling out seizure activity as a cause for decreased responsivity. ...Read more

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My 32mo old son was diagnosed with apraxia of speech. Now EEG showed slow brain waves at the back of his brain. What could cause this?

My 32mo old son was diagnosed with apraxia of speech. Now EEG showed slow brain waves at the back of his brain. What could cause this?

Mild disorganization: There have been attempts to understand brain development with EEG for many years. 30 years ago they tried BEAM (brain electrical activity mapping) to diagnose ADHD, dyslexia, etc. we are still in the dark. Receptive language develops better than expressive language in many, especially boys. This can cause difficulty forming words (dyspraxia) as well as stuttering and frustration. Time will help. ...Read more

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My 32mo son has apraxia of speech. Eeg showed slow brain waves at the back of his brain. What does this mean? Waiting for neuro to set

My 32mo son has apraxia of speech. Eeg showed slow brain waves at the back of his brain. What does this mean? Waiting for neuro to set

Try OMT: A trial of osteopathic cranial treatment at that age can have dramatic effects in the hands of a doctor experienced in the treatment of children. http://www.cranialacademy.com has a doctor finder function to locate a doctor near you. ...Read more

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Does an EEG show seizures or just the brain waves?

Does an EEG show seizures or just the brain waves?

EEG: Eeg shows brain activity in wave form which helps to diagnose certain conditions such as seizures, metabolic encephalopathies, encephalitis etc. ...Read more

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Can lamictal cause you to have altered brain waves while sleeping?

Can lamictal cause you to have altered brain waves while sleeping?

Yes: Lamictal affects the structure of sleep and this is manifested by a change in the frequency and duration of brain waves of certain type. ...Read more

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What else could have shown positive on an EEG besides a seizure can other things look like seizure brain waves?

What else could have shown positive on an EEG besides a seizure can other things look like seizure brain waves?

Complicated: Without being able to see and examine the eeg it is difficult to know what you are referring to. Have this looked at by the neurologist who ordered it, and have them explain it to you. ...Read more

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I've got to go for an EEG for my seizure too look at my brain waves. Could i cover my eyes while i'm doing my eeg?

I've got to go for an EEG for my seizure too look at my brain waves. Could i cover my eyes while i'm doing my eeg?

Yes, mostly: Part of what is assessed in an eeg is the change in brain activity as the eyes open and close, as well as in response to flashing lights. While the technician will ask you to open your eyes for brief periods during the test to record these responses, the majority of the test can be performed with you lying down quietly with your eyes closed. ...Read more

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1st session of neuro biofeedback. Looked at brain waves on screen while talking to therapist. Is it being done right? I didn't see any self regulation

1st session of neuro biofeedback. Looked at brain waves on screen while talking to therapist. Is it being done right? I didn't see any self regulation

Discuss it: At first you just learn what your responses are. That can take some time. Once you do, you will begin to attemp to make changes and watch how well it works. This is a base line - where you are now. Be patient, but ask questions. Best! ...Read more

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Had EEG done. Neuro doc said that based on brain waves, I was at high risk for seizures. Doesn't run in family. I'm confused. Will I need meds maybe?

Possibly: Not all seizure disorders run in families. If your EEG was abnormal you should obtain an MRI. If you have had seizures, you likely need medications but if you have not there is a possibility of avoiding medications at this time. ...Read more

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What is brain wave?

What is brain wave?

Electricity: Nerve cells operate (signal) electrically. On the small scale (e.g. One neuron) electrical activity can be measured with very tiny instruments applied close to the nerve cell, which is invasive. The combined electrical activity of many neurons is recordable with non-invasive means, usually on the scalp, the tracing of which is "the brain wave". ...Read more