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Can Chemo Therapy Causing Stroke Symptoms
Yes: Many types of chemotherapy can directly affect the brain and cause stroke-like symptoms. Some chemotherapy also increases the risk of blood clots, or the risk of bleeding, both of which may cause strokes. Be sure to tell your doctor immediately about these symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Since radiation affects both normal and cancerous cells, if your GI tract or brain are in the path of the radiation beam, there is a good chance that nausea will develop. We have excellent drugs to prevent chemotherapy or radiation therapy induced nausea, however. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Yes: Often radiation is used to stop bleeding, such as coughing up blood from a lung cancer, or bleeding from the vagina from a cervix or vaginal cancer. However if the skin in an area peels excessively or the linings of the oral or intestinal tract such as the rectum can bleed temporarily and often heal. However long term changes can lead to periodic bleeding from an area such as the rectum. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: This is inflammation of the bowel lining. This can be a result of radiation or chemotherapy. But this inflammation can also be infectious or autoimmune as well. If its radiation caused it has to be by radiation aimed at the bowel and can be treated with diet and drugs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can be improved: Speech therapists help immensely, and are very successful with dysarthria. Occupational therapists may provide additional support. Some medications, such as Ritalin (methylphenidate) may improve dysphasia, and occasionally help dysarthria. So, lots of support out there. Get involved in a rehab program. ...Read more
Diff for Each person: Go watch "the king's speech" dvd and watch the special features. Churchill also stuttered and helped himself. It is often worse with nerves and anxiety, and interestingly many stutterers don't do it when they sing. It takes focus, determination, time and guidance, and usually working with somebody (speech therapist) with experience in helping others with same or similar problems. ...Read more
Brain attack: Like a heart attack, there is decreased blood flow to parts of the brain resulting in partial or complete damage to nerve cells. Common symptoms include loss of vision, one-sided weakness and/or numbness, loss of balance, deficiency of speech expression or understanding, dizziness, etc. Causation includes hypertension, smoking, diabetes, etc. Prevention is best approach. ...Read more
I have symptoms of severe B12 deficiency/pernicious anemia but also derealization, brain damage, and heart problems could these occur from the B12 def.?
Yes except heart: B12 deficiency can cause a variety of neurological symptoms including "derealization"; it can adversely affect brain function but that damage should be reversible. It can cause high homocysteine which increases risk of cardiovascular disease ; anemia puts stress on hearts, but it should not directly cause heart problems i someone your age. See http://bit.Ly/1hlbiaz. ...Read more
Can electric shock therapy cause degenerative brain disease while it's treating somebody's depression?
Not likely: Hormone replacement therapy remains one of the most effective means of controlling and sometimes eliminating these symptoms. Our current thinking is that for healthy women in their 50s -- women who have not had breast cancer or a history of blood clots -- and have been experiencing the symptoms of menopause for less than 10 years, hormone therapy can be very effective for symptom relief. ...Read more
What are the chances cranial radiation therapy (8 days medium-high dosage) could cause permanent mental damage and learning disabilities?
Can stroke influence speech patterns? What are the symptoms of stroke and does it cause stuttering?
Yes to speech: A stroke can cause changes in speech if it affects speech centers in the brain. This includes sudden onset of stuttering. Stroke can present with myriad of symptoms ranging from death to the inability to move parts of the body to changes in behavior. The hallmark is the symptoms usually occur suddenly at the time of the stroke. ...Read more
Secondary Cancer: Radiation does cause cancer, but is also used to treat cancer in radiation oncology. The best data for this is from children treated with radiation and followed closely for many years. The data can be murky with other causes of cancer. However, in general, the risk of secondary malignancy is much less than 1% can take up to 20 years to develop. The benefit of radiation far outweighs this risk. ...Read more
Can radiation to the cavernous sinus cause thrombosis? Concerns with this area of radiation for hormone secreting tumors? Is radiation debilitating?
It may: See a competent radiation oncologist to find out what radiation is available in henderson - or seek another opinion in la. ...Read more
MS medications: Suggest if diagnosis of MS is confirmed, that the afflicted individual start a potent medication such as Tysabri (natalizumab) or Gilenya immediately, and follow low fat, low salt diet, do aerobic exercise, supplement Vitamin D, and avoid cigarette smoking. These approaches can stabilize about 75-80% of pts for perhaps several years. If a relapse were to occur, get treated with steroids or ACTH. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What symptoms are associated with vagal nerve damage? And what treatments can be used to help or correct damage?
Multiple: Vocal changes, loss of reflex or gag reflex, difficulty while swallowing, deafness, cardiovascular problems. ...Read more
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