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Deja Vu (Definition)

Déjà vu is a feeling that a current event or experience has been experienced previously. It is thought to be an aberration of memory in which the "time stamp" of an event becomes mis-assigned to make it seem as if the event occurred previously. Almost everyone has experienced rare déjà vu events. When frequent it is rarely associated ...Read more


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Why is deja vu a symptom of brain damage?

Why is deja vu a symptom of brain damage?

Not really: Deja vu is a symptom of temporal lobe seizures which may be from brain damage but could also be from faulty wiring of the temporal lobe that happened spontaneously. ...Read more

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I have suspected absence seziures, episodes of staring into space, deja vu before and memory loss after. Could this be serious like a brain tumour?

I have suspected absence seziures, episodes of staring into space, deja vu before and memory loss after. Could this be serious like a brain tumour?

Neurologic Eval: Absence seizures, also called petit mal, include the characteristics you describe. There is no memory of the seizure, although others can see it if they know what to look for. A neurologic evaluation is needed to rule out your concerns. ...Read more

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Can a headache be the only symptom of a brain tumor?

Can a headache be the only symptom of a brain tumor?

No sure way: Headaches that are associated with nausea and awaken you from sleep are more worrisome than others. Also headaches that do not resolve with time, otc medications can also be worrisome. Most headaches are not from brain tumors. If the headache is associated with other neurologic findings a scan is in order. ...Read more

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I know scintillating scotoma be a symptom of migraine but can it be symptom of panic, anxiety or hyperventilation or elevated blood pressure?

I know scintillating scotoma be a symptom of migraine but can it be symptom of panic, anxiety or hyperventilation or elevated blood pressure?

No: It cannot be a symptom of these other conditions.Read the list:bartschi-rochaix syndrome - scotoma chorioretinitis eales disease - scotoma glaucoma macular degeneration migraine headache optic neuritis retinal pigmentary degeneration source:www.Rightdiagnosis.Com/medical/scintillating_scotoma.Htm. ...Read more

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Is sensitive hearing a problem or a symptom of something?

Is sensitive hearing a problem or a symptom of something?

Hyperacusis: Sensitive hearing could pose a problem. There are several reasons for this increased sensitivity- problems with stapes, auditory nerve, cochlea and cerebral processing of auditory impulses. ...Read more

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Can tension headaches be a sign of a tumor?

Can tension headaches be a sign of a tumor?

Not likely : Tension headaches are due to tension in muscles in the head & neck usually as a result of stress, poor posture, new activities which place more tension on muscles around the head & neck. Tension relaxing exercises, massage, heat on neck muscles may improve your symptoms substantially. If ever there is a new change or worsening of symptoms, you should see your physician (history of a brain lesion). ...Read more

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Is it possible to have Temporary Agnosia after a traumatic incident (besides that cause by a stroke)?

Is it possible to have Temporary Agnosia after a traumatic incident (besides that cause by a stroke)?

Yes it is: possible, with most brain injuries even with a concussion. Closed head injuries especially can cause temporary agnosia with some permanent sequelae as brain cells do not regenerate like most of the rest of the body. Please see a board certified neurologist ASAP for diagnosis and treatment. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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Is change in voice a sign that someone is having a seizure? What could these symptoms be the sign of?

Vocal change & sz: Sometimes a vocal noise is part of a seizure, like a yelp or a yell. A change in the voice is not normally a seizure. People with seizures normally cannot speak. When they can speak, it may make no sense. There are some videos of this to compare to- see frontal seizure on youtube for example. ...Read more

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Can a headache be the only symptom/sign of a brain tumor?

Can a headache be the only symptom/sign of a brain tumor?

Yes, but..: Headaches are common, and brain tumors aren't. So the most likely cause of a headache is not a brain tumor! warning signs for headaches caused by brain tumors are early morning headaches (upon awakening) or headaches that worsen with coughing or straining. Other causes of headaches: sinus congestion, caffeine withdrawal, muscle tension, eye strain. ...Read more

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What is a dissociative seizure? Is this related to anxiety so high it causes a seizure?? Is memory loss assiciated with this?

What is a dissociative seizure?  Is this related to anxiety so high it causes a seizure??  Is memory loss assiciated with this?

Dx of exclusion: Hi David, dissociative seizures are non-epileptic and can be caused by a number of factors (extreme anxiety being one possibility); they require careful evaluation to determine etiology and treatment. Amnesia is possible, but if the seizures are truly psychogenic, the loss is not due to nervous system damage, and should respond to appropriate treatment. Hope this is helpful. Take good care. ...Read more

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Can a symptom of sinus infection be hallucinations?

Can a symptom of sinus infection be hallucinations?

No: Hallucinations are not a symptom of sinusitis... Unless, i suppose, it keeps you up for days with insomnia, or if you overdose on some crazy strong cough meds, decongestants, or something..... ...Read more

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What is a sensory aura before a headache?

What is a sensory aura before a headache?

Classical migraine: An aura prior to headache can occur in a type of migraine called "classical", and can consist of bright spots before the eyes, loss of vision over right or left visual fields, unilateral numbness, difficulty with speech. Thot to be associated with suppression of brain function prior to onset of headache. Another variety of migraine called hemiplegic, can result in focal weakness. ...Read more

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Is it possible that anxiety can cause neurological symptoms like a 'seizure' symptom?

Is it possible that anxiety can cause neurological symptoms like a 'seizure' symptom?

Yes: Yes it is possible. But it is very important to rule out any kind of seizure disorder, medical or medication issues. See a physician and get checked out. If it is anxiety that is causing these symptoms there is effective psychological treatment for this kind of anxiety. Good luck and best wishes. ...Read more

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Is there a high risk of dying from a grand mal seizure? Also, is it true that you can experience an aura without it leading to a full on seizure?

Is there a high risk of dying from a grand mal seizure?  
Also, is it true that you can experience an aura without it leading to a full on seizure?

Depends!: Grand mal seizures can be due to lots of things! Severe infections, alcohol withdrawal, epilepsy, drug toxicity, etc. Seizures are a bad sign in some cases. In epilepsy, seizures are rarely fatal. Auras don't always lead to a seizure. for some people. See http://www.healthtalk.org/young-peoples-experiences/epilepsy/experiences-different-seizures-and-auras ...Read more

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I have a history of traumatic brain injury and am experiencing dizziness when laying down. Is this a transient ischemic attack? Could this be a tia?

I have a history of traumatic brain injury and am experiencing dizziness when laying down.  Is this a transient ischemic attack? Could this be a tia?

Unlikely: If it only happens with laying down, it is less likely to be a tia. That being said, if the dizzines feels like spinning and is associated with weakness, numbness, difficulty speaking or seeing, you should talk to your doctor, this could be a tia. ...Read more

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