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Can extreme stress cause a type of encephalitis in your brain?

Can extreme stress cause a type of encephalitis in your brain?

No, no and no: Encephalitis means inflammation of the brain. Inflammation is almost always caused by infection. Encephalitis is usually due to viral infections. This notion of "stress" as the cause of everything bad is nonsense, or that "stress" in modern. You don't think the sight of a saber-tooth cat leaping out of the underbrush was stressful to our ancestors? ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Can meninges cause encephalitis as it is the brain's covering?

Can meninges cause encephalitis as it is the brain's covering?

Different diseases: Inflamed meninges is called meningitis. Encephalitis is swelling of the brain itself. Infectious causes might include viruses, bacteria, fungus, parasites, tuberculosis. Cancer can result in carcinomatous meningitis, and, in some cases, there can be meningoencephalitis, so can get very complex. So, clinical problems can involve brain fnctn directly and indirectly. ...Read more

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How can viral encephalitis cause inflammation in the brain?

Encephalitis: Viral encephalitis is a viral infection of the brain. Brain swelling occurs due to the inflammation. ...Read more

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How common is it for a baby to get permanent brain damage from encephalitis caused by a virus?

How common is it for a baby to get permanent brain damage from encephalitis caused by a virus?

Not common: Most cases of encephalitis are mild with full recovery. However, in some cases there are permanent neurological consequences which may include personality changes, language difficulties, seizures, memory loss, and partial paralysis. I would be pleased to consult with you further on HealthTap. ...Read more

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Which is more fatal brain swelling or brain palsy? Which can be cured to a good level if swelling is caused by viral encephalitis?

Which is more fatal brain swelling or brain palsy? Which can be cured to a good level if swelling is caused by viral encephalitis?

Encephalitis: Brain swelling or edema is a situation in which inflammation, from infection causes brain tissue to swell. It is possible for the swelling to resolve but the course to normal can be very long due to the effect of the infection.
Brain paosy refers to weakness or paralysis of the muscles due to an abnormality of brain function. Either can be fatal and either can resolve. ...Read more

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My endo said my graves disease may have caused my brain to swell with symptoms that mimic encephalitis. He has prescribed me steroids. Correct dx?

Cannot diagnose: Your endocrinologist is certainly operating from a better prospectus than we could, not having examined you and not having access to the results of studies run. If you have serious questions about the diagnosis and treatment would strongly suggest getting a second opinion from somebody who can evaluate you in person. Good luck. ...Read more

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Brain hemorrhage vs unconsciousness caused by brain swelling due to japanese encephalitis, whc is more fatal nd whc cn be recovered to a good level?

Brain hemorrhage vs unconsciousness caused by brain swelling due to japanese encephalitis, whc is more fatal nd whc cn be recovered to a good level?

Crystal ball: Unconsciousness refers to a state of being which has multiple causes. Most commonly, we are unconscious when we sleep & recover normally every morning. Brain swelling can be relieved surgically or w/drugs. It's possible to recover uneventfully from a bleeding in brain but too many variables eg how much & where, to predict recovery w/o evaluating patient. In other words, ask patient's doctor. ...Read more

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How long can cerebral adaema caused due to japanese encephalitis take to cure completely. Please see report here http://goo. Gl/qyyih?

How long can cerebral adaema caused due to japanese encephalitis take to cure completely. Please see report here http://goo. Gl/qyyih?

JE: Japanese encephalitis can affect the brain tissue and cause edema. The edema should regress but the affected brain may never return to baseline. See your neurologist for deeper explanations. An MRI can show you what is left to work with after encephalitis has taken its toll. ...Read more

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Describe the disorder called having inflammation of the brain (encephalitis).?

Describe the disorder called having inflammation of the brain (encephalitis).?

Is brain inflamation: Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain and can be caused by infections or sometimes by autoimmune problems where the immune system injures the brain. Symptoms include things like confusion, agitation, headache, difficulty speaking, sometimes even coma or seizures. Paralysis and vision problems also possible. ...Read more

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What are the brain damages occured by japaneese encephalitis virus? What brain structures get affected from it?

What are the brain damages occured by japaneese encephalitis virus? What brain structures get affected from it?

All parts: Any portion of the brain and spinal cord may be involved, usually the entire brain is involved (pan-encephalitis). Often the white matter tracts are initially affected leading to severe stiffness. Any part of the brain may get destroyed by the inflammation which results from the initial virus infection. ...Read more

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Could you please explain metabolism of the brain, the prognosis, and symptoms? Also auto-immune encephalitis prognosis and symptoms?

Could you please explain metabolism of the brain, the prognosis, and symptoms? Also auto-immune encephalitis prognosis and symptoms?

A lot of questions: Briefly: metabolism of the brain refers to how the brain processes its energy source which is principally glucose. There are ways to assay this such as cerebral microdialysis or special pet scans. Metabolism can be altered in conditions like head injury or stroke. Auto-immune encephal. Is usually from antibodies directed against brain antigens. Symptoms vary: can include seizure, weakness, dementia. ...Read more

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Can brain inflammation like encephalitis lead to a brain tumor later?

Can brain inflammation like encephalitis lead to a brain tumor later?

No: Inflammation of the brain is not a general precursor to brain tumors. Occasional brain tumors such as lymphomas, may present with an inflammatory picture. ...Read more

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Does encephalitis just happen at any time? The virus you had in the past is dormant in your system then transfers and infects the brain of some people? Or does it more commonly happen in the new infections of the virus'?

Does encephalitis just happen at any time? The virus you had in the past is dormant in your system then transfers and infects the brain of some people? Or does it more commonly happen in the new infections of the virus'?

Confusing question: The wording of your question is hard to follow. That said, there are some basics I can state. Most encephalitis viruses burn out and are essentially eliminated by the immune system. There transfer process is type specific, some in saliva during the illness, some by mosquitoes, once healed, you do not pass the virus to others. ...Read more

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How long cn it take to restore normal functionality after brain swelling due to viral encephalitis/meningitis? What are the chances of full recovery?

How long cn it take to restore normal functionality after brain swelling due to viral encephalitis/meningitis? What are the chances of full recovery?

Good chance: Depending on the severity of the meningitis, I have found that most of my patients do very well, and have a full, or near full recovery. Occasionally, there are cases that leave behind scars that can lead to seizures, or brain injury. However, this is best answered by the neurologist or neurosurgeon that was involved with the specific case, since there can be many factors relating to outcome. ...Read more

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Can an infant ever recover from brain damage from bacterial encephalitis?

Can an infant ever recover from brain damage from bacterial encephalitis?

Infant plasticity: While an adult with an identical injury may be stuck when injured nerves cannot heal, an infant has better healing powers & may be able to rewire past injured areas. Since their system had not completed adult wiring at the time of injury their "plasticity" makes better healing possible. I have seen some remarkable improvements in kids over the years when many held little hope. Improvement is possible. ...Read more

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Hw long brain swelling aftr japanese encephalitis takes to cure & whn cn v expect maximum recovery? Viral encephalitis is less serious thn bacterial?

Japanese encephaliti: This very severe disease has a better than 30% mortality rate and a 30% incidence of neurological dysfunction after recovery. Severity of both depend upon the particular organism causing the brain inflammation. ...Read more

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Frnd recovrd frm unconscious to conscious withn 40 dys aftr hvng brain edema due to japanese encephalitis. Mri and spect scan r gud. Whn she'll b fine?

Can take a while: Glad to hear your friend woke up from coma. Some patients make remarkable recoveries but it may be a very lengthy process. Should the infection (and associated immune attack on the brain tissue) have caused actual nerve cell or nerve fiber loss, your friend may never make a full recovery. Keep supporting her! Good nutrition - b vitamins and dha help the brain recover. ...Read more

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Frnd had brain edema due to japanese encephalitis. Mri & spect scan says no major damage. But recovery is very slow. Not able to speak clearly. Why?

Cannot rely on tests: Encephalitis is an inflammatory disorder of the brain. Cat scan and MRI are tests of anatomy, not brain function. These tests may be normal while the function of the cells is abnormal. ...Read more

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I was first diagnosed with tick borne encephalitis in 2009. Still get sick all the time. Now have brain damage as a result of the infection.?

I was first diagnosed with tick borne encephalitis in 2009. Still get sick all the time. Now have brain damage as a result of the infection.?

Sorry to hear that: Unfortunately, encephalitis contracted from any source (ticks, mosquitos, etc.) can result in neurological dysfunction. If you were treated for the appropriate tick illness, there should not be any remaining infective agent, but it is possible that your immune system may be slightly disrupted. See you doctor for a reevaluation. ...Read more

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Brain edema due to japanese encephalitis, nw she's conscious bt hvng difficulty in swallowing nd hr left limbs r little weak, suggest some exercises.

Brain edema due to japanese encephalitis, nw she's conscious bt hvng difficulty in swallowing nd hr left limbs r little weak, suggest some exercises.

Consult neuro: There is no sense guessing without a lot more information. Please contact your primary care provider to see how this applies to you. ...Read more

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Can long-term extreme stress cause permanent brain damage or intellectual/concentration/memory problems?

Can long-term extreme stress cause permanent brain damage or intellectual/concentration/memory problems?

Yes: But how is a long story. The first article will be the short version. The second article will be the longer version. I hope you enjoy the reading. It is very enlightening. Best wishes.
www. Targetwoman. Com/articles/stress-and-brain-damage. Html
over time, stress damages most cognitive functions.
www. Fi.edu/learn/brain/stress. Html
iextreme or sustained stress can damage the brain's hippocampus. ...Read more

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What type of epilepsy can be caused by encephalitis?

What type of epilepsy can be caused by encephalitis?

Seizures: Seizures can occur in encephalitis. Depending on the severity of the disease, they can be self-limited and resolve completely, needing no medications, or the patient may have intractable seizures needing prolonged treatment and having an increased risk of death. ...Read more

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Ok so what I wanna know is how the doctor know that my nanas encephalitis isn't contagious when they don't know the type or what caused it?

Ok so what I wanna know is how the doctor know that my nanas encephalitis isn't contagious when they don't know the type or what caused it?

Good Question: Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain can be viral, autoimmune, bacterial. I am guessing that they have done studies on nana and have not found a cause yet. That will rule out the contagious causes like viruses and bacteria. They will be searching for other causes now like autoimmune or vitamin deficiencies for example.
I wish you well. ...Read more

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Help! Could stress cause a burning sensation on the left side of brain?

Help! Could stress cause a burning sensation on the left side of brain?

I don't about: Brain pain in that specific area but stress can certainly contribute to headaches (i.e., migraine headaches, tension headaches). ...Read more

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What are the effects of stress on the brain and can stress cause memory loss at some point in one's life?

What are the effects of stress on the brain and can stress cause memory loss at some point in one's life?

Loss of Focus: Is a common side effect of physiological stress. When attention is diverted mental acuity and memory suffers. ...Read more

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Do extreme mental stress and all the time having a feeling of extreme guilt (which makes difficult to concentrate anywhere) in teenage and young age for several years affect brain growth, memory, concentration or damage brain in any way?

Do extreme mental stress and all the time having a feeling of extreme guilt (which makes difficult to concentrate anywhere) in teenage and young age for several years affect brain growth, memory, concentration or damage brain in any way?

Stress: Can increase any physical or emotional symptom. Please consult a mental health profession to learn to manage your stress better. A prudent spiritual leader might also be helpful but avoid anyone who judges or purposely makes you feel guilty. We all make mistakes but life has many new beginnings and this can be one for you. Peace and good health. How is your diet and exercise level? Sleep? ...Read more

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Can stress cause brain aneurysm? Worried about it.

Can stress cause brain aneurysm? Worried about it.

No: Stress does not cause aneurysms. Stress can however cause high blood pressure, which may be prone to burst an aneurysm if it already exists. Headaches are also frequently caused by stress without any other underlying pathology. You can always discuss this with your doctor if you're worried about it. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Does is right that stress can cause gbm brain tumor im in high stress and anxiety from 3 years constant now I have symptoms im worry?

Does is right that stress can cause gbm brain tumor im in high stress and anxiety from 3 years constant now I have symptoms im worry?

Not related: Gbm is not caused by stress. If it were, gbm would be a lot more common than it is. Chronic stress, or reactions to it, can cause or be associated with a bunch of other health issues. Learn to destress, preferably without meds, or drugs like alcohol, pot, etc. ...Read more

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Had a weird feeling in my head for a few seconds. I had this once before Months ago. Is it a brain zap or dizziness? Can stress and anxiety cause it?

Had a weird feeling in my head for a few seconds. I had this once before Months ago. Is it a brain zap or dizziness? Can stress and anxiety cause it?

No way to know: It isn't reasonable to expect every transient symptom to have an exact precise explanation. Any answer would be an educated guess only. What it DOESN'T sound like is dangerous or worrisome so far. If it isn't any better or worse after 1-3 yr, it probably is nothing to worry about. But the person to listen to closest is the doctor who knows you personally. P.S. "Brain zap" is meaningless medically. ...Read more

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Been having headaches, been getting much worse sleep than usual. Anxious & stressed. Can this be the cause? Or something sinister like gbm brain tumor?

Been having headaches, been getting much worse sleep than usual. Anxious & stressed. Can this be the cause? Or something sinister like gbm brain tumor?

Do you fear you have: A zebra? It sounds like a horse to me. Anxiety & stress can lead to headaches, musculoskeletal aches, & problems with sleep. Have you considered deep breathing exercises or progressive muscle relaxation to calm yourself? How about acupuncture, yoga or meditation? Make sure that you use excellent sleep hygiene. Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. ...Read more

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I'm female/62.Saw neurologist for balance/gait problems, memory loss. Told accumulated psych stress may have caused brain deficit. Tests all normal--?

I'm female/62.Saw neurologist for balance/gait problems, memory loss. Told accumulated psych stress may have caused brain deficit. Tests all normal--?

Meds may be cause: Coumadin, (warfarin) lorazepam, trazodone, and Gabapentin can all effect gait and balance. Your meds, brain surgeries, cumulative stress, and depression can all contribute to cognitive deficits, as can effects of anesthesia, depending upon when your last operation was. I once underwent seven operations in 8 weeks and was told my level of alertness might not return to normal until a year or more. It was true. ...Read more

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I'm 18 and hear about how stress causes cancer, ages you, causes brain damage, yet I've been to so many docs and can't get my stress under control?

I'm 18 and hear about how stress causes cancer, ages you, causes brain damage, yet I've been to so many docs and can't get my stress under control?

What type of doctor?: It is true that stress can have many negative effects on the body. Rather than medicines, counseling would be a good first step to help you find ways of dealing with stress. Psychiatrists and psychologists can often help with this problem. ...Read more

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Can stress and lack of sleep cause brain cells to die and as a result MS someday? Any non-prescription meds to help stay asleep?

Can stress and lack of sleep cause brain cells to die and as a result MS someday? Any non-prescription meds to help stay asleep?

Ref: Time magazine: I think you'll find your answers best addressed by a well-researched recent article in Time magazine about sleep disorders, nightmares, and post-traumatic stress. I recommend after reviewing the article that you ask your physician to direct you to the local sleep medicine specialist who can provide diagnostic and therapeutic options. ...Read more

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Can a hormonal side effect of sobriety from alcohol & opiates cause amenorrhea? Can the stress from getting sober make my brain stop sending hormones?

Can a hormonal side effect of sobriety from alcohol & opiates cause amenorrhea? Can the stress from getting sober make my brain stop sending hormones?

Possible: Severe stress can affect your pituitary leading to amenorrhea. If the amenorrhea continues for a long period of time, see your doctor to make sure it isn't something else. Make sure you are not pregnant. ...Read more

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Daily headaches that usually last two weeks before subsiding. Stressing over a brain tumor makes them worse and longer. Clear CT scan in dec. Cause?

Daily headaches that usually last two weeks before subsiding. Stressing over a brain tumor makes them worse and longer. Clear CT scan in dec. Cause?

Stress? Worrying?: Head ct usually picks up a brain tumor.
Check on line for cluster headache.
Reassurance from your dr. Is perhaps all you need.
Worrying and stress can trigger headache. So is lack of sleep, too much of caffeinated drink, anxiety, depression, uncontrolled hypertension and a multitide of reasons.
Perhaps some relaxation or regular exercise regimen or watching comedy may help.
Don't worry, be happy. ...Read more

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I'm 18 and have been dealing with major chronic stress/ptsd for 5 years/still. I'm talking very intense. Will this cause me cancer or brain damage?

I'm 18 and have been dealing with major chronic stress/ptsd for 5 years/still. I'm talking very intense. Will this cause me cancer or brain damage?

Not a linear thing: "stress" is an extremely variable concept, and there are no direct or automatic links between it and cancer. There are more clear relationships between certain behaviors like smoking, alcoholism, and exposure to toxins like asbestos, and cancer -- but even these are not 100%. Chronic stress can shrink the hippocampus area of your brain at least temporarily, but this can resolve. ...Read more

Dr. Amandeep Kaur
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Encephalitis (Definition)

The encephalon is considered to be the gray matter of the brain. This is where all the neuron cells are located. If an infection sets in to this region it is called an encephalitis. The -itis ending just means inflammation. It is usually virus infections that like to go specifically to the ...Read more


Dr. Corey Clay
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Brain Infection (Definition)

Any infection of the brain. Usually called encephalitis, though ...Read more