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Can Monosodium Glutamate Cause Seizures
Yes. Great Question!: The Amino Acid glutamate plays a central role in nitrogen metabolism & participates in multiple biochemical pathways. Disease examples: autoantibodies to the glutamate receptor kill neurons via activation of the receptor ion channel. Anti-nmda receptor encephalitis is a treatment-responsive inflammatory encephalopathic autoimmune disease associated with anti-nmda receptor antibodies. ...Read more
Can Serotonin Syndrome cause migraines? Can it cause migraine aura?
Can psuedoephedrine overdose induce it>?
Unlikely: confusion, headache not migraines, muscle twitching, agitation, dilated pupils, changes in your bp and temperature, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, shivering, heavy sweating are all possible symptoms for serotonin syndrome. It is commonly caused by interactions between an antidepressant that is an SSRI or SNRI and another medication that effects serotonin--ex. Cough med or pain med etc not sudafed ...Read more
If you have diabetes: Low sugar intake may contribute to hypoglycemia, and resultant seizures, and diabetic ketoacidosis may also result in seizure activity. Big issue is combination of both diabetes and epilepsy, which will create more challenge in controlling the epilepsy. In a normal individual, a Snickers Bar will not cause a seizure. ...Read more
Not known so...: Msg has not been shown to cause or adversely affect hypertension. It is a rather common food additve/sweetener and fortunately relatively safe, in moderation of course. If you have problem with hypertension, obviously you should consult doc for eval and treatment. It is not necessary that you advoid msg, but too much of anything is not good. Consult your doc.Good luck. ...Read more
Not known 2 cause Sz: Etomidate is used in inducing general anesthesia. One of the most authorities sources on medications, lexi drugs states: "neuromuscular ; skeletal: myoclonus (33%), transient skeletal movements, uncontrolled eye movements". Therefore, it is safe to say that etomidate is not known to cause seizures. ...Read more
Various: The most common cause is psychological. It's where stress is converted into physical symptoms (do it's called a "conversion disorder"). Sadly, about 2/3 of people with seizure-like conversion disorders have a history of abuse (often sexual abuse.) Other things can mimic seizures and should be ruled out (fainting, certain uncommon migraine types...) ...Read more
Can autoantibodies against glutamine synthetase and/or glutamate dehydrogenase cause glutamate metabolism disorders?
Still searching: Glutamine synthase is part of the glutamine synthetase family. Ammonia incorporation in animals occurs through the actions of glutamate dehydrogenase and glutamine synthase. Glutamate plays the central role in mammalian nitrogen flow, serving as both a nitrogen donor and nitrogen acceptor. I am unble to find references in my search so far as to autoantibodies to these but see comment. ...Read more
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