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Can one time moderate use of cocaine lead to permanent brain damage, memory problems or cognitive impairment?

Can one time moderate use of cocaine lead to permanent brain damage, memory problems or cognitive impairment?

Death = permanent: In some, the first use of Cocaine causes death, which would be permanent brain damage or impairment. Not to mention heart attacks, respiratory failure, strokes, or seizures. In the brain alone, Cocaine is a very strong CNS stimulant that stops Dopamine from being recycled -- making it build up and disrupt normal neuronal communication. If you're dead, the long-term brain changes don't matter. ...Read more

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Dr. Rudolf Brutoco
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Cognitive Impairment (Definition)

Cognitive impairment is a condition that involves problems with thought processes. It includes many different types of mental function decline such as forgetfulness, learning disabilities, decreased intelligence, and difficulty concentrating. Cognitive impairment may be present at birth or may develop ...Read more


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Can sleep disorders cause cognitive impairment, flat affect and memory problems?

Can sleep disorders cause cognitive impairment, flat affect and memory problems?

Absolutely: Contact your pcp for referral for a sleep study, or polysomnogram. There are many possible causes of sleep fragmentation, and a disruption in the amount of any state of sleep can cause memory, concentration and mood disruption. In my practice, we deal primarily with obstructive sleep apnea. The patients report your symptoms and fatigue; the bed partners also suffer (from the noise!). Get checked! ...Read more

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Can SSRI,SNRIs cause cognitive impairment over time? I have used SSRIs for over 7 years and feel difficulty in concentrating, and memory problems

Can SSRI,SNRIs cause cognitive impairment over time? I have used SSRIs for over 7 years and feel difficulty in concentrating, and memory problems

Great Question: This is a great question, and a really important one, because these medications are used to treat conditions that can come back over and over if medication is stopped (like major depression, or panic attacks). So far, so good--long term studies with SSRI's that have been on the market for many years seem to indicate they are safe long term. See your prescriber to discuss your memory concerns. ...Read more

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Deeply confused, severe memory loss, debilitating cognitive impairment. Pick fights I don't remember! My bf worries early onset Alzheimer's but I'm 37!

See a doctor: The symptoms you describe are concerning and need to be explained. Please see your primary care doctor or a neurologist for a complete examination and appropriate tests. ...Read more

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What does white spots on the brain mean? I am having memory loss, equilibrium, and cognitive problems

What does white spots on the brain mean? I am having memory loss, equilibrium, and cognitive problems

We don't know: You are probably referring to non-specific white matter lesions seen on MRI of your brain. We actually do not have a clear understanding of what these or what they mean. They are loosely associated with stroke and dementia. However, at 38 years of age I would not think your white spots are cause of your symptoms and am surprised you have them. They could be serious. Please get them checked out. ...Read more

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Had mtbi~5days ago.Woke up today with memory loss and cognitive problems.Entire right side of brain(not my head)feels numb&light. I have osa

Had mtbi~5days ago.Woke up today with memory loss and cognitive problems.Entire right side of brain(not my head)feels numb&light. I have osa

FATIGUE WITH OSA: Provigil is cheaper and better tolerated than Nuvigil .Also adderal/Ritalin/Starttera can help. Start a gluten free diet Wholeapproach.com gut loss.com. If CPAP/BIPAP is poorly tolerated seek ENT CONSULT for UPP/ vs Hyoid suspension. ALSO FOCUS ON WEIGHT LOSS. Try tapering trazadone and starting Topamax (topiramate).(very effective for RLS/SLEEP/WEIGHT LOSS. ...Read more

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Gets infections constantly, memory loss, slurred words, cognitive problems, brain fog, abnormal eeg. 21 years old, felt this way since 14?

More information: I am assuming you have sought attention from primary care providers, neurologist as well. You want to make sure no metabolic, immune system dysfunction, i.E congenital anomalies. ...Read more

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Can low testosterone cause cognitive impairment, especially memory and focus. If yes, does trt completely fix this. Or just improve it a bit.


Can low testosterone cause cognitive impairment, especially memory and focus. If yes, does trt  completely fix this. Or just improve it a bit.

See answer: Studies show an association between low testosterone(LT) levels and subsequent incidence of Alzheimers disease, and suggest testosterone is neuronal protective. Some studies show LT has a negative effect on cognition, but these studies haven't controlled for other confounding hormonal changes. There is suggestive but not conclusive evidence that giving T to people with LT increases cognition. ...Read more

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What cause a 17 yr. To be in "perpetual dream state", severe memory and cognitive impairment, exacerbated bipolar, react different to meds, all overnite?

What cause a 17 yr. To be in "perpetual dream state", severe memory and cognitive impairment, exacerbated bipolar, react different to meds, all overnite?

Bipolar disorder can: Have sudden shifts and comorbidities, but what you are describing sounds more like possibly a medication side effect. I don't know what you are taking, but if you are on Depakote you need an ammonia level, if you are on lithium you need a lithium level, if you are on an antipsychotic you need a. Blood sugar level, and if you are doing street drugs or drinking you must immediatelystop. I recommend you go to the er now and get checked out. Best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Memory Loss (Definition)

Memory loss is a symptom in which a person cannot recall (remember) something that he previously learned. Some memory loss is normal, such as not remembering facts learned in school years ago but not used since then. Other memory loss is abnormal, such as that caused by Alzheimer's Dementia ...Read more


Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more