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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. Bennett Machanic
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Memory Loss (Definition)

There can be short term memory loss such as "where did I put my keys?" or long term memory loss such as "where did I live as a child?" There also can be catastrophic memory loss such ...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!

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?

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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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

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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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During what blood levels does lead start to cause cognitive impairment in adults?

During what blood levels does lead start to cause cognitive impairment in adults?

A-hi10ug/dl,C-5ug/dl: Elevated lead in the body can be detected by the presence of changes in blood cells visible with a microscope and dense lines in the bones of children on X-ray, main tool for dx. is the blood lead level. When blood lead levels are recorded, the results indicate lead is circulating within the blood stream, not the amt. being stored in the body.[2] Elevated lead in the body can be detected by the presence of changes in blood cells visible with a microscope and dense lines in the bones of children seen on X-ray, but the main tool for diagnosis is measurement of the blood lead level. When blood lead levels are recorded, the results indicate how much lead is circulating within the blood stream, not the amount being stored in the body.[2] There are two units for reporting blood lead level, either micrograms per deciliter (µg/dl), or micrograms per 100 grams (µg/100 g) of whole blood, which are numerically equivalent. The Centers for Disease Control (US) has set the standard elevated blood lead level for adults to be 10 (µg/dl) of the whole blood. For children the number is set much lower at 5 (µg/dl) of blood as of 2012[3] down from a previous 10 (µg/dl).[4] Children are especially prone to the health effects of lead and, as a result, blood lead levels must be set lower and closely monitored if contamination is possible.[2] The major treatments are removal of the source of lead and chelation therapy (administration of agents that bind lead so it can be excreted). ...Read more

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What causes temporary episodes cognitive dysfunction -confusion, mental fog, memory loss in lupus? When i'm flaring, i cannot think straight!

What causes temporary episodes cognitive dysfunction -confusion, mental fog, memory loss  in lupus? When i'm flaring, i cannot think straight!

More common: Neurocognitive problems are more common than previous thought in lupus patients. Discuss with your rheumatologist to have neurocognitive testing to better define the problem. ...Read more

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Vertigo,Dizziness,weakness, Fatigue, Cognitive impairment, Vision problems, Urinary Problems,numbness/itching senasation. Im 17 some come and go Help?

Vertigo,Dizziness,weakness, Fatigue, Cognitive impairment, Vision problems, Urinary Problems,numbness/itching senasation. Im 17 some come and go Help?

Too complicated: These symptoms are so varied, vague and nonspecific, that it's impossible to provide any help in this format. If you are worried, the only way to know if you have something serious is to see a doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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What's the chance of having brain avm if I have cognitive dysfunction?

What's the chance of having brain avm if I have cognitive dysfunction?

Rare: Arteriovenous malformations occur in about 0.14% of the population. In an avm, arterial blood flows directly into draining veins. There is no brain parenchyma within the nidus or center of the avm. Hemorrhage and seizures are the most common symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you work if diagnosed with cognitive impairment?

Can you work if diagnosed with cognitive impairment?

Possibly, but: Depends on your work tasks, as multi-tasking or complex decision making might be too demanding. If you possess symptoms from medication, recent infection, or exposure to toxin, things likely will reverse. If you have a progressive problem, this will increase your limitations. Neuropsychological testing may well help guide your potential choices. ...Read more

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Are there any significant cognitive impairment that you believe is caused by the disease?

Which disease?: Sorry, but what disease do you have in mind as potentially causing cognitive impairment? Without knowing the name of the disease, i really cannot give you an answer. ...Read more

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Cognitive impairment can reduce ability to receive information?

Yes: Cognitive function can be measured in various facets, eg executive function, praxia, phasia, gnosia & memory. If you can't remember things, it's very difficult to receive information enough to learn. This is one of the basic tenets of cognitive impairment. ...Read more

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How do I deal with cognitive impairment(fibro fog) from fibromyalgia?

How do I deal with cognitive impairment(fibro fog) from fibromyalgia?

Several options: I have had patients do well with either stimulant drugs (adderall) or with nuvigil. Use of either of these is "off label". ...Read more

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Cognitive impairment can reduce the person's ability to recognize another?

Mirror, mirror: Yes. Lack of recognition can be for different aspects such as facial, recognition of vocal quality, or unawareness of relationships of one person to the other. Yet lack of recognition is not a universal symptom of cognitive impairment. ...Read more

Dr. William Herrera
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Memory Problems (Definition)

Impaired memory is a clinical finding in which a person has abnormal difficulty recalling knowledge that was ...Read more


Slow Thinking (Definition)

Slow thinking = cognitive slowing - may occur ...Read more