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Dr. Kristin Sokol
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Fluid Behind Ear Drum (Definition)

Fluid behind the ear drum may be without infection (otitis media with effusion) or may become infected with pain and ...Read more


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I have brain fog, slight dizziness and a sensation around right ear and head. I'm scared, what could it be?

I have brain fog, slight dizziness and a sensation around right ear and head. I'm scared, what could it be?

Brain fog help: "Brain fog" is a non-medical term meaning confused or forgetful. Given your symptoms and that you are also a diabetic, suggest you see your primary doctor without delay for exam and proper diagnosis. If necessary, go to urgent care to be checked. I hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Headache, brain fog, ear ache, pressure all on one side of head?

Headache, brain fog, ear ache, pressure all on one side of head?

Doctor can evaluate: In an older child or adult, pressure on one side of the head, with some earache, can be from an ear infection, a sinus infection, or some problem inside the throat. A doctor can evaluate to see if antibiotics are needed. Occasionally, shingles can happen on the head and cause theses symptoms (antiviral medicine is the treatment). Sometimes, migraine headaches can cause similar symptoms to these. ...Read more

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I have had throbbing pressure in my head behind my left ear. It comes and goes, but when it comes its a stabbing pain. Strange brain fog as well?

I have had throbbing pressure in my head behind my left ear. It comes and goes, but when it comes its a stabbing pain. Strange brain fog as well?

Get check up: Please get a thorough check up by your physician to identity the correct diagnosis. Most of these headaches are related to ent problem or vision refractory errors. Good luck! ...Read more

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Everytime I get a swollen lymph node behind the ear it is accompannied by a massive headache that last for days leaving me like in a brain fog. I?

Everytime I get a swollen lymph node behind the ear it is accompannied by a massive headache that last for days leaving me like in a brain fog. I?

Infection: You're probably getting an infection somewhere in the area. Either the scalp or your ear. Next time it happens see an ENT while it is happening. ...Read more

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Brain fog. Ear ache. Tooth ache. Pressure on one side of head. What could this be? A

Brain fog. Ear ache. Tooth ache. Pressure on one side of head. What could this be? A

Ear issue??: It sounds like you could be a ear issue but x-rays need to be taken to rule out wisdom teeth issues. ...Read more

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I have brain fog, dizziness and ear pain and sinus pressure. What does this sound like? I've had it on and off for 3 years now.

I have brain fog, dizziness and ear pain and sinus pressure. What does this sound like? I've had it on and off for 3 years now.

Thyroxine, lantus (insulin glargine): I understand your distress.
Thank you for informing about Thyroidectomy, Thyroxine and Lantus (insulin glargine).

Thyroxine can cause anxiety which may cause dizziness and brain fog feeling. See Endocrinologist for Thyroid status and Diabetes status as Thyroxine may interfere with blood glucose control and reduce the effectiveness of Lantus (insulin glargine); and Treatment.
See ENT Specialist for Sinus pressure and ear pain. ...Read more

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Constant dizziness, brain fog, severe dry eye (being treated), ear and temple burning sensation. Most labs are normal.

Constant dizziness, brain fog, severe dry eye (being treated), ear and temple burning sensation. Most labs are normal.

Psychotherapy?: After ruling out any physiological abnormalities, let me as you, have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as stress or depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more

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Can inner ear infection cause dizzy, muscle tension brain fog and then anxiety. I believe I was misdiagnosed with anxiety disorder given wrong meds?

Can inner ear infection cause dizzy, muscle tension brain fog and then anxiety. I believe I was misdiagnosed with anxiety disorder given wrong meds?

Ear infection: Middle ear infections can cause pain and dizziness, and maybe a feeling of "brain fog" when acute. As you recover, these symptoms should subside. Muscle tension and anxiety are not usually features of ear infections, and could be features of generalized anxiety disorder or possibly others. "brain fog" is a very encompassing term, and needs further exploration. ...Read more

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Had a traffic related head trauma. No obvious damage. How much chance I may develop memory loss or brain fog?

Had a traffic related head trauma. No obvious damage. How much chance I may develop memory loss or brain fog?

The chance is low: As long as you did not develop any bleeding inside your head, and as long as you do not have a history of repeated head injuries, a single head injury like this stands very little chance of getting you cognitive difficulties later on or any sort of brain fog. I would not spend time worrying about it. When I was a student I was honored to be able to study in the soviet union. I fondly remember the hospitality shown to us as a student group in the ukraine. Best wishes to you and your family in the upcoming holiday season. ...Read more

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I had two concussions within a year from bumping my head. Am I likely to ever feel the same again. As in no more headaches, and brain fog.

I had two concussions within a year from bumping my head. Am I likely to ever feel the same again. As in no more headaches, and brain fog.

Depends: Recovery from concussion depends on a number of factors including who you were before the concussion as well as how severe the concussions were, and age. The number of concussions experienced and how close they are together also matters. It's important to be sure that you weren't having headaches or brain fog prior to the concussions because that could mean you have migraine which is treatable. ...Read more

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Could violently snappin my head back and forth to style my hair all my life cause head trauma or cause my brain fog/head sensations/confusion? I'm 19

Could violently snappin my head back and forth to style my hair all my life cause head trauma or cause my brain fog/head sensations/confusion? I'm 19

No: The movements would have to very violent and rapid to cause any neurologic damage. Make sure your doctors rule out sleep apnea as a cause of your symptoms you list above, as this is frequently missed in young people. At the very least, a home o2 desaturation test should be run to rule this possibility out, followed by a home or lab sleep study if clinically indicated. I hope other docs chime in als. ...Read more

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Brain fog and Headache back right side and top of head with occasional tingling on top of head during day for 4 weeks. Told it was due to anxiet. Ok?

Brain fog and Headache back right side and top of head with occasional tingling on top of head during day for 4 weeks. Told it was due to anxiet. Ok?

May not be anxiety: Anxiety can produce tension headache and difficulty concentrating ("brain fog"). But, if headache continues in location you describe for 4 weeks, it is possibly something more serious. Please consult your doctor, or a neurologist. They can recommend an MRI, EEG, or brain scan to rule out any serious issue. If all tests negative, consider CBT psychotherapy to treat your anxiety. Get help please ...Read more

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I am anxious and worried, I feel dizzy and have got pressure in my head, and brain fog. Please help, what is it?

I am anxious and worried, I feel dizzy and have got pressure in my head, and brain fog. Please help, what is it?

Many possibilities: There are many reasons why you may be experiencing these symptoms. You have listed a number of chronic medical conditions for which you are being treated. Recommend contacting your doctor for further evaluation to determine if medication adjustments are warranted and/or if new medical issues have developed that require immediate attention. Best to you. ...Read more

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Off the top of someone's head, what would cause hot flashes, lightheadedness, feeling weak and brain fog. I'm 29 male. Use to drink a lot for about 2y?

Off the top of someone's head, what would cause hot flashes, lightheadedness, feeling weak and brain fog. I'm 29 male. Use to drink a lot for about 2y?

Brain fog/: Certainly heavy alcohol consumption could cause cognitive issues. Any other substance abuse/use?? - Heavy drinking can cause vitamin issues particularly in the Vit B family. I might try an over the counter B supplement for 2 weeks. If symptoms continue - I would see a physician ...Read more

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My head feels odd lately like in the clouds or spaced out. I feel like I cant concentrate or think but I can still function normal. Is this brain fog?

My head feels odd lately like in the clouds or spaced out. I feel like I cant concentrate or think but I can still function normal. Is this brain fog?

Anxiety: Your Emotional Health is Precious!
I commend you for your functioning even with symptoms of Stress causing Anxiety.
Let Wise Woman within you Reflect:
• Stress in your Life
• To decrease Reaction to stress
• To develop Coping Skills for stresses of Relationship, Work
• Breathing and Music Relaxation
• Visual Imagery
• Meditation
Yoga
Tai Chi
• To see Psychiatrist for Therapy, Medication. ...Read more

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Can chronic tension in neck, shoulders, and head cause brain fog and cold hands?

Can chronic tension in neck, shoulders, and head cause brain fog and cold hands?

Yes: Chronic tension in the neck, shoulders and head can cause "brain fog" or cognitive clouding because of increased distractibility due to the pain and tension. Cold hands can result because of some constriction in circulation to your hands as a result of the increased muscle tension. That said, there are many causes for "brain fog" and cold hands, so I can't say for sure that yours is from tension. ...Read more

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Are brain fog, tingling in head and dizziness, signs of a brain tumour? I'm terrified.

Are brain fog, tingling in head and dizziness, signs of a brain tumour? I'm terrified.

Brain fog & tingle: Can be produced by many things, tumor is at the bottom of the list. Please see your doc for diagnosis and treatment. Diet, lifestyle, sleep habits, etc. All contribute. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Sudden head rush. Then head is tired. Brain fog sets in with mild headache. (normal MRI six months ago). Thoughts?

Sudden head rush. Then head is tired. Brain fog sets in with mild headache. (normal MRI six months ago). Thoughts?

Could be anxiety att: You should have a medical check up with your doctor. A detailed history and examination by your doctor is the best way to find out exactly why you have these symptoms. He/she may give you a tranquilizer if counseling alone does not take care of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Dizziness, brain fog and head pressure on and off for three years. What could it be? Can tension in neck cause this?

Dizziness, brain fog and head pressure on and off for three years. What could it be? Can tension in neck cause this?

Stress related?: It may be stress related if you have appropriately ruled out medical causes by visiting appropriate MD's and following their recommendations. If your primary care physician can find no medical issues/concerns, a referral to a psychologist for stress reduction, relaxation training and overall wellness sessions may be helpful. ...Read more

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I have brain fog, sinus issues and occasional tingling in my head. I'm terrified it's a brain tumour, does it sound like one?

I have brain fog, sinus issues and occasional tingling in my head. I'm terrified it's a brain tumour, does it sound like one?

No...: ...but there are two considerations here: One can't say with 100% certainty that it isn't; BUT: The likelihood that your symptoms ARE due to a tumor are exceedingly remote because brain tumors are exceedingly rare. (Out of all the conditions that people can come down with, why do they always leapfrog over all the common things straight to the worst-case scenario?) ...Read more

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Occipitalis pain is described as pain "deep inside the head". Is this actual pain or can this include "brain fog" spaced out type of feeling. Constant.

Occipitalis pain is described as pain "deep inside the head". Is this actual pain or can this include "brain fog" spaced out type of feeling. Constant.

No: More specifically, the occipital area of your head is the back fourth of the head. OP can be caused by muscle and nerve problems outside the skull or by problems inside the skull in the vessels or brain. A "fog" would be problems with thinking, usually due to problems in the brain ...Read more

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Horrible pressure top left back head I feel spaced out and I have brain fog but the bad thing is that iam dreamy and have flash backs IV done CT clean?

Horrible pressure top left back head I feel spaced out and I have brain fog but the bad thing is that iam dreamy and have flash backs IV done CT clean?

Consult with MD: You should consult with your doctor, and see if you need to see a neurologist. If this happens again, there are a number of possible diagnoses, including seizures. ...Read more

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Had no libido when on 10mg of lexapro (escitalopram). Doc recently upped dosage to 20mg due to brain fog rearing its ugly head again. Libido back. Make any sense?

Had no libido when on 10mg of lexapro (escitalopram). Doc recently upped dosage to 20mg due to brain fog rearing its ugly head again. Libido back. Make any sense?

Yes, makes sense: Yes, feeling better when your Lexapro (escitalopram) dose was raised makes sense -- your symptoms of brain fog and lack of libido could have been from depression, which Lexapro (escitalopram) helps to treat. This goes to show that when prescribed in the right way for the right people, Lexapro (escitalopram) can be helpful -- and isn't all bad! Glad you're feeling better. You can carry this even further with psychotherapy. Be well. ...Read more

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Help. Struggling w/connective tiss disease. Daily lighthead brain fog, head feels swollen. Neg mri. Onlyprednisone helps. Neuromd trying florinef (fludrocortisone) 4 bp. Feel worse. Fog ruining life. Noone knows cause. I suffer.?

Help. Struggling w/connective tiss disease. Daily lighthead brain fog, head feels swollen. Neg mri. Onlyprednisone helps. Neuromd trying florinef (fludrocortisone) 4 bp. Feel worse. Fog ruining life. Noone knows cause. I suffer.?

Multifactorial cause: Pts like you are often suffering the multifactorial consequence of hormonal, immune system and nervous system dysfunction resulting from genetic predispositions and dietary and environmental insults. The fact that your symptoms are intermittant indicates that your autonomic nervous system is unstable. Pts like you may benefit from a metabolically directed approach check out mdwellnessmd. Com. ...Read more

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I have had constant brain fog and head pressure for 4 weeks. The pain and fog subside with 600 MG ibuprofen twice a day. Should I be more concerned?

I have had constant brain fog and head pressure for 4 weeks. The pain and fog subside with 600 MG ibuprofen twice a day. Should I be more concerned?

Yes: It is not a good idea to simply treat the symptom with over a gram of Ibuprofen daily See your MD to evaluate you Even if this is a form of tension headachetaking pain relievers on a long term is a mistake ...Read more

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How do u feel after a heart attack. Like when u wake up the next day. How do u feel? Would u have weakness? Head pressure? Brain fog?

How do u feel after a heart attack. Like when u wake up the next day. How do u feel? Would u have weakness? Head pressure? Brain fog?

Heart attack: You could feel fine the next am or you could be dead. You could feel virtually anything in between. If you get to medical care quickly with the heart attack you have a good chance of feeling pretty well pretty rapidly depending on many factors. ...Read more

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Would a brain mri show any scary reasons for dizziness, brain fog and head pressure? It gets worse with motion and bending my head a certain way.

Would a brain mri show any scary reasons for dizziness, brain fog and head pressure? It gets worse with motion and bending my head a certain way.

Anatomy: MRI's evaluate anatomy and water content of the brain. It should help with diagnosing causes of vertigo and other CNS symptoms, even if it excludes them. ...Read more

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Lately I have been having to use the bathroom more than normal, lightheaded, tired, brain fog constantly, and had head pain/ pressure what is it?

Lately I have been having to use the bathroom more than normal, lightheaded, tired, brain fog constantly, and had head pain/ pressure what is it?

Dehydration: Most likely dehydration and electrolytes abnormality when your sodium goes down it creates a slight swelling in the brain that will explain the headache and the brain fog that could lead to a state of confusion and end up in coma. Same time when the potassium goes down which fueled the muscle the body will feel weak and tired and fatigue. Drink Gatorade and avoid energy drinks and sodas see DOC. ...Read more

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CRP and SED elevated, fatigued, (feel like I'll collapse) heavy head and pressure, off balance, brain fog, sob. No energy to do anything, frustreated!

CRP and SED elevated, fatigued, (feel like I'll collapse) heavy head and pressure, off balance, brain fog, sob. No energy to do anything, frustreated!

Needs med. Care: The elevated CRP points to the presence of inflammation. In your age group, one needs to consider infection (urinary tract, sinuses etc) as potential causes. Consult your doctor. ...Read more

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