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I have idiopathic intracranial hypertension, taking diamox (acetazolamide). How can I help relieve the pressure naturally? Herbs, foods, drinks, meds?

I have idiopathic intracranial hypertension, taking diamox (acetazolamide). How can I help relieve the pressure naturally?  Herbs, foods, drinks, meds?

Weight loss: I am not sure if herbals exist out there to fight pseudotumor. However, given the high association with obesity, weight loss is thought to help significantly. Also, all patients with the diagnosis of "pseudotumor" should get an MRI to look at the veins draining the brain to make sure a blockage isn't causing the symptoms. ...Read more

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Hypertension (Definition)

A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure and a diastolic blood pressure. The systolic blood pressure is the maximum pressure the blood exerts on the vessels when the heart is beating. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the vessels in between heartbeats. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, begins when the systolic blood pressure remains above 140 or when the diastolic blood pressure remains above 90. Hypertension can be a result of increased blood flow through vessels or increased resistance to ...Read more


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What is idiopathic intracranial hypertension?

What is idiopathic intracranial hypertension?

Unknown cause: Ideopathic means unknown. Pressure in the brain is usually due to tumor or infection. If these are ruled out, the pressure is considered ideopathic. Another term can be pseudo tumor. There can be normal pressure hydrocephalus in the elderly, but reducing "pressure" makes them better. ...Read more

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What is idiopathic intracranial hypertension and what causes it ?

What is idiopathic intracranial hypertension and what causes it ?

Pseudotumor Cerebri: Condition results in abnormal accumulation of too much intracranial fluid, causing headaches, changes in visual acuity, and obscurational attacks. It seems related to obesity, menstrual and hormonal dysfunction, cerebral vein obstruction, toxins such as high levels of vitamin A, certain antibiotic reactions, and more, BUT not clear why the system fails. Diamox (acetazolamide) and brain shunting may help. ...Read more

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Is pseudo-tumo cerebri and intracranial hypertension the same thing?

Is pseudo-tumo cerebri and intracranial hypertension the same thing?

Benign: Pseudo tumor cerebri and benign intracranial hypertension are similar. They often present with obesity and a severe confusing headache. The pressure can be damaging to the eyes and cause sight impairment so while it can be treated, it needs to be picked up early. ...Read more

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What're the tests for idiopathic intracranial hypertension?

What're the tests for idiopathic intracranial hypertension?

Spinal tap: The most direct test is to measure pressure in the spinal fluid. This is done with a spinal tap and pressure measuring column. The fluid column is measured, and then the fluid is drained off. Just draining the fluid can relieve symptoms. Analysis of the fluid would rule out more serious conditions. This procedure is easily performed in a doctor's office or emergency room. ...Read more

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What are the kinds of tests used for idiopathic intracranial hypertension?

What are the kinds of tests used for idiopathic intracranial hypertension?

Spinal tap: The neurologic exam and the history obtained by the neurologist are the starting point. Examination of the eyes and the fundi of the eye can give information about whether or not there is pressure transmitted to the optic apparatus. Ct scans or mris rule out any mass lesion or obstructive hydrocephalus.A spinal tap is done to document the CSF pressure and if there is any relief with removal of csf. ...Read more

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Had my idiopathic intracranial hypertension came back?

Pseudotumor cerebri: This is a serious disorder and there are a number of treatments available including medication to reduce the pressure. There is also a surgical procedure that requires placing a tube in the spine canal and diverting excess spinal fluid into the abdomen. If you are seeing a neurologist for this the various options can be explained more fully ...Read more

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Do you know anything on idiopathic intracranial hypertension?

PseudoTumor Cerebri: Also called Benign Intracranial Hypertension or Psedotumo Cerebri
It is a neurological disorder in ehich there is increased Intracranial Pressure when there is no tumor other disease
Symptoms are Headache Nausea and Vomiting and pulsating sounds in the ears,double vision.It can lead to swelling of theoptic nerve if not treated&loss of vision
Diagnosed by Brain Scan&LP
Treated with rpt LPs& Diamox (acetazolamide) ...Read more

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Does visual acuity decrease in cases of intracranial hypertension?

Sometimes: Many times patients develop transient obscurations of vision, or brief episodes of blurry vision. These are temporary if treatment ensues promptly. Long term high intracranial pressure can produce permanent defects in vision due to damage of the optic nerve. This condition needs to be closely monitored by both neurologists and ophthalmologists. ...Read more

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CAN INTRACRANIAL HYPERTENSION BE CAUSED IN NON-OBESE PEOPLE. AND IF YES, THEN WHAT ARE THE CAUSES?

CAN INTRACRANIAL HYPERTENSION BE CAUSED IN NON-OBESE PEOPLE. AND IF YES, THEN WHAT ARE THE CAUSES?

Intracranial HTN: Primary Aldosteronism is one reported cause. So if you have high blood pressure ask your team to test for this. Need 24 hr urine for Na K and creatinine and plasma renin activity and plasm aldosterone test. ...Read more

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I have idiopathic intracranial hypertension. Recently I have been falling down a lot of an average a month. Should i be worried?

Maybe. See your doct: See your doctor or a neurologist or neurosurgeon. Increased intracranial pressure can cause symptoms with poor balance, walking problems, ataxia, etc and you should be evaluated professionally soon. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with Intracranial Hypertension. But unable to get back with a normal life. Now, I got multiples lumps in head. Don't know what to do?

Diagnosed with Intracranial Hypertension. But unable to get back with a normal life. Now, I got  multiples lumps in head. Don't know what to do?

HealthTap Prime: Not sure what you mean by "lumps in head". Intracranial hypertension (or pseudotumor cerebri) is usually diagnosed by lumbar puncture (spinal tap) & measuring the opening pressure. It does not cause any skull defect or "lump" as you put it, unless there is some other reason ("non-idiopathic"). In that case, there's usually a history of cancer. Use HTap Prime & TTYD about your symptoms. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am currently being treated for intracranial hypertension. My headaches have been getting worse. Excedrin helps, but don't want to take that daily. ?

Intrcranial HTN: How are you being treated? Could be increased pressure which effects vision, balance, cognition or other process Treatment usually is diamox, w/ propanolol, amytriptyline, or toprimate for headaches Steroids or surgery for vision effects. Check vision every 1-2 weeks. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1214410-treatment#d8 Call neurologist today or get second opnion ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of idiopathic intracranial hypertension?

Hypertesnion: Most common symptoms are headaches, if the pressure gets high visual blurriness and visual loss can also occur. ...Read more

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Should a patient with intracranial hypertension be checked for stenosis before being shunted?

Should a patient with intracranial hypertension be checked for stenosis before being shunted?

ComplexHighRiskIssue: Seemingly simple questions often do not have simple & accurate answers. While i work to provide accurate & reasonably thorough answers (look for yourself), unfortunately, you have offered far too little information (no insult intended) about the individual & situation in question to even know where to begin without strong odds of offering irrelevant or even potentially harmful answers. ...Read more

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With patients diagnosed with idiopathic intracranial hypertension, what gets done?

With patients diagnosed with idiopathic intracranial hypertension, what gets done?

Pseudotumor cerebri: The treatment is based on diagnosis and the amount of pressure plus visual issues and more importantly visual loss - the treatment plan is typically put together with a neurologist and a neurosurgeon working together. ...Read more

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What's the difference between hydrocephalus and idiopathic intracranial hypertension?

Hydrocephalus or IIH: Hydrocephalus usually refers to a condition in which the cerebrospinal (CSF) fluid that surrounds the brain becomes trapped in the ventricles where much of this fluid is stored and the ventricles become dilated. There are many known causes. Iih is a condition in which the pressure is increased in the head but the ventricles are not dilated. The cause of iih remains less clear. ...Read more

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What is idiopathic intracranial hypertension and what can it cause left sided headaches ?

What is idiopathic intracranial hypertension and what can it cause left sided headaches

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IIH: It's a disorder where elevated pressure in the head can cause vision loss & headache. Left-sided headaches suggest migraine more than IIH. If IIH, headache should be worst upon awakening. Diagnosis shouldn't be made without seeing an ophthalmologist to confirm papilledema and to perform Humphrey Visual Fields. I have patients see ophtho before doing spinal tap. I'm available for consults. ...Read more

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How does derivation ventricle peritoneal used for hydrocephalus or intracranial hypertension work?

How does derivation ventricle peritoneal used for hydrocephalus or intracranial hypertension work?

Possibly vp shunt: I am not certain of the terms you are using. However hydrocephalus and intracranial hypertension can be treated with ventriculoperitoneal shunt where excess fluid inn brain is shunted through tubing to the abdomen where it is absorbed from the peritoneal surface. ...Read more

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Can you tell me operation of derivation ventricle peritoneal used for hydrocephalous or intracranial hypertension?

Can you tell me operation of derivation ventricle peritoneal used for hydrocephalous or intracranial hypertension?

Unclear question: read this, not sure what you're asking but the answer is likely in this:

http://www.hydroassoc.org/hydrocephalus-education-and-support/learning-about-hydrocephalus/shunts/ ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the experienced of ventriculoperitoneal shunt used for intracranial hypertension and hydrocephalous?

Can you tell me about the experienced of ventriculoperitoneal shunt used for intracranial hypertension and hydrocephalous?

Effective: Ventriculoperitoneal shunts have been used for decades. They are safe and effective. However they have to be monitored to assure the do not malfunction. ...Read more

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I have idiopathic intracranial hypertension. I checked my BP during a headache and it was 130/117. Is this normal. It's the diastolic that seems weird?

I have idiopathic intracranial hypertension. I checked my BP during a headache and it was 130/117. Is this normal. It's the diastolic that seems weird?

High BP: You are correct, the 117 is high. However, a number of factors contribute to bp, and pain is one of them. When you are suffering with pain, especially severe pain, BP readings usually elevate. If you have no history of hypertension, you should take your BP at about the same time over multiple days and record it.Without a headache your BP should be normal.Then take BP with headache and compare. ...Read more

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Can intracranial hypertension cause brain damage?

Can intracranial hypertension cause brain damage?

If high enough: If the pressure in the brain rises too high, it can cause serious brain issues. ...Read more

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Are there signs of Intracranial Hypertension that can be seen on a brain MRI?

Depends: If it is idiopathic (referred to as pseudotumor) then no. Idiopathic intracranial hypertension can be diagnosed with an elevated opening pressure on lumbar puncture or evidence of optic nerve edema on eye exam. Otherwise, radiographic findings such as enlarged ventricles can indicate increased fluid leading to increased pressure. ...Read more

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What is idiopathic intracranial hypertension (also known as pseudotumor cerebri)?

Pseudotumor: is caused by an imbalance of CSF production vs. resorption. The list of causes is lengthy. Low Vit A or iron, elevated Vit A, female gender, obesity or weight gain, tetracycline exposure, obstructive sleep apnea and endocrinologic disorders are contributory. The headaches are typically mild to moderate, diffuse and worsen with reclining. There may be blurring of vision or diplopia. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about the ventriculoperitoneal shunt used for intracranial hypertension and hydrocephaly?

What can you tell me about the ventriculoperitoneal shunt used for intracranial hypertension and hydrocephaly?

Pressure outlet: The shunt relieves the pressure that can build up in the head in this condition. While the shunt is not without risks, untreated hydrocephaly can lead to worsened cognitive problems and even be life threatening (depending on age). ...Read more