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Grandma is having blackouts when standing up everyday. Will cause brain damage?

Grandma is having blackouts when standing up everyday. Will cause brain damage?

No: Probably not, but she could hurt herself -- there are numerous causes of blackouts in the elderly so please take her to a doctor for more evaluation and treatment options ok! ...Read more

Dr. Vasu Brown
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Brain Damage (Definition)

Anything that disrupts tissue integrity can cause brain damage: lack of or reduced oxygen (stroke), viamin deficiency, pressure (hydrocephalus, or, bleeding or tumor inside the skull), blunt or penetrating trauma; infection; inflammation (immune system mediated or otherwise); toxins (alcohol, ecstasy, lead, mercury, arsenic, to name but a few); diseases (ms, diabetes, ...Read more


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Daily head pains that worsen when i lie down for 7 years. Could it be a brain tumour? Good neuro and blood test.

Daily head pains that worsen when i lie down for 7 years. Could it be a brain tumour? Good neuro and blood test.

These are likely: Check neck, jaw, dentition, sinuses. Very unlikely to be brain tumor, but have seen a colloid cyst of third ventricle do exactly what you describe. If no prior mri, you may be will reassured with normal study, but even if you have such a problem, your exam might still be normal to the unsuspecting doctor. ...Read more

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Does raising blood pressure while I have a concussion hurt my brain or increase risk for permanent brain damage?

Does raising blood pressure while I have a concussion hurt my brain or increase risk for permanent brain damage?

It depends: It all depends on the severity of the injury. In mild head injury, it probably doe not matter. In moderate injury with subarachnoid hemorrhage, there is vasospasm of the blood vessels where elevating pressure may help. In severe head injury where there are contusions, the brain loses auto-regulation and elevated blood pressure may increase intracranial pressure. It is very complex situation. ...Read more

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I fell down some stairs and now have venticular dilation, etiology includes hydrocephalus or normal pressure hydrocephalus. I am dizzy unstable have memory loss and incontinant how long will this last. I also have ongoing headaches , how long will these

I fell down some stairs and now have venticular dilation, etiology includes hydrocephalus or normal pressure hydrocephalus. I am dizzy unstable have memory loss and incontinant how long will this last. I also have ongoing headaches ,  how long will these

Possibly: Normal pressure hydrocephalus (nph) is usually not associated with headaches although it is associated with the gait, memory, and bladder problems. You may also have post-traumatic hydrocephalus from your fall. This should be worked up further by a neurologist/neurosurgeon. Further scans with an MRI can determine if there is a blockage or obstruction leading to the hydrocephalus. ...Read more

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My vision gets blurry when standing up from sitting or lying down.Or sometimes it will just get blurred and foggy.Im 37weeks pregnant, what is this?

My vision gets blurry when standing up from sitting or lying down.Or sometimes it will just get blurred and foggy.Im 37weeks pregnant, what is this?

Blood pressure: When you move from sitting or lying down to standing, there are blood pressure and heart rate changes that occur... And they are more pronounced when you're pregnant. If blurry vision is temporary and only happens in that instance, you're okay. Changes in vision can also be associated with pre-eclampsia, so be sure to have your blood pressure checked at next visit. If headache too--> go to l;d. ...Read more

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15dys I have dizziness when turning in bed, getting out of bed and while making certain head movement on daily basis. Can it be tumor? Do I need MRI?

15dys I have dizziness when turning in bed, getting out of bed and while making certain head movement on daily basis. Can it be tumor? Do I need MRI?

Medical therapy: Vertigo is kind of dizziness - you, or your environment, is moving or spinning, even when no movement.On exam dizziness & specific eye movements occurring when on back with head turned to one side, tipped slightly over edge of examination bed showing involuntary movements of eyes from side to side(nystagmus). Inner ear problems such as labyrinthitis, gravel,etc. Rx.medication or tincture of t ...Read more

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After waking to go to my baby I blacked out, fell down, and limbs began to shake uncontrollably. Low blood pressure or seizure? Has happened before.

After waking to go to my baby I blacked out, fell down, and limbs began to shake uncontrollably. Low blood pressure or seizure? Has happened before.

Need more info.: Syncope from low BP can be accompanied by seizure like movements which can be mistaken for a true seizure. They are thought to be related to transient hypoxia.With this type of "convulsive syncope" the seizures are relatively brief as compared to epilepsy.One clue: IF YOU HAD A WARNING prior to passing out, i.e., feeling faint and/or vision going dim or black then the cause was low blood pressure. ...Read more

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Small ischemic stroke 2006 to left cordite. Dizziness really bad now. Turning over when in bed or bending down . Is it related to the stroke? Thanks

Small ischemic stroke 2006 to left cordite. Dizziness really bad now. Turning over when in bed or bending down . Is it related to the stroke? Thanks

Vertigo: It may not be ralated to stroke. It could be benign positional vertigo. Epley's meneuver could help you. I recommend to see a neurologist to get confirmatory diagnosis. If not neurologic origin then see a cardiologist to rule out pre-syncope. ...Read more

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What would cause a person to wake with internal jitters. Feels like brain, eyes and abdomen are involved. Goes away shortly after waking.

What would cause a person to wake with internal jitters. Feels like brain, eyes and abdomen are involved.  Goes away shortly after waking.

Jitters: I'm not sure what you mean by "internal jitters". Given the specific timing and transience of your symptoms, I suspect psychological basis such as an anxiety disorder. Please discuss with your doctor for a full physical and possible referral to a mental health professional for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it normal to experience intense blackouts when stretching? The episodes last 3 seconds and I can't see anything. Head hurts also in blackout

Is it normal to experience intense blackouts when stretching? The episodes last 3 seconds and I can't see anything. Head hurts also in blackout

Stretching blackouts: This is NOT NORMAL. Advise you stop stretching until you are immediately able to call your doctor to report this and get seen for an evaluation. Do not postpone contacting your doctor. If you do not have a doctor, then go to a walk in clinic. ...Read more

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Can oxygen deprivation from wearing a very tight neck tie cause permanent brain damage? I recently wore a very tight tie for 24 hours straight because I fell asleep on a couch. Also, can holding your breath cause permanent brain damage?

Can oxygen deprivation from wearing a very tight neck tie cause permanent brain damage? I recently wore a very tight tie for 24 hours straight because I fell  asleep on a couch. Also, can holding your breath cause permanent brain damage?

Very unlikely: Although you were wearing a tight tie, I seriously doubt you were at risk of strangulation. Holding your breath might cause you to faint, but I doubt you could cause brain damage that way either. However, I wonder about the source of your concerns. Could you benefit from some counseling? Let us know. ...Read more

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15dys I have vertigo when turning in bed, getting out of bed and while making certain head movement on daily basis. Can it be tumor? Do I need MRI?

15dys I have vertigo when turning in bed, getting out of bed and while making certain head movement on daily basis. Can it be tumor? Do I need MRI?

Medical therapy: Vertigo is kind of dizziness - you, or your environment, is moving or spinning, even when no movement.On exam dizziness & specific eye movements occurring when on back with head turned to one side, tipped slightly over edge of examination bed showing involuntary movements of eyes from side to side(nystagmus). Inner ear problems such as labyrinthitis, gravel,etc. Rx.medication or tincture of time. ...Read more

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I experience extreme dizziness and disorientation upon standing after I sit/lay down for more then 10 min. Is that caused from previous concussions?

I experience extreme dizziness and disorientation upon standing after I sit/lay down for more then 10 min. Is that caused from previous concussions?

Tizanidine: is a centrally acting Alpha 2 agonist that is known to cause orthostatic hypotention even in low doses (2 mg). I rarely use it in individuals who are not wheel chair bound with MS. You need to have your blood pressure and pulse checked in the upright and supine position with and without this medication. Ketamine is a hallucinogenic anesthetic popular in Rave Culture. See a neurologist. ...Read more

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A lot of eye motion for a long period of time makes me dizzy and sometimes vertigo even on car rides if it turns alot quickly movements what to do?

A lot of eye motion for a long period of time makes me dizzy and sometimes vertigo even on car rides if it turns alot quickly movements what to do?

Get evaluated: Some dizziness can be brought on by discoordination at the ear/eye/balance centers of the body and can respond to some simple forms of treatment such as anti-dizziness medications, exercises to restore head balance, and allergy treatments. Some conditions are from more severe causes such as nervous system disorders or muscular conditions. Get a thorough evaluation to be sure. Good health to you! ...Read more

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Why do I feel foggy and dizzy after sitting or standing for long periods of time? Is it blood pressure? Anxiety? It's worst in the sun and in public

Why do I feel foggy and dizzy after sitting or standing for long periods of time? Is it blood pressure? Anxiety? It's worst in the sun and in public

Need a check up: You're question is somewhat complicated. You need a comprehensive physical exam and may need blood testing. Also you're blood pressure and heart rate should be assessed laying flat and then sitting upright or standing. This is known as orthostatic assessment. Significant changes in pressure laying or sitting indicates a potential problem. ...Read more

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I can purposely cause bigeminy PACS and pauses when going from standing to soon as I lay down. Know this from palps and viewing Alivecor. Any ideas?

I can purposely cause bigeminy PACS and pauses when going from standing to soon as I lay down. Know this from palps and viewing Alivecor. Any ideas?

PAC's: Probably NOT a good thing to be doing this. and as to why you are having these - I would make an appointment with your doctor for labs and an EKG. While PAC's are generally benign - the ability to cause them needs to be assessed as it may mean you can cause other arrythmias which could be lethal. Get yourself checked out ...Read more

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Weakness in arms and legs briefly when i wake up and is gone after a few minutes. Is that normal? Getting head MRI etc to rule out ms

Weakness in arms and legs briefly when i wake up and is gone after a few minutes. Is that normal? Getting head MRI etc to rule out ms

SLEEP PARALYSIS: You describe a symptom associated with a sleep disorder, and yes, sleep disorders are clearly associated with multiple sclerosis, but this in itself, would not be diagnostic, and i would tend to do an overnight sleep study as an initial evaluation. Your doctor may have found some problems on exam, and MRI may prove informative, but you may next need to pursue other answers. ...Read more

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Can brain damage from a blow to the head that knocked me out not show up on an MRI. Headache vomiting dizzy forgetful angry times 5w MRI negative. ?

Can brain damage from a blow to the head that knocked me out  not show up on an MRI. Headache vomiting dizzy forgetful angry times 5w MRI negative. ?

Post-concussion : syndrome can cause the physical, mental & behavioral symptoms you describe after a mild brain injury that causes no visible or clinical signs of damage to intracranial structures. . PCS starts within a week-10 days after a concussion & can last up to a year. See http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/post-concussion-syndrome/basics/definition/con-20032705 ...Read more

Dr. Budi Bahureksa
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Blackouts (Definition)

These can be thought of as having no memory or what happened during a specific period of time. As an example, patients can drink enough alcohol to experience blackouts, i.e., they have no idea what they did, where they were, or who they were with while ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Brain Injury (Definition)

damage to, or loss of, brain tissue due to various etiologies such ...Read more