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Is it true that you smell burny toast when having a stroke? If so what is happening?

Is it true that you smell burny toast when having a stroke? If so what is happening?

One of many symptoms: Odd smells, visions, and a multitude of other symptoms are all possible with a stroke. The type of symptoms you have depends on what part of the brain the stroke is affecting. If you are experiencing strange sensations, smells, weakness, loss of function, you should seek further care. Other brain pathology, and not just strokes, can also cause these symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it true that you smell gasoline before you have an epipleptic fit?

Is it true that you smell gasoline before you have an epipleptic fit?

Possible: Olfactory hallucination can happen as pre seizure aura. It varies with different patients and may be inconsistent - hence not always predictive of what may happen next. ...Read more

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Is it true that vaginas smell and taste of fish?

Is it true that vaginas smell and taste of fish?

Possible: Bacterial vaginosis is associated with a fishy odor. You should see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Is it true that taking midodrine before bed at nite can cause a stroke?

Is it true that taking midodrine before bed at nite can cause a stroke?

Midodrine: Midodrine is a vasoconstrictor typically used for patients with difficult neurally-mediated syncope or significant orthostasis. As such, it can drive the BP up higher. In someone with a volatile bp, such a drug could precipitate a very high BP that could increase ones risk for stroje. ...Read more

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Is it true that teens and young adults can potentially have a stroke if they've been experiencing really bad headaches?

Is it true that teens and young adults can potentially have a stroke if they've been experiencing really bad headaches?

It is extremely rare: For teenagers or young adults to have a stroke but it can occur. Bad headaches can be associated with a number of problems, such as migraines, sinus disease, stress, high blood pressure, and in rare cases tumors. Knowing the source of the headaches can be very helpful in determining the proper treatment. For more info on migraines see: http://understandingmigraine. Blogspot. Com/ ...Read more

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When I went to Morocco I bought Nigella seeds. I was told if you smell them that it will help fight allergies. Is that true?

When I went to Morocco I bought Nigella seeds. I was told if you smell them that it will help fight allergies. Is that true?

Smell?: I haven't heard of smelling them, but may be behind the curve. Nigella seeds contain thymoquinone, which blocks (likely H2 receptor predominantly) histamine and is shown to activate TRP1 receptors. Notably, azelastine (nasal antihistamine) is effective in part due to activation/desensitization of TRP1 receptors (good for allergic and non-allergic rhinitis). Suspect Nigella acts (see comment) ...Read more

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I massaged my SMC muscle not for very long a half a minute but read that if touched the cartiod artieries it can cause a stroke? Is that true?

I massaged my SMC muscle not for very long a half a minute but read that if touched the cartiod artieries it can cause a stroke? Is that true?

Carotid arteries: Two adverse reactions can occur if you significantly compress a carotid artery. One is stimulating the vagus nerve which can slow the heart rate and cause low blood pressure and fainting. The other is interfering with blood flow to the brain, but this usually also requires a plaque buildup in the artery. It's not a good idea to mess with the carotid artery, but your very gentle massage did no harm ...Read more

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Is it true that by going to the chiropractor it can cause me to have a stroke? After I went for my first session no feel like my nerves are insane

Is it true that by going to the chiropractor it can cause me to have a stroke? After I went for my first session no feel like my nerves are insane

Extremely rare: Its usually reported at a rate of one in a million, usually involving an elderly person who has arteriosclerosis receiving a high thrust neck adjustment. Chance of a serious complication by taking an Aspirin or other over-the-counter pain medications is higher than a stroke from an adjustment. As your regular doctor to refer you to one he feels comfortable with. Feel better. ...Read more

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Difference is that in bv, your discharge will smell badly, while in yeast it will have virtually no odors. Is this true?

Difference is that in bv, your discharge will smell badly, while in yeast it will have virtually no odors. Is this true?

Well....: That is generally true. But bacterial vaginosis is not the only reason for a malodorous discharge. If uncertain, it is important to see your physician. A sexually transmitted disease is also a possibility. ...Read more

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Read an article which stated that frequent orgasms prevents cardiac arrests and strokes. Is it true or just a myth?

Double blind studies: Cardiac arrests and strokes tend to occur in the elderly population. Orgasms tend to occur in the younger population. No double blind studies exist to prove the protective effect that article claims. ...Read more

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I have been told that my hand remains in the sammin the same position it was in at the time of the stroke is tht true because my hand remains extremel?

I have been told that my hand remains in the sammin the same position it was in at the time of the stroke is tht true because my hand remains extremel?

Get hand therapy: Consider botox, especially in spasticity in your arm. A good hand therapist or occupational therapist can do wonders. With your age, stroke is unusual, and high cholesterol may affect heart but not brain directly, as usually high triglycerides more in stroke. Have you been checked for high homocysteine or a cardiac pfo? ...Read more

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I have Afib. I read that 1 out of 3 people with Afib will have a stroke. Is that true even if I'm treated with Warfarin and rhythm medications?

I have Afib. I read that 1 out of 3 people with Afib will have a stroke. Is that true even if I'm treated with Warfarin and rhythm medications?

Atrial fib & stroke: There are a few guidelines that can be used to estimate the risk of stroke in a patient with atrial fibrillation. One of the best is the "CHA2DS2-VASc" score. If the risk of stroke is high, anticoagulation with warfarin or one of the newer oral anticoagulant meds is usually advised. Antiarrhythmic drugs may reduce episodes of atrial fibrillation, but won't eliminate the risk of stroke. ...Read more

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I have been told that my hand remains in the the same position it was in at the time of the stroke is that true because my hand remains flexed?

No: That's a naive superstition. I'm sorry you had a stroke; the hand will take a position based on the relative strengths of the muscles that are no longer under your control. ...Read more

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Grand and petit mal, tonics, transient eschemic stroke is a temporary stopping of blood flow to brain, is this true?

Grand and petit mal, tonics, transient eschemic stroke is a temporary stopping of blood flow to brain, is this true?

Definitions TIA & sz: TIA is caused by a transient decrease in blood flow to part of the brain. Sometimes it is a misdiagnosis- no test proves whether it is or is not the right diagnosis.

Grand, petit mal and tonic refer to types of seizures. These are due to excessive electrical activity in part or all of the surface of the brain. Blood flow is not impaired in these cases. ...Read more

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I heard once that people with atypical migraines with an aura are prone to stroke from birth control. Is this actually true? What can I take than?

I heard once that people with atypical migraines with an aura are prone to stroke from birth control. Is this actually true? What can I take than?

True: Migraine WITH aura by itself increases risk over non Aura. Add oral combination estrogen/progesterone and stroke risk increases for both. However risk of thrombotic (clots) increases as much as 40 times by becoming pregnant. So, preventing pregnancy decreases stroke risk. Talk to your doc. A progesterone only BC could be a choice. Like Skyla IUC. ...Read more

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Is it true that monosodium glutamate is involved in causing heart diseases and strokes?

Is it true that monosodium glutamate is involved in causing heart diseases and strokes?

FDA approved toxin: In some people, MSG may act as an excitotoxic chemical accentuating glutamate activity. This could potentially, in susceptible patients with heart disease, to suffer an arrhythmia. ...Read more

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75yr old Taking plavix (clopidogrel) after stroke consultant said have to avoid Dark Green Vegetables brussel sprouts, brocolli what is the true ans?

75yr old Taking plavix (clopidogrel) after stroke consultant said have to avoid Dark Green Vegetables brussel sprouts, brocolli what is the true ans?

This makes no sense: This is the 2nd time this has come up in the last few days. The prohibition re these vegetables applies to warfarin, not clopidogrel. They are rich in vitamin K. Warfarin inhibits vitamin K synthesis. Clopidogrel is a platelet inactivator. Its mechanism of action has NOTHING to do with vitamin K. And a "stroke consultant" is saying this? You need to question it and him/her. ...Read more

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Is it true that high cholesterol is the cause of heart disease and stroke?

Is it true that high cholesterol is the cause of heart disease and stroke?

Yes: High cholesterol (especially LDL - "bad cholesterol") is one of the risk factors for both stroke and heart disease. Others include high blood pressure, sedentary lifestyle, diabetes. High cholesterol can be corrected by healthy diet or medication. ...Read more

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Is it true that having UTI can cause yeast infection and liquid coming out with bad smell?

Is it true that having UTI can cause yeast infection and liquid coming out with bad smell?

Not likely: Antibiotics used to treat UTI can predispose to secondary yeast infections vaginally, but the UTI itself does not do this. ...Read more

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Is it true miagranes & pains n your head & regular ha's can cause stroke at 21 I have no health problems & have mri&ct done 6mths ago both normal!

Is it true miagranes & pains n your head & regular ha's can cause stroke at 21 I have no health problems & have mri&ct done 6mths ago both normal!

Migraine: This is extremely rare, but yes, there is a slightly higher risk of stroke in patients with migraines, specially if the migraine is accompanied by an aura (a symptom of visual or sensory dysfunction preceding the headache). For those individuals with auras the use of birth control pills may boost the risk of stroke much higher (specially if smoking and uncontrolled blood pressure is present). ...Read more