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Is msg bad because it actually interacts with your brain and nerves as a chemical transmitter, or is that a myth?

Is msg bad because it actually interacts with your brain and nerves as a chemical transmitter, or is that a myth?

Glutamate: The glutamate part of monosodium glutamate (msg) is a chemical that excites brain cells by interacting with receptors as a neurotransmitter. Too much excitement might damage brain cells. It is not clear how much msg gets into the brain, but it does cause some people headaches and other symptoms. ...Read more

Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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Does folate (folic acid) deficiency anemia affect the brain and nerves?

Does folate (folic acid) deficiency anemia affect the brain and nerves?

Yes: Folate (folic acid) is needed for maintenance and repair of myelin, the covering of larger/faster nerve fibers. Deficiency in utero results in birth defects of the neural cord, low birth weight or prematurity. Deficiency will slow growth in children. Peripheral neuropathy results in adults. Deficiency is reversible if treated early enough. Nerves suffer from folate (folic acid) deficiency itself more than from anemia. ...Read more

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Is there shingles of the brain?

Is there shingles of the brain?

Herpes ZosterVIRUS: Yes it is true that shingles which is caused by herpes zoster virus and commonly presents with skin rash and pain also can infect the in a study in sweeden 19% of patients with shingles were found to have neural damage due to infection.And can result in cognitive impairment following the shingles. ...Read more

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Have shingles on ear that has gone inward, I am deaf. My equalibriam is off, can't walk or function w/o asst. Headfull of cotton. Has it gone to brain?

Have shingles on ear that has gone inward, I am deaf. My equalibriam is off, can't walk or function w/o asst. Headfull of cotton. Has it gone to brain?

Symptoms: The symptoms you describe could all be related to the inflammation in your ear from the shingles.A rare complication of encephalitis is always a concern when the cranial nerves are affected with an activation of this virus.Be sure to notify your treating physician of all new symptoms. ...Read more

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Can Post Viral Syndrome following shingles cause body wide neurological issues? I am a 36 year old man with a normal brain MRI worried about MS.

Can Post Viral Syndrome following shingles cause body wide neurological issues? I am a 36 year old man with a normal brain MRI worried about MS.

While there have..: ...probably been cases where this sequence of events was thought to be associated, this is not a common identifiable pathway for MS to develop. Millions of cases of post-viral syndrome or shingles occur without resulting in MS. The normal brain MRI is reassuring. I would definitely not worry about this. Continue to work with your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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Whole body MS symptoms: neuropathy, trigeminal pain, parathesia, etc. Brain MRI normal. I had shingles not long before this. Could it be post viral?

Response: First, doubt we can blame the shingles. But do you have evolution of a peripheral neuropathy, or even MS which has not been demonstrated.. Second, get EMG testing over the limbs. Third, get MRI of cervical spines. If this all proves fruitless, we would be happy to schedule Concierge visit online. ...Read more

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Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

Shingles is a painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more


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Brain And Nerves (Definition)

The brain and nerves are parts of the body, forming the "nervous system" that processes information, thought, and memory; the location of personality and emotions; and the control center ...Read more