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The Effect Of Caffeine On Brain Inflammation
Is brain inflamation: Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain and can be caused by infections or sometimes by autoimmune problems where the immune system injures the brain. Symptoms include things like confusion, agitation, headache, difficulty speaking, sometimes even coma or seizures. Paralysis and vision problems also possible. ...Read more
Inflammation is the body's attempt at self-protection; the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens - and begin the healing process. Inflammation is part of the complex biological response of vascular tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, ...Read more
My brother has brain inflammation from falling. If his memory improves, how soon might this occur-I'd like to see him b/f his conditon worsens?
The only doctors who: Can attempt to discuss optimal timing for your visit are those attending him. If your brother cannot communicate & his doctors have no legal written permission to share his Protected Health Information (PHI) with anyone, call the hospital's Medical Social Worker or Patient Advocate to determine how his doctors can legally share hiis PHI with you or another person. I hope he continues to improve. ...Read more
Some recent thinking: Suggests that brain inflammation might be the hidden culprit behind a lot of brain problems, including depression. How this works is not clear, but the corollary to this is that SSRI's actually work to relieve depression by reducing inflammation in the brain, again, this is not clearly understood, if true. ...Read more
It would be effective only if the inflammation is caused by a virus and the virus is susceptible to the medication. There are no effective medications for most viral infections of the brain.
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Cause of death: Brain swelling (edema) will eventually cause the brain to herniate through one of the layers of protective scaffolding. This usually leads to wild fluctuations in blood pressure and rapidly to respiratory and cardiac arrest. However, the cause of death is the cause of the brian edema, not the cardiac arrest. ...Read more
Hypoxia related: It is believed that during cardiac arrest and during all the efforts to save a person, there is hypoxia to the brain and this causes inflammation. There are also the release of hormones during the stress causing the inflammation. In some facilities where it is available, head trauma and cardiac arrest are treated with hypothermia to decrease and calm inflammation and decrease o2 need. ...Read more
Apparently Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is now also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis. Does this mean everyone who fits the CFS criteria has brain inflammation? I'm terribly confused about that name.
Can brain inflammation be present (lupus) even if brain MRI is neg? I get bad brain fogginess, confusion, and lightheadedness. 10 mg prednisone helps.
No: Caffeine is a relatively safe substance. It does enhance wakefulness and alertness. Reducing it should not improve brain function and may, during the acute phase of withdrawal which cn last a couple of week, actually decrease brain function and cause headaches and a feeling of tiredness. ...Read more
Caffeine: It stimulates brain, affects blood vessels, metabolism, and liver/kidney functions. ...Read more
In the usual way: The same way that anything gets into the brain: Arteries carry blood to the brain. The arteries branch into arterioles which branch into capillaries. Substances diffuse OUT of the capillaries into tissue & waste products diffuse INTO the capillaries from the tissues. It's true for every substance and every organ, not just the brain & caffeine. I guess you skipped human physiology in high school. ...Read more
Yes: Caffeine is a stimulant. A nonspecific stimulant however, it has an impact on the function of the gastrointestinal system as well as the. Caffeine results can be unpredictable in brain damage, because it can activate brain areas that are not communicating or functioning well, and can lead to agitation or behavioral changes. Talk to your patient's doctor about advice regarding caffeie. ...Read more
Studies show caffeine reduces Cerebral BloodFlow 27-40%... does this mean caffeine is damaging brain cells? Why not? Reduced blood flow is NOT good!?!
If that were: The whole truth, caffeine would not be the most widely used psychoactive agent on Earth. Caffeine also enhances alertness, enhances mental focus and improves score for all comers in tests of performance and cognition. So, this is what happens when you take one isolated physiologic response and try to then conclude something more complex about cell function, especially the brain. Neurobiology=??? ...Read more
How much is my brain damaged if I have been addicated to caffeine for 10 years? Ex. I drink energy drinks and pop on a daily basis if I don't I can't think or wake up
Probably no damage: It is conceivable that extraordinary quantities of caffeine could produce brain damage, but not likely. Excessive use or "addiction" may cause problems, even possible brain changes, but these would not be classified as "damage." You may be painting a picture of addiction, not actual damage -- this could be better addressed by a professional evaluation. ...Read more
Effects of caffeine on the heart and brain on a 15 year old does anybody know (10 easy points people)?
What would cause me to feel real shaky inside. I don't drink a lot of caffeine. I do have a meningomia brain tumor had it for 10 yrs its grow minimal?
That Depends...: A general 'shakiness' can be due to weakness, or it could represent a metabolic condition unrelated to your tumor. Some meningiomas are benign and barely grow over decades, but some can cause irritation to the surface of the brain around them. I would have a thorough medical evaluation and a follow-up MRI to see which this could be. ...Read more
How bad is caffeine for the brain? Is it healthier to not drink caffeine? I heard caffeine reduces blood flow to brain by 40%? I watched MRI video.
Mild stimulant: Caffeine is a mild stimulant, helping wakefulness, but may cause agitation. You should know this from use; it is widely used. It has a greater effect on the gut, which limits it to safe levels. It does increase blood pressure and may reflexively decrease blood flow some, but unless you are a heart or blood pressure or stroke patient probably ok. Not important if you are healthy. ...Read more
Eggs, spice, caffeine & alcohol cause intestinal spasms. Started 4 years ago after brain surgery. What has caused this. Didn't happen before surgery?
Is it true to not drink caffeine drinks or eat fish while pregnant? I thought fish would be healthy for the babys brain development.
The issue with fish is related to mercury poisoning. For most fish, it is fine, but avoid shark, swordfish, king mackerel, or tilefish because they contain high levels of mercury.
The fda recommends no more than 2 meals (12oz) per week of fish low in mercury. Five of the most commonly eaten fish that are low in mercury are shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock, and catfish. ...Read more
Brain tumor or caffeine withdrawal? Quit caffeine 2 days ago and I've got bad headaches that sometimes get worse when going from sitting to standing or after exercise. Heard this could be brain tumor?
Caffeine-withdrawal: Headaches are common as caffeine withdrawal. If they continue a few days, certainly if they get worse, see a DR. ...Read more
The encephalon is considered to be the gray matter of the brain. This is where all the neuron cells are located. If an infection sets in to this region it is called an encephalitis. The -itis ending just means inflammation. It is usually virus infections that like to go specifically to the ...Read more
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