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Fibro brain fog...Tx? Suggestions?

Fibro brain fog...Tx? Suggestions?

Savella (milnacipran) is proven: Savella, (milnacipran) one of the fda approved fibromyalgia treatments, has been shown in research to improve cognitive function as well as fatigue. However, it doesn't work for everyone. Stimulants medicines, like ritalin, are often used if patients fail savella (milnacipran). If you sleep is poor, improving your sleep quality can also help. If you are overweight, snore and tired during the day you might have sleep apnea. ...Read more

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Can low dopamine cause twitches, tachycardia, memory issues, brain fog, personality change...?

Can low dopamine cause  twitches, tachycardia, memory issues, brain fog, personality change...?

Hard to say...: Dopamine (DA) is not measured in clinical labs. It's extremely rapidly metabolized along a variety of pathways. Further, DA levels in blood bear little resemblance to DA activity in the brain - even less to the small brain regions and synapses where DA signaling is concentrated. Though DA *might* be relevant, the symptoms you describe could have a very large number of non-DA causes. ...Read more

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Can pituitary tumors cause brain fog and cognitive issues?

Can pituitary tumors cause brain fog and cognitive issues?

Do you have one?: Have you been diagnosed with a pituitary tumor? I suppose it's possible for a pituitary tumor to cause those symptoms, e.g. secondary hypothyroidism; but usually there are also physical symptoms. If you mean a BIG GROWING tumor, you shouldn't have that without also developing a bitemporal hemianopsia and walking into doorposts and walls. Why does this in particular worry you? ...Read more

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Which anti-depressant would help brain fog and memory recall ?

Which anti-depressant would help brain fog and memory recall ?

Can't tell: Anti depressants can reverse symptoms of mental fog only if someone had those as symptoms of depression. Discuss your concerns with your doctor to make certain the goals you have are the same as your prescriber. Determining the cause of your symptoms is primary! These may have nothing to do with your depression, or be totally be cause by it. Brain fog is better treated by stimulants. ...Read more

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Can ecitalopram cause brain fog ?

Can ecitalopram cause brain fog ?

No: Generally speaking no ssri, including escitalopram or lexapro, causes brain fog, and actually should make you more focused by treating anxiety or depression. ...Read more

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What are the causes of brain fog? Is brain fog dangerous?

What are the causes of brain fog? Is brain fog dangerous?

Many causes: lack of sleep, depression, thyroid disease, dementia, old age, autoimmune disease, head bleed, drugs, environmental exposure, etc . . . many causes. Consult with your personal Physician as soon as possible for further workup ...Read more

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What causes brain "zaps?"

What causes brain "zaps?"

Many: Are you on any medication? Many meds, especially those used having their main effects on the nervous system (ssri's, etc) can cause this. In addition, allergies, infections, tumors, and noxious agents can trigger them. I encourage you to see someone for an evaluation of this issue. ...Read more

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Can low dopamine in the brain cause irritability, memory issues, emotionless...? Remedy?

Can low dopamine in the brain cause irritability, memory issues, emotionless...? Remedy?

IT'S COMPLICATED: The mechanism of action of brain dopamine is not full understood. Low levels are associated with Parkinson's disease and probably ADHD and restless legs syndrome. Your symptoms may reflect depression and there are medications that can increase both brain dopamine and serotonin levels. Pounding heartbeat and tachycardia may be symptoms of panic disorder. You should get a psychiatric evaluation. ...Read more

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Could MS located in the spine cause symptoms primarily impairing brain function? Like lightheadedness (brain fog) and bad short term memory?

Could MS located in the spine cause symptoms primarily impairing brain function? Like lightheadedness (brain fog) and bad short term memory?

Not related to MS: MS in the spine wouldn't cause any issues with brain function. MS taking place in the brain could cause some issues with lightheadedness but not memory issues, it would have to be a very end-stage degenerative MS to cause such symptoms and even then it would likely be a secondary cause, not a primary. Other things such as vertigo, viral infections, stress, sleep etc could be benign causes of this ...Read more

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What brain conditions can cause brain fog in young people?

What brain conditions can cause brain fog in young people?

Need more info: Really need more information about what is meant by brain fog; too vague a description to provide a meaningful answer. ...Read more

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Microvascular chronic ischemic in brain can affect memory?

Microvascular chronic ischemic in brain can affect memory?

Sure can: We term multiple small strokes, lacunar infarcts, and these can mount up and produce "etat lacunaire", or full blown vascular dementia. Here, the job involves prevention with an appropriate stroke anti platelet, or anti-coagulant approach. ...Read more

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Can Ct Scan damage brain , effect activity of brain?

Can Ct Scan damage brain , effect activity of brain?

No: The x ray radiation in a CT has no measurable or known effect on neural tissues. 1) dose is way too low and 2) nerves are relatively radioresistant since the cells don't reproduce very fast, if at all. There is a theoretical risk of cataracts and cancer years later, but this is incredibly small esp. for a single scan and controversial anyway. ...Read more

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Tremors in hands, weak legs, mem issues, cognitive decline, apathy, blurry vision, tach, headache, floaters...Could it be parkinsons? Dementia? Als?

Tremors in hands, weak legs, mem issues, cognitive decline, apathy, blurry vision, tach, headache, floaters...Could it be parkinsons? Dementia? Als?

See a neurologist: Only detailed history and neurological exam. Can determine. It could simply be anxiety neurosis but other conditions need to be ruled out first. ...Read more

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Can Xanax (alprazolam) cause brain fog? Also can low norepinephrine cause brain fog? I feel as if my dopamine is fine anything besides stims help with "fog"?

"Low"? "Normal"?: You're treating the human brain like a casserole. You're reducing to absurd simplicity an organ whose complexity surpasses human understanding. Neurotransmitters SO don't work that way. There is no "low" or "normal" the way you' think of it. Neurochemistry isn't a New Age fad. Your awareness of it is commendable but you labor under major misconceptions. You can learn more. It's not beyond you. ...Read more

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Bad short term memory, gingko makes it WORSE w/ brain fog and brain zaps. Anything else I can take for memory since I'm going to college?

Bad short term memory, gingko makes it WORSE w/ brain fog and brain zaps. Anything else I can take for memory since I'm going to college?

I don't think: there's anything ooout there for short term memory. You might want to see a Neologist and get Neuropsychologic testing to see what the problem is.. ...Read more

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Gaba levels, the brain's primary inhibitory neurotransmitter, what does it actually do?

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GABA receptor: Like many ligands, gaba binds to its specific receptor, the gaba receptor (with several subtypes). Depending on the location of the gaba receptor, binding of gaba modulates various signaling pathways in the body. Note that gaba receptors are also found in organs outside of the brain. ...Read more

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Can brain cancer cause these symptoms?depression/poor memory/balance problems/dizzy/severe fatigue/body jerks/weakness/head pressure

Can brain cancer cause these symptoms?depression/poor memory/balance problems/dizzy/severe fatigue/body jerks/weakness/head pressure

Yes: Yes it can, not specifically tho. Brain mass causes different symptoms based on where its located. ...Read more

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Can ecitalopram cause brain fog ?

No: Generally speaking no ssri, including escitalopram or lexapro, causes brain fog, and actually should make you more focused by treating anxiety or depression. ...Read more

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Cognitive Dysfunction (Definition)

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