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Get left sided numbness and headaches. Full neuro workup normal. Think hemiplegic migraines. Xanax (alprazolam) helps sometimes. Can low dopamine cause migraines?

Get left sided numbness and headaches. Full neuro workup normal. Think hemiplegic migraines. Xanax (alprazolam) helps sometimes. Can low dopamine cause migraines?

Advice: Sounds like you do have migraines, which could be prevented through a variety of prescription or OTC agents. However, am concerned about your Nadolol in presence of depression, as things could get worse here. Xanax (alprazolam) is not a valuable drug to treat migraine. Do you wish to investigate all this further. A Concierge visit might help ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Could depression or other psychiatric condition cause a 180 reversal in palate, i.E. Cause a lifelong healthy eater to crave fatty fast foods?

Could depression or other psychiatric condition cause a 180 reversal in palate, i.E. Cause a lifelong healthy eater to crave fatty fast foods?

Yes: Many people suffering depression turn to "comfort foods" for temporary relief. This can consist of overeating fatty or sweet foods (cookies, ice cream, etc). Although appetite & eventually weight usually go down with depression, the opposite is not uncommon: sometimes food intake and weight increase instead. Other conditions such as anxiety and mania can also (less often) affect food choices. ...Read more

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Mild exercise intolerance, low energy, constipation, brain fog. Not depressed. What could be other reasons for these symptoms?

Mild exercise intolerance, low energy, constipation, brain fog. Not depressed. What could be other reasons for these symptoms?

Some advice: Would get some blood studies and check thyroid, blood count, and general liver/ kidney functions. Possibility of sleep disorder comes up, but your depression may well be contributing greatly here. Have your primary doctor evaluate and suggest some therapeutic approaches. ...Read more

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Hypertension since traumatic event, diet exercise helps but remains over 140/90, taking supplements because medications cause dizziness, ankle swell?

Hypertension since traumatic event,  diet exercise helps but  remains over 140/90, taking supplements because medications cause dizziness, ankle swell?

Treatment: High blood pressure should be treated. There are many different classes of blood pressure medications. If you have had side effects with one or a few, try different ones until you find one(s) that work and you can tolerate. Symptoms of dizziness and swelling may be related to blood pressure however should be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Already diagnosed with epilepsy and migraine. Due to inflammation of occipital vessel. Why do mood modifiers cause seizures.?

Already diagnosed with epilepsy and migraine.  Due  to inflammation of occipital vessel.  Why do mood modifiers cause seizures.?

Irritable brain cell: Antidepressants can rarely cause seizures in those with a history of seizures and people without seizures by making brain cells or neurons hyperexcitable. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of elevated prolactin. Mine is 57. I have insomnia, brain fog, headaches, anxiety, weight gain. On orthocyclen, which is culprit?

What are symptoms of elevated prolactin. Mine is 57. I have
insomnia, brain fog, headaches, anxiety, weight gain.  On
orthocyclen, which is culprit?

Probably not: Elevated prolactin can cause irregular periods, infertility problems and lactation but more often there are no symptoms. If you have a tumor in the pituitary tumor causing the elevation of prolactin then you may possibly have headache. Usually the tumors are very small and cause no symptoms ...Read more

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Symptoms. Include fatigue, wt gain, sleep problems, hair loss, low iga, pinpoint petechiae on arms, migraines, brain fog, sore throat? Thoughts re dx

Symptoms. Include fatigue, wt gain, sleep problems, hair loss, low iga, pinpoint petechiae on arms, migraines, brain fog, sore throat? Thoughts re dx

Autoimmunity: Hi! sorry to hear you have so many symptoms. Autoimmune diseases frequently cause several symptoms, especially in young women. The issues with fatigue, hair loss, low iga, and petechia are suspicious for itp, lupus, and other autoimmune conditions. Definitely seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Do food allergies typically cause lightheadedness & brain fog?

Do food allergies typically cause lightheadedness & brain fog?

Not Typical: Food allergies are typically an immediate reaction minutes to a half hour after ingestion of concerning food with symptoms ranging anywhere from hives, wheezing, itching, shortness of breath, wheezing, vomiting, or syncope (fainting). Light headedness could be associated with drop in blood pressure but brain fog is not a typical sign of allergy. Skin testing by allergist will sort things out. ...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 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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Craving lemons, cold intolerance, frequent black outs /c injuries, BP dropping 60/40 and below, severe fatigue. How are these related?

Craving lemons, cold intolerance,  frequent black outs /c injuries, BP dropping 60/40 and below, severe fatigue.  How are these related?

Dysautonomia: 40's female with recurrent syncope, hypotension, cold intolerence and chronic fatigue might have severe chronic anemia, an hormonal disorder, or dysautonomia of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, POTS. A general Internist needs to be consulted. Fibromyalgia can encompass these symptoms, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and I have seen IBS sufferers who craved citrus. ...Read more

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Already diagnosed with epilepsy and migraine. Due to inflammation of occipital vessel. Why would mood modifiers, taken for grief, cause seizures?

Already diagnosed with epilepsy and migraine.  Due  to inflammation of occipital vessel.  Why  would mood modifiers, taken for grief, cause seizures?

Mood Rx & sz: Wellbutrin (bupropion) is a medicine that may cause seizures. It is not clear why this occurs, similar medicines are not so apt to have this side effect. It is likely to depend on how medicines such as Wellbutrin (bupropion) affect neural signalling within the brain. ...Read more

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46 year-old with Graves disease and gluten hypersensitivity, had 30 min of L hemicranial aura-type symptoms and L visual disturbance. Migraine....?

46 year-old with Graves disease and gluten hypersensitivity, had 30 min of L hemicranial aura-type symptoms and L visual disturbance. Migraine....?

Likely migraine aura, but...: Great textbook description of a classical migraine aura, and indeed in the end, this is most likely the answer. However, in view of first episode, in context of a complicated medical history, I would recommend excluding vascular insufficiency from a different ischemic mechanism. To clarify issues, might have a good ophthalmological exam, do a carotid duplex study, and even consider MRI films of brain. Some blood studies to reassure include sed rate, CRP, fibrinogen, homocysteine, and maybe HgbA1-C and lipids. Statistically, would expect much of above to be negative. If this ever occurs again, can abort process by hyperventilating into a small paper or plastic bag for about 3-4 minutes, but could bring on a nasty headache. Hopefully, my comments will be of relevance. ...Read more

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Can food allergy and nutrition cause adhd symptoms.

Can food allergy and nutrition cause adhd symptoms.

No.: Although you will find some doctors, who insist that they can cause ADHD symptoms, the standard, majority view -- and my view -- is that they can't. ...Read more

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Can asthma cause tension headache, anxiety and panic attacks at the same time? And what is the connection to food allergy? "chocolate cause headache"

Can asthma cause tension headache, anxiety and panic attacks at the same time? And what is the connection to food allergy? "chocolate cause headache"

Asthma symptoms: If asthma is not controlled and you continue to have difficulty breathing, it is a yes. Not able to breath well can cause anxiety, heart race or panic attack, and headache. Most of the time asthma is related to environmental allergies in the us. Having one allergic disease give to a risk of getting another one including food allergy. Chocolate, tea, coffee contain caffeine ; can cause headache. ...Read more

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I have neurological symptoms, 30 lesions on a brain mri, and high vitamin B6 blood levels (86ng). Can high B6 levels cause brain lesions?

I have neurological symptoms, 30 lesions on a brain mri, and high vitamin B6 blood levels (86ng).
Can high B6 levels cause brain lesions?

No relation: I cannot find any evidence that brain lesions are related to vitamin B6. I tried a literature search and there appears to be no connection. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more