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i have had the exact same problems for 4 years...i have had all (and i mean all) the major tests and nothing serious has been found. All doctors attribute it to stress...I have gone through so many many meds and finally have found a little relief with a combo of wellbutrin and effexor....im going to try abilify tomorrow.

If your condition improves, i implore you to contact me, for i am in desperate need of a solution to this problem!!

take care and hang in there

fo
[QUOTE=ashpie]I can't stand this anymore...for the last 9 days I have been in a brain fog and it is not getting better..I can barely keep my eyes open, can't focus even to read sometimes,can't speak right things come out like d-do or chr-christmas..I even said something backwards..I feel like my brain is soo slow and having a conversation is impossible because I have to stop and think about what I'm gonna say..I went to my doc and he says it is stress.he ordered blood work for thyroid and ebv but hasn't come back..anyone have any suggestions??I also have pressure in my head and face, ear fullness..I am scared I could have a brain tumor..would a tumor show on a catscan?? I had a normal ct scan in oct. for pressure in my neck[/QUOTE]

:angel: I am not here trying to frighten you at all, and I don't claim to be a doctor, but what you describes is very familiar to me. It sounds like the beginning stages of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and/or fibromyalgia. I've had these illness' for four years now. It started with sever headaches in the back of my neck, pressure in left ear, extreme fatigue, slurred speach, brain fog, foretting names of objects, slower to think to get words out. Stress my arse!!! Next the doctors will tell you you are depressed or it's all in your head and to take antidepressants. That is the standard answer they give to patients like us. Don't cha listen to that horse pucky! If you have ever had EBV before, you have a greater chance of having CFS and/or fibro. A trauma of any type will bring this on, like a car accident, prolonged stress, surgery, buldging disks in neck or spine, tailbon injury, virus or flu that doesn't go away. These diseases they have recently found out are in the brain, and they just found a new marker for them, which is great news. Do you ever feel warm for no reason? Or cannot tolerate the cold any longer? There are about 100 different symptoms of these diseases, and not everyone has all of them. I felt like I had a stroke or something because of my speech being so slurred. And not remember names of things really freaked me out. Like I couldn't think of the name of the garbage disposal. The information was just not there. I could describe what it does, and why we used it and where it is in the house, but couldn't think of the name. It is very scarey. You can see an endicronologist, neurologist, internist for a diagnosis. Please remember, don't let them tell you that you are just depressed. They did that with all of us in the beginning stages.
Regards,
Gingerly
hi all,i have benign intracranial hypertension but b4 i was diagnosed i had terrible sinus problems,which since getting bih 2 years ago have gotten easier.Bih is connected to sinus problems and is a over production/under absorption of the csf fluid that protects your brain,this causes pressure and alsorts of central nervous system probs from excruciating headaches, pins and needles,slur speach,short term memory loss,dizziness,fatigue,sickness,naseau,transient visual loss,papilledema,neck and backache ect ect ect
its a rare disorder and also goes under the names of idiopathic intracranial hypertension and pseudotumor cerebri. all mri/ct scans will come back normal and the only true way to diagnose is thru a lumbar puncture to test your pressures,yes,it is uncomfortable but is also therapuetic as drainage will ease symptons temporarily.many of u sound to have similar symptons ,so if u have i urge u to push for a lp,as bih undiagnosed will also take your site,mine is perm damaged now as it took 12 months to diagnose.i hope this may help some of u in sum way.
Hey Ashpie
this sounds a lot like what I've got. Have you ever had it before? I've gotten it in small doses for years whenever I would expend a lot of energy talking or singing or generally being vocal (worse the more energy I put into it). My brain just overheats or something. I get the fullness in the head & ears, inability to think quickly, a sore throat, and throbbing in the base of the head.

But I was curious if you have had this as a recurring thing or just this once. Mine used to come and then go away but about 6 months ago it got real bad, and hasn't gone away since...

I have a lot of trouble communicating with people because I can't think quickly and it hurts/is very uncomfortable to talk.
Does this sound at all familiar?

Thanks
greg
[QUOTE=ashpie]I can't stand this anymore...for the last 9 days I have been in a brain fog and it is not getting better..I can barely keep my eyes open, can't focus even to read sometimes,can't speak right things come out like d-do or chr-christmas..I even said something backwards..I feel like my brain is soo slow and having a conversation is impossible because I have to stop and think about what I'm gonna say..I went to my doc and he says it is stress.he ordered blood work for thyroid and ebv but hasn't come back..anyone have any suggestions??I also have pressure in my head and face, ear fullness..I am scared I could have a brain tumor..would a tumor show on a catscan?? I had a normal ct scan in oct. for pressure in my neck[/QUOTE]

Dear Ashpie,

Where to begin? There are a host of problems that can cause brain fog. I have been suffering the same and found out after a zillion tests that it is caused from a traumatic brain injury I suffered 32 years ago.

Ashpie have you been to a doctor? A lack of the proper amounts of vitamin B-12 or potasium can cause brain fog as well as liver, kidney, colon cancer, heart problem, sleep apnea, a concussion, tyroid problem or a previous traumatic brain injury such as a tumor, aneurysm, leasons or seisure activity in the brain or even a lack of blood flow to the brain caused by a blood clot to the brain.

Good luck in finding the problem. If you have allergies they can give you this type of feeling in you head as well. Dust mite, cat/dog dander, rag week, molds, food allergies, etc.

olan
Brain fog. Now that is something that I am very familiar with. It snuck up on me a little at a time. Starting more than 5 years ago. There were days when I was just lethargic. Blood Pressure was down.
And then about 2 years ago, I got some of those frozen chinese veg.dinners where you just add meat. Well, it was so good that I ate the whole thing. That nite I had the worst "attack" of brain fog, low blood pressure ever. A few days later I ate the other package of this veg. dinner. Same thing happened.
AND THE LIGHTS WENT ON!!

[SIZE=5]M S G !![/SIZE]

With this answer I now pursued solutions. AVOID IT. Not so easy, it is everywhere, in everthing that is boxed, bottled or otherwise packaged.
It is in fast food hamburgers. It is sprayed on salad greens as a freshness preserver. The FDA considers it "natural" therefore there is no requirement to list it on labels, so being "Organic" is no assurance that it is MSG free.

Farmers are using a product that contains MSG. It is not only a neuro-stimulant in people, it stimulates plant to grow. This is unfortunate for those sensitive who eat the produce. My latest brain-busting headache came from potatos. There are a couple of new varieties on the shelves.

There seems to be nothing one can do to stop the agony. You might try distilled water. I thought of that the other day, but haven't had a chance to use it yet. I don't look forward to that chance.
The attacks are dose related, and the more you get the worse you will feel. Anthing from mild lethargy to severe life threatening asthma.

Doctors do not have a clue.

Take note of what you have eaten that may have it in or on.

I look forward to seeing your postings after you have taken MSG avoidance procedures. I react the same way to tryamines. So you have to consider that too. Old eggs and fish are guilty.





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