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Old 11-28-2003, 09:25 AM   #1
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Unhappy severe brain fog, fatigue, can't concentrate, focus or talk right..what is wrong?

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

 
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Old 12-04-2003, 11:51 AM   #2
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Re: severe brain fog, fatigue, can't concentrate, focus or talk right..what is wrong?

yes a tumor should show up in a CT scan i had one and my brain was normal but i dont feel normal ive been woozy and lightheaded for over 1 1/2 yrs now and no one can figure it out what were u doing when all this began?

 
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Old 12-04-2003, 10:46 PM   #3
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Re: severe brain fog, fatigue, can't concentrate, focus or talk right..what is wrong?

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

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Old 12-05-2003, 02:06 PM   #4
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Re: severe brain fog, fatigue, can't concentrate, focus or talk right..what is wrong?

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Originally Posted by 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
Ash, I've posted many times. Folks need to read past posts that apply.
Anyway, I have the same problem (10yrs), many dr's, tests, scans &
surgeries. If all tumors showed up, less posts for answers. Think positive,
but a CT of brain/head, won't show a tumor in ear or sinus. A Coronal CT,
(nose-in CT) might. A tumor has to be larger than 1cm for the radiologist
to care. Report may find a shadow or a fluid cyst. Mine was found after 8
yrs. of complaining abt hd-prssr & ear fullness. Weather changes, elevators,
aggravated prssr much worse. ENT's, Neuro's, CT's, MRI's, meds, didn't find
problem. 2 Coronal CT re-reads by surgeons dismissed things as a `what U
see, isn't!' Face swelled bad & I went to radiology lab to top guy. Saw my
swelling & knew MD's were off + their report. He ordered a new re-read from
a different guy to detail the film. He was not supplied other reports. His report
said: infection or heavy opacification of unknown filled sinuses w/ damage to
surrounding bone. I took report to surgeon, had endoscopic pathology. It
came back as a rare form of cancer-tumor that destroys bone from infection.
What a difference! Dr. admitted wrong & sent me to a specialist. 4 surgeries
later I'm well & yet I still have massive hd-prssr. You must get copies of any
thing done. It's patient-rights by law. I believe inflammation & edema ocurr
from the spine (csf-fluid) & cause a plumbing problem in the vessels of head.
I call mine `Helium-Head'. Laying flat or walking helps some. A med. for stress-
anxiety, Xanax, is worth a try. I had a tantrum at a dr's ofc & he finally ordered
a MRI w/dye of Cervical Spine. Finally, report showed multiple spurs in upper
neck near skull base, multiple bulges w/ a herniation dwn to T1 area. These
could be causing CSF back-up. Spurs are poss. cause of prssr on nerves that
trigger ear-fullness. I can't read a bk. unless I hold it up. Sitting w/ chin dwn
starts the head. I found a Neuro. out of town to see me end of Dec. Hope
he has an open mind! One day things will click w/ a dr. for you. Take charge
& be nice but aggressive. Stay in touch w/ other symptoms like your ear?
It might be a nerve, hypertension, compression. My tumor was the focus of
`cause of prssr.' Turns out, hd-prssr was the cause of the brain msg. being
shorted. I still write & speak w/ reversed words alot. I see objects in my head
but the word doesn't come out till later. Math skills have declined. I don't have
anxiety until I have a dr. appt! Use to wk. w/ Dr's & now I'm on the other side.
Ins. will sometimes warrant tests ordered. Lousy but true. Journal your days
& symptoms. MD's hate Net info but you're making their car pymnt! We don't
all have the same thing but we all have the same symptom! If folks keep writing
here, we'll form a match-up of cause. Everyone, please stay in touch?

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Old 12-22-2003, 11:52 AM   #5
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Re: severe brain fog, fatigue, can't concentrate, focus or talk right..what is wrong?

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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
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.
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Old 02-15-2004, 07:07 PM   #6
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Re: severe brain fog, fatigue, can't concentrate, focus or talk right..what is wrong?

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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
Make sure you do not have Pernicious Anemia, and Subacute combined degeneration. (Low B12) Look it up on the internet and read about it. Sounds simple and is but it causes degeneration of the whole nervous system. The symptoms you describe are all the same ones I had in the begining. Later I even had numbness all over my body except the terrible freezing feeling and pins and needles. Too many things to mention here. Please read up and get a simple blood test to rule it out. Simple B12 shots will get you back on the road to recovery except for any nerves that are completely gone. Good luck
I have posted this same reply several times. I had Subacute combined degeneration and one of the first things I had was high stress, pressure in my face, I thought I was having sinus infections. I started stuttering and couldn't concentrate. I couldn't remember what I wanted to say either. I also had a quick change in my vision for the worse. Please read up and Please get tested.

 
Old 02-15-2004, 07:08 PM   #7
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Re: severe brain fog, fatigue, can't concentrate, focus or talk right..what is wrong?

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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
Make sure you do not have Pernicious Anemia, and Subacute combined degeneration. (Low B12) Look it up on the internet and read about it. Sounds simple and is but it causes degeneration of the whole nervous system. The symptoms you describe are all the same ones I had in the begining. Later I even had numbness all over my body except the terrible freezing feeling and pins and needles. Too many things to mention here. Please read up and get a simple blood test to rule it out. Simple B12 shots will get you back on the road to recovery except for any nerves that are completely gone. Good luck

 
Old 02-16-2004, 06:30 AM   #8
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Dear Maggie HB User
... like having 'gulf war syndrome?'

[url=http://www.healthboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=14398&page=2&pp=5]Note this prior post[/url]

These symptoms are very familiar to me, as I have studied a common cleaning/degreaser chemical, 2-butoxyethanol. The harm ranges from central nervous system damage to blood damage (one type of hemolytic anemia says not to be in the cold - odd, right?) Also there is concern for endocrine disruption, kidney and liver.

There might not be too much that can be done for it, but it is important to be an educated consumer, and not re-expose yourself to it (Lysol tub 'n tile; 409 cleaner; gun cleaner, too? ... many, many products) Using eye goggles, gloves; working in a ventilated area (equivalent to out of doors) would be helpful, when you do use such products.

AND getting an accurate diagnosis for the blood anemia. You might need to have your doctor consult with a hematologist & do a RETIC ratio test for starters. RBCs seem to come in borderline normal, and Docs don't look further, but if the red blood cells are dying off prematurely, and the bone marrow is still putting out immature red blood cells, then they won't notice it for a long time in the RBC counts.

 
Old 02-21-2004, 01:40 PM   #9
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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,t ransient 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.

 
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Dear Maggie HB User
Maybe more going on, too?

In addition to the diagnosis you have, you comment on severe sinus problems and fatigue (not exactly related, right?) Where are the headaches located? How severe are they?

I ask some more questions, because regardless of the assorted diagnosis for Central Nervous System damage, there can be enough other odd symptoms, like joint pain and various endocrine disruption stuff ... that you might actually be describing the 'gulf war syndrome' Also the same for those who clean up oil spills, clean, use paint, etc Have you done any of these things? Or have some of the other 'symptoms?'

There might be a bigger picture here that needs looking into.

 
Old 02-26-2004, 10:19 AM   #11
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Re: severe brain fog, fatigue, can't concentrate, focus or talk right..what is wrong?

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
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Old 03-04-2004, 05:19 PM   #12
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Explore the yeast connection. Overgrowth of yeast in your body will cause a brain fog and fatigue and confusion, etc....

I periodically check the pH of my urine, with 7.0 being ideal for me, which is neutral. You don't want acidity or alkalinity. Just purchase litmus paper from pharmacy...CHEAP...and dip into your urine to know if you may be suffering from a condition called acidosis, which will cause all your symptoms.

I'm assuming you've had CBC and Urinalysis? Anything elevated or low on CBC or is anything out of range on your Urinalysis?

Investigate the yeast, seriously, this is so common in us, but doctors don't go for that at first because it wouldl not bring back a customer if the ailments just stopped right away. Some docs like a good, repeat customer flow, so they won't explore so deeply at first, just to keep the return business. Docs know that generally, people get fed up with visit after visit, so they prescribe something that perhaps MASKS the problem and tricks you into thinking "I'M WELL", but really, you are being pacified for a while.
It's not healthy to medicate forever and ever!

Ask for a test for yeast.....check your urine.....cut back on sweets and pop (soda).....I guarantee that if you have a yeast issue, this will help. Ask doc for an anitfungal such as Diflucan or Nystatin if yeast is your culprit.

It would be the first thing I suggest you look into after reading this.

Get well soon!

 
Old 03-07-2004, 07:32 PM   #13
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These diseases they have recently found out are in the brain, and they just found a new marker for them....
could you tell us more about this? im really interested as i had ebv in 1998 and i have suffered from wierd muscle pain and ear problems that seem to vibrate my whole body...interested in your reply
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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
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.

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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
Hello, many of the symptoms you are describing can come from the thyroid or allergies and doctors really do have a hard time finding anything in tests if it is allergies, it will show up if it is your thyroid. I spent months feeling like this and found out my thyroid was not working at all, that is now taken care of. I also spend summers feeling this way if I do not take allergy medicine because i have so many allergies. Do some research yourself, pay attention to when you feel better and when you feel worse, you may be able to pinpoint the problem like i did. My allergy symptoms are way worse when the weather gets nice, sometimes I feel great, other times I wake up feeling drugged and have trouble thinking, my ears and head feel full, my thyroid symptoms came on slowly and gradually and did not get better but just plain got worse. Allegra is the only med. that helps me, no over the counter as I have so many allergies, but it does sound like you may have them too. Did the weather change 9 days ago? Anyway, hope I have helped you just a little. Also, you may want to try an over the counter allergy med, see which one the pharmacist recommends, maybe this is all it is. Good luck to you

 
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