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A brain aneurysm is a bulging area in an artery in the brain. Its walls may be weak and thin and is prone to rupturing. In other words when blood passes through the weakened blood vessel, the blood pressure causes a small area to bulge outwards like a balloon.

Ruptured brain aneurysm usually cause bleeding into the space around the brain. Here are some of the common signs and symptoms: 

  • Severe headache

  • Nausea

  • Stiff neck

  • Blurred vision

  • Sensitivity to light

  • Seizure

  • Vomiting

  • Drooping eyelid

  • Pain above and behind the eye

  • Loss of consciousness

  • Confusion

  • Weakness and/or numbness

If a brain aneurysm is detected before it ruptures, treatment may be recommended to prevent it rupturing in future. Factors that affect whether treatment is recommended include your age, the size and position of the aneurysm, your family medical history, and any other health conditions you have.  If treatment is recommended, this usually involv...

Headache disorders is one of the the most common disorders of the nervous system. Primary headache disorders, such as migraine, tension-type headache, cluster headache, and the so-called chronic daily headache syndrome, can cause substantial levels of disability. Headache can also occur as a symptom of a considerable number of other conditions

A patient with depression often presents a wide variety of complaints that can be categorized as physical & emotional. The physical complaints include chronic pain and headaches; sleep disturbances; severe insomnia and early awakening; appetite changes; anorexia and rapid weight loss; and a decrease in sexual activity, ranging at times to impotence in males and frigidity in females. Emotional complaints include feeling “blue,” anxiety, and rumination over the past, present, and future.  A headache secondary to depression is usually considered a tension-type headache.

The physical complaints dominate the situation so that the underlying de...

Based on studies conducted by The Brain & Spine Foundation of London. Here are several facts gathered: “Dizziness” is a general term to explain the feeling we have when there is something wrong with our sense of balance. Many people who experience dizziness find it difficult to explain exactly how it makes them feel. For example, some people who feel dizzy, light-headed, giddy or off-balance describe the feeling as if they, or their surroundings, are spinning around. Doctors use the term vertigo to describe this spinning, revolving form of dizziness.

Dizziness & Vertigo are not diseases in themselves. They are symptoms of a distinct condition or cause. There are many different conditions that can cause dizziness. Most cases of dizziness and vertigo are caused by problems with the balance systems located in the inner ear. The widely-held belief that our sense of balance comes from the inner ear is largely true.  

Dizziness can often be short-lived, and can ease on its own accord. For shor...

Migraines are very common. According to studies, almost 20% of the population have at least one migraine attack every month. Half these attacks interfere with your daily life. It is one of the most common neurological disorders in the country today. 

One proven way to treat / prevent migraine attacks is medication. Unfortunately medication is just part of the treatment; it is very important to know and understand migraine attacks a person. 

Here are a few practical ways on how to prevent migraine from attacking:

1.  Maintain a regular sleeping pattern

2.  Turn off or dim the lights during your sleep

3.  Avoid skipping meals

4.  Avoid food that triggers your migraine

5.  Lessen the brightness level of your mobile phones

6.  Drink a moderate amount of caffeinated beverage 

7.  Regular exercise

8.  Take a well balanced diet

9.  Manage stress in your life

10. Maintain a migraine diary

If your migraine is connected to seizures, weight loss, fever, eye or ear problem, sudden blackouts or worsen...

Insomnia is when you find it difficult to get to sleep, or to stay asleep for long enough to feel refreshed the next morning. It can affect your quality of life if you feel tired and find it hard to concentrate during the day. as you get older, you're more likely to have difficulty sleeping – half of people over 65 have insomnia at some time.

There are two types of insomnia:

  • Primary insomnia has no obvious cause. 

  • Secondary insomnia is caused by another health condition. 

Symptoms of insomnia may include: 

  • difficulty staying asleep 

  • difficulty getting to sleep 

  • waking up early in the morning

  • feeling tired and irritable

Some home remedies that you may try:

  • Take a warm milk & warm bath before heading to bed

  • Go to bed at the same time each night

  • Avoid working in the bedroom

  • No alcohol before bedtime

  • Avoid smoking at night

  • Limit the use of mobile phone before bedtime

Migraine is referred to as an intense headache that may be accompanied by other symptoms such as vomiting, nausea, lightheadedness, visual problems and an increased sensitivity to light or sound. Migraines may not be a big threat to life but it can significantly damage the quality of people’s lives.

Common migraine triggers are as follows:

  1. Stress

  2. Anxiety

  3. Caffeine

  4. Alcohol

  5. Dehydration

  6. Chocolate

  7. Cheese

  8. Tention on neck or shoulder

  9. Dental issues

  10. Eye strain

  11. Bright Light

  12. Loud Noise

  13. Smoking

  14. Head Injury

Ultimately the key to prevent migraine is to try to avoid the things that might trigger your attacks. Most people benefit from trying to get stable sleep, eating regular meals, drinking plenty of fluids to keep hydrated, and trying to manage stress. Taking regular exercise may also help prevent migraines since it helps with breathing, improving blood sugar balance and maintaining general wellbeing. If you or your love ones...

Lightheadedness or commonly called Dizziness is a common symptom that’s not usually a sign of anything serious, but should be investigated by a doctor. The term "dizziness" means different things to different people – some use it to describe feeling lightheaded or off balance, while others use it to describe a feeling that their surroundings are spinning.  Because the symptom is quite vague and can be caused by a wide range of things, it may not always be easy to identify the underlying cause of dizziness.

Most people visiting their doctor because of dizziness will first be asked about their symptoms and medications and then be given a physical examination. During this exam, your doctor will check how you walk and maintain your balance and how the major nerves of your central nervous system are working.

You may also need a hearing test and balance tests, including:

  • Eye movement testing. Your doctor may watch the path of your eyes when you track...

A stroke normally happens when blood cannot supply oxygen and important nutrients to your brain cells. When brain cells do not get enough oxygen or nutrients, they die. A stroke can happen in two main ways: 

  • Ischemic Stroke

  • Hemorrhagic Stroke

An Ischemic Stroke occurs when a blood vessel that supplies the brain becomes blocked or "clogged" and impairs blood flow to part of the brain. The brain cells and tissues begin to die within minutes from lack of oxygen and nutrients. The area of tissue death is called an infarct. About 87% of strokes fall into this category. Ischemic strokes are further divided into 2 groups, including the following:

  • Thrombotic strokes. These are caused by a blood clot that develops in the blood vessels inside the brain.

  • Embolic strokes. These are caused by a blood clot or plaque debris that develops elsewhere in the body and then travels to 1 of the blood vessels in the brain via the bloodstream.

On the other hand, Hemorrhagic...

Firstly we have to know that our neck is a flexible connection between your head and the rest of your body  Many vital structures pass through this area of the body.. Because of its location and range-of-motion, it is often left unprotected and subject to injury.

Neck pain can result from many different causes — from injury, to age-related disorders, or inflammatory disease. Causes of neck pain and problems may include the following:

  • Injury

  • Herniated cervical disk

  • Arthritis 

  • Cervical disk degeneration

  • Congenital abnormalities of the vertebrae and bones

  • Tumors

Doctors diagnose neck pain by conducting  any or all of the following: Bloodtest, X-ray, Electromyogram (EMG), Computed tomography scan (also called a CT or CAT scan) or Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Some of the most common treatment given to patients are:

Treatment may include:

  • Medication (for inflammation)

  • Medication (for pain)

  • Rest

  • Physical therapy

    ...

Migraine is more than just a headache and migraine pain normally comes with nausea (queasiness and feeling sick) or vomiting (being sick), over sensitivity to light, noise, movement, or smell. It can mean the attack, or can mean the underlying disease that causes the attacks. Migraine pain can be on one side of the head or on both sides, can swap sides, or can be asymmetrical. During a migraine, you may experience any of the following:

  • Pain on one side or both sides of your head

  • Pain that feels throbbing 

  • Sensitivity to light

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Blurred vision

  • Light headedness

The Four (4) stages of migraine attack are as follows:

  1. Prodrome is mood change hours or days before the headache. 

  2. Aura usually happens just before the headache. 

  3. Head pain or pressure is typically thumping or pulsing. 

  4. Recovery can take a day or two, when there are no particular symptoms other than feeling ill

Migraine is the third most commo...

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