A stroke is a sudden interruption in the blood supply of the brain. Most strokes are caused by an abrupt blockage of arteries leading to the brain. Because stroke occurs rapidly and requires immediate treatment, stroke is also called a brain attack. The effects of a stroke depend on which part of the brain is injured, and how severely it is injured. Strokes may cause sudden weakness, loss of sensation, or difficulty with speaking, seeing, or walking. Since different parts of the brain control different areas and functions, it is usually the area immediately surrounding the stroke that is affected.
Stroke prevention starts with knowing your risk. A person may modify their lifestyle in order to change or treat some risk factors that one may have, but there will always be factors that we can not change.
Lifestyle risk factory that you may change:
1. High blood pressure- This is the single most important risk factor for stroke because it’s the leading cause of stroke. Kno...
Neuropathic pain (Nerve Pain) is caused by damage or injury to the nerves that transfer information between the brain and spinal cord from the skin, muscles and other parts of the body.
The pain is usually described as a burning sensation and affected areas are often sensitive to the touch. Symptoms of neuropathic pain may also include excruciating pain, pins and needles, difficulty correctly sensing temperatures and numbness. Some people may find it hard to wear thick clothes as even slight pressure can aggravate the pain.
Common causes of neuropathic pain include nerve pressure or nerve damage after surgery or trauma, viral infections, cancer, vascular malformations, alcoholism, neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis and metabolic conditions such as diabetes. It may also be a side effect of certain medications. Occasionally no identifiable cause is found which can be distressing for the individual experiencing the pain.
Chronic neuropathic pain is common and may be related t...
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...
Cognition is defined as the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses. If your cognition is affected after a stroke, then you could find it difficult to concentrate or remember certain things.
We store all kinds of information in our memory. We also remember things for different lengths of time, which is why we have a short-term and a long-term memory. Your short-term memory is like a temporary storehouse for information. It allows you to remember things just long enough for you to use them. When you read a telephone number, for example, you use your short term memory to remember it for the few seconds it takes you to dial. Some people also call this your working memory. If you need to remember something for longer than this, it moves to your long-term memory.
Many people have problems with their memory after a stroke, especially in the first weeks and months. However, they may not always be down to a problem...
Stroke is a medical condition in which a blood stops flowing to any part of the brain which leads to cell damage. When blood supply to the brain is interrupted it may lead to brain damage or possibly death.
What is causing a stroke?
There are several factors that may lead to a stroke. Here are a few of the items: smoking, excessive alcohol intake, poor diet, lack of exercise, Other medical conditions may also affect namely : high blood pressure, high cholesterol, atrial fibrillation, irregular heartbeat & diabetes.
How to prevent a stroke?
The most practical way of preventing a stroke from happening is being aware of the various risk factors of a stroke and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Can exercise really help prevent a stroke?
Exercise contributes greatly in losing and maintaining an ideal weight and lowering blood pressure. It is on it's own a stroke reducer.
What is the most common stroke type?
About 80 percent of strokes are ischemic strokes. Ischemic strokes occur whe...
Migraine is such a complicated condition that varies widely between individuals. What may work for one person may not for another. Typically it is a one-sided throbbing or pulsating headache that is at least moderately intense and can be aggravated by physical activity. It is very often associated with nausea and vomiting, as well as increased sensitivity to light, sound and even some types of smell. Doctors are unable to predict how an individual will respond to a particular treatment so this means you may need to try several different treatments until one is found that is the best at controlling your condition.
Here are come of the most common reasons why migraine is triggered:
Lack of sleep
Missed or skipped meals
Dietary triggers (chocolate, cheese, etc)
Menstruation and Ovulation
It is always a challenge living with migraines. Majority of the people who suffers from it exper...
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
The Four (4) stages of migraine attack are as follows:
Prodrome is mood change hours or days before the headache.
Aura usually happens just before the headache.
Head pain or pressure is typically thumping or pulsing.
Recovery can take a day or two, when there are no particular symptoms other than feeling ill
The Human Spine or Spinal cord has an average length of 43 to 45 cm long and composed of billions of nerve cells. It is actually an extension of the brain and contains nerve cells, called neurons, and bundles of nerve fiber that carry signals to and from the brain. These messages help us to move our body, feel pressure and control vital functions like breathing, blood pressure, bladder and bowels. The majority of spinal cord injuries are due to preventable causes such as falls, road traffic accidents or sports injury. Common causes of spinal cord injury:
41.7% - Fall
36.8% - Road accidents
11.6% - Sports related
4.2% - Lifting / Improper posture
3.3% - Trauma
2.7% - Assault
Doctors classify injuries as either complete or incomplete. In a complete injury, the spinal cord is sufficiently damaged across the whole of its width that there is complete loss of sensation and muscle control below the level of injury.
In an incomplete injury, the injury spreads across...
Shaky hands are commonly referred to as a hand tremor. A hand tremor is not life-threatening, but it can make daily tasks difficult. It can also be an early warning sign of some neurological and degenerative conditions. You should speak with your doctor if you experience hand tremors.
Many people associate shaky hands with Parkinson's disease, but the most common cause of shaking hands is actually essential tremor. It is a nervous system (neurological) disorder that causes involuntary and rhythmic shaking. It can affect almost any part of your body, but the trembling occurs most often in your hands — especially when you do simple tasks, such as drinking from a glass or tying shoelaces.Common signs and symptoms are as follows:
Begin gradually, usually on one side of the body
Worsen with movement
Usually occur in the hands first, affecting one hand or both hands
May be aggravated by emotional stress, fatigue or caffeine
Essential tremor isn't life-threatening, but symp...
Headache is one of the most common disorder of the nervous system. It happen when the nerve endings in different parts of your head and neck become irritated. Common complaint are pain or discomfort in the head, scalp, or neck.
A typical headache may lasts for about 3-4 hours. But for some people, severe headaches drag on much longer, sometimes for several days or months. Here are some of the possible causes of your "never ending headache" namely:
Hemicrania Continua - It is a continuous & fluctuating pain without shifting sides of the head. The pain is usually mild to moderate in intensity.
Rebound Headache - It is caused by a prolong & regular use of certain medications to treat headaches, such as migraine. Over the counter pain relievers may provide temporary relief.
Depression - According to studies; a generalized aches and pains is one of the main symptoms of depressive individuals.
It is advisable to visit a headache specialist when you...