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Posted by CCF Neuro MD on January 02, 1998 at 18:44:16:
In Reply to: Chemical Imbalance of the Brain posted by Bob on January 02, 1998 at 16:31:44:
I have been diagnosed as suffering from a chemical imbalance of the brain.
My symptoms include: slightly blurred vision, muscle soreness, mild tingling, mild numbness of extremities, headaches, mild nausea, and burning sensation in feet. The symptoms tend to travel and I may only experience one or two at a time. My sleeping is unaffected and I have never experienced any depression or mood changes. The symptoms began about six months ago after a particularly stressful period of time.
I have had a brain MRI, neck MRI, numerous blood tests, and an EMG. All came back normal. The neurologist said that chemical imbalances of the brain occur in some individuals and tend to disappear over time as mysteriously as they came. In some cases they reoccur years later. He suggested that some anti-depressant drugs are effective in treating the symptoms although they are not curative. He does not feel I am suffering depression. Personally I don't find the symptoms that bad and would rather due without medication which is fine by my doctor.
Is there a name for this disorder and is their any literature/information available on it? Most searches on "chemical imbalance" yield articles on depression or diseases like Alzheimers.
Additional history including medical history,medication history, h/o alcohlism,smoking etc and detailed physical examination is needed to reach at reasonable diagnosis. Based on the information provided the diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy(nerve injury)should be considered.Symptoms secondary to peripheral neuropathy are tingling/burning/numbness in feet, muscle weakness, sometime muscle pain etc.Vitamin B-12 deficiency can cause all the symptoms you are experiencing.The peripheral neuropathy can be caused by wide range of causes e.g. alcohol,vitamin B-12 deficiency,diabetes, exposure to toxins at the workplace etc.Second opinion is worthwhile.
This information is provided for general medical education purposes only.
please consult your physcian for further diagnostic and treatment options of your specific medical condition.
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