Brain Diseases – What is Affecting Your Brain
Brain diseases are diseases that affect the proper neurological function of the body. The brain, along with controlling the body’s organs, is in control of more than 33 billion neurons each connected to 10,000 synaptic links. Any problem with any one of these is likely to cause an illness that will affect the brain.
Even with the advancement in science, the functionality of the brain is still a mystery and most brain diseases are still not fully understood. This makes diagnosis and treatment a little difficult. For most though, symptoms include mood swings, seizures, and erratic physical behavior.
Treatments can include medications, surgery, and radiation therapy.
Today we shall discuss the most common of the diseases that affect the brain:
Brain tumors: These will start to press and put extra pressure on the nerves in the brain causing dysfunction to the part of the body those nerves control. Brain tumors can be located in any part of the brain and resultantly can affect any part of the body. Most are operable while others are inoperable but radiation can do you some good.
Alzheimer’s: In this case, the brain slowly starts to disintegrate and the patient slowly loses all normal physical and psychological functions. It is a genetic disease and the chances of you getting it are high if your relatives have it. Rapid memory loss of daily memories is usually the first tale tell symptom that something maybe wrong. Unfortunately, scientists are yet to find treatment for this ailment and the best that can be done is to try and make the person’s life as comfortable as possible.
Huntington’s disease: It is a neurological disease that’s genetic in nature that does not manifest till the patient is over 30 in most cases. The disease will manipulate and increase the amount of dopamine in the body resulting in frequent random movements that the patient can not control. The gene carrying this disease is dominant and so you require only one parent to pass it on. Death from this disease comes after 15-20 years and is usually a result of failure to control muscle movements, such as when swallowing.
Parkinson’s disease: Unlike Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s reduces the production of dopamine. It then becomes difficult for the patient to move their muscles, experience tremors and muscle rigidity resulting into expressionless faces. The origin of the disease is not clear and it is thought to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
When affected with a brain disease, some or all your major functions that make you human may be affected such as memory, thought, the major 5 senses, and movement. This is why you should take any symptoms seriously and have them checked out by a doctor to ensure that nothing is wrong. Sure in most cases it may be nothing, but it is better to be certain than to live in regret because sometimes the damage done is permanent and nothing can be done once you are too far gone.