Common Symptoms & Types Of Brain Disease

Updated on January 7, 2021

The brain is a powerful organ and central to your control over your body. It is directly linked to your nervous system and sends signals to all parts of your body telling them how to move and react. 

While the debate continues over the location or even the presence of the soul, there is little debate that the brain is central to intelligent life.

Unfortunately, there are plenty of things that can go wrong with the brain and seriously affect your quality of life. It’s important to know what the symptoms and most common types of brain disease are, this will help to ensure you seek professional help from a reputable brain surgeon as soon as possible.

As with many conditions, the earlier an issue is diagnosed the easier it is to deal with. Of course, some conditions cannot be treated but in many cases, it is possible to adapt and live with a brain disease.

Brain Disease Symptoms

Symptoms of brain disease vary according to what brain disease you have.

In general, you’re likely to experience some of the following symptoms:

  • Feeling confused
  • Disorientation
  • Memory loss
  • Tingling in extremities – usually fingers and toes at first
  • Struggle to focus your eyes
  • Reduced concentration
  • Loss of muscle control leading to instability or embarrassing accidents
  • Balance issues
  • Twitches and seizures
  • Loss of consciousness

This list is not exhaustive but if you’re experiencing any of the above and don’t know why it is happening you need to seek specialist help.

Most Common Brain Diseases

There are many different brain diseases and it’s virtually impossible, as well as inadvisable, to try and self-diagnose with the internet. But, it is useful to be aware of the most common types of brain disease:

  • Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
  • Epilepsy
  • Parkinson’s and similar nervous system issues
  • Brain Cancer
  • Tumor
  • Stroke
  • Mental disorders

Alzheimer’s is considered to be the most common form of brain disease. When diagnosed early there are many measures that can be taken to slow the decline in mental health and maintain quality of life. However, there is no cure yet and it’s not fully understood what causes Alzheimer’s.

Other conditions are known to be hereditary, this means there may be little you can do to prevent yourself from getting the disease. However, being aware of the risk means you can be better prepared for the disease and an early diagnosis. 

Brain Tumors

It should be noted that brain tumors are considered brain disease although they are actually a growth of tissues in the brain or spinal cord. The pressure from the tumor can cause your brain to malfunction. A brain surgeon can advise whether the tumor can be successfully removed or not.

Dealing With Brain Disease

Noticing you have the symptoms of brain disease is worrying but not a definitive diagnosis. You need to see a professional to confirm anything. 

However, it should be noted that there are many treatments available today to help your body and brain cope with brain disease. But, as mentioned, the sooner you get a diagnosis and help the better the outcome is likely to be.

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