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Vertigo and Colloid cyst - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   i went to the hospiitol the other day i was diagnosed with vertigo and a colloid cyst in the brain 6mm. are they related and when do they usually operate on that? how big does it have to be?
User :   neurosurgen
Doctor :   Hi
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How can I help you?
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Let me help you on these issues.
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May I know few more details about you and your problem?
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Are you with me?
User :   what do you need to know?
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your age ?
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When was the first time you had the problem with vertigo?
User :   i am 40 yrs old female i have never had a problem with vertigo before 9 days ago it ended me in the hospitol for 2 days.
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Are you typing the answers I asked for?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Ok do you have any other problems except vertigo

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like vomiting, vision problem
User :   nausea sometimes blurred vision hospitol checked my ears nothing there. went to neurologist she refered me to surgen have appt. nov 30
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Ok
Doctor :   Colloid cyst is very benign tumor of the ventricles of the brain ( Ventricle are the spaces inside the brain which stores a fluid called Cerebrospinal fluid)

Doctor :   They are not too common

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Now the size of the cyst increases as time goes
User :   so what does that mean
Doctor :   Colloid cyst as such is not harmful
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but the location and the size of the cyst in the ventricle cause an obstruction to the flow of the cerebrospinal fluid
User :   but is it caausing my vertigo
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Vertigo is not a usual symptom of colloid cyst, it is un common
User :   but so is a colloid cyst
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I suppose the vertigo is the symptom you presented to the Doctor, when evaluated with the MRI, the colloid cyst is an incidental finding
Doctor :   However headache is the first symptom
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and visual disturbance
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then follows the vertigo
User :   so what can i do about the vertigo they gave me medicine but it makes me really sleepy. i dont have any head aches
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You have to take the medicine and get rid of the vertigo
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You can call up your doctor and ask for an alternative which does not cause sleep
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Most of the anti vertigo medicines cause sleep
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but there are newer drugs which have minimal sleep
User :   what about mariquana i hit a joint a couple times and my nausea goes away and my dizziness doesnt come back as fast
Doctor :  
Do you mean marijuana?
User :   yes
Doctor :  
I think we are heading towards a different topic not related to the previous question of vertigo
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If you take marijuana there are problems of dizziness and vertigo too
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Nausea is also related to marijuana intake
User :   no same topic just dont understand what i have i know i dont like it it is affecting my everday life. i am a single parent with a 10 year old daughter. i have to be able to drive her to school and different functions. im just freaking out.ecspecially this colloid cyst.
User :   do you have the name of non drowssie meds? p.s. i dont smoke weed on a regular basis maybe twice a year.
Doctor :  
I do know the names of the non drowsy medicines but I think they need prescription to buy
User :   except for the lst couple days.
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So it is better to get the prescription for the same
User :   so what are they ? are you a real doctor??
User :   or did i waste $9
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They are Claritin
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Allerest
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I am a medical doctor
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You do not have to worry about my credentials
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For your safety I advise you to seek the opinion of your treating doctor for a better medication which is non drousy
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and I know it is difficult to drive while taking such medications
User :   okay so what about my colloid cyst? when do they usuallly operate when do i have to start worring?
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The frequent headache and forced vomitings with blurring of vision and doubling of vision are few warning signs you note
User :   and
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They operate when you are no longer coping up with the life with the headaches because this the situation where there is pressure built up in yur brain because of the colloid cyst
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This situation is called Hydrocephalus
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in medical terminology
Doctor :   Did you follow?
User :   did you look that up on the internent. and no whats it mean
Doctor :  
Hydrocephalus is a condition where a pressure is built up in the brain because of the obstruction to the flow of the Cerebral spinal fluid and other tumors
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I do not need to look about it on the internet as I am doctor myself
User :   so are you saying im safe with it only being 6mm
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I would say yes for now.
User :   because it semms like your not answering my questions. do you follow.
Doctor :   What are you questions?
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You need to follow up with your surgeon to see if you are developing the Neurosurgeon
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Hydrocephalus
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The MRI scan of the brain will show if you are deveolping this hydrocephalus
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The neurosurgeon can decide about the surgery depending on the symptoms, tolerability, the size and the location of the tumor
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Did you follow?
Doctor :   Are you with me?
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I have to close the window as you are not responding.
User :   are you kidding me
User :   my 30 minutes isnt up took you 5 min to resopnd to a question
Doctor :   If you can respond to my questions I can help you make you understand
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