Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties
154 Doctors Online

By proceeding, I accept the Terms and Conditions

Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

HCM Blog Instant Access to Doctors
HCM BlogQuestions Answered
HCM Blog Satisfaction

What causes sinking feeling in brain and head?

The last couple of days I ve had episodes where it seems like my right side of my brain/head is sinking. It s almost like I m fainting, but only the right side. For about a year now I ve felt like the right side of my face is pulling down. It s not a visible sign but it feels funny. I went to the doctor because I thought maybe I had a sinus infection, but they said no. Are these two things linked and do you know what is wrong?
Mon, 21 Oct 2019
Report Abuse
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions ,  
Neurologist 's  Response

Actually, your story is told by many others who describe "sinking brain" feeling.

We believe this is a very special case of VERTIGO that somehow is generated due to aberrant electrical signals possibly arising from the vestibular apparatus in the inner ear which are then, processed by the part of the brain responsible to telling the person that they're in motion as well as the direction (up, down, side to side, etc.).

My suggestion is that you speak to a neurologist (epileptologist most likely) and get tested with an MRI of the brain (with gadolinium) and an EEG (at least 2-3 since only 1 may not be sensitive enough to pick up abnormalities).

There may be an underlying epileptic or epileptic-like syndrome that can be controlled with medication.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Dr Dariush Saghafi, Neurologist
I find this answer helpful
Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]
Share on

Related questions you may be interested in

doctor1 MD

Hi my front part of head and brain feel numb and it can come and go but it seems to be staying at the moment. It also feels numb in my jaw for a...

Recent questions on  Sinusitis

doctor1 MD

I have had the implanon for almost two years now and im showing signs of pregnacy ive even took quizes to maybe give me an idea and all has said...

doctor1 MD

I am a type 1 diabetic with a sinus infection and I am taking the antibiotic cefuroxime axetil 500 mg tablet, one twice a day. I have been taking...

doctor1 MD

I was prescribed clarithomycin for a sinus infection and was warned it coukd interrupt my cycle, however I m on the pill, and my bf and I used...

doctor1 MD

I ve had a headache now for 3 days with nausea. I have suffered from migraines in the past as well as sinus infections. I have no fever just an...

doctor1 MD

I had and was treated for strep. It has been a month, and I still have a lingering cough . Why is the cough hanging on? Have you had similar...

doctor1 MD

Dear Doctor, I need an analysis (a second opinion ) on MRI Scan/Film. Patient was diagnosed for ALS -Although I dont too much agree with this. The...

doctor1 MD

hi I am XXXXXXX suffering with cold continuosly from last 2weeks and cold is not controlling, often getting cold a mild throat infection and...