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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
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Hello,

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

Regards,
Dr Dariush Saghafi, Neurologist
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