Signs + Symptoms of Brain Inflammation (Encephalitis)
Signs of Brain inflammation are often the hidden cause of “brain problems” as we age. Maybe some of these sound familiar.
Are you experiencing anxiety or depression?
What about brain fog, poor memory, or lack of focus? Have you gained a few pounds over the years that, no matter how little you eat or how much you exercise, won’t go away?
Though these issues are very diverse, research shows they may have the same underlying cause — brain inflammation.
Encephalitis symptoms, causes, and signs of brain inflammation
What is encephalitis?
Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain caused by an infection or an autoimmune response that is usually a medical emergency and can be life-threatening.
The symptoms vary depending on the area of the brain affected and whether it’s acute, infectious, or autoimmune encephalitis, and might include:
Confusion, agitation, or hallucinations.
Loss of sensation or paralysis in certain areas of the face or body.
Problems with speech or hearing.
Loss of consciousness (including coma)
The type of brain inflammation that usually makes the news is that caused by viral or bacterial meningitis, a dangerous and even deadly condition.
Fortunately, encephalitis is rare. Chronic neuroinflammation, caused by toxins and other dangerous substances entering the brain, is much more common.
These harmful substances enter the brain and activate microglia cells, triggering inflammation. And unlike dangerous viral and bacterial brain infections, this type of inflammation often goes unnoticed. You can carry it in your brain for years, even decades. Oh, you’ll have symptoms, but you’ll probably write them off as just a normal part of aging.
Chronic brain inflammation: what are the symptoms?
A study published in the Journal of Neuroscience found that brain fog, poor concentration, and memory issues — you know, the stuff most of us start feeling as we age — may actually be caused by chronic brain inflammation. Below are a few of its symptoms.
Problems with concentration or memory issues
One of the most obvious signs of chronic brain inflammation is memory lapses and difficulty concentrating and focusing.
Multiple studies have shown that it can even contribute to Alzheimer’s Disease.
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive condition that advances from mild memory loss to the inability to carry on a conversation and respond to the environment. In Alzheimer’s disease, certain parts of the brain that are responsible for controlling thought, memory, and language are damaged. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia, affecting an estimated 6.5 million Americans 65 or older.
And there is plenty of real-world experience to indicate that brain inflammation is linked to Alzheimer’s Disease, too. Our dear friend Jean, once restricted to the Alzheimer’s ward of a nursing home, is now healthy, happy, and free of dementia.
She reduced her brain inflammation by making some common-sense changes to her diet and by taking her daily dose of Vitaae.
Weight gain despite efforts at diet and exercise
It might surprise you to learn that the hypothalamus in your brain controls your metabolism and setpoint weight.
Hormones such as leptin and ghrelin constantly send signals to your brain about how much fat you have and when to stop eating. But these signals cannot reach your hypothalamus if your brain is inflamed.
The inevitable result is weight gain. So, it’s really not your age causing your weight gain. It may be brain inflammation!
Increased levels of anxiety and/or depression
This is a big problem for many people. According to the National Institute of Health, over 19 million Americans aged 18-54 suffer an anxiety disorder, and 7.1 percent (around 17.3 million) have suffered a major depressive episode.
Though anxiety and depression are often attributed to an imbalance of brain chemicals, many studies indicate that neurological inflammation may also play a role.
A study published in the Nephrology Journal, for instance, found that brain inflammation increased levels of anxiety and depression in participants.
Brain inflammation: many symptoms, one solution
Though the signs of neurological inflammation are many, there is one breakthrough solution that thousands are discovering — one that helps reduce or eliminate these “brain problems” that are often just considered part of aging.
And it’s much easier than you think. In fact, it’s pretty darn easy when you take Vitaae!
Encephalitis is a rare but serious brain infection that can cause fever, headache, and seizures.
Encephalitis symptoms can vary depending on the person but generally include:
Fever, headache, confusion, lethargy, seizures, and coma.
The causes of encephalitis range from viruses to autoimmune diseases, and it can be difficult to diagnose.
But if you’re experiencing memory lapses, anxiety or depression, uncontrollable weight gain, and other subtle symptoms, you may have chronic neuroinflammation.
How do you test for encephalitis brain inflammation?
A lumbar puncture, or spinal tap, is used to test for encephalitis.
This procedure involves inserting a needle into the lower back to draw out cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The CSF can be tested for signs of infection and inflammation.
What about chronic brain inflammation?
Chronic neuroinflammation can only be detected by a physician’s examination. The physician will examine your symptoms, perform a physical examination, and may check your blood for signs of inflammation.
What specialists may be involved with brain inflammation?
Infectious disease doctor: Treats infections, including those that are tropical in nature.
Neurologist: Treats nervous system disorders.
Pediatrician: Provides medical care for infants, children, and teenagers.
Primary care provider (PCP): Prevents, diagnoses, and treats diseases.
Emergency medicine doctor: Treats patients in the emergency department.
Can brain inflammation go away on its own?
Cases of encephalitis usually require treatment, and most people fully recover.
However, brain inflammation may be fatal, and it’s important that you see your physician or head to the nearest hospital if you’re unwell.
Chronic brain inflammation is not as dangerous as encephalitis, but it may still cause problems for you. It usually doesn’t go away on its own without adjusting dietary and lifestyle factors.
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