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Is there a technical term for the phenomenon known as "brain zaps"?

Antidepressant Discontinuation Syndrome Affects approximately 20% of patients who experience abrupt discontinuation of an antidepressant that has been taken for at least 6 weeks. There are a myriad ...
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What is the name for the symptom of mishearing words?

Receptive aphasia is a type of aphasia in which patients have difficulty understanding ("receiving") words as opposed to difficulty speaking them. There are more than one possible etiology and it is ...
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In a viral infection, which symptoms are caused by the virus itself, and which symptoms are caused by the body fighting the virus?

To provide a brief answer, as I think a sufficient answer would be far beyond the scope of this site, the symptoms that are "generic" to the common colds are all caused by the body's response to a ...
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Top medications to treat symptoms of Lupus?

Your question is difficult to answer (but still interesting) because lupus is a highly heterogeneous condition which can present various symptoms and organ involvement. Choice of therapy will be ...
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Medical database with symptom frequencies

Nature Communications have such a database. Human symptoms–disease network XueZhong Zhou, Jörg Menche, Albert-László Barabási & Amitabh Sharma Published: 26 June 2014 They count the number of ...
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Are elevated platelet levels (yet, still anemic) a symptom of endometriosis? Connection?

Depending on the laboratories, the upper limit for thrombocytes count varies between 350,000 to 450,000/microL (350 to 450 x 109 /L). Thrombocytosis refers to the condition where the thrombocyte ...
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How do you tell a brain-dead patient from a living one?

Once the decision to proceed with the brain death determination has been made, three conditions must be present: coma, the absence of brainstem reflexes, and apnea. Coma should be evaluated by ...
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Mitigating / Stopping hiccups

I summarized the mechanism of hiccups in a question on biology.SE a few months ago. That may be useful background information for the answer to this question about what interventions work. Regarding ...
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What are the symptoms of rabies?

As with many viral diseases, the symptoms begin very similar to those for influenza, including weakness and discomfort, general malaise, fever and headache. The acute period for rabies generally ...
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Are there high chances of long term complications from having TB?

There are complications involved with TB itself and with the treatment. The TB itself is likely to resolve (assuming it isn't resistant which it should have been tested for). Thus no complications ...
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What are the earliest symptoms that can tell you it's HPS (Hantavirus Pulmonary Disease) or Flu?

In short: You cannot reliably differentiate between Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome and flu from symptoms alone. Facts About Hantaviruses (CDC.gov): Usually, people do not have a runny nose, sore ...
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Is forgetting certain spellings a sign of Alzheimer's?

There are four cognitive symptom categories for Alzheimer's disease: aphasia, amnesia, apraxia, agnosia. These are broad categories that our brains handle somewhat separately. People frequently do ...
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How to note symptoms before visiting a doctor

It‘s all about algorithms What you have done with the OPQPRST is a great start, but to save yourself even more trouble, there is one more algorithm which can help you: SAMPLER Standing for ...
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Degree of correlation between viral load and symptom severity in Covid-19?

It appears to be more nuanced than just high viral load equates to more severe disease. We know that there are case reports of children with high viral loads yet were largely asymptomatic. It may ...
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Is it possible to get Covid-19 and have 0 symptoms along the complete journey and hence cure by yourself without knowing?

Yes, it is possible to have no symptoms and be infected, various sources, e. g. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/32179137. As for testing after 'clearing the infection', this would be what a ...
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Is there a technical term for the phenomenon known as "brain zaps"?

Short answer: No. There is no technical term for "brain zaps." "Antidepressant discontinuation syndrome" accurately names the cause of brain zaps, but brain zaps are only one of many symptoms of ...
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Early signs of cocaine addiction

Some signs of addiction are enlarged pupils, increased alertness and energy, loss of interest in food and sleep, increased talkativeness, rapid mood changes, increased heart rate, nasal congestion. ...
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Database with diseases and symptoms?

There's an App call Ada. It's only available for iOS. It's an IA based bot that ask you about your symptoms and gives you a diagnostic. It was pretty accurate with some regular illnesses. It's much ...
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What are the actual symptoms of the common cold?

Common cold is one of the labels used to describe non specific infection of the upper respiratory tract. Other labels include acute rhinitis, acute rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza. Upper respiratory ...
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Yearly flu and cold got worse after Mononucleosis

It's possible in the same way that "anything is possible" (limiting ourselves to those things that are actually and potentially possible, i.e. a human can't sprout wings and fly; that's impossible.) ...
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How long does it take for heroin withdrawal to begin?

Early symptoms around 6 to 12 hours, more severe symptoms at around one to three days. All depending on how much the individual was using previously and what you interpret as "serious". According to ...
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Mitigating / Stopping hiccups

I have found a particular combination of actions has worked for me every time, and for all but one of the friends and acquaintances I recommended it to. Get a glass of water (lukewarm is best) ...
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Enlarged Spleen

According to the Mayo Clinic, the symptoms of an enlarged spleen include: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/enlarged-spleen/basics/symptoms/con-20029324 An enlarged spleen may cause: ...
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Database with diseases and symptoms?

There's nothing that does what you asked as a medical doctor would do, because a software is always a software. Anyway a good reference (there should be also a function similar to the one you asked ...
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How to note symptoms before visiting a doctor

Is your issue that your forget to mention your [stomach pain, rash, sleeplessness] or that you forget where it was, how much it hurt, etc? The sorts of things you have in your question would appear ...
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What is the definition of Suicidal Ideation?

Thoughts about wanting to die or killing oneself do constitute suicidal ideation. Ideation is defined as the process of forming ideas or images. So that applied to suicide or wanting to die = ...
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What are the special medications to treat Covid-19?

There are no specific proven drug treatments for Covid-19 disease but quite a few claims based on very limited experience which is why the WHO is arranging a mega trial called SOLIDARITY to test 4 ...
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If someone catches COVID-19 in a country where the number of deaths and new infections are slowing, would their symptoms be milder?

There are about 8 common strains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in circulation. It appears to be mutating slowly based on phylogenetic analyses and each mutation appears to be the same in terms of clinical ...
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Medical database with symptom frequencies

What you're looking for is used by AI or Bayesian networks for online diagnosis. These databases are commercially sensitive and likely only accessible by API rather than raw data. For example, ...
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Why is monocular diplopia a symptom of astigmatism in some cases?

Diplopia is not one of the more common symptoms of astigmatism, however it is certainly one of the possible manifestations. In general diplopia (double vision) is categorized as either binocular (you ...
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