The library at the Brain Charity has a range of resources on Acoustic Neuroma and on a wide range of disability related issues.
Visit our library to read our copy of the booklet "Effects An Acoustic Neuroma May Have On Your Memory, Emotions, Behaviour, Executive Functioning and Energy Conservation", published by the British Acoustic Neuroma Association.
"[Migraine aura may] be accompanied by apparent flashing lights, by geometric shapes, or by unusual forms. Some migraineurs may experience unusual perceptions or hallucinations and a very rare form of aura known as "Alice in Wonderland" syndrome. This syndrome is identified by the perceptions of the sufferer; their body or other peoples’ bodies look distorted, so that things appear larger or smaller than usual, or further or closer away (“macropsia / micropsia”)."
"[Things may appear] life-size or reduced or enlarged in size, and may be the same every time so they become familiar. The hallucinations may appear out of the blue and carry on for a few minutes or sometimes several hours. They can seem real – such as cows in a field – or unreal, such as pictures of dragons."
"This is a rare condition [ ... ] children have epilepsy, learning difficulties, severe speech delay, jerky movements, tongue-thrusting, a characteristic facial appearance and a happy mood with sudden bursts of laughter. The condition is caused by a genetic factor ... "
APS is sometimes called 'sticky blood syndrome'. This is because people with it have an increased tendency to form clots in blood vessels (also known as thromboses). Any blood vessel can be affected including the veins and the arteries.
Aphasia is an acquired disorder of language, usually caused by stroke, head injury or other neurological condition. People with aphasia find it difficult to understand, speak, read or write language; yet their intellect remains intact.
Arachnoiditis describes inflammation which occurs inside the spine, around the spinal cord and spinal nerve roots. Can develop after back injury, spinal surgery, infections such as meningitis, and sometimes after injections into the spine.
Pain comes from nerve roots and generally impacts the lower parts of the body, but can affect the spine in the head, neck and upper back. Damaged nerve roots can cause muscle spasms and jerks, and weakness of muscles.
Asperger's Syndrome is a form of autism, a condition which affects the way a person communicates and relates to others.
People with Asperger's Syndrome have difficulty in communicating and with social relationships, and exhibit a lack of imagination and creative play. They have fewer problems with language compared with those with autism, and do not usually have the accompanying learning difficulties associated with autism.
People with Ataxia have problems with co-ordination and balance.
Cerebellar Ataxias are a group of rare neurological disorders, many of which are inherited. There is large variation in the severity of the different types, and the rate of progression varies between individuals.
Cerebellar Ataxias - often designated by numbers, see the information on the Ataxia website below.
Friedreich's Ataxia (FA/FRDA) - an inherited, progressive condition, which affects the nervous system.
Ataxia-Telangiectasia - A-T is a rare, degenerative, inherited disease which affects many parts of the body and causes severe disability.
ADD is a common condition, affecting more boys than girls. It is an impairment of either activity or attention control (or both), and impacts on concentration, impulse control, hyperactivity, motivation and time awareness.
A common condition, affecting more boys than girls. It is an impairment of either activity or attention control (or both), and impacts on concentration, impulse control, hyperactivity, motivation and time awareness.
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability, which affects the way a person communicates and relates to people around them.
People with autism have difficulties with everyday social interaction, with social communication (including not understanding facial expressions and tone of voice), and with imagination. This triad of impairments can occur by itself, but is often accompanied by other developmental disorders and learning disabilities.
Most cases of back pain are caused by strains and minor injuries, rather than more serious causes
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Behçet's Disease is a chronic condition which happens because of disturbances in the body's immune system. The system becomes over-active and produces unpredictable outbreaks of unwanted and exaggerated inflammation. As a result, symptoms occur wherever there is a patch of inflammation, and can be anywhere where there is a blood supply, the most common outbreaks being mouth ulcers.
Bell's Palsy is a condition in which one side of the face becomes paralysed. It is usually temporary, and the majority of cases start to get better within three months. The exact cause of Bell's Palsy is unknown, but it is believed that viral infection of the facial nerve is commonly involved.