This is my journey from the very first symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis; 17 years of progressive disability, through the search for a cure to the angioplasty procedure for Chronic Cerebro-Spinal Venous Insufficiency that pulled me out of a wheelchair and into a second chance for life.There is no cure...but we have for the first time a chance for an enhanced quality of life.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
WHAT'S IN A BRAIN?
We know what happens when lesions develop in the brain. Chronic hypoxia as in CCSVI causes damage also. If you know where you have lesions, you might want to know what those areas control.
1. Frontal lobe: is where we do our heavy thinking, and planning our actions. It is responsible for functions such as reasoning, problem solving, judgment and impulse control. It also manages our higher emotions such as empathy
2. Temporal cortex: where we process sounds and form memories
3. Occipital cortex: where we process all the things that we see
4. Parietal cortex: is where we integrate or makes sense of all of the different bits of information that are bombarding our brains. is involved in processing pain and touch sensation . It's also associated with cognition (including calculating location and speed of objects), movement, orientation, recognition and speech.
5. The Temporal Lobe : involved in auditory (sound) sensation, language recognition, emotion, memory and speech.
6. Medulla Oblongata: helps control the body's autonomic functions (things we don't need to think about to perform) like respiration, digestion and heart rate
7. Pons: manages our level of arousal or consciousness and sleep, relays sensory information to/from the brain, also involved in controlling autonomic body functions.
8. Cerebellum: regulates and coordinates movement, posture and balance. It also is involved in how we learn movement.
9. Amygdala: produces our emotions, especially fear. It triggers responses to strong emotion such as sweaty palms, freezing, increased heart-beat/respiration and stress hormone release.
10. Hippocampus: forms our memories, classifies information and long-term memory. It processes and stores new and temporary memory for long term storage. It's also involved in interpreting incoming nerve signals and spatial relationships.
11. Hypothalamus: linked closely with the pituitary gland to control many of the body's functions. It monitors and controls our circadian rhythms (daily sleep/wake cycle), homeostasis (making sure our body is running smoothly), appetite, thirst, other bodily urges and also plays a role in emotions, autonomic functions and motor functions.
12. Thalamus: relays sensory signals, auditory (sound), Visual, Somatosensory (from your skin and internal organs), all go through the Thalamus organ on their way to other parts of the brain for processing. It also plays a function in motor control.