My family has just become aware of the above term.
We are seeking anyone who may have experienced symptoms as follows:
Racing, repetitive thoughts (as in overactive brain), brain noises such as whirring, chirping,
wind-like sounds. These started and have progressed after extensive chemotherapy and radiation due to lung cancer. The only thing we can equate this to right now is severe tinnitus. The patient is my 76 year old mother. She is still mentally quite sharp but has almost lost her ability to concentrate.
Extensive testing such as MRI's, PET scans, MRA,
CAT scans, etc. have not shown anything except a partially blocked vertebral artery. No dementia or alzheimers is suspected. These symptoms are experienced every waking moment and have persisted and increased during the last 4 years.
Tranquilizers, Benzodiazepines, antidepressants,
and antianxiety medicines have not helped at all.
The only thing that appears to give any relief is the sleep medication Ambien. (it's obvious why)
The newest thing tried is Ritalin, which so far doesn't seem to help. Has anyone suffered any similar symptoms or can direct us to any research regarding this malady? The article regarding Chemo brain that we became aware of was concerning a study being done at Univ. of California-Los Angeles and was presented at a scientific meeting in Orlando, Fla.