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Dr. Edward Smith

Neurology
Santa Maria, CA
55 years experience male

Locations

Office

Santa Maria, CA

Address

426 East Barcellus, Suite 202, Santa Maria, CA
Directions

Insurances accepted

Aetna

Blue cross blue shield

Medicaid

United healthcare

About

Bio

After graduation from University of Illinois, Chicago School of Medicine, I interned at Cook County Hospital, then served in United Public Health Service as general medical officer before returning to Chicago for 5 year neurosurgical residency with a strong emphasis on neurology and neuroradiology. From Chicago I came to Santa Maria, California in solo practice, combining both operative neurosurgery and neurology. Lately my chief interests are in traumatic brain injury and behavioral neurology (neuropsychology). Spinal pain and headache have long been prominent in my practice. I purposefully have a low volume practice so that individual patients can be afforded thorough evaluation and then treatment. I have patients I've been treating over 30 years. That is very rewarding.

Specialties
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Neurology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

903 Answers
552 Agrees
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
Pulled muscle: Symptoms named can occur from pulled muscles in groin or pelvis (often due to strain, overuse, excessive stretch). Hip joint problems and sacroiliac j... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
When & for how long: Nerve compressions can occur after relatively short times (minutes to hours) depending on the degree of nerve compression. Such can lead to numbness,... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
Overuse: The most likely cause is median nerve malfunction due to severe overuse. If you haven't had prior similar problems, then your symptoms should graduall... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
Possibly: Severe vitamin d deficiency could cause symptoms you describe but other causes are more likely. Did you have your condition checked out when you were ... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
Blood pressure issue: "dizziness", which a vague term, commonly is reported with high blood pressure, especially if blood pressure rises abruptly from a lower level. The bl... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
Stress, fatigue etc: Commonest cause of eye twitching is stress, followed by fatigue, sleep deprivation, stimulant use (even simply coffee). Other conditions causing eye t... Read More
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
Posture?: Are you saying your legs tingle when you urinate? If so, and if it only occurs while standing to urinate, you may have nerve compression in lower lumb... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
Not spinal: Most conditions which primarily affect the spine do not cause abdominal pain but paradoxically many abdominal conditions can cause back pain. These sy... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
Irrelevant: Heavy legs occur independently of whether you have 4, 5, or 6 lumbar vertebrae. What counts is what is the state of the spinal cord and the nerves goi... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
Not everything hurts: To have fibromyalgia does not mean everything hurts although pain is usually wide spread. What is required is that pain be felt primarily in non-bone,... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
Unclear: Trika, aka alprazolam, is a short-acting anti-anxiety drug which has advantages and disadvantages. Your question does not state: total daily dose, eff... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
Unrelated: Dark cloudy urine is a sign of dehydration and/or infection. Unless your hydrocephalus is related to chiari syndrome, it is very unlikely to have any ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
Probably benign: This type of problem is often the result of muscle imbalance (caused by postures or repetitive movements) or strains of thoracic spine or associated l... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
See a trainer: If your symptoms only occur after long runs, see a trainer. Also check your shoes to see if they are running shoes, not just ordinary shoes. Don't rel... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
Common cold: The number one cause of your triad. Anything unusual about the 3?
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
Nerve swelling: Elevated optic nerve means one which which protrudes from the optic disc in back of the eye. This may developmental, or related to eye shape, or to sw... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
Op for what?: Your question does not state what the indication for the surgery was. Was it a cerebral aneurysm, arteriovenous malformation, spontaneous intracerebra... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
Symptomatic : If you don't have gout or active arthritis, then quite likely you have nerve pain. For that, you can try several things: such as liniments, Lidoderm p... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
Circulation: Post-exercise dizziness and lack of focus (whether visual or mental) signifies reduced blood flow to the brain. This could be the result of brain arte... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
Speculation: With the limited info, here is one (amongst many) possibilities: a lumbar or sacral nerve root could be inflamed (for various reasons). Raising intra-... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
Seizure free?: If you have been seizure free for 12 years on Dilantin with a blood level of 3.1, an excellent probability is that you will remain seizure free provid... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
Investigate: First find out why you are sleepy? Is it due to daytime overactivity, disease or drugs? Is it due sleep related problems such as restless legs, sleep ... Read More
A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
In one ear--: Most likely a blocked eustacian tube has occurred which can affect hearing. In turn a disorder in the back of your throat could cause this blockage an... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
Could be.: Exertional headaches are occasionally due to aneurysms (but not the most common cause). I know three meanings for cobra: muscle car, serpent & malt li... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
Get examined: Headaches which always on the same side (right or left does not matter) raises suspicion for structural brain disease such as tumor, vascular malforma... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
Yes: Emotional dyscontrol is very common in cases of damage to frontal lobes or other portions of the emotional circuitry known as the limbic system. Thes... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
What's regular?: What is a regular headache? The international classification of headaches does not list "regular" headaches. The 2 most common causes of headache are ... Read More
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
I'm skeptical: Crps, if that diagnosis is correct, generally worsens after invasive treatment of any kind on the affected limb. Painful partial nerve injuries, which... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
Yes: Amongst the huge numbers of conditions which cause tinnitus, sleep deprivation is certainly one.
A member asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
Stroke? TIA?: If speech is affected, almost certainly the left half of the brain has malfunctioned, due to circulatory issues of stroke (permanent damage) or transi... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
Crazy wavy--no: Eegs detect effects of all sorts of things on brain electrical functioning but none are specific to any drug, or bacteria, or chemical. Serum, blood a... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
Giraffe syndrome?: The answer is no unless your heart isn't pumping properly, blood pressure is too low or you have a blockage in carotid and / or vertebral arteries. B... Read More
A 92-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
Several choices: Fractures of bones can cause showers of fatty particles traveling to brain (fat emboli) resulting in multiple, simultaneous small strokes bring on co... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
Yes, quite often: In fact many so-called tension headaches have similar underlying neurochemical traits to migraine, hence may respond to similar treatments. See your ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
It's a definition: The cerebrum is the majority of the brain. Other brain parts exclusive of the cerebrum include brainstem, cerebellum and cranial nerves. Therefor, cer... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
Severity & rate: One headache or many? Severe or not severe? Any persistent headache whether severe or not may denote benign or not-so-benign causes. If you're worried... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
Attitude and control: If seizures are not well-controlled most likely friends and school mates may witness them. That would be bad for "image". If well-controlled, then nob... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
Possibly: Analyze your pain and suspected cause. If it is postural related to work position, the numbness should begin increasing during work hours. In early ca... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
See, it's stress: The effect of stress cannot be underestimated as a cause of neurological symptoms, including all sorts of hallucinations. But emotional causes should ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
Several: Genetic testing is commercially available on order by your physician.
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
Stomach muscle?: The stomach (gastric pouch) is a great, big, hollow muscle with a membrane lining its innards. Are you lacking this organ? Or do you means that one (o... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
It's doable: Situational depression generally resolves when the "situation" resolves. Endogenous depression, ie not primarily due to external events, is a biochemi... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
Could be: Klonopin (clonazepam) and other benzodiazepines are occasionally used for restless leg syndrome (rls), so that upon withdrawal, symptoms would be expe... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
Usually: Nerve injury causing numbness in a finger can occur anywhere from the digital nerve in the finger to the nerve roots exiting from the cervical spinal ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
Reassure or Rx: Hallucinations occur in large proportion of demented patients. Unfortunately there is no cure. The best non-medical therapy is gentle reassurance. Bu... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
50-50 proposition: Injection of steroids into the epidural space for relief of non-cancer pain has a 50% success rate independent of pathology. Success may last days, we... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
The nose knows: The most likely cause of transient vocal raspiness in the morning is due to collection of fluid in the back of the larynx (voice box) which in tern is... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
Circulation?: If your arms and hands get stiff and you have tachycardia at the same time, have your doctor check for either a systemic or brain blood flow problem. ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
RLS plus: Restless leg syndrome usually affects only the lower extremities but often, when treated with medication, the same symptoms can migrate to the upper e... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology 55 years experience
CO is no good: Cigarette smokers get a dose of co with every drag. Most cigarette related pathology is not due to co however. Higher levels as from faulty gas space... Read More

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Dr. Smith is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Smith is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Smith is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you .I am booked to see a neurologist at the end of October. What sort of follow up tests would you advise. What are the best and worse case scenarios with this? I still have headaches, STM is...Read More
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1. What checks are normally done for pituitary. 2. what are best and worse case scenarios with such pituitary problem ? My trauma was to front temporal lobe... I have been signed off with post cons...Read More
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Thank you for your response! She's my first child and I love her very much I never leave her crying for more than a few seconds, but sometimes I need to get away to grab a bite to eat so I get worried...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Illinois College of Medicine, IL
Graduated 1967MD

Awards

HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

Arroyo grande community hospital
Goleta valley cottage hospital
Marian medical center
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