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Dr. Andrew Dutka

Neurology
Buffalo Mills, PA
46 years experience male

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Neurology

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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Low blood sugar: Feeling cold and shaking can be signs of low blood sugar; the body responds to low blood sugar by releasing adrenaline, that causes shaking and constr... Read More
A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Nerve heating: Spinal nerve clipping is usually done by pain management anesthesiologist by inserting a needle into the back and directing it to the nerve root chann... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Vertigo exercises: Vertigo is often best treated by simple exercises. Many times the problem is due to crystals in the tiny inner ear canals, especially if the vertigo ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Pain in the leg: The sciatic nerve can pass through the pyriformis muscle, or go under it, and it may not be in spasm, just larger than normal. The pain is then felt i... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Yes: Many patients who have epilepsy have panic attacks and other spells that are not epileptic. It is traumatic to have true seizures; that makes people ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Unconsciousness: Head injury severity is determined by the duration of symptoms following the injury. If you have wooziness for less than 15 minutes you are probably ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Blood pressure: Dizziness on standing is most often a sign that the blood pressure is too low when standing. Have your physician check the blood pressure lying down,... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Large aneurysms: I have been taught that aneurysms greater than about 5 mm (about 1/4 inch) are visible on brain MRI with or without contrast. The contrast helps to m... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Probably benign: Most normal people have had "sleep starts", a sudden jerk of the body, when falling asleep, or when aroused. This is worse when sleep deprived. Repe... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Hours: You have to remain still to avoid bleeding at the site of the puncture for the catheter. If it is in the groin, the doctors may have used an artery c... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Normal sleep: Sudden jerks in sleep are normal parts of sleep related arousals. The sensation of awakening with being unable to move is called sleep paralysis, and... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
CT for bleeding: The spinal tap can show blood or other findings that suggest a need for additional scans. Ct can be done of almost any part of the body. Ct of abdom... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Competence: This is a question more suited for answering by a lawyer, but in my opinion, as long as the person with power of attorney remains competent to make ju... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Heart: Most strokes are associated with hardening of the arteries and formation of clots in the carotid artery in the neck. These produce small emboli to th... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Muscle disease: Muscular dystrophy is a worsening disorder that causes muscle weakness. The worst kind is duchenne's dystrophy, that affects only boys, leads to seve... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
NO: There are forms of muscular dystrophy that affect young adults, are milder, and less disabling. Becker's dystrophy, facioscapulohumeral dystrophy, sc... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
EEGs are hard: An abnormal eeg can mean many things. Intermittent changes in eeg, like theta discharges or spikes, can be associated with epileptic seizures or othe... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Bupropion: None of the antidepressants are free of possible weight gain, but you might try bupropion (wellbutrin) or fluoxetine (prozac).
A member asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Migraine: Intermittent headaches that are throbbing, severe, happen on one side of the head, worsened with activity, lights and noise, are migraines. Triggers ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Low blood pressure: A brief sensation of lightheadedness or a faint feeling is most often due to low blood pressure, or to lowering of blood pressure with standing up. I... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Low blood pressure: A brief sensation of lightheadedness or a faint feeling is most often due to low blood pressure, or to lowering of blood pressure with standing up. I... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Hyperventilation: Carpopedal spasms happen with low ionized calcium in the blood, usually when people hyperventilate from anxiety. These spasms are brief, and you also... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Sleepy or unsteady: Dizziness is either a sensation of spinning, or a sensation of head feeling light or faint. Drowsiness means falling asleep easily.
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Likely not permanent: The most likely issue causing hand numbness after a long plane flight, a situation implying cramped circumstances, is an ulnar neuropathy - pressure o... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Below 60: Alteration in thinking eventually leading to a coma can be a result of very low blood sugar, but can also be a result of high blood sugar with ketoaci... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Not from pregnancy: Nausea, and vomiting, are typical symptoms in early pregnancy. High fever (>100) is not typical, and it could mean you have an infection, either a no... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Talk with people: If you are unable to afford a professional speech therapist, you may get benefit by spending time with a concerned relative or friend you can engage y... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Migraine: One sided headache is typically migraine. Many people retain fluid and swell prior to the headache, possibly a connection to your thirst. I am not c... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Nerve pinch: Neck and right arm pain with pins and needles strongly suggest a nerve root pinch in the neck. Some conditions affecting the very top of the spinal c... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Consider migraine: Recurrent dizziness is often a sign of migraine, especially if associated with headache. It is often also a sign of benign positional vertigo, a prob... Read More
A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Hypoglycemia: It seems you have diabetes, if you are knowledgeable about your hemoglobin a1c. The symptoms you describe could be due to low blood sugar (hypoglycem... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Higher than others: Your father is a close relative; you have a risk of about 3 to 5 chances in 100 of developing the disease; people without a family member have a risk ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
No feeling: Numbness should be the lack of sensation - you can't tell if water is hot or cold, can't tell texture of cloth or the type of coin you are holding. S... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Common symptom: Headaches are the most common complaint that people bring to a physician. Benign causes are far more common than serious issues. 3 days of headache ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Difficult question: Coma is a difficult behavioral state to define. Most people think it is a sleep like state with lack of immediate reactions to stimuli. There are st... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Voluntary movement: Dyskinesia is a general term for involuntary movements. The most common reason is the side effect of medications for Parkinson's disease, but there a... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Inherited disorder: Hypokalemic periodic paralysis is an inherited disorder that results in occasions temporary paralysis. Large meals can trigger attacks, especially th... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Probably benign: Most people have had "sleep starts", a sudden jerk of the body, when falling asleep, or when aroused. This is a normal component of sleep. Repeated ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Tingling, pan: Carpal tunnel syndrome is due to pressure on the nerve at the wrist. It causes tingling and/or numbness in the index and middle fingers, sometimes we... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Headache: Strokes due to bleeding in the brain more often have headaches at onset than strokes due to loss of blood supply to part of the brain. Bleeding strok... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Glutamate: The glutamate part of monosodium glutamate (msg) is a chemical that excites brain cells by interacting with receptors as a neurotransmitter. Too much... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Carpal tunnel?: Cramping of the hands has several causes. Probably the most common is carpal tunnel syndrome, due to pressure on the nerve at the wrist. There are r... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Calcium, folic acid: Generally, one should take calcium and vitamin d, and folic acid, when on anti-seizure medications. Trileptal can cause low sodium, and topamax (topi... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Periodic nystagmus: The medical term for eye shaking is nystagmus. Nystagmus is most often due to problems in the balance mechanism in the inner ear. If your eye shakin... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Meralgia: The most common cause of tingling in the lateral (outside) of the thighs is pressure on the lateral cutaneous nerve. This nerve is shallow at the fro... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Inner ear: The sensation of the stomach dropping with movement is likely due to a slight damage to the inner ear balance mechanism. Turning to the right induces... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Rebound: Daily headaches are often due to rebound headaches; daily use of maxalt, (rizatriptan) or other relief medications, can cause the next headache to be ... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Trauma: Deep sedation (medically induced coma) can be used to treat continuous epileptic seizures, or severe traumatic brain injury. The brain injury could b... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Jerks vs posture: I assume you mean myoclonus. This is a jerk, like a shock, occurring in a limb or head. Dystonia is a fixed posture, often uncomfortable, like a pers... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 46 years experience
Listening: Intense, brief headaches are most commonly migraine. Recurrent headaches of any variety are overwhelmingly likely to be benign, and my recommended te... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Dutka is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Dutka is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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thank you your information was very helpful why do I also see that some people with vertigo are on oxygen?
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks for your time. I learned something today
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Thanks, I'd never understood migraines before but I'v read a bit now.

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Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, NY
Graduated 1976MD
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