Dr. John Baker

Neurology
Sumter, SC
16 years experience male

Locations

Colonial Neurology

Sumter, SC

Address

385 W. Wesmark Blvd., Sumter, SC
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Fax

(803) 905-1390

Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina

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About

Bio

General neurologist, specialty in Headache Medicine & Neuroimaging UCNS certified;, seeing adolescents to elderly. Sports fanatic, family man.

Specialties
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Neurology

Neuroradiology

Licenses

United States: North Carolina, South Carolina

Doctor Q&A

227 Answers
88 Agrees
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Headache : Yes it can. Chronic use of any as needed headache or pain medication can cause rebound headaches when stopped.
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Groin: Many a thing can cause this...Hernia, pinched nerve (whether nerve in back or a nerve right there in the groin), pulled muscles. Often this is difficu... Read More
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Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Platysma: Over stretching the plays a muscle...Possibly sternocleidomastoid muscle strain.
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Spots: Usually not know or no attributable cause. Sometimes from migraines, small vessel disease from blood pressure/diabetes/smoking, or genetics, or even h... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Hand: It sounds like you compromised at least the nerves in the hand, more likely median but could be radial or ulnar depending on what weakness you have. A... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Numb: Face numbness could be caused by many things...Usually in the brain. Recommend neuro eval asap.
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Cts: Carpal tunnel is a veeeery common problem. Usually its caused by repetitve wrist use or nighttime positioning during sleep with wrists flexed. Often h... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Sleep: In many ways! primarily sleep allows the circadian (night and day) rhythm cycle to reset. Also in doing so, it allows for the clarity of mind to be re... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Glaucoma: There is caution recommended for Cymbalta (duloxetine) in people with 'uncontrolled' angle closure glaucoma, not open angle glaucoma. Wellbutrin is no... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Headache: Headache associated with a fever, with congestion from the cold, or sinusitis.
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
LN: You need to see a physician to be examined. Concerns would be thyroid or infection, possibly cancer.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Nose: Congestion along with this would be most common. Obstruction of nasal passage would be most likely, whatever the cause.
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A member asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Ulnar: Likely ulnar neuropathy....Either guyon's canal (less likely) or moreso from elbow/ulnar groove...Pressure often while asleep or tension with elbows b... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Yes: In some associated way yes you can get these symptoms from low cortisol and kidney dysfunction.
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Cp: Could be as serious as angina (not enough blood flow to heart) or reflux/costochondritis. See a doctor!
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
NMO?: If truly abnormal on both axial and sagittals, neuro myelitis optica (nmo), an ms like condition. That is if a single long streak. If multiple small s... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Mp: Sounds like irritation of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve around the anterior superior iliac spine in inguinal region...Usually seen in folks who ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Yes: Yes but it would be better if you had to take it less often...Less headache.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Voice: Is it shaky when you talk ever? Do your hands shake when eating or using your hands? This could be essential tremor....Also could be spasmodic dysphon... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Sinusitis: Usually chronic sinusitis does not affect the brain. I would assume the chronic sinusitis appears 'typical'...Obviously very rarely (one in million) s... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Brain: My opinion on chronic microvascular changes...Most important is how bad. Sometimes there are a few small speckles seen in people with migraines that a... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Visual EPs: One can place eeg type leads over back of head and flash led light, recording whether or not the visual cortex of brain receives any signal from flash... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Atlanto-occipital: It is in general back to have instability of this joint since spinal cord goes through this joint. Breathing control goes down this part of spinal cor... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Concussion: It is recommended to slowly reAengage yourself back into normal daily activities, with avoiding any activity that makes your head hurt or any other sy... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Remeron (mirtazapine): It can take 2-3 weeks for side effects to lessen in antidepressant use. Sometimes fluoxetine takes longer. Obviously given Remeron often causes sleepi... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Twitches: There are many conditions that cause muscles to twitch. Many of these are either benign (cramp fasciculation syndrome or benign fasciculation syndrome... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Serotonin: This combination is safe in most people, but the combination can cause an excess of serotonin triggering anxiety, tremor, and other symptoms of seroto... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Uti: A second generation cephalosporin like ceftum would be a little narrower spectrum that i would use in an ICU patient with a neurodegenerative conditio... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
...: Usually caffeine, extreme anxiety even if not outward anxious, hyperthyroidism, adrenal hyper function, many stimulant medications...Alcohol can cause... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Sz: It is not entirely one reason or even completely understood. But sleep is generated and processed through deep structures of the brain, and so are sei... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Twitching: Usually single or two muscle facial twitching will resolve on its own. Often occurring when we are under high stress or sleep deprived. In those setti... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Dizzy: The type of symptom you are having during a spell is most important- sensation of movement/spinning, lightheadedness, imbalance. How long it lasts is ... Read More
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A 71-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
MRI : I would be concerned that this was resultant from either ischemia from carotid stenosis embolism or also possible...Optic neuritis... I was seen an ey... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Meds: Low sodium is a not uncommon side effect of many medications (antidepressants, diuretics), and low vitamin d is a function of not getting enough sunli... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Habit: Usually rocking is a habit...Once in a while it can be a biochemical imbalance in the brain that is either the body trunk's equivalent to a tremor in ... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
DDD: Exercise would be the best longterm. Short term - physlcal therapy. Then other medications such as nsaids...Ibuprofen or aleve (naproxen).
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Dizzy: Primary doctor first, then consider cardiologist, neurologist or ent. I would say the latter two if there is a sensation of spinning or movement, as o... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Tgn: For some people, topical anesthetic s like Lidocaine do work. Obviously not everyone. Safe enough to try if your doctor recommends it.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Mvc: It sounds like you have both orthopedic (shoulder joint) and neurologic (brachial plexus branches) injury from your car accident. Symptoms should not ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Vomit: Lots of people become nauseated, throw up, or have rising abdominal pain before seizure...Some epilepsy syndromes such as panayiotopoulos syndrome inc... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Exercises: I assume you mean you are having difficulty bending your knee? If so, it is very important to slowly start bending the knee and straightening it as to... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
LNs: Time to get an exam. Sensitive skin from elbow down forearm to 5th finger is often pressure on the ulnar nerve at elbow. But with axillary lymph nodes... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Late: Still could be pregnant even with spotting.
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Vzv: Sshingles can cause separate neurologic manifestations (neuropathy, myelitis, etc) from the rash and pain. Would be very unlikely to occcur at same ti... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Yes: Yyes. Just keep your TSH and ft4 checked regularly. We have bcaa in our body. Only concern would be iodinated products, or chlorinated, brominated, fl... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Bp: Sounds like idiopathic brachial neuritis or parsonage turner syndrome. Course of steroids orally to see if can recover.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Arm: Depending on where numbness or weakness is...Sounds like you injured the radial nerve or brachial plexus, common in breaking arm.
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Nerve: There are several nerves that can be affected during a hernia repair and even an appendectomy...Usually the outer or lateral thigh is the lateral femo... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Ca: The important distinction is whether these symptoms started just after kidney surgery (acute nerve injury) or gradually and progressive (such as with ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Sinus: Sounds in general the right diagnosis, but the antibiotic he or she prescribed you may not have been effective at clearing it. Also possible it is vir... Read More
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
Oct 19, 2012
Thorough, Accurate & precise. Very impressive indeed.
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Sep 8, 2016
He may be busy, but even though he was not able to completely resolve my problem, I would recommend him to any patient.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Baker is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you for taking time out of your schedule to help people like me. I have been so worried about my Mom and I'm trying to research her MRI results because the doctors...Read More
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Im 28 w/4 herniated disc 3 w/central protrusion w/thecal sac tears, PT unsuccessful, pain now down legs. SI joint damag bc L leg 1/2" longer
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I walk every day about 5 miles lost weight to help it. It's just my doctor treats me like he don't belive me or that's what it feels like

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of South Carolina School of Medicine, SC
Graduated 2007MD

Residency

DUKE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

Awards

John T. Stevens Foundation Award
Clinical Neurology Award, USC SOM 2007
Thought Leader, Second Place, South Carolina - Winter
2015

Affiliations

American Academy of Neurology
American Headache Society
International Headache Society

Publications

The Effects of Caregiving for Patients with Alzheimer's Disease
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