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Dr. John Baker

Neurology
Sumter, SC
14 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

CIGNA Health Care

Medicaid

Tricare

UnitedHealthcare

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Medicare

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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

285 Answers
111 Agrees
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Tinnitus: Most commonly tinnitus is due to damage to the nerve that allows us to hear. There can be other causes such as benign rumors of that nerve or increase... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Post-LP headache: First thing, lay down. Don't get up. Second, hydrate - water/Gatorade/Powerade. And third, caffeine and ibuprofen (per instructions)! If not better in... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Yes: Any impact to the head has potential for causing concussion. There are even instances of concussion without direct impact to the head, rare though.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Take: Take fish oil supplement from a reputable brand (nature's made, way, etc) and with food/meal.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Allergy: It is presumed, though not very well proven, that having sufficient body stores of vitamins c/e, zinc, and b vitamins to fight off illnesses. The best... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Ed: Common symptom of erectile dysfunction...Usually psychological, also could be medical (diabetes, ets). See a doc!
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Rsd: I really like mgmt of conditions such as cprs with alternative techniques such as acupuncture as opposed to medications. The only thing i recommend is... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Lip: It is not uncommon for us all to have a lip twitch occasionally. The more it occurs, the more concerning for a clinical diagnosis of conditions simila... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
WBC: Sometimes medications such as steroids, Prednisone for example, can elevated WBC count. Stress can as well. Depends on how long this has been going on... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Csf: If you have CSF rhinorrhea you should see a neurosurgeon or specializzed ENT asap. No homeopathic medicine helps this.
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Face: It would be very rare that sinus problems could cause face numbness/tingling. In rare cases, an organism that invades the sinus wall could do this. Re... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Dissection?: I would recommend seeing your doctor soon. Not enough info or exam to tell, but could be a vertebral dissection or narrowing of a blood vessel in back... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Tc: Torn triceps, tendonitis, broken humerus?
A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Discitis: Most of the time antibiotics are used if thought to be infectious in origin.
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Yes: Yes very much so. We know that stress and anxiety correlates with higher cortisol levels that then raise blood sugar levels.
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Migraine: This is very variable. Triptans and nsaids are two biggest classes. I find many people cannot tolerate 5 or 6the of the triptans but respond great to ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Neuro: This is very variable. Some will allow for payment plans, some require up. Front payments. Average consultation i would estimate $150-$200.
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Prozac (fluoxetine): Class c in pregnancy which means probably safe, but it is recommended not to be on after 20 weeks pregnant.
A member asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Cts: 6 weeks...Or until you can carry 20 lbs with the operated hand...
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Variable!: This is one of the things that is least understood by patients awaiting their appointment time and by referring providers...Seeing a basic migraine or... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Pinches nerve: Pinched back (lumbosacral) nerve roots can cause tingling in sole of foot if around s1 or back of foot if l5... But if both sides, symmetric, more lik... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Lupus: Lupus can have many problems associated with it...Some are symptoms due to the inflammation the condition causes itself and some are specific problems... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
QOL: Question would be how otherwise healthy is your grandfather. Why the seizure? History of seizures? Probably better if history of seizures, since peopl... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Balance: Balance is multifacted. Should get a good neurologic exam to pinpoint problem. Metabolic, inherited, inner ear or coordination ctr in brain.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Uti: These are not symptoms of a uti. Recommend medical evaluation.
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Stroke: For most people symptoms of a stroke result in a loss of function...So feeling this loss of function, yes most people do feel this.
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Bp: For me, decision on surgery or even what surgery really depends on the symptoms (true radiation of pain, maneuvers that make pain worse like lateralbe... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Traz: May consider a different nighttime medication. There are a few medications that help with nightmares assoc with ptsd but usually I do not recommend ad... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Rosy: Sounds like flushing...Hormonal (menopausal?), hyperthyroidism, or adrenal dysfunction. Just some thoughts.
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Dystonia: It can cause muscle to contract and appear like swelling, but usually it is not swelling from dependency of fluid as usually cause of swelling of legs... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Depression: Postpartum depression occurs after giving birth to a child, and major depression is under normal circumstances, with stricter timing guidelines of dur... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Yes: Yes at a small normal size. It can enlarge but pathological.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Ttourette: There are no other effects of tourette's except what may be associated psychologically due to its impact on the person's place and feeling in society.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Olfaction: Loss of sense of smell is an early symptom or sign of neuro degenerative conditions such as alzheimer's and parkinson's disease.
A member asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Ipituitary: You cannot 'heal' as in cause it to go away. There is a possibility that it may shrink if the correct medication to adjust any problems with the hormo... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Pain: As needed management for neck and back pain is much different than management for every day longterm symptoms. Acute or treatment as needed pain...Tyl... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Tingling ears: Assuming you do not meaning ringing...Tingling ears possibly from laying on the nerves that exit the skull to give rise to sensation of the ear...If y... Read More
A 92-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Bp: Could be bp. Could be other medications. Could be increased attentiveness in the afternoon. Nothing about 90to year old is predictable except they do ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Hormones: Irregular cycles not uncommon, more common with low bmi women and very high bmis...Hormonal fluctuations likely to blame.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Eval: Depends on whether the atrophy looks prenatal, normal brain otherwise. Work up for neuro developmental diseases...Deficiencies, thyroid dysfunction, e... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Lle + eye: Not many things involve both the eye and the left leg. To fit both into one place, it'd be the brain. Otherwise they could be unrelated. Location in t... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Many: Sounds like most likely....Also could be diabetes, thyroid problems...
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Sleep: It is always best to start managing trouble sleeping without medication, such as by entertaining yourself to fall asleep, adjusting sleep hygiene (no ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Ha: I would ensure vision is okay, and most likely tension headaches, stress a common cause.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Arms: If the pain starts in the neck and goes dowwn the arms, more likely related to a disc in the neck pressing on a nerve. If starts in arms and radiates ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Neuro: By having an accident during an attack of narcolepsy, one could die. Rarely outside of accidental death due to the condition does neurologic sleep dis... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Dz: This could result from anything from thyroid enlargement and pressure on esophagus, to reflux, to heart pains or angina. If one is nauseated first, it... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Yes: Apnea technically is the cessation of breathing, usually caused by blockage of the airways in the throat or from the brain not sending signals to brea... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 14 years experience
Migraine: Yes, it is helpful to think of migraines as a genetic problem with outside triggers or influences that make them more frequent or severe (hormones, fo... Read More

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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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