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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

Tuesday: 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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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 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Twitch: Twitching of an entire side is not a commonly reported side effect of lyrica (pregabalin). By altering nerve function in brain it is possible by theor... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
IIH: I would seek neuro eval. Sometimes a headache worse when laying down that is constant or near all the time with ringing in ears could be pseudo tumor ... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
N: That is a good first choice of tx. Make sure you feel completely normal before retaking it.
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Diaphragm: Usually paralysis of half a diaphragm is a nerve injury. Nerve injuries are less likely than other types of tissue (muscle, bone, etc) to respond to s... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Dizzy: Some people get a drop in blood sugar after eating in response to the food 'load'... Also it is possible for a 'vagal' response after eating with BP d... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Cyst: Until it bothers you i would let is be. Sometimes these cysts will go away on their own. Without symptoms i would record against intervention.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
RSI: In general epidural steroid injections are safe. This is very relative. You want to have failed conservative management such as physical therapy and a... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Immune/sleep: Some parts of the immune system (cellular mediated) are immediately changed (fast changes in chemical mediators such as cytokines), but humoral mediat... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Bells: Medications for bell's palsy usually only expedite recovery and improve the baseline amount of regeneration. The treatments are 1) Prednisone (a corti... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Flu: Usually the flu shot does not cause any symptoms except a sore arm. Your immune system is revved up to allow the body to become immune to the flu viru... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Lle: Possibly coincidental that the left arm and leg are symptomatic unless there is something in the brain causing it. More likely carpal tunnel in hand a... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Lyme: CNS lyme disease can appears similar to that of ms...Both on imaging and in spinal fluid. I recommend lumbar puncture to send for both ms panel and ly... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Citalopram: Paxil (paroxetine) and zoloft are listed safe. All other ssris, there is not enough evidence to say so. One would think if two ssris are safe, the res... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Autonomic: Autonomic dysfunction is impaired function of the part of the nervous system that controls automatic body functions! sweating, GI motility, BP and hr... Read More
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Emg: Constant firing on EMG can mean several things. All depends on the pattern - whether at rest with no muscle contraction/activation (spontaneous activi... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Could: It could worsen. Most aches and pains do worsen as we age. May be beneficial to get an orthotic brace that helps straighten the curvature and reduce a... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Kegel: It is supposed to be effective for many. Cheap and easy.
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Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Period: If your period is heavy or normal, it is unlikely you are pregnant.
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Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Wdk: We do not completely know what causes it. It is thought to be hyperactivity of the nerves, not the muscle.
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A member asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Bp: If this is sudden onset, excruciating, or worse taking deep breath, see a doctor. Pain can often take our breath away when it in volves our truncal mu... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
ON: I would see a pain specialist or neurologist who is able to perform occipital nerve injections.
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A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Rue: Could be right cervical ridiculous thy (pinched nerve), brachial plexopathy or even a mono neuropathy like carpal tunnel causing proximal symptoms...
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Ribs: Could be irritation of a thoracic nerve root...Rare. Possibly but rare to be a lesion in or around the thoracic spinal cord.
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A male asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Lines: Wavy lines in vision when standing up are due to sudden low blood flow to brain...Orthostatic hypotension. Occasionally wavy lines in vision are assoc... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Anx: 20mg is a normal dose, not high or low. The main thing you said is you are better. Obviously weighing the spacey feeling with how much better you are ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Antidepressant: These are different medications in the same class, but different patients typically respond differently to each. They usually have chemical properties... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
?: Not sure i understand question, but all 3 usually calm down 'agitation'. They are rare to cause the opposite effect in the 'normal' brain. In the slee... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Td: Technical definition of tourette's syndrome involves having more than one motor tic and at least a vocal tic.
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Healthy lifestyle: Increase activity level...Brisk walking 4 days a week, 30 minutes a day. Watch total caloric intake. Assume 3500 calories per pound. Assume 1800-2200 ... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Temp: Music can increase relaxation and synchronize brain waves from their disorganization in times of stress. Also great stimulus diffuse lay in the tempor... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
BP: May be able to get an intervention (epidural steroid injection or surgery) that can improve the pain...Sometimes if acute, therapy and traction exerci... Read More
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Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Back: Ttreatment depends on what symptoms and how severe. Incontinence or weakness surgery. Just pain -is therapy, epidural injections.
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Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
See: Usually a day or two. In current news, if 1-4 weeks after the esi you develop persistent back or neck pain, fevers, body aches, etc....Seekf medial at... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Raccoon eyes: Yes along with lack of sleep...Plus smoking.
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Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Dizzy: Usually dizziness on standing equals not enough blood flow getting to the brain...Not unusual when mild. Gravity pulling it down to the legs and not e... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Hand: Hands 'lock up' at the finger joints due to arthritis. Some people have muscle cramps in the hands from nerve problems.
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A member asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Y: Yes this is likely related to hyperthyroidism.
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Tingle: Could be irritation of the supraorbital nerve. Make sure you've had your regular cancer screenings recommended for age. Very very rarely numbness in s... Read More
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Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Numb thigh: The nerve that is numb is dependent on location of numbness...Could be irritation of a nerve in groin.
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Or: If surgery is successful, still prognosis is limited due to seizures, spasticity, mr.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
H2: Both are fairly equivalent in most studies for reflux. Neither have bad drug interactions. I personally like Pepcid (famotidine) complete because it i... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Melas: Teens to 20s usually depending on age of first symptom or stroke.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
No: No. You would have to have the symptoms of mood disorders. Even people without the criteria of mood disorder feel better on Depakote for some reason. ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Thumb...: Trying to understand your question....Thumb numbness is the only symptom? If so, more likely carpal tunnel syndrome...More common in pregnancy. If she... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Bruising: Blood thinners (aspirin, plavix, aggrenox, coumadin, pradaxa, even Ibuprofen or aleve), pristiq, (desvenlafaxine) celebrex...Also vitamin c deficiency... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Sciatic: Usually that is pressure of the baby onto the lumbosacral plexus or sciatic nerve.
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A member asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Left arm: Carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar neuropathy, cervical radiculopathy. Multiple sclerosis. Stroke. Complex migraine. Lots of things. Depends of location of... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
<6 months: Brain metastasis is poor prognostic factor in general...More than one or in multiple regions worse. Likely less than 6 mont.S worse for small than non... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Awaken: Anytime i hear someone say their hand awakens them from sleep, i think of carpal tunnel syndrome...Often tingling, numbness, or even hand pain...
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 16 years experience
Headache: Barometric pressure correlates with rainy weather and can truely affect pressure in the sinuses, especially one that is plugged from its nasal connect... Read More
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Testimonials
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Recommendations
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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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