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Dr. William Gaya

Neurology
Ocala, FL
31 years experience male

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William Gaya MD PA

Ocala, FL

Address

801 SW First Ave, Ocala, FL, US
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352-732-0239

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Aetna

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Ocala, FL

About

Bio

Dr. William Gayá grew up in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. His father was Vice President of a local bank and his mother a very talented seamstress. He was inspired by his older sisters whom all pursued teaching careers in Biological Sciences. His interest in Neurology started while in college during an anatomy class. "The descriptive nature of the course while unveiling the secrets of the nervous system fascinated me" - recalls Dr. Gayá. After finishing his studies in University of Puerto Rico, he moved with his wife to North Carolina to complete his training in Neuromuscular Disorders and Electromyography at Chapel Hill. In 1997 joined a group of Neurologist in Marion County Florida involved in acute stroke, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Research. Today, Dr. Gayá offers consultation services to this treasured Central Florida region.

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Neurology

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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Headaches: Could be sinusitis, trigeminal neuralgia, migraine or cluster headaches. Less likely to be other serious conditions although proper diagnostic testin... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Myasthenia gravis: The test is negative based on the normal reference values for that laboratory used. I wonder if modulating ab, anti-musk and anti skeletal muscles an... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Sciatica: Scoliosis can be very disabling in terms of chronic pain. The treatment consideration include massage and physical therapy, acupuncture, muscle relaxe... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Multiple sclerosis : Acute fulminant ms is extremely rare. It may present with headache, vomiting, and eventually coma, inability to respond to profound stimuli. It could ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Advanced directives: I am sorry to hear about your grandfather. If he is able to participate in the decisions to be made regarding his care, then should assist in the proc... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Sleep deprivation: Normal sleep time should be 7 1/2 -8 1/2 hours of sleep every day . It is easier to accomplish that during darker hours of days due to hormonal influe... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Numbness: Numbness in both legs could be related to a neck, mid back (spinal cord) or lower back (spinal nerves) or just peripheral leg nerves) problem. Possibi... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Migraine: There are two kinds of therapies: abortive- design to alleviate the pain during an attack and preventive- designed to reduce frequency and intensity ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Numbness: Numbness could be caused by several possibilities. Carpal tunnel syndrome(cts) where the median nerve is trapped at the wrist, or due to cervical spin... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Smoking: Several approaches: slowly reduce the number of cigarettes by one every 1-2 days. Abrupt cessation with or without the aid of therapy like nicorette g... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Brain power: My best recommendation for a healthy brain is a balanced nutrition including vegetables and avoidance of excessive carbohydrate or processed sugars. E... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Parkinson's Disease: Memory problems is seen commonly seen in patients with parkinson's disease. Other medical conditions need to be excluded as well. Hydrocephalus (water... Read More
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A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Fatigue: I am sorry to hear about your condition. I feel you should either see your family doctor, or internist, or your gynecologist. This will take time. Mak... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
MRI: Some MRI facilities understand this issue and are willing to offer a payment plan or a reasonably affordable discount, check with your physician to ch... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Sleep medicine: I like your question. You are thinking like we doctors like to think. However, when we switch from one medication to another, while one medication ma... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Acetylcholine : Acetylcholine.
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Neuropathy : Hereditary sensorimotor peripheral neuropathy can present with pain, weakness, and numbness. These can result in difficulty with balance or ambulat... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Parkinson's Disease: There is evidence of autonomic nervous system (ANS) dysfunction in patients with parkinson's disease (pd). The ANS works in automatic nerve regulated ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Depression: A depression rebound is common when coming off anti-depression medications. Please contact your doctor immediately and make him aware of what you are ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Headache: It is possible you have migraines. The majority of patients report pain mostly in one side, throbbing, associated with light sensitivity and nausea, ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Dizziness : Perhaps this is not indicative of a disease but just normal human physiology. When working out that long two things my happen: 1-heart rate may be rea... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Stretch: Stretch legs, arms, back and neck before, during and after any workout routine.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Multiple sclerosis : It is common for a patient with multiple sclerosis to attribute any symptom they feel to the ms. However, lapses in memory, like any other symptom, c... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Stroke: What is commonly referred as blood clots may represent two (totally different) serious categories: hemorrhage or ischemia. In hemorrhage the blood lea... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Neuropathy: He conglomeration of symptoms described are hard to sort out without proper history and physical examination. However, a form of porphyria can present... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Seizures: Alcohol intoxication or binge drinking can induce seizures. This can present with convulsion or whole body twitching, loss of consciousness, and loss ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Numbness: The possibilities are too numerous. An adequate history and physical examination performed by your physician would help him to narrow down the possibi... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Headache: Muscle tension type headache or episodic tension type headache is del tile a pressure or vice like sensation. Usually in the forehead. Stress aggravat... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
CSF: Some experts consider CSF protein levels to be normal if the value is equal to or below your age in years. I don't think in your case there is a reaso... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Headache: A proper history and physical exam will help your physician to get to the right diagnosis. There are several possibilities, migraines with autonomic m... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Autism: I guess this will depend on the cause, associated conditions and severity. After addressing these issues with a child psychiatrist or psychologist per... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Brain: Discrepancy in opinions can occur for many reasons. The most likely cause is te fact that the physician you are seeing has valuable information from y... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Headaches: I am sorry to hear that way you feel. Fever shivering extreme headaches and body aches for almost a week warrant urgent medical care for proper diagn... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Pharmacology: Of the three medications Elavil (amitriptyline) the most likely to give you a "fog" sensation and Nuvigil is the least likely. Consult with your phys... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Seizure: It is possible to have more than one type of seizure. However, what you describe could still be absence seizure with a clinical change perhaps in res... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Neuromuscular: Weakness and soreness is not a symptom of HIV or aids. Two negative screening tests for HIV in 4 months is very good indication of no contact with HI... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Headaches: Diarrhea, tiredness, lightheadedness and headache may also just a viral gastroenteritis. Maintain yourself well hydrated. Considered gatorade to reple... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Numbness: Unilateral foot numbness noticed when walking could be due to a plantar nerve problem. Other possibilities are sciatic nerve, tarsal tunnel syndrome,... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Restless leg: Make sure you are taking your prenatal vitamins with iron. Iron replacement therapy helps restless leg in some patients.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Tremors: A fast frequency tremor mainly on one side may de suggestive of a benign essential tremor. This may have a tendency to run in families. Other possibil... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Aneurysm: 120/80. Another option is to monitor the mean arterial pressure (map). Different formulas are available to get an estimation of the map. The basic one... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Lightheaded: Sick feeling and lightheaded not likely to be related to the blood drawn. Sleep well, drink water. I usually recommend 1-2 boiled eggs (if no allergie... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Ethmoid neuralgia: Hard to treat. Nevertheless there are several options from oral medications or nasal sprays. Temporary relief obtained from nasal decongestant. Howeve... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Brain power: My best recommendation for a healthy brain is a balanced nutrition including vegetables and avoidance of excessive carbohydrate or processed sugars. E... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Parkinson's disease: The chances are very very low. The risk may be higher if you have.A first degree relative with the disease who's condition also started at a very you... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Torticollis: Meningitis is inflammation or irritation of the meninges. Can be caused by bacterial, fungal, viral or parasitic infections and rarely due to chemical... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Vibration: I had the same sensations before cell phones era, perhaps triggered by the on call pager when i was an intern. The mechanism is not well understood b... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Nerve cells: Yes, the nervous system can be the target of an inflammatory response by the immune system. If such attack occurs in the brain or spinal cord it is ca... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Sciatica: I am glad you are feeling better. It is possible that you have a disc bulging on l5-s1 lumbar spine. The natural progression is periods of pain with r... Read More
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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Headache: Severe refractory headaches referred as worst headache of my life, specially if abrupt onset, may suggest a very serious condition (brain hemorrhage).... Read More
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Jun 25, 2013
I enjoy and learn from Dr. Gaya's many helpful answers on HealthTap. His tone with patients is calm and reassuring too. Thanks, Dr. Gaya!
May 13, 2013
Dr Gaya is providing an excellent service to the public through Healthtap. I recommend Dr. Gaya.
May 14, 2013
Dr. Gaya always has educational and informative posts and is a great asset to Healthtap
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I have had long term insomnia problems that is how I got addicted to Klonopin first and now Valium. I never successfully withdrew from Klonopin I just substituted Phenibut for the Klonopin and now th...Read More
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Thanks Dr Gaya. Imy doctor says there is no need to taper of either Neurontin or Trazodone and told me to stop both of them immediately. I was taking the Neurontin for neuropathy pain burning sensatio...Read More
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Dr Gaya , I am aware of the danger of stopping Valium suddenly. I would like to do a slow taper off of this medication. I don't care how long the taper takes. I am very sensitive to reductions in dosa...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, PR
Graduated 1992MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY HEALTH SYSTEM

Awards

Clinical Instructor University North Carolina at Chapel Hill
America's Top Physicians 2011 Consumers' Research Council of America
Chief Resident Neurology 1996

Affiliations

American Academy of Neurology
American Medical Association
Florida Neurological Society
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