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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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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447 Answers
289 Agrees
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Alzheimer's disease: This is still a clinical diagnosis in which we see an acquired progressive decline in cognitive, memory, speech or language, personality and judgement... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Parkinson's Disease: Progressive supracuclear palsy is a severe form of parkinsonism. It is characterized by no or minimal response to levodopa, prominent subcortical cogn... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Carpal tunnel: Carpal tunnel syndrome is characterized by hand pain and recurrent numbness or "pins and needle" sensations in the thumb, index, middle finger and the... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Parkinson's disease: There is no protective effect from alcohol in parkinson's disease. There is a protective effect from caffeine and cigarette smoking. Obviously, this ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Carpal tunnel: Maybe. Carpal tunnel syndrome is characterized by hand pain and recurrent numbness or "pins and needle" sensations in the thumb, index, middle finger ... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Multiple sclerosis : Multiple sclerosis is a neurological disorder in which the brain and spinal cord become the target of our own immune system. The myelin, important br... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Raynaud's: First i would consider an allergic reaction to the detergent. Other possibility is raynaud's phenomenon in which there is an exaggerated blood vessel ... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Hearing loss: Acute sensory hearing loss could be due to a viral inflammation of the cochlear nerve. However, many conditions can lead to this problem-vascular , ne... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Neuromuscular : Ask your doctor if he knows why you have severe back pain and what can you do to alleviate the pain. If not able to provide adequate remedy then ask i... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Myoclonus & dystonia: Myoclonus is characterized by a fast jerky movement of a limb or any other part of the body. Dystonia is characterized by a slow continuous movement d... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Fentanyl: Depends on length if treatment. Is acceptable to bring dose down to 12-25mcg patches ande wean from there.
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Myoclonus: If your symptoms are related to this medication then you should expect resolution of your symptoms over a short period of time. Check with your physic... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Pharmacology: Not sure. There is some controversial data that suggests that fermented foods should be avoided in combination with ssri use. The main risk is with MA... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Multiple sclerosis : Researchers are optimistic. Yet, no proven efficacy as of yet. Mortality is down to 1-2%. Check following site: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/m/pubmed/... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Sleep disorder: Insomnia should be treated by eliminating the cause. Using medications masks the problem temporarily. The most effective therapy is practicing a good ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Lumbar stenosis: Lumbar stenosis can present with severe back pain that radiates to the buttock or legs down to the feet. May be associated with numbness and weakness.... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Headache: You likely have headaches from the repetitive head trauma. The best way to know if you need further testing is by seeing your physician or go to exp... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Headaches: I am sorry you have headaches. Headaches can be due to serious medical conditions and require medical attention for proper diagnosis and treatment. I ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Headache: Severe headaches referred as worst headache of my life, specially if abrupt onset, may suggest a very serious condition (brain hemorrhage). Migraine, ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Paroxetine : You need to discuss this with your doctor immediately as there are serious potential risks with this medication.
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Lamictal: Check with your physician immediately. Rash from Lamictal (lamotrigine) can appear anywhere in the body (groin, back, arms, torso). This could be more... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Parkinson's : I no longer recommend coq10 for idiopathic parkinson's disease based on a study by the nih that showed no efficacy. However, it was found to be safe. ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Referred pain: It is hard to tell the cause of your symptoms. It is possible that you have referred pain. This could result from the inflammatory process in the pel... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
HIV: Hiv transmission through oral sex has been documented, but rare. Accurate estimates not available. The risk of transmission from unprotected oral int... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Pain: Upper chest and back pain intermittently recurring after eating suggests gastronesophageal reflux. Gastritis or stomach ulcer are considerations. This... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Paternity: A blood paternity test is the most reliable test to identify the father of a born child. Check: http://www.Nature.Com/scitable/topicpage/paternity-tes... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Pain: Nipple pain could be due to many possibilities including and not limited to friction, hormonal influences, inflammation, infection, or tumors. By far ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Dizziness : Orthostatic hypotension manifests when standing up or walking. It is a sudden drop of blood pressure with positional changes. Aumproms could be report... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Neuromuscular: Injury to long thoracic nerves may result in winging if the scapula. The treatment should aim to prevent further damage and remove causing agent. Con... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Brain power: I have found very useful resting, with adequate sleep time. Some patients benefit from cholinesterase inhibitors like Aricept or exelon (rivastigmi... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Movement disorders: Restless leg syndrome is believed to be due to a Dopamine disorder. It responds well to Dopamine agonist like ropinirole, pramiprexole and neupro (rot... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Neuropathy: A nerve conduction test of the hand testing the median and ulnar nerves (motor and sensory components) may take approximately 15 minutes. If an EMG (... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Migraine: Being episodic unilateral mydriasis or pupillary dilatation can occur in migraine headaches. However, your physician may want to consider proper neuro... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Pituitary disorder: Check with your physician for adequate diagnosis and treatment. You could be right. However, there could be many other possibilities.
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Myelitis: Multiple sclerosis can present with a partial transverse myelitis; neuromyelitis optica; viral post infectious or acute transverse myelitis; sarcoido... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Neuropathy: Yes. Immune mediated neuropathies can occur where the primary target is the myelin and the process is so severe that axonal injury (nerve core) can oc... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Articulate: Read, listen to others, practice outloud.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Neuropathy: I do not know why you have these symptoms. I have seen similar presentation in patients with shingles or postherpetic neuralgia. This is a nerve respo... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Multiple sclerosis : Very good question. The purpose of the peg should be to maintain nutritional support in the presence of inability to swallow. Some articles question i... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Parkinson's : Yes there is. A neurologist is the kind of physician who works with parkinson's disease. There are some neurologist who have special interest or addit... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
MS: It is hard to develop an opinion about possible diagnosis without a physical exam. However, if your doctor is ordering a spinal tap it suggests that h... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Fibromyalgia: It is hard to make proper diagnosis without adequate history and physical examination. I suggest that you discuss your symptoms with your physician fo... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
CSF : A lumbar puncture provides vital information by measuring two components: 1. The opening pressure which helps to determine if you have abnormally ele... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Numbness : In young patients, demyelinating disorders is always a consideration. Other autoimmune disorders, or vitamin deficiencies may need to be excluded. Che... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Clonazepam: Clonazepam can cause memory problems . Amnesia, impaired concentration, drowsiness and confusion are among the most common side effects of this medic... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Sciatica : Most patients with sciatica obtain relief with conservative therapy. If physical therapy with stretching exercises did not help you may need further t... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Parkinson's Disease: The age of onset of idiopathic parkinson's disease (ipd) is usually older than 40. Onset between 20-40 is young onset pd; onset before 20 is known as ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Autoimmune: There are several autoimmune neuropathies that can be very disabling, in particular guillain barre syndrome, due of its fast progression, can be very ... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Multiple sclerosis : Good question. Many autoimmune disorders have a prominent genetic predisposition with variable degree of inheritance. We believe most of those conditi... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 31 years experience
Dystonia: Writer's cramp is a type of focal dystonia in which patients report pain and distortion of the hand and forearm while writing. Few medications may be ... 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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