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Dr. David Roberts

Neurology
Sequim, WA
37 years experience male

Locations

Olympic Neurology

Sequim, WA

Address

675 N. 5th Avenue, Suite 3B, Sequim, WA
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Wednesday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
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3607971368

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Neurology

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65 Answers
9 Agrees
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
Blood patch: If not already done, a blood patch may speed recovery. If not, evaluation by a neurologist is recommended.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
Probable spondylosis: Likely arthritis is the culprit. Muscle spasm generally comes with it, and can cause some swelling and burning. The primary cause of bruising or sca... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
Not likely: The nerve pain described is very non specific. Headaches can be associated with nausea and a pressure sensation inside your head. This could be a si... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
Not to worry: Your "cold" is still recovering, and the fluid in your eustachian tube is making noise. It should pass shortly. If not, see your doctor.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
See your doctor: Virgin or not, these symptoms should be investigated.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
Not usually: Universally, vaccines have had a wonderful impact on global health. Individually, there is always a risk of an adverse effect, that can be severe. I... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
Yes: Midodrine causes stimulation of the adrenergic receptors, causing vascular constriction and increased blood pressure. It is particularly useful when... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
It's electric: Spinal cord stimulators use electricity to stimulate groups of nerves in the spinal cord. This acts like a traffic jam, to block pain signals. Unfor... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
Possibly: Referral of pain can radiate to several locations. However, disc bulging at l5-s1 is common and doesn't always have associated pain. If the hip pain... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
Lot of possibilities: With hypothyroidism, muscle spasm would be a good first bet, causing pain, and possibly causing associated rib or joint distortion. Nerve pinch is mo... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
Muscle and low CO2: Crying usually consists of many muscles tightening, sometimes in almost spasmodic nature. Combine this with associated hyperventilation, and chest ti... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
Probably job and med: Mirtazapine may not be the best medication for you. It can be associated with dizziness, nausea, and anxiety, despite its potential for benefit. Com... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
Unlikely: This sounds much more complex than the use of marijuana. Guilt over the use, for example, could be much more difficult in certain beliefs, than any h... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
No: Just let the doctors know that you may have some tendency towards apnea, so that they will watch for oxygen levels. After surgery, i would definitely... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
Probably normal: Everyone has missed heartbeats occasionally, followed by a very strong heartbeat. Stimulants like caffeine, sleep deprivation and anxiety can increas... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
Yes: Prednisolone is known to cause weight gain due to its tendency to make one crave carbohydrates, and due to its properties that puts the body in "conse... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
Thoracic Outlet Synd: There are multiple potential causes for your symptoms, one of which is thoracic outlet syndrome. However, a lung lesion, especially at the top of the... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
Mania and depression: There are varying degrees and types of bipolar disorder, and it is best diagnosed and treated by a psychiatrist. If you have days of mania, where you... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
It is routine: Although risks of procedures vary, under the right hands, an angiogram is safe and commonly done. The risks of not having one done, and missing somet... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
See your doctor: This could be infectious, auto-immune, metabolic, or even nutritional. This needs a comprehensive medical history, examination, and likely laboratory... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
Usually both: The medications help with the chemical component of anxiety, but without psychological therapy, they will have less value. Coping skills are very imp... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
Not ulnar nerve: Sounds like Thoracic Outlet Syndrome may be involved. Ulnar nerve does not affect the forearm - that is C8 nerve root. Thoracic Outlet syndrome can ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
Arms: It is difficult to adequately exercise when back and knee pain are issues. However, arm exercises can be intense and aerobic. Even better, water exe... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
See your doctor: This could be one of several problems, including trigeminal neuropathy, meralgia paresthetica, or of inflammatory origin. It could even be from brain... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
See Psychiatrist: Xanax (alprazolam) is a good medication, but it is not always appropriate for anxiety. There may be other things going on that are metabolic, or you ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
Disconnected: Autism is a disorder characterized by qualitative impairments in communication and social interaction, with restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped pa... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
Yes: Although the answer is yes, you should be seen by a qualified healthcare provider.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
No: However, safe is a relative question, when this medication is used. Usually, Cyclosporine is used to suppress rejection in transplants. It can also ... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
Review with Doctor: Usually a few small foci are of little concern, and merely mean that there is some small vessel disease, as occurs with high blood pressure, diabetes,... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
Probably: The real question is, why are you taking the Dilaudid and lorazepam? Every body has different ability to digest drugs, and a week of detox isn't li... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
Anemia: Until the anemia is improved, it must be the likely etiology. While walking, there are neurochemicals that help you to stay awake and even reduce pai... Read More
A 77-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
Prolotherapy: There is a 5-7 year process for these types of problems to heal. If this isn't surgical, consider prolotherapy injections, that will strengthen suppo... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
Rib dislocation: Probable rib dislocation. Sometimes an injection of steroid in the back, can relax the muscles, so that the rib will return into place. Sometimes ad... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
Don't worry about it: The sternum and xyphoid have a joint that can pop, just like a knuckle. The sliding noise may be a variation of that same joint. Or it could just be... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
Yes to both: Adhd meds are usually stimulants, which are known to cause dizziness. They also cause an increased metabolic rate that demands more food. Without th... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
See Neurologist: A medical neurologist can help with accuracy in diagnosis, and is not a surgeon, so he can render a non-biased opinion on the best treatment. He may ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
It should not: None of the key aspects of the pituitary gland are significantly affected by hepatitis. Acth involves action with the adrenal gland, TSH with the thy... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
Seek help: More information is obviously needed, but after 2 years, this is either a surgical case, or needs help beyond pt and epidural injections. If it is no... Read More
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
Yes and yes.: Low back pain can be associated with nerve root irritation, that can cause abnormal muscle tone, and even abnormal muscle contractions. However, it i... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
Probably autoimmune: Preceding infection, such as flu, seems to trigger the event. The only variant with genetic predisposition is acute motor axonal neuropathy, in japan... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
Probably migraines: Small vessel disease, and migraines can cause multiple areas of small ischemia, and even infarction, in these regions. Unfortunately, without seeing ... Read More
A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
Viral: Likely viral labyrinthitis or vestibular neuronitis. This is usually self- limited and should clear with time. However, it is worth seeing a doctor,... Read More
A 69-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
Water excercises: Water naturally reduces the effects of gravity on worn out joints. The other benefits include quick removal of excess heat during exercise.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
Need work up: The following should be checked: 1) neurological examination, including for orthostatic hypotension. 2) labs, to include pt/ptt, cbc, comprehensive ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
Possibly some depres: Carbohydrates give a quick source of euphoria and can act as an antidepressant. It is probably the rigidity of the diet and loss of carbohydrate "hig... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
History and exam: There would need to be a pattern of pain or numbness that fits the nerve distribution, or nerve twig. Likely, there would be history of injury to the... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
Theoretically yes: Fibromyalgia is only beginning to be understood, because testing is very limited. It tends to involve muscles and associated tissues, rather than the... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
Could be C5, C6, C7: C5 is the deltoid region of the arm. C6 is the thumb and index finger C7 is the middle finger C8 is the little finger. Thoracic Outlet Syndrome can al... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
No, but some might..: Pregnenolone is a precursor to many steroids, including cortisol, sex hormones, and dhea. If your measured levels of pituitary and adrenal function ... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Roberts
37 years experience
Vit.D deficiency: First, get vitamin d to at least 30, preferably 40. This causes a lot of pain. Higher calcium will cause sedation and sleepiness, not insomnia. ... Read More

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Oct 5, 2013
Answer was very detailed, reassuring, and knowledgable. I appreciate it so much.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Roberts is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Roberts is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thank you... I think I'm going to have to go to the ER. I had gallstone problems last year and this pain is worst than that.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you thats great info. I rrequested GA as I suffer serious anxiet
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! My Pain Dr keeps saying no relation, although I have tested it.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UC
Graduated 1985MD

Residency

University of California DAVIS MEDICAL CENTER

Awards

Compassionate Doctor award 2010, 2011, 2012
Patient's Choice Award 2010, 2011, 2012
Top Neurologist , First Place, Washington - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Olympic Medical Center
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