Dr. Andrew Reeves

Neurology
Mankato, MN
32 years experience male

Locations

Mayo Clinic

Mankato, MN

Address

1015 Marsh St., Mankato, MN
Directions

About

Bio

Interested in epilepsy, autonomic disorders, multiple sclerosis, and general Neurology. Medical School, Neurology residency, EEG/Epilepsy fellowship all done at Mayo Clinic. I am a metal sculptor and play lead guitar at Elevate Church in Mankato. I build guitar pedals from scratch, and I bake homemade bread--yum!

Specialties
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Neurology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

424 Answers
133 Agrees
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A member asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Difficult. : Symptoms which occur very seldom are quite hard to track down!. Once a year is...Odd. That means the usual cardiac problems can be ruled out. Makes ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Sometimes: Sometimes long term cure. Rarely, chemical injury can occur. Remember that steroids are like real estate: it's all location.
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Many things: As an expert in diagnosing and treating epilepsy, many times i've had to "undiagnose" a person from epilepsy. It all depends upon the circumstances in... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Fortunately, no!: ...or we'd almost all have strokes.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Depends...: Upon which type of epilepsy you have. Many cases are not genetic, in which case your child would not have any particular risk.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
well....: If you are referring to a generalized convulsive seizure, because the seizure includes the breathing muscles, there's nothing you can actually do to c... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Happens a lot: There is increased risk of injury or worse if no one is around. But you can't live life in a fish bowl, under constant surveillance. Seizures alone ha... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Yes: "Epilepsy" just means "probe to recurrent seizures." It's a description ...like saying someone has knee pain...but doesn't say anything about WHY, or ... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Unlikely: "growing out" of epilepsy mostly occurs with children whose epilepsy abates with puberty. There are other instances, of course, but that's the majorit... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Depends upon age: The "most common" cause of epilepsy depends upon the age of the person. In the first years of life, birth injury, genetic causes, etc. Middle years ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Not unless...: Only if you have major neurologic difficulties and are seen by a neurologist.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Other way: Vice versa; your birth control pill can make the Lamotrigine less effective.
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Sleep : If you have epilepsy and where you live causes loss of sleep (noisy, etc.) it may increase chances of a seizure. It won't give you epilepsy, but slee... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Unsure: Hard to be sure. Hyperventilating can cause those symptoms. If the feeling is on both sides of the face, and waxes & wanes, then it is unlikely to... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
It doesn't: Treatments for MS don't cure it; they just slow down its progression.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Vitamin: Vitamin b-12 deficiency is rather more common in vegans. Consider oral replacement.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Generally yes: Although the cause(s) of "benign intracranial hypertension" or "pseudotumor cerebri" or iih are not known, it is clear that losing substantial weight... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Can: Yes, it can. And if the peripheral neuropathy is mostly of the small fibers (burning numbness) then an EMG will typically be normal.
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Normal: Those are normal values. Something else is likely causing your dizziness.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Complex. : It is a complex question. It depends yon many factors, and the research is ever-evolving (there was a recent study about valproic acid, for example)... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Tussive syncope?: What you describe sounds more like tussive syncope than actual seizures. There are several possible contributing factors (lung diseases, certain con... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Yes: Yes, the receptors are constantly recycled in the cell membranes. Amount of time varies from cell type to cell type and also by receptor type. Shou... Read More
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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Link?: Memory lapse...Mri showing poor circulation? Doesn't sound linked. Plain mris don't really show "poor circulation" as such. Could you have had tran... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Very few: We sometimes try baclofen, valium derivatives, some seizure meds.... Sometimes l-dopa. But they don't work very well. Botox generally works better.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Other way: In some cases it is the other way around. I've seen a number of cases where the person develops a neuropathy (giving numbness and tingling in limbs)... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Bulges: Discs naturally bulge as we age. Unless there is evidence on MRI and on exam that the disc is actually pushing on some other structure (typically a n... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Nope: Outcome depends upon cause, not severity.
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A 85-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Hmmmm: If "not good result" means you have cancer, then i suggest you 1. Get a good idea from two oncologists what effect treatment might have on your usefu... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Nope: It likely means your sleep apnea prevented you from getting into rem. Once treated, many apnea patients have "rem rebound" and dream a lot for severa... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Interesting: You describe an unusual, interesting situation. Anhidrosis (lack of sweating) which comes on at 10 is less likely to be genetic, and more likely du... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Before : ... Before you can have a treatment that makes sense, you have to have a diagnosis. Treatment depends upon diagnosis. Perhaps start with your prima... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Caution: Multiple long term studies have shown permanent effects on motivation and cognitive processing speed from using marijuana regularly. These are also pr... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Bulk up: In all the dystonias i've seen, i can't think of one where the abnormal contraction itself caused muscle injury. Usually, the muscle bulks up due t... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Bp drop: By being down so long your body adjusts your blood pressure lower. Then, when you stand up, your pressure drops low enough that you have the sympto... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Depends. : We all get these as we get older. A few, small ones are typically not of any concern at your age. They increase with age and problems (blood pressure... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Nope. : Brain tumor symptoms don't come and go over 2 seconds. It is something else, probably nothing serious.
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Many things: One thing is a peripheral neuropathy, but that usually starts in the feet, later gets into the fingers. It's not really arms and legs, but more a ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
PT: Physical therapy would be a good starting place. You might need cervical traction, or other modalities. You'll need a referral from your doc. Best o... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Start simple: Start simple and check whether a shoe could be compressing one of the nerves in your foot. (i get this from my biking shoes.) a blood flow problem to ... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Depends where: Excess calcium deposited in the tissues, usually sufficient that it can be seen on a ct scan. Whether it is a problem depends, in part, on where t... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Your doc: It all depends upon why your vision is that way. It's a good question to ask your ophthalmologist.
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
If you were low: On thyroid, and now are taking replacement, you might sleep less, which could feel like insomnia.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Depends...: If you're seizure-free, surgery is generally not indicated anyway. If not seizure-free, sometimes different needs can be more effective...though MTS d... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Well....: Sometimes people have seizure-like events which are due to underlying psychiatric issues. They look like epileptic seizures, but they aren't. It's pos... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Various....: Lyme disease. Susac syndrome. Post-encephalitis settings. Certain disorders of coagulation (especially those causing venous problems). That's a short ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Not directly: If it helps your sleep that could help reduce your tendency to have seizures. It is an indirect effect. Lack of sleep makes it easier to have seizures... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Probably not: First, pineal cysts are reasonably common and typically don't amount to much. The visual symptoms you describe are quite unlikely to be related to s... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Ignore: The normal level of any drug is zero. Above that is a "commonly useful range, " not a "normal range.".
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 32 years experience
Unusual: It is unusual to start two seizure drugs at once, especially for a first-time seizure. Your physician may have a very good reason, however, and so I s... Read More
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Testimonials
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HealthTap member
Jun 1, 2013
I highly recommend this Doctor for any and all neurological issues. If there is a way that I can possibly have him intervene on my behalf with my present doctor I shall not hesitate.
HealthTap member
Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Reeves is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Reeves is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Went to hospital pinched nerve between shoulder blade n spine hence pain in arm tingling legs cuz I wasn't moving enough cuz of the pain
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Thanks for your quick reply! But I think it's more than that. It's been getting progressively worse over the last 7 months . I say something,and rpeat it a few mins
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you if my gyno don't seem to want to help should I ask her for a different doctor something not right with my body

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, MN
Graduated 1991MD

Residency

Mayo Clinic

Awards

Teacher of the Year, 2008
Top Doctor, Third Place, Minnesota - Summer
2013
Top Neurologist , First Place, Minnesota - Summer
2013
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