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Dr. Michael Nelson

Neurology
Lafayette, CA
24 years experience male

Locations

Diablo Neurology

Lafayette, CA

Address

PO Box 1338, Lafayette, CA
Directions

Practice website

Fax

(925) 299-9024

Michael Nelson MD

Washougal, WA

About

Bio

Board certified adult neurologist in the Portland, Oregon area. Special interests in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, but also has excellent general neurology background.

Specialties
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Neurology

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31 Answers
11 Agrees
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Nelson
Neurology 24 years experience
Dizziness difficult: Dizziness is very difficult to diagnose because it could mean imbalance vertigo or lightheadedness. Yours may be more like vertigo because it was tri... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Nelson
Neurology 24 years experience
It is normal for age: It is unfortunate that they use the word disease to describe the mild changes of your lumbar and thoracic spine. I never see a MRI report that is int... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Nelson
Neurology 24 years experience
It depends: Vertigo can be difficult to treat and diagnose. Consider seeing a neurologist or otolaryngologist (ENT) for another opinion.
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Nelson
Neurology 24 years experience
Keep Trying: Vertigo can be difficult to treat and diagnose. Consider seeing a neurologist or otolaryngologist (ENT) for another opinion.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Nelson
Neurology 24 years experience
Disc will change: Discs are not solid structures and will change shape, so a bulging disc may not be as pronounced or may worsen over time. Because back pain and bulgi... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Nelson
Neurology 24 years experience
Focal vs diffuse: Radiculopathy is a pinched nerve in the spine and makes very specific symptoms in a specific dermatomal pattern. Crps affects a broader area such as ... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Nelson
Neurology 24 years experience
Quickly: Gabapentin (brand name neurontin) will be effective in about an hour after taking the first dose and lasts about 6-7 hours. If you have constant pain... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Nelson
Neurology 24 years experience
Not sure: The mechanism is unclear, but commonly patients will have 2-3 pounds of water retention that will be seen as ankle/foot swelling and will resolve with... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Nelson
Neurology 24 years experience
Multiple causes: Brief, sharp head pains are usually not concerning and can be due to jaw issues, muscle pain, or sometimes exercise induced. Treatment is limited bec... Read More
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A 68-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Nelson
Neurology 24 years experience
Infection = delirium: If someone was previously without cognitive trouble, they won't suddenly develop alzheimer's or another dementia with an infection. A sudden change i... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Nelson
Neurology 24 years experience
Not really.: There are different causes of dementia and rarely are they genetic. Plus even if you have one of these rare genes, it does not mean you will become d... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Nelson
Neurology 24 years experience
Left arm nerve issue: Heart attack symptoms can cause left arm symptoms, but in a young patient without other issues would be very unusual. It also should not be migraine ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Nelson
Neurology 24 years experience
Formed long ago: The vast majority of brain cysts are congenital, meaning they formed when your brain was forming as an embryo and are innocent. The benign brain cyst... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Nelson
Neurology 24 years experience
Common back pain: Musculoskeletal back pain is most commonly worse sitting or lying down. It is also common to wake up stiff. This should resolve with conservative me... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Nelson
Neurology 24 years experience
Pituitary gland: Fullness of the adenohypophysis refers to a mild enlargement of the anterior pituitary gland. The pituitary gland is the "master gland" and regulates... Read More
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A 67-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Nelson
Neurology 24 years experience
Probably not: Glaucoma is a condition of increased eye pressure. It is normally found due to vision changes or on a routine eye examination. Because nausea is not... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Nelson
Neurology 24 years experience
See your doctor: This could represent a blood clot in your leg. The fact that it is one sided and rapidly changing is what i find concerning.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Nelson
Neurology 24 years experience
2.5 days: Its half-life is 9-14 hours and a medicine is completely out of your system in five half lives, thus approximately 2 1/2 days.
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Nelson
Neurology 24 years experience
Gluten: I would also add that you may have gluten intolerance based on your symptoms. Celiac disease is more rare than gluten intolerance but leads to malabs... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Nelson
Neurology 24 years experience
May reduce B12: Medications that reduce acid production in the stomach may reduce our absorption of vitamins because we don't digest food as well. Some people also n... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Nelson
Neurology 24 years experience
Nystagmus not alone: Vertical nystagmus is a rare neurology sign to begin with but would be extremely rare not associated with dizziness. Nystagmus is what your eyes and ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Nelson
Neurology 24 years experience
Not muscle : Myoclonus is a neurological sign that is due to elevated reflexes. Elevated reflexes, particularly if just on one side, can represent a spinal cord o... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Nelson
Neurology 24 years experience
Depends: Is this related to a medication, surgery , or accident? What happened that someone told you to be on the look out for symptoms?
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Nelson
Neurology 24 years experience
No you can't: By deep coma, i assume you mean a prolonged coma that is not reversible. If that is correct, then a medically induced coma cannot cause a deep coma b... Read More
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A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Nelson
Neurology 24 years experience
Change meds: Escitalopram (brand name lexapro) is an ssri antidepressant and, like other options in the category, it can cause sexual side effects. Rather than ad... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Nelson
Neurology 24 years experience
Different things: Spondylitis is inflammation of the vertebral body, or bony part of the spine and disc go between them, so they are separate structures. So spondyliti... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Nelson
Neurology 24 years experience
Depends: Seizures are uncontrolled electrical activity in the brain. If you were told you had stress-induced seizures, they may be pseudoseizures or non-elect... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Nelson
Neurology 24 years experience
Possibly: Guillain barre syndrome is a rare autoimmune neurological condition causing ascending numbness and weakness from your toes up. There are many possibl... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Nelson
Neurology 24 years experience
See your doctor: The most dangerous period after a head injury is within hours to a few days, so it is reassuring to me that the headaches started two months later. H... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Nelson
Neurology 24 years experience
Keep looking: Vertigo can have other causes than bppv, such as meniere's disease or migraine, so i would only consider surgery as a last resort. My suggestion woul... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Nelson
Neurology 24 years experience
Lots of options: Low back pain/sciatica has lots of treatment options. Other medications include anti-inflammatories, pain killers, and nerve pain specific medication... Read More
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Nelson is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Nelson is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks for the quick reply! I stretched and it eventually went away.
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thank you for your help, they are now sending me for a MRI
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Could it mean a tumour?

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, MO
Graduated 1998MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON MEDICAL CTR

Awards

none

Affiliations

American Academy of Neurology
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