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Dr. Christina Lenk

Neurology
MO
29 years experience female

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Wednesday: Closed
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Insurances accepted

Aetna

About

Bio

Private adult neurology practice for 15 years. I enjoy locum tenens which allows me to see how healthcare is delivered in different parts of the country

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Neurology

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78 Answers
9 Agrees
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
Spinal cord: If the lower extremity reflexes are increased, but arms are 'normal', it suggests there could be a problem in the spine. Reflexes in the arms come fr... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
Usually improves: The great majority of the time. The weakness of bell's palsy goes away nearly completely or completely. The greatest improvement is usually within th... Read More
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
See previous answer: Your doctor probably checks your liver function studies as well as blood counts and tegretol level. This should cover all the bases for potential, se... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
Occasionally: Trileptal is typically used as a seizure medication. Occasionally, I have prescribed it for migraine prevention and to treat various painful conditio... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
Time for exam: If the snow is there all the time, you really need to see your eye doctor for a full exam. Cover each eye separately to see if it's in one or both e... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
Probably not: While some cases of alzheimer's are hereditary, most are not. So far, we haven't found any connection between add or anxiety increasing the risk for ... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
Thanks for asking: It's very important that you see your doctor. It would be best if you were evaluated by a psychiatrist. Do you feel unsafe in your home because of h... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
Should be normal: The great majority of the time, a benign brain tumor will not shorten the life span at all. There are a small percentage of tumors that are benign, b... Read More
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
Safety: This combination should be safe, but i wouldn't take any more. Doses of tramadol in excess of 400 mg daily increases the risk of seizures. Amitripty... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
Back pain: Anti-inflammatories, Ibuprofen or naproxen, usually work well for menstrual cramps and back pain. Combine this with hot tea to help you relax. A hea... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
Need repeat MRI: You need to call the surgeon or pain management person who did the procedure. They might need to repeat an MRI to check for an irritated nerve from t... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
No tumor: The best test to look for a spinal tumor is an MRI (usually with contrast). A spinal tap can look for cancer cells in the fluid, but only if that spe... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
What symptoms?: Doctors typically don't order spect scans unless you're having some type of symptoms. Even then, spect scans are ordered infrequently. There may be ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
Head pain: Probably nothing to worry about. If the sharp pain went away and now there is a soreness or tenderness to touch, it sounds like it's getting better. ... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
Exercise triggers: Exercise can actually be a trigger for benign fasciculations, especially weight lifting. Avoid stimulants, anything with caffeine to try to control s... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
Prob will improve: Depends on the locations of the cut. If it was close to the tip of the finger, and wasn't severe enough to need stitches, everything should heal and ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
Yes: People with migraines are more prone to depression. Genetically, there is a relationship between these 2 conditions and we see them occurring frequen... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
Should be ok: Lymph nodes typically enlarge when they are fighting infection. The nodes in your neck may have gotten larger bc of some recent cold or sore throat. ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
Active and healthy: By keeping yourself healthy, eating a diet with fruits & vegetables, limiting red meat, exercising & not smoking, you can reduce the chances o... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
You're ok: Ink contains no lead, so you should be ok and don't have to worry about lead poisoning. Many inks are made out of carbon, with added colors. Certain... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
The most common...: cause of of this is an autoimmune disease called myasthenia gravis. Antibodies are formed that block the acetylcholine from making it across the syna... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
Will fluctuate: Your prolactin level will fluctuate a little from day to day and even from different times of the day. If your blood was drawn every day for a week, ... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
Many reasons: Reflexes can be increased or decreased and a change doesn't always mean there's a problem. An old injury or knee surgery will cause you to lose the k... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
No 'cure': Some people find that yoga, exercise or biofeedback can help with headaches. Most people end up taking medicine bc that's what works best. Supplemen... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
MS or other things: Sounds like your symptoms affect both hands? Not as common to have ms symptoms bilaterally, at the same time. Did you start a new medication? Any c... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
Yes: Levaquin (levofloxacin) can cause a condition called peripheral neuropathy. We don't actually know how often this happens, but probably pretty infreq... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
Exam is best: We usually have a pretty good idea if a tumor is present based on a patient's symptoms and physical exam. The best test to be done is an MRI (usually... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
Not the same: Brain lesions can be anything seen on an MRI or ct ranging from old trauma, old strokes, signs of multiple sclerosis, infections, abnormal vessels (j... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
Need more info: How long has it been going on? Started slowly or came on suddenly? Where is tingling (whole arm or just certain spots)? Weak, meaning arms feel tir... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
Nerve pain: Irritation of the brachial plexus (the nerves that come together and then branch to go to the arm) can cause these symptoms. Overuse, carrying a back... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
Likely back problem: Symptoms that suggest a back problem would be the back pain shooting into the leg, or weakness or numbness in the leg or foot. Any heavy lifting or tr... Read More
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
Treating bipolar: If Tegretol and Lamictal are working well to control your bipolar symptoms, then this is a good combo for you. Tegretol shouldn't affect your sugar an... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
Any numbness?: WIth the sharp pain, do you have numbness, tingling, or burning in the chest or legs? I would recommend an MRI of the spine and maybe of the brain to... Read More
A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
Don't stop: It's never a good idea to stop any prescribed medication without talking to your doctor first. Inderal (propranolol) should not affect a cold. If yo... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
Neurontin (gabapentin) effective: It can take up to about a month to see the full effect of any particular dose. Most people find that a dose of around 1500 mg per day is beneficial. ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
Hard to say...: Depends on if you mean actual cramping or aching in the back and legs, or tingling and shooting electricity feeling. Aching could be from being tired... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
Foot pain: Since it started so suddenly, it may be irritation from excessive walking or exercise or from wearing shoes with poor arch support. You could have so... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
Big difference: Neurosyphilis is usually slow in onset and causes balance problems and dementia-like symptoms. Tb meningitis comes on more quickly and tends to cause... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
Not to worry!: Interestingly, we still don't really know why we yawn. The obvious reason is because we're tired. There is also a theory that it helps to cool the b... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
Typical of vertigo: You may have labyrinthitis which will give you fatigue and vertigo. It should eventually go away (but it's awful while it lasts!) you could also hav... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
Synkinesis: Synkises results when a branch of the healing 7th nerve (after bell's palsy) regrows into multiple muscles on the affected side of the face. This cau... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
Tough question: Your question is difficult to answer because it's unusual (not bad, unusual). I wonder if the clicking could actually be from your hip, but is radiat... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
When you cough,: the pressure inside your head normally increases. It could be that there is irritation in your sinuses still (from being sick) or from frequent cough... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
Not serious: Depending on the location of the hernia, the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve may have been stretched, bruised or even cut. Damage to this nerve cause... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
Plenty of water: Make sure you're drinking plenty of fluid, especially water. If you have no heart trouble, you can add more salt to your diet. If you'r taking atenol... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
Check blood pressure: These symptoms are fairly common in young women. Does this happen only when you're standing? If so, could be a drop in your blood pressure or someth... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
Several causes: Restless leg syndrome is prob a nerve condition rather than muscle. Frequently, we find blood ferritin level to be low (a relative of iron). Sometim... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
Yes: Folic acid and cobalamin (vit b12) are both safe in pregnancy. We recommend folic acid, especially, in women with epilepsy to decrease the chance of ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
BIH: Originally the name was pseudotumor cerebri. The name was changed several years ago to more accurately reflect what is going on. It is now called beni... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christina Lenk
Neurology 29 years experience
Pretty common: It is fairly common to have local tenderness with the feeling that a headache is coming from that spot. If you're prone to migraines, then this is ex... Read More

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Dr. Lenk is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Lenk is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thak you Doctor. That's gave me energy and keep dreaming for my future
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you. Found out between possible arthritis...its carpal tunnel
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Very helpful. If based on it dr orders mri of cervical. Justified?

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Medical/Graduate school

University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine, MO
Graduated 1993MD

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