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Dr. Olav Jaren

Neurology
Tecumseh, MI
19 years experience male

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Dr. Jaren is a neurologist licensed in Michigan. HealthTap virtual visits with Dr. Jaren are a good way to get neurology service of many kinds. These can be used for obtaining a second opinion, discussing issues of a routine return visit, obtaining a medicine refill, or discussing symptoms of a tremor, memory complaint, headache or numbness. Since we do not order tests on HealthTap, a virtual visit is not a substitute for a formal office consultation.

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Neurology

Licenses

United States: California, Michigan, Washington

Doctor Q&A

1.8K Answers
554 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Need more informatio: There are a lot of reasons why someone would have a headache by one eye- cluster headache and SUNCT headache for example. The location of your headac... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
No such thing: Although some interesting films have been made about this, your memory cannot be improved by taking pills. Some people would like to invent something... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Optic nerve stroke: Sometimes a stroke affecting the optic nerve can recover. It depends on the cause and the length of time that has passed since the stroke occurred. ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Temporalis muscle: The temporalis muscle is on the side of the head. It is used for chewing. You can feel it when you make a bite or clench your teeth. Twitching occu... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
MS or CIDP?: Yes, that is true. CIDP would not cause cognitive or emotional deficits. CIDP should cause diminished reflexes, numbness or weakness in a distrib... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Levetiracetam: The first dose of levetiracetam is normally 250 mg or 500 mg by mouth. A loading dose is normally not given. This medicine is not normally given by ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Absolutely: If you know a baby who has a fever after head trauma, please bring them in for an evaluation.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Prob not related: Except that they may all affect nerves, these 3 conditions are not felt to be related. MS and Bells palsy could be related, but it is unlikely.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Metabolic concerns?: Having symptoms like these may suggest an abnormality of the blood, such as an irregular sodium, potassium or calcium level. These are important for ... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
No - it is not norml: It is not normal to have this type of headache while taking glucophage (metformin), (metformin) and it may not be a side effect of glucophage (metform... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
? Headache specialst: Perhaps a specialist is needed? Not every doctor is prepared to diagnose every cause of headache. There are more than 20 different kinds! There are... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Unknown: The answer depends on what causes your symptom of tremor. For most people, tremor is not relieved by clonazepam, but there may be exceptions. Did yo... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
What to do for MS: Sometimes MS can be a very manageable illness. Encourage him to work regularly with his neurologist. Extra points if they are an MS neurologist, alt... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
MS v FM: MS is an illness in which there are lesions in the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. Fibromylagia (FM) is a condition in which there is muscle and... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Diagnose PD: Parkinsons disease is often diagnosed by a history and a clinical exam. The history helps to evaluate if there are any medicines or other factors tha... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Effects of gabapntn: gabapentin may treat the symptoms (pain) of a nerve injury but it does not improve the rate or the extent of recovery
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Smell does not cause: No, a smell cannot cause a seizure, but some people have a sense of an odd smell at the onset of their seizure. This is a sense of smell that is ou... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
BP checks & pain: No, no nerve damage could occur from checking the blood pressure this often. The arm may be sore from compression of the muscles, that is all. Why i... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Change in SZ meds: Perhaps it is not that the change in medicine is the cause, but that the new medicines are not as effective as the original medicine was. It is hard ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Concussion prognosis: It is not likely that a mild concussion will result in seizures or epilepsy. Most seizures that occur after a head injury require a severe injury and... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Change in BP: There is a possible link here to a condition called orthostatic hypotension. In this condition, the blood pressure is poorly maintained in the standi... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Double vision: Double vision may also be caused by illnesses that affect the nerves of ocular motility, such as trauma, microvascular disease (hypertension and diabe... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
NSAID treatments: There is not much use in taking Alleve and Excedrin migraine at the same time. Either one or the other should be used. When people are taking many o... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
You'll be ok: Do you know what the powder was? My guess was this was an oxidized metal or a salt. Neither of these should be cause for concern. Let me know if yo... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Idiopathic PN: Not all causes of neuropathy are found. A large number of cases has no apparent cause. Some of these may improve. They are not normally cause for c... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Upper motor neuron: A stroke often causes weakness after injuring fibers within what is called the corticospinal tract. This runs through the brain stem. After the weak... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Tough to answer here: Really bad headaches may have a solution, but it is hard to do it this way. A thorough history and physical exam are very important for this problem.... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Many questions: There are many questions to help decide what to do. First, are these similar to headaches you had in the past? A new headache is handled differently... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Stress & MS: Frequent stress may not directly have an impact on MS, or its medical course. Aerobic exercise (like an exercise bike, jogging or walking) seems to h... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Symptom collection: People with degenerative brain disease, like Alzheimers disease, have progressive symptoms that affect multiple neurological functions for several mon... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Neuropathy causes: There are many causes of neuropathy, diabetes mellitus is one of them. Many people with diabetes have neuropathy, but not all. Many people with neur... Read More
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Not likely 2b SLE: Some of these conditions could be related. None of these necessarily means lupus though. Atrial fibrillation is a common cause of stroke, and stroke... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Safe to go out: You cannot hurt yourself from every day activities, only from a head injury. A person's tolerance for physical activity may vary with a concussion, s... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Carpal tunnel help: If you have carpal tunnel syndrome, you can start helping by wearing wrist splints that protect your nerve during sleep. If you need surgery or a cus... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Post concussion: There are several symptoms that can occur after a concussion. It takes time to recover, and there are steps that are taken to be sure the symptoms do... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Nerve compression: Compressing the median nerve will cause this on the palm side, compressing the radial nerve will cause his on the back of the hand. It's doubtful the... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Dizziness & fatigue: Dizziness and fatigue can be caused by a low heart rate, especially if the blood pressure is also low. On the other hand, a heart rate in the 50s is ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
? cluster headache: If you also noticed tears or nasal discharge from the side the eye is bothered, it may be a cluster headache. This is a special kind of headache that... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Paresthesia: A feeling of prickling or touching or tingling is what we call paresthesia. When it occurs all over, it is a good idea to get some lab work done. Ch... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Muscle spasms: Muscle spasms in your abdomen may feel like cramping, a crawling sensation, or the movement of worms. You may be able to see the muscles moving or co... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Similar to relpax (eletriptan): These medicines are similar to relpax (eletriptan): sumatriptan (imitrex) rizatriptan (Maxalt) frovatriptan (Frova) naratriptan (Amerge) almotriptan ... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Yes: Normally scabies infestation causes a rash, but you can have a few burrows or bites even without much of a rash. If a trained person looks carefully,... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Epilepsy & learning: For some children, seizures interfere with attention, which makes it difficult for them to learn. Normally this occurs with childhood absence seizure... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Vitamins and Rx: Taking vitamins with lamotrigine is safe. There are no restrictions. A women's multivitamin, calcium, and vitamin D are a good idea for anyone, an... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Maybe a reason: If there were side effects to the higher dose of trileptal, there would be a good reason to reduce the dose. Perhaps the plan is to make a change in ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Migraine common safe: Migraine headache is a common condition. It is also a safe condition, it should not end your life. The main problem with migraine is the pain it cau... Read More
A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Probably not: You did not list any tranquilizer medication, what are you referring to? Of the medicines you listed, Dopamine (levodopa) should be the most helpful ... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
I do not think so: I do not think growth hormone would benefit someone with neuropathy or nerve damage of any kind. There are other growth factors that these nerves nee... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Knowledge developmen: On the cutting edge of research, there will be uncertainty. Studies are done in different ways, and sometimes results appear to conflict. There ar... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Epilepsy: Epilepsy is a condition when a person has had two or more unprovoked seizures. It may lead them to have more seizures without treatment. Some kinds ... Read More

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Impressed by answers which convey an expanded perspective regarding complex clinical issues, providing doctor education, and patient understanding. These approaches reify the value of Dr Jaren's cont...Read More
Dr. Jaren gives intelligent, thoughtful and easy to understand answers. He's a great resource, especially for Neurologic questions.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! It's funny I no longer shuffle my feet and I only occasionally drop things. I have Sarcoidosis so we were looking into the possibility of neuro sarc.
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This made me feel good. Thanks! Thank you fo reassuring me about ALS. Breathing issues getting worst -Chiari, CFS blood flow issues, other Heat intoler/mast cell activation disorder
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you. It's lateral, not posterior. Never had before, ever. sudden onset, no relief yet. Healthy, fit, strong otherwise. New this week, headaches

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, IA
Graduated 2002MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN HEALTH SYSTEM
Completed 2006

Awards

HealthTap Prime
Top Doctor, First Place, Traverse City Region - Summer
2014
Top Neurologist , First Place, Michigan - Summer
2014

Affiliations

American Medical Writers Association
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