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Dr. Colin Sanner

Neurology
Grand Island, NE
21 years experience male

Locations

Grand Island Specialty Clinic - Neurology

Grand Island, NE

Address

908 N. Howard, Suite 109, Grand Island, NE
Directions

Fax

308-398-8999

Insurances accepted

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Other

Saint Francis Medical Center

Grand Island, NE

Healing Arts Neurology Clinic

Seguin

About

Bio

I am a general neurologist, trained in adult neurology though I do treat a few children for neurological conditions. Most of the patients I see for headache/migraine, back neck pain (with or without radiculopathy or myelopathy), epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis. Of course, I do see people for all other types of neurological conditions as well, including diabetic neuropathy and other causes of peripheral neuropathy, traumatic brain injury, stroke and TIA, dementia, Parkinson's, Huntington's, essential tremor, other movement disorders, and muscle problems. I've been in practice for 7 years, and I've been with the same hospital-affiliated clinic for 5 years now.

Specialties
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Neurology

Doctor Q&A

180 Answers
935 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A member asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
MS flare-up: I agree with dr parks. To add to her comments, keeping a journal of your exacerbation helps tremendously to track your ms. Note when you first noticed... Read More
A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
Meniett device: I don't know anything about the device except what i learned from the website of the manufacturer, medtronic. It looks well-studied and well-received ... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
Ignore: Regular walking, 3 or more days every week, 30 minutes each time, will help reduce back pain.
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
Alcohol on the brain: Each 12 oz beer, 5 oz glass of wine, or 1 oz shot of liquor kills about 1, 000 neurons. The average person's brain contains about 1 trillion neurons. ... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
Unlikely: Mycobacterium tuberculosis is spread by inhaling respiratory particles from an infected person. Tb is a slow-growing bacteria, taking months or years ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
Low blood sugar?: 1200 calories is less than most adults' basal metabolic rate, thus low blood sugar could cause this headache. Caffeine withdrawal usually occurs withi... Read More
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
Correct: While all serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (snris) can raise blood pressure, generally those with more activity on norepinephrine levels (... Read More
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
Allergies?: Technically, the inner ear shouldn't itch, but the middle ear behind the eardrum can itch. Seasonal allergies can frequently present with body and mid... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
Yes and no: In a strict sense, no, ingestion of marijuana actually raises the seizure threshold. However, more concerning are indirect effects: epilepsy can coexi... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
UTI?: It sounds like a urinary tract infection, and Ciprofloxacin is quite potent against most urinary bacteria. Consider getting a urinalysis looking for b... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
It's the medicine: Propranolol is notorious for causing orthostatic hypotension. Ask your doctor about how to manage this side effect. Good luck!
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
Ignore: SLEEP well, you may need more sleep as your brain heals = 8 hours or more + naps when necessary.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
Relatively safe: Keppra (levetiracetam) ; Lamictal are both pregnancy category c antiepileptic drugs (aeds). Lamictal nearly earned category b recommendation, consider... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
Killing Lyme: Jarisch-herxheimer reaction comes from dying spirochetes releasing inflammatory molecules, producing muscle aches, fever, headache, rapid heart rate, ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
Seizures vary: Most common is primary generalized epilepsy, seizures originate in both hemispheres of brain at once, may be convulsive, absence-type, myoclonic, or a... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
Natural brain care: Some suggestions for brain health: sleep hygiene = 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night. Aerobic exercise at least 3 days/week, 30 minutes per ... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
Natural brain care: Some suggestions for brain health: sleep hygiene = 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night. Aerobic exercise at least 3 days/week, 30 minutes per ... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
Aspiration PNA: I have a different opinion. Stroke leading to dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) can cause accidental aspiration of one's own saliva & secretions, whic... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
Safe to quit: Yes, it is safe to quit meth abruptly, as well as vitally important to your baby's health. You will experience withdrawal lethargy, slowed thinking, a... Read More
A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
Restless legs: Get checked to rule out restless legs syndrome. Some predisposing factors to rule out/ eliminate/ modify include taking hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) or ... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
Get to a Urologist: Those problems could represent impingement of a nerve or richly-innervated structure in the groin. A urologist would be a good start to rule out bad t... Read More
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
It depends...: For constipation, metamucil (bulking fiber) + stool softener is a good daily regimen. For intestinal spasm, Hyoscyamine can cut excess saliva/ droolin... Read More
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
Meralgia paresthetic: Pain in the anterior & lateral (front & side) of the thigh is more often a pinched lateral cutaneous femoral nerve, rather than sciatic nerve. In any ... Read More
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
It slowly progresses: Both narcolepsy and cataplexy gradually worsen over decades. Rapid change is likely some other factor; consider a repeat overnight sleep study to rule... Read More
A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
Neck injury: Yes, acquired cervical spondylosis is common after head/neck trauma, and most commonly presents with neck pain. Physical therapy/rehab can help greatl... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
No, but...: Painful orgasm is a reason to seek medical attention from your primary doc or an urologist. Also, painful erection or erection lasting too long (gener... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
UMN weakness: Upper motor neuron weakness from inflammation injury of the spine (transverse myelitis) typically causes spastic weakness: even though the muscles are... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
Unlikely: The phrenic nerves innervates the diaphragm, while the recurrent laryngeal nerves innervate the vocal cords. It is very unlikely these nerves would be... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
Migraine vs Virus: I concur with dr silver. Most instances of meningitis are aseptic meningitis--usually virus inflaming the meninges. It is painful with stiff neck, ha ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
Vitamins & minerals: Vitamin B12 is a tricky one, you may not be absorbing *oral* B12 well after partial gastrectomy. Copper or vitamin b6 deficiency may mimic B12 deficie... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
Vague symptoms: Can you provide more information, such as: duration of symptoms, sudden vs insidious onset, fever, fatigue, other constitutional symptoms? Do you have... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
Up to 2 weeks: If your ms is mild, give the mucolytic + decongestant + nasal saline a full 2 weeks before going into clinic. If your ms is moderate or severe (edss 4... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
Very benign med: Lamotrigine is quite safe. 3% of people develop a benign spotty red rash; 0.3% develop a severe rash. It speeds metabolism of estrogen, so use barrier... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
This is fast: This is an aggressive titration, hoping that you can "gut it out" through the initial tingling in your fingers & toes, forgetfulness, loss of appetite... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
Could be many things: If you're prone to migraine, that could actually be a migraine prodrome. Alternatively, viral infections (flu, stomach cold, etc) commonly give asepti... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
HA when pregnant: Some tips for migraine when pregnant: sleep hygiene = 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night. Smoking cessation. Adequate hydration, at least 64... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
It's complicated: We still don't know where the pathology is in fibromyalgia (fm). It may have a shared pathological mechanism with migraines, central sensitization = ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
Any of the above: Rheumatologists, neurologists, pain docs and internists all diagnose and manage fibromyalgia. We have well-established criteria for diagnosis and man... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
Probably not needed: You probably don't need medical attention if you don't have red flags after a head bump: Vomiting, waxing & waning drowsiness, disorientation, sho... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
Movement disorder: Yes, it can be difficult even for a trained neurologist to distinguish these 2 disorders. Please consult with a Movement Disorder specialist, a sub-sp... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
Migraine aura: Monosodium glutamate (msg) is a very common migraine trigger. Gluten can be a trigger for people with intolerance to wheat, barley, etc. A normal eeg ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
Likely, yes: Mri brain and cervical spine are only part of the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. However, if those non-contrast scans are negative, i'd look for ot... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
Include L3-4 too: Surgery could possibly be extended to include L3-4 as well as L5-S1 microdiskectomy; same surgery, just 2 levels rather than 1. Recovery would be slig... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
No: Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome is an Autonomic nervous system problem, not in the brain. Epilepsy does come from the brain, but seizures do... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
Tremor types: Some factors which tend to point to essential (rather than parkinson's) tremor: young age, any benefit from Propranolol or beta-blockers, family histo... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
Pain management: There are many types of pain in ms, and many ways to deal with pain. Prescription meds can certainly help; ask your doctor for referral to a pain mana... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
Don't worry be happy: If it comes back, then yes, seek a neurologist for further workup. If it never comes back, it could be myriad things *but it went away*, so likely it... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
Vague & nonspecific: Those symptoms are too common to offer specific advice for. Common suggestions would be 1) get rehydrated, 2) get adequate sleep regularly for at leas... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
Chronic migraine: Scalp soreness, in someone with a history of migraines, is called cutaneous allodynia; it is positive proof of *chronicity* of migraines. Although it ... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
No: It is extremely unlikely that you could type a question or navigate an internet medicine app if you had B12 deficiency severe enough to provoke seizur... Read More

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Dr. Philip Miller
Nov 25, 2014
I highly endorse Dr. Colin Sanner as an expert physician on both HealthTap and HealthTap Prime. His clinical insights are astute and educational for both patients and physicians alike. He is an asset ...Read More
Clearly, one of the kindest and thoughtful neurologists I have had the pleasure to meet. His patients must truly adore him. I highly recommend Colin for his fine attributes.
Nov 4, 2013
Dr Sanner is providing an excellent service to the public on Healthtap.Com. He is clearly a very knowledgeable neurologist. I endorse Dr. Sanner.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks. I will get it checked. I sometimes have gut trouble maybe I should be staying away from sweets too (they seem to be the culprits)
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I haven't had any of those other symptoms, but now I know I should probably make an appointment. Wasn't sure how serious it was. Thanks!
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I suppose the Taoists were correct. When you think in a groove, your perception is limited. A man of Tao UNlearns something every day.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine, Mexico
Graduated 2001MD

Medical/Graduate school

Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine, Mexico
Graduated 2001MD

Residency

Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center (now Montefiore North Division), 2002-3

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA MEDICAL CTR-UNIVERSITY, THE 2003-6

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA MEDICAL CTR-UNIVERSITY, THE

Awards

Thought Leader in Nebraska Award summer 2013
Most Influential Doctor in Nebraska Award summer 2013
Top Neurologist in Nebraska summer 2013

Affiliations

American Medical Association
American Academy of Neurology
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