Dr. Matthew Holtkamp

Neurology
Independence, KS
male

Locations

Walter Reed Neurology

About

Bio

I am a military neurologist.

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Neurology

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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Holtkamp
Specializes in Neurology
Taper: Hi, due to possible withdrawal symptoms that she has a taper off the medication would be ideal. Try full dose and half dose every other day for one we... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Holtkamp
Specializes in Neurology
Depends : Concussion is a clinical diagnosis, that is, if you had symptoms of concussion after the trauma, no matter what the cause, you have a concussion. If ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Holtkamp
Specializes in Neurology
Frontal lobe symptom: .There are many diseases that have frontal lobe symptoms; however, there is no frontal lobe syndrome. The frontal lobes control what you can call you... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Holtkamp
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Post concussion: Hi, Most concussion get total resolution of symptoms within one week, however, this can be prolonged if the proper steps at the beginning were not tak... Read More
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A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Holtkamp
Specializes in Neurology
Myoclonus : Myoclonus is common in late stages of multiple types of dementia including Alzheimer's. Normally treat with anti epileptic medications including kepp... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Holtkamp
Specializes in Neurology
Depends : Hi, it all depends on when the bleed happened, if it is still bleeding and what is the likelihood of a rebleed. It takes time for blood to not be see... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Matthew Holtkamp
Specializes in Neurology
Get checked: Hi, this could be caused by many things, however, you should be checked. All signs are pointing to the problem being in your abdomen. Something maybe... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Holtkamp
Specializes in Neurology
Ignore: Have a good sleep schedule, try to get 30 minutes of exercise daily, take a bath before bed.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Holtkamp
Specializes in Neurology
Possibly : Hi, gabapentin is a anticonvulsant medication that Doctor mostly use for neuropathic pain. It is not completely understood what its mechanism of actio... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Holtkamp
Specializes in Neurology
Normal: Unless this is causing you to notice bald areas this is likely normal. Each stand of hair you have is in one of 3 phases; 1 growth 2 stable or 3 dyi... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Holtkamp
Specializes in Neurology
Maybe: There is a relative contraindication for TCAs (tricyclics) with any heart block due to the down regulation of beta-adrenergic receptors. This is somet... Read More
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A member asked:
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No: I think I just answered this question but the short answer is no. I hope the recovery is going well.
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A member asked:
Dr. Matthew Holtkamp
Specializes in Neurology
Not likely : Hi, no masterbating will not cause brain damage after a concussion...unless you are doing it in away that can cause another concussion? As for non co... Read More
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A member asked:
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No: If you are not going under general anesthesia there should be no problem
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Holtkamp
Specializes in Neurology
CNS vs PNS: Central nervous system = oligodendrocytes this include brain, spinal cord, optic nerves. peripheral nervous system = Schwann cells include all not li... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Holtkamp
Specializes in Neurology
Yes: You can take the medicine anytime of the day however it should be the same time everyday. I would assume your doctor gave you lexapro (escitalopram)... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Holtkamp
Specializes in Neurology
Not very: Hi, the most common prion disease is CJD, with a uniform incidence of approximately 1 case per million population both in the United States and intern... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
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Specializes in Neurology
Depends: Tinnitus is a vague term, that can come from multiple causes/diseases. The most common is noise induced tinnitus, you may want to see an audiologist t... Read More
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A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Holtkamp
Specializes in Neurology
Lamictal has less : Lamictal has no noted interactions with lithium, however it has to be titrated slow due to possible severe rash. Tegretol is likely safe too but it w... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Holtkamp
Specializes in Neurology
No: Most CSF leaks go away on their own. If you can handle the positional headache, no harm normally comes from these leaks.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Holtkamp
Specializes in Neurology
Slow down: This is a normal reaction to increase metabolic demand and vasodilatation to get the deoxygenated blood back to the heart, you may try a less vigorous... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Holtkamp
Specializes in Neurology
Maybe: This is not typical of a migraine and should be checked out by a neurologist as is could be an inflammatory process at work.
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A member asked:
Dr. Matthew Holtkamp
Specializes in Neurology
Unlikely : Hi, it is unlikely that episodes of anger by itself will cause a significant increase in blood pressure to cause aneurysms to form or brain damage, ho... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Holtkamp
Specializes in Neurology
Likely yes: Hi, more than likely it should be ok. However, you should talk to your doctor about this. Overall this depends on what type of epilepsy you have. If... Read More
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A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Holtkamp
Specializes in Neurology
Yes: So the short answer is yes, but different SSRIs inhibit different parts of the bodies drug breakdown mechanism. Thus, some will increase the levels mo... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Holtkamp
Specializes in Neurology
Unlikely : Hi, this is very unlikely, you would have to be eating very questionable tomato sauce. As for a brain infection: there would have to be a root of entr... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Holtkamp
Specializes in Neurology
Dizziness : Dizziness can be caused by something very mild like a cold to something more serious. I would suggest seeing a neurologist to look into what might be... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Holtkamp
Specializes in Neurology
Ignore: Paradoxically, some sleep aids may make RLS worse, most notable antihistamine medications, Benadryl (diphenhydramine).
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Holtkamp
Specializes in Neurology
Depends: Hi, first, patients with anxiety disorders likely have an increase sensitivity to caffeine. So it wise to stay away from this. Second, every decaf cof... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Holtkamp
Specializes in Neurology
Bone and blood: Two big thinks that are easier to see on ct are acute bleed and bone, MRI is better for anything that is related to soft tissue i.e. The brain itself.... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Matthew Holtkamp
Specializes in Neurology
Unlikely: Hi, this is an interesting question. There are a lot of factors that come into play, however, overall it is very unlikely that the sperm would be able... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Holtkamp
Specializes in Neurology
Sinusitis : This is likely sinusitis,you can try some afrin, (oxymetazoline) and you should follow up with your primary care doctor.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Holtkamp
Specializes in Neurology
Stroke : Hi, strokes are cause by a loss of oxygen to a part of the brain causing that part of the brain to die. There are 2 types of stroke; ischemic and hem... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Holtkamp
Specializes in Neurology
Subtherapeutic: Hi, most anti epileptic medications have a therapeutic ranges. If the medication is below that range it is still doing something, but it may not be e... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Holtkamp
Specializes in Neurology
Yes: Hi, topamax (topiramate) should not cause any change to your immunity. However can cause dry mouth and nervousness that may exacerbate an underlying ... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Holtkamp
Specializes in Neurology
Nerve compression : Hi, I would suggest seeing your primary Doctor, this may be nothing however, neck or upper back pain with arm numbness needs to be looked into. Two po... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Holtkamp
Specializes in Neurology
Depends: Ultram itself is not contraindicated, however, pain is a sign that something maybe getting worse. i.e. the pressure is going up. If you have Idiopathi... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Holtkamp
Specializes in Neurology
No: Short answers is no. First the water would have to have a large number of pathogen capable of do this, these are not in your water. Second, the water ... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Holtkamp
Specializes in Neurology
Normal: Hi, this is likely the external occipital protuberance of the occipital bone. Everyone has this it is just more pronounced on some people.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Holtkamp
Specializes in Neurology
Not likely: Hi, CT scan after mild concussion is not normally indicated, blurry vision is common after concussion. If you have no other issues an no double Vision... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Holtkamp
Specializes in Neurology
Not likely : This is not a common side effect of topamax (topiramate). However, it does increase the risk of birth defects most notably cleft palate and lip, all ... Read More
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank-you very-much for your very professional and informative answer!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Inflammatory like labarynthitis?
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I have bad anxiety so i was really worried about this thank u so much

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, NY
Graduated 2012MD

Residency

Walter Reed NMMC

Awards

Member Sigma Sigma Phi Osteopathic Honor Fraternity
Teaching Fellow, Uniformed Services University
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