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Do I need to see a neurologist or a neurosurgeon if I just had my first seizure?

Do I need to see a neurologist or a neurosurgeon if I just had my first seizure?

Neurologist: A neurologist would typically be the specialist to see for the initial evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more

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Neurosurgeon (Definition)

A neurosurgeon is a specialist in the evaluation and treatment of disorders of the nervous system. This includes brain, spine, and peripheral nerve problems. The most common surgeries done are for back/neck problems, head injuries, brain tumors, aneurysms, and strokes. Training for neurosurgery is usually 6-8 years of residency training after medical school. There ...Read more


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If I jus had a seizure could I still take Ambien (zolpidem) to sleep or should I wait until I see what the neurologist says about why I had the seizure first ?

If I jus had a seizure could I still take Ambien (zolpidem) to sleep or should I wait until I see what the neurologist says about why I had the seizure first ?

Careful: A seizure should make you sleep well without need for medicine. I assume you are prone to seizures and are being treated in an on-going manner. If not, you need urgent evaluation. If so, review your day. Did you miss your medication? Stress, toxic reaction, bad drugs, infection, what may be happening? Do not just sleep it off! ...Read more

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If I had a seizure and my blood sugar was low do I need to see a neurologist?

If I had a seizure and my blood sugar was low do I need to see a neurologist?

Possibly: New onset seizures need to be investigated to find a possible cause. Aside from blood tests, patients with new onset seizures may require brain imaging studies and an eeg. Having a neurologist involved sounds reasonable. ...Read more

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Should i see a neurologist? I'm suffering from extreme spells of dizziness, often leading in loss of consciousness, or vision and feeling in my body. Two years ago, it resulted in a seizure. Before each spell i feel extremely light headed, dizzy, shaky, a

Should i see a neurologist? I'm suffering from extreme spells of dizziness, often leading in loss of consciousness, or vision and feeling in my body. Two years ago, it resulted in a seizure. Before each spell i feel extremely light headed, dizzy, shaky, a

When : When evaluating a presentation with so many differing symptoms; the work up may require evaluations by different types of providers such as: cardiology, neurology and psychiatry. If this has never been fully evaluated in the past, talk to your doctor and request an assessment. ...Read more

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Autism and seizures - where can I find information on seizures and neurologists?

Autism and seizures - where can I find information on seizures and neurologists?

Y our doctor first: Best source is your primary care doctor and getting a referral to a neurologist. you can get information about local neurologists from the American Academy of Neurology web site. ...Read more

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What happens if I have a seizure while the neurosurgeons are working on my temporal lobe?

What happens if I have a seizure while the neurosurgeons are working on my temporal lobe?

Depends on severity: Seizures during brain surgery are rare due to the presence of anesthesia but if a seizure did occur during a surgery, the brain pressures could increase and hence be life threatening. Most neurosurgeons are properly trained to deal with the situation but a very large seizure during surgery could be life threatening. As your physician for more details. ...Read more

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Why can't my neurologist confirm or deny that a car accident caused my seizure? My test results all came back normal.

Why can't my neurologist confirm or deny that a car accident caused my seizure? My test results all came back normal.

Trouble with tests: This has to do with the tests- they cannot answer every question. Especially when the results are normal. For example: If the MRI showed an injury to the brain, or the EEG showed a focal abnormality, related to an injury from the accident, then the answer = yes. But if the tests are normal, the answer is indeterminate. ...Read more

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My neurologist only wants to prescribe me medication and won't look into the cause for why I am having seizures. Is this normal?

Possible?: Medication reduces your risks of further seizures. As a well respected epilepsy expert once taught me, and emphasized to his patients, you can die from a seizure. So, do not disregard taking medications. Findings the cause for a seizure is not always easy, there is such a thing as cryptogenic seizures. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Seizures (Uncontrollable Jerking Of Limbs) (Definition)

A seizure is a symptom in which a person has a convulsion or epileptic attack, usually involving jerking movements of the head, limbs, and rest of the body. It represents abnormal brain function, and can be caused by fever (mainly in young children), by brain infections or tumors, by drug abuse or overdoses, by chemical imbalances, sleep deprivation, etc. ...Read more


Dr. Chirag Patel
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Neurology (Definition)

Neurology is a field of study in which a person studies the brain, the spinal cord, the nerves, their functions, and their diseases. A doctor who specializes in brain, spinal cord, and nerve disorders ...Read more