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What's a neurologist?

What's a neurologist?

Like your question: Traditional answer, a doctor trained in diagnosing and treating diseases of the nervous system, involving brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and muscles. Included disease states, such as migraine, stroke, parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, neuropathy and myopathy, etc. Also, deals with medical disorders which secondarlily cause neurological complications. ...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


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How to become a neurologist?

How to become a neurologist?

Training: After finishing medical school, you undergo specialty training in residency for a minimum of four years to fulfill the minimal; requirements in the US. ...Read more

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Where can I find a neurologist?

Where can I find a neurologist?

Start with your doc: I would start with your primary care doctor as they are usually a good source of info on other doctors in your area. You could also ask trusted friends/family for recommendations and bring those names to your doctor for discussion. ...Read more

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Could I ask my neurologist for certain meds?

Asking for Meds: This is a difficult question to answer. To begin with, of course you can ask your neurologist for a specific medication. However, some physicians have very strict criteria regarding narcotic medications, and most physicians will not prescribe a medication which is not appropriate for your illness, or which they are uncomfortable using.

It never hurts to ask, but they may say no. ...Read more

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Do neurologists treat dissociative disorders?

Do neurologists treat dissociative disorders?

Not alone: Neurologists may treat some people who also have dissociative disorders, but would not be doing this by themselves unless they also have full training in psychiatry. A typical scenario might be a patient who has both a seizure disorder and dissociative disorder -- needs care from both psychiatry and neurology working together. Such a person will also need psychotherapy. ...Read more

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What are the steps to becoming a neurologist?

Many steps : College for four years. Med school for four years. One year general medicine internship. Three years neurology residency. Perhaps 1-2 years fellowship training to subspecialize. ...Read more

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What can I expect at a neurologist appointment?

What can I expect at a neurologist appointment?

Let me help: The visit is similar to seeing your family doctor, in that there is an interview process to obtain a history, and an examination focusing on neurological systems. Subsequently, the doctor will discuss presumptive diagnosis, possible confirmatory testing, and recommendations for treatment. Hope outcome of your visit is beneficial. ...Read more

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How much time does it take to become a neurologist?

Minimum time: Four years of training after medical school in residency. ...Read more

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What can you expect from a neurologist appointment?

What can you expect from a neurologist appointment?

Typical: Just like an internist, the doctor will take and history and perform an examination, but here, focuses on neurological systems. A preliminary diagnosis will be provided, and testing may be ordered to confirm correct diagnosis. Treatments and/or therapy will be advised based on the above conclusions. Your neurologist is your partner to restore functioning of your central and peripheral nerves. ...Read more

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What happens during a consultation with a neurologist?

EVALUATION: Most visits are due to referral to evaluate symptoms which may be caused from either the central (brain, spinal cord) or peripheral (nerve, muscle) nervous systems. The doctor takes a full history and performs a full exam. (similar to primary care, but focusing on neuro systems). Diagnostic conclusions are reached, confirmatory tests may be ordered, and treatment based on all the above. ...Read more

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What to expect for first trip to a neurologists office?

Like a normal doctor: I believe that a visit to a neurologists office is the same as your primary care physician. The neurologist will take a detailed history and perform a comprehensive examination. The entire initial visit should last between 30 and 60 minutes in its entirety. ...Read more

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What courses will I need to take to become a neurologist?

What courses will I need to take to become a neurologist?

A good start...: Would be medical school. Neurologists have a 4-year residency after med school. If you're not in med school I would concentrate more on making this happen first. In that vein, contrary to popular belief, a specific set of courses (biology etc) is not necessary (save for prerequisites). One of the brightest physicians I know got his undergrad degree in photography? First, love what you do! ...Read more

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What to expect from a neurologist appointment first time?

Info gathering: Usually a doctor will have you fill out initial paperwork, talk to you about your history in general, as well as the history of whatever problem you're seeing him/her for, then do an exam and make some recommendations for next steps. Good luck! ...Read more

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What should I expect at an appointment with the neurologist?

History and exam: We will ask what's going on. Listen to you. Ask a few questions. Examine you. Usually we have a decent idea of the top two or three possibilities in 1-2 minutes and the rest confirms this. If you have had a scan done being the actual pictures on cd. ...Read more

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What can a neuro-psych find out that a regular neurologist can not?

Neuro: I found a link that might help answer your question http://everydaylife. Globalpost. Com/neurologist-vs-neuropsychologist-26616. Html. ...Read more

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How much time do urgent referrals to a neurologist take on the nhs?

The time varies: The time to see a neurologist urgently within the NHS varies among hospitals and geographic locations within the UK. The maximum waiting time for non-urgent referrals is 18 weeks and for cancer referrals is 2 weeks. The NHS website provides more details: http://www.nhs.uk/choiceintheNHS/Rightsandpledges/Waitingtimes/Pages/Guide%20to%20waiting%20times.aspx ...Read more

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What to expect for first trip to a neurologists office — what should I expect?

What to expect for first trip to a neurologists office — what should I expect?

Neurologist Office: A neurologist will have an office that is similar to other doctors in layout. He/she will likely spend more time than typical to hear your symptoms and will examine the different aspects of your brain and nervous system; such as cranial nerves, sensation, motor strength, balance, thought process and so forth.

In general, allow more time for a neurology appointment than most other physicians. ...Read more

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What sort of medical tests do neurologists have to determine a stroke's cause?

What sort of medical tests do neurologists have to determine a stroke's cause?

See below: There are a number of tests we perform to determine the cause of a stroke. Carotid ultrasound evaluates atherosclerosis in the neck arteries, echocardiography evaluates whether a clot arose in the heart ct/mr angiography can evaluate the intracranial vasculature looking for narrowing or occlusion of flow. Sometimes in spite of these studies we do not find the cause. There are more invasive studies. ...Read more

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So, I want to become a neurologist. :) what are the best tips that you have? :)

So, I want to become a neurologist. :) what are the best tips that you have? :)

Do well in College!: High college GPA. High MCAT score. Be part of any club or organization, leadership position ideally, to show good social skills. You can have any major, even non-science, but you need to complete pre-med requirements. Do volunteer work such as working in hospital, free clinic or doctor's office. Do basic science or clinical research. In med school, you can pick neurology or not. Please have fun! ...Read more

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Can someone at health tap recommend a neurologist(s) in portland, oregon? Thanks.

See below: It would be best you to talk to your primary as to who would be best for you and your condition. ...Read more

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I am seeing a neurologist for dimensa and taking ariprazol you thoughts would be appreciated?

Mild dementia: May be associated with (or made worse) BY DEPRESSION and it is that possibility that I would "guess" that your Neurologist has in mind!

Hope this helps!
BE WELL!

Dr Z ...Read more

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How much does it cost to go to a neurologist? I do have medical but I'm not sure if it covers it?

Neurologist: Hello, most health insurances, hmo and ppos, allow you to see a neurologist. The insurance may require a referral from your pcp, or you may be able to pick a neurologist from a list of in-network doctors. You should then bd able to see the neurologist and only have a copay for the visit, typically $10-20 more than your pcp copay. ...Read more

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I have chronic migraines and I have had neurologists tell me there is nothing they can do to help me. What do I do now?

I have chronic migraines and I have had neurologists tell me there is nothing they can do to help me. What do I do now?

See Osteopath: Imo, many migraineurs have chronically slightly tilted head, which can occur for variety of reasons. As a result, neck muscles on one side, side away from the tilt, become chronically spastic. In these cases efforts need to be made to relieve the chronic muscle spasm. Massage, acupuncture, yoga, relaxation therapies, and biofeedback can help. See an osteopath. Check ergonomics at your worksite. ...Read more

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Has A Neurologist heard of the term " Electrical & Chemical Dysfunction and is this due to an attack on nerve cells?

Has A Neurologist heard of the term " Electrical & Chemical Dysfunction and is this due to an attack on nerve cells?

Doubt it: England is world renowned for its neurology. What you mentioned is quite nonspecific. See your GP first and discuss your concerns and go from there. ...Read more

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I told my neurologist I could feel my nerves being attacked. Why does he find this so hard to believe. Yet its possible just maybe very vare?

Attacked nerves: He must think you are crazy for having nerves that feel your other nerves. This may occur when your nerves have a process occurring and your sensory system is involved. Try to relax focus on deep breathing especially the exhale of your breath. This may help. ...Read more

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How can I get my neurologist to take my very complicated case more seriously? I feel like he doesn't understand how much my symptoms affect my life.

Honest Talk with MD: I am a neurologist, so this is what I would want you to do if you were my patient. Make an appointment and tell me what in our interaction bothers you, and how I can fix it. Which of your symptoms are impacting you the most? I'll see what I can do to help you. My plan may be limited due to your disease/insurance. If you didn't like my response to the interaction question, find a new neurologist. ...Read more

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I have had chronic daily intractable migraines/ status migranosus for 20. I have seen so my neurologists etc can you recommend anyone anything else?

I have had chronic daily intractable migraines/ status migranosus for 20.  I have seen so my neurologists etc can you recommend anyone anything else?

See pain doctor: An interventional pain management doctor can really help decrease even get rid of your headaches! Occipital nerve block, cervical facet block, cervical paraspinal muscle trigger point injection... And must see a chiropractor. Get a brain and cervical MRI if you haven't already. ...Read more

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I'm hesitant to tell my neurologist about substance use, it's my first time meeting her. How can I explain properly without being judged like before.

I'm hesitant to tell my neurologist about substance use, it's my first time meeting her. How can I explain properly without being judged like before.

You cannot: Doctors are people with varying opinions when it comes to social norms. There's likely nothing you can do to ensure acceptance, but I would suggest answering honestly but to-the-point, and unless asked to elaborate or unless it's relevant to your medical complaint not to attempt to explain substance abuse or dwell on it which may detract time from more important parts of your evaluation. ...Read more

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Should I seek a second opinion if I feel my neurologist isn't has helpful as he should be? He refuses to do anything I need to move forward with life.

Should I seek a second opinion if I feel my neurologist isn't has helpful as he should be? He refuses to do anything I need to move forward with life.

Get new opinion: Any time that you are unhappy with the opinion or advice given by a physician, you should seek a second opinion from a different physician. ...Read more