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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 of the above.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.