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What kinds of symptoms or conditions do neurologists treat?

What kinds of symptoms or conditions do neurologists treat?

Description: Neurology is a subspecialty of medicine dealing with diseases of brain, spinal cord, nerves, and muscles. Typical conditions include stroke, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, epilepsy, peripheral neuropathies, multiple sclerosis, migraine, traumatic brain injury, nerve pinching, muscle disorders, ataxias and imbalance disorders, etc. ...Read more

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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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What to expect from a neurologist appointment first time?

What to expect from a neurologist appointment first time?

History and exam: The neurologist will listen to you, ask you questions, examine you, and come up with what could be going on with you, how to figure or out and treat you. ...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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Will I be obligated by a neurologist for a spinal tap for migraines? Will be my first time going and don't want spinal tap done. Scared.

Will I be obligated by a neurologist for a spinal tap for migraines? Will be my first time going and don't want spinal tap done. Scared.

Of course not: The neurologist won't consider doing a spinal tap unless there is a reason to suspect that your headaches are something other than migraines. And that would probably come only after imaging studies. And if you have to have one (not likely), it won't happen during the initial visit. ...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 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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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 will happen at a neurologist appointment for migraines?

What will happen at a neurologist appointment for migraines?

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 your migraines, then do an exam and make some recommendations for next steps. For migraines, you can help by keeping a headache log including timing & description of ha, as well as possibly triggers (foods, activities, stress, etc) good luck! ...Read more

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My health is deteriorating and I've been referred to a neurologist. Is there a proactive way to prepare for the appointment?

My health is deteriorating and I've been referred to a neurologist.  Is there a proactive way to prepare for the appointment?

Useful hints: It helps when a patient provides a record of prior testing outcomes, and treatments, plus a list of previous docters. Sometimes, a brief written chronology creates better understanding. These steps enhance efficiency. ...Read more