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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?

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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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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I have noticed a tremor in my right hand only which came for the first time in November for approx 3 weeks and then again last week. Could this be linked to ms? Is it worth mentioning to my neurologist? I also have a 12x12x11 meningioma in ventricle

I have noticed a tremor in my right hand only which came for the first time in November for approx 3 weeks and then again last week. Could this be linked to ms? Is it worth mentioning to my neurologist? I also have a 12x12x11 meningioma in ventricle

Ventricle?: Having a meningioma in the ventricle of the brain, and in a young woman, would be distinctly unusual. Please clarify this specifically with your doctor, since it has implications regarding other neurologic symptoms/syndromes which might influence the noted tremor. Since imaging was no doubt done, it would be appropriate to ensure an MRI was performed with all sequences for a detailed evaluation. ...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?

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

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I have my 1st appointment with a neurologist next week for frequent H/As and migraines, what do I need to do to prepare for this appt? What to bring?

I have my 1st appointment with a neurologist next week for frequent H/As and migraines, what do I need to do to prepare for this appt? What to bring?

Good Question: It is so nice to see someone proactive about their care. If you can look up online for the MIDAS questionnaire and fill that out. Also bring any prior scans and lab reports available. If you can visit your doc's website you can frequently fill out the patient information forms before you arrive. If you kept track of your headaches on a headache calendar make sure to bring t ...Read more

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I want to see a neurologist, but my regular doctor will not schedule me an appointment, what should I do?

Get second opinion: It may be that a second doctor will agree with you, or it may be that the doctor will agree with the first doctor. If the latter is the case, then you need to decide if you really need to see a neurologist. If so, then you can always pay out of pocket to do so. The care is available, you just have to be willing to foot the bill. ...Read more

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My neurologist has only seen me once for migraines but I have all over tremors. I asked few months ago for an appointment but he said no need help?

My neurologist has only seen me once for migraines but I have all over tremors. I asked few months ago for an appointment but he said no need help?

Happy to help: Headaches are not easy to deal with and can cause all sorts of physical as well as psychological issues. You're so young at this point that it makes perfect sense for you to begin your headaches with as much care and sense toward detail as possible so they don't get out of control and become chronic problems later in life. I will email you shortly with some more thoughts. No room here to expound. ...Read more

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What would an appointment with a neurologist about headaches be like? Mri already done. Headaches since childhood

What would an appointment with a neurologist about headaches be like? Mri already done. Headaches since childhood

Low stress: She or he will take a history of your headaches and any other medical conditions. Then a physical and neurological exam. After recommendations for more tests and/or treatment. ...Read more

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Repeated loss of vision in left eye, no pain. Had thorough eye evaluation, no problems. Have an appointment with a neurologist, but it's in march?

Repeated loss of vision in left eye, no pain. Had thorough eye evaluation, no problems. Have an appointment with a neurologist, but it's in march?

Need to be seen soon: Very worrisome problem that needs immediate attention. While a thorough eye evaluation us reassuring, things outside of the eye can cause vision loss. Your profile mentions amaurosis fugax so you already have problems with blood flow. You could be having mini strokes to the part of the brain that controls vision. Also some conditions like vasculitis can affect vision. Get in somewhere right away. ...Read more

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My GYN ordered tilt table for dizziness. Appointment with Neurologist for Migraine and possible IIH... Do I need the tilt table/is pt2 w/IV necessary?

My GYN ordered tilt table for dizziness. Appointment with Neurologist for Migraine and possible IIH... Do I need the tilt table/is pt2 w/IV necessary?

How bout slowin down: I am a neurologist and headache specialist and would highly recommend that your OB/GYN slow the train down a bit and have you consult FIRST with the neurologist and let them choose the tests. I think that someone thinks there's a lot going on when it could be simpler than that. Maybe not...but it usually is...and so as to save you from unnecessary testing I'd let the consultatnt make the call. ...Read more

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