Why You Should See a Neurologist
A neurologist is highly trained to treat a number of neurological conditions, including migraine headaches, insomnia, balance issues, memory loss and seizures (convulsions) that might be an early sign of epilepsy. As medical doctors, neurologists bring extensive knowledge to patients for treatment of strokes. If these symptoms occur, consider visiting a neurologist for a suggested course of treatment.
Migraines Or Consistent headaches
A migraine causes painful headaches that may occur with sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, vomiting, or muscle spasms in the head and neck. The pain from a migraine can be debilitating, but the medicine prescribed by a neurologist helps. Neurologists recognize the signs of headaches caused by other conditions such as meningitis (an infection of the membranes covering the brain) or brain tumors. They can also help identify and treat headaches resulting from stress, anxiety, hormonal changes or sensitivity to certain foods and medications.
Insomnia or Other Sleep Disorders
A sleep disorder characteristically means disturbed sleep with significant disruption. These disruptions include the length of time it takes to fall asleep or wake up, daytime drowsiness, nightmares, and interruptions during the night. Sleep disorders often lead to fatigue, lack of focus, irritability, memory blackouts, and confusion. Neurologists can help diagnose and treat insomnia caused by depression, medication side effects, chronic pain, or obstructive sleep apnea. They also help determine if your sense of restlessness during the night results from Parkinson’s disease (a neurological condition that affects movement) or simply the need for a cup of tea in the wee hours of the morning.
Balance Or Dizziness
A neurological condition that causes unusual and uncharacteristic balance and dizziness refers to vertigo but can also be caused by a number of other health problems. People who experience vertigo, balance or dizziness symptoms may have conditions surrounding brain tumors, stroke, or issues with the inner ear. People may also have occasional dizziness due to other factors such as pregnancy, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), high blood pressure, or even the common cold. Neurologists help determine what causes the problem so that it can be treated accordingly. They also address the psychological factors that may contribute to your concerns, such as anxiety, diabetes or abnormal heart rhythm.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia in older people. As a brain disorder, it causes irreversible loss of memory, judgment, and language skills. Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, treatments available may slow its progression and improve symptoms. Neurologists specialize in treating this disease, and they are qualified to recognize the symptoms early on. They prescribe appropriate medication such as antipsychotic drugs that reduce hallucinations and delusions caused by the disease. They also provide you with advice regarding lifestyle considerations that may reduce your risks of developing the disease.
A stroke is a health emergency caused by a blood clot (ischemic) or bleeding in the brain (hemorrhagic). Strokes kill more people each year than all forms of cancer combined. Most victims are over 64 years old. Estimates say that nine out of 10 strokes can be prevented if appropriate actions are taken before, during, and after a stroke. Neurologists can provide treatment for stroke patients and identify patients at high risk for having another stroke so appropriate measures can be taken to prevent it from occurring.
Contact Dr. Jeff Steinberg For More Information
If you are experiencing one or more of these five symptoms, see a Fort Lauderdale neurologist. Dr. Jeff Steinberg is an expert Neurologist with years of experience in the chiropractor medical industry. Contact us at 954-900-6699 for more information.