Is it Time to See a Neurologist?

A neurologist is specially trained to treated conditions of the nervous system, for example epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease as well as many other conditions and ailments relating to the brain, spinal cord and nerves.

Your first step in diagnosing and treating your condition should be a consultation with your primary care physician. Your doctor, if necessary, will refer you to a neurologist if specialty care is necessary.

Leading Reasons to See a Neurologist

  • Headaches
    • Headaches are common and can be caused by many factors and conditions. Signs of more serious headaches - including migraines - can include vomiting, changes in vision, continuously worsens and grows more intense in pain, and even brings on seizures.
  • Dizziness
    • Dizziness can be a sign of vertigo (the feeling as if you are spinning) and disequilibrium (difficultly keeping your balance).
  • Numbness or Weakness
    • Muscle weakness that impacts your ability to perform day-to-day activities and numbness and or tingling that comes on suddenly and doesn't go away after a short period of time are both reasons to see a neurologist. Sudden weakness or numbness of your face, arm or leg can be a warning sign of a stroke.
  • Changes in Vision
    • Changes in your vision can be a symptom of a neurological disorder. Severe or sudden double vision, loss of vision in one eye or both could be a sign of a neurological issue.
  • Confusion
    • Memory loss, difficulty performing routine tasks, problems speaking, sudden changes in personality and general confusion are all signs of a potential neurological problem.

How to Prepare

Your visit to see your neurologist shouldn't add any additional stress or fear. To make your visit as simple and stress-free as possible, it's helpful to come prepared for you appointment by:

  • Bringing a list of all of you current medications
  • Having a list of all the medical professionals you see, with contact information.
  • Notes of both your medical history and, if possible, family history.
  • Write down a list of any questions you may have and want to discuss with your neurologist.

What to Expect 

During your visit, your neurologist will talk with you about your medical history and symptoms, perform a thorough exam and recommend additional tests if deemed necessary to better diagnose your condition. Some tests may include blood and urine tests, diagnostic imaging, and electromyography (EMG)

Your doctor will talk you through the process and work with both you and your primary care provider to determine the best plan of care to address your condition and meet your individual goals.

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