What is Neurology?

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Neurology is the field of medicine that focuses on nervous system conditions. The nervous system is a complex system that regulates activities throughout the body. The nervous system is in charge of functions like coordinating movement and processing the input of the senses.

The nervous system has two major parts, the central nervous system (CNS) and the peripheral nervous system (PNS). The CNS consists of the brain and the spinal cord. The PNS consists of all the nerves that lie outside of the CNS.

What is a Neurologist?

A neurologist is a medical doctor who specializes in the field of neurology. Neurologists diagnose and treat conditions impacting the brain, spinal cord and nerves.

Examples of neurological disorders include:

Vascular Disorders:

  • Stroke/transient ischemic attack (TIA)
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Subdural hemorrhage/hematoma
  • Extradural hemorrhage.

Functional Disorders:

  • Headaches
  • Epilepsy
  • Dizziness
  • Movement disorder
  • Seizures.

Structural Disorders:

  • Brain or spinal cord injury
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • Bell’s palsy
  • Carpal Tunnel syndrome
  • Brain Tumor
  • Concussions.

Degeneration:

  • Parkinson’s disease (PD)
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)/Lou Gehrig’s disease
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease

Infection

  • Meningitis
  • Encephalitis
  • PANDAS
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome

Symptoms of Neurological Disorders

Neurological disorders produce a wide variety of symptoms, including:

  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Changes in vision
  • Problems with senses
  • Chronic pain/Neuropathic pain
  • Memory issues/Confusion
  • Dizziness (vertigo)
  • Numbness/Tingling
  • Muscle weakness/muscle loss
  • Movement problems/lack of coordination
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Sleep issues/Narcolepsy

Are you are having symptoms of neurological disorder?

If you are experiencing symptoms, discuss these with your primary care physician. You can have your primary care provider refer you to a neurologist. Dr. Gonzales is the consulting Neurologist on Dr. Diane®‘s integrative team of brain health experts.

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