A neurologist is a medical professional who deals with diseases in the brain, central nervous system, peripheral nerves and muscles. Common neurological diseases are epilepsy, stroke, Parkinson’s diseases and many more.
There are a variety of issues that should lead you to see a neurologist for testing.
1. Severe headaches, or frequent low grade headaches or headaches increasing with strain or coughing or lifting
When headaches are severe, change vision or start early in the morning, it may be time to see a neurologist. Neurologists may be able to help with chronic migraines, and with headaches that don’t respond to over-the-counter medication.
2. Issues with movement
If you have difficulty walking or if you have moments of unusual clumsiness, this can be a sign of neurological issues. Unintentional jerks, movements or tremors are other signs of a problem.
Neurologists are trained to deal with dizziness that comes from vertigo or disequilibrium. If you feel trouble balancing, or feel like things are spinning around you, it might be time to seek professional help.
Sore and weak muscles are something we’re all familiar with, but neurological problems can lead to a different kind of weakness. If you feel like it takes an abnormal amount of work to move your appendages, it could be a sign of neurological disorder.
Other issues that may lead your primary doctor to send you to a neurology professional include chronic pain, seizures, vision problems and issues of memory or confusion.
Sleep Disorders and Neurological Problems
Sleep disorders very often cause neurological symptoms and individuals may not connect the association of the two. For example if patients are having more seizures, headaches/migraines, memory difficulty or dizziness they may not realize that there may be an underlying sleep disorder that actually exacerbates their problem. Insomnia often is due to sleep disorders that individuals are quick to treat with medications. Even patients who have a diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy should treat any underlying obstructive sleep apnea as reduced blood flow in sleep will also occur to the peripheral nerves and contribute to further nerve damage. Patients who are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis are very often not evaluated for sleep apnea as fatigue is a recognized cause of multiple sclerosis. Similarly fibromyalgia is notoriously a disorder that stems from poor sleep and a less known variant of sleep apnea.