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A migraine headache can cause intense throbbing or a pulsing sensation in one area of the head and is commonly accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound.
Migraine attacks can cause significant pain for hours to days and be so severe that all you can think about is finding a dark, quiet place to lie down.
Preventive and pain-relieving medications can help manage migraine headaches. The treatment of an acute migraine headache may vary from over-the-counter medicines (OTC), like acetaminophen(Tylenol and others) or ibuprofen (Advil,Motrin, etc.) to prescription medications. Make an appointment with a neurologist to see what medications are right for you.
A stroke is the rapidly developing loss of brain function(s) due to disturbance in the blood supply to the brain. This can be due to ischemia (lack of blood flow) caused by blockage (thrombosis, arterial embolism), or a hemorrhage (leakage of blood). As a result, the affected area of the brain is unable to function, leading to inability to move one or more limbs on one side of the body, inability to understand or formulate speech, or an inability to see one side of the visual field.
Stroke is diagnosed through several techniques: a neurological examination, CT scans, MRI scans, Doppler ultrasound, and arteriography. The diagnosis of stroke itself is clinical, with assistance from imaging techniques. Imaging techniques also assist in determining the subtypes and cause of stroke.
When a patient displays stroke-like symptoms, a neurologist must not only confirm the symptoms but also identify the type of stroke, its location, and the extent of brain damage. Treatment decisions hinge on all these issues. Early treatment with medications can minimize brain damage. Other treatments focus on limiting complications, surgery, and preventing additional strokes.
Alzheimer Disease/Memory Loss
Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer's or another dementia. Alzheimer's is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. There are 10 warning signs and symptoms. Every individual may experience one or more of these signs in different degrees. If you notice any of them, please see a doctor.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for Alzheimer Disease. The goal is to slow the progression of the disease, managing behavior problems, confusion, sleep problems, and agitation. Drugs are available to help with both cognitive and behavioral symptoms.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a nervous system disease that affects brain and spinal cord. It damages the myelin sheath, the material that surrounds and protects nerve cells. This damage slows down or blocks messages between brain and your body, leading to the symptoms of MS.
The cause of MS is still unknown – scientists believe the disease is triggered by as-yet-unidentified environmental factor(s) in a person who is genetically predisposed to respond. The disease affects women more than men. It often begins between the ages of 20 and 40. Usually, the disease is mild, but some people lose the ability to write, speak, or walk.
Medications can help ease MS attacks and possibly slow the disease. Physical therapy and other treatments help control symptoms -- and improve your quality of life.
Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder of central nervous system in which nerve cell activity in the brain becomes disrupted, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations and sometimes loss of consciousness. Neurons normally generate electrical and chemical signals that act on other neurons, glands, and muscles to produce human thoughts, feelings, and actions. During a seizure, many neurons fire (signal) at the same time as many as 500 times a second, much faster than normal. This surge of excessive electrical activity happening at the same time causes seizures.
Epilepsy is usually treated with medication prescribed by a physician; primary caregivers, neurologists, and neurosurgeons all frequently care for people with epilepsy. However, it has been stressed that accurate differentiation between generalized and partial seizures is especially important in determining the appropriate treatment. In some cases the implantation of a stimulator of the vagus nerve, or a special diet can be helpful. Neurosurgical operations for epilepsy can be palliative, reducing the frequency or severity of seizures.
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. The motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease result from the death of dopamine-generating cells in the substantia nigra, a region of the midbrain; the cause of this cell death is unknown, but age and environmental factors play an important role. Incidence of the disease increases with age. PD usually affects people over the age of 50, but an estimated 4% of PD cases is diagnosed before the age of 50. Early in the course of the disease, the most obvious symptoms are movement-related.
An early and accurate diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease is important in developing good treatment strategies to maintain a high quality of life for as long as possible. A physician will diagnose Parkinson’s disease from the medical history and a neurological examination. There is no lab test that will clearly identify the disease, but brain scans and other laboratory tests are sometimes used to rule out disorders that could give rise to similar symptoms.
Parkinson's disease can't be cured, but medications can help control your symptoms, often dramatically. Medications may help you manage problems with walking, movement and tremor. These medications increase or substitute for dopamine, a specific signaling chemical (neurotransmitter) in your brain. Your Neurologist may also recommend lifestyle changes, especially ongoing aerobic exercise. In some cases, physical therapy that focuses on balance and stretching also is important. A speech-language pathologist may help improve your speech problems. In some cases, surgery may be advised.
Human's peripheral nervous system connects the nerves of arms, hands, feet, and legs with the spinal cord and the brain. The job of these nerves is to deliver signals about physical sensations back to your brain.
Peripheral Neuropathy is a disorder when these nerves malfunction because they are damaged or destroyed. It can occur at any age, but is more common among older adults.
Treatments include antidepressants, pain medications, anti-seizure medications, and pain-relieving creams. Effective prognosis and treatment of peripheral neuropathy relies heavily on the cause of the nerve damage. Early diagnosis and treatment of peripheral neuropathy is important, because the peripheral nerves have a limited capacity to regenerate, and treatment may only stop the progression -- not reverse damage. Surgical treatment may be recommended for people with nerve damage from injury or nerve compression
Pinched nerve occurs when there is "compression" (pressure) on a nerve. Nerve compression often occurs when the nerve is pressed between tissues such as ligament, tendon, or bone. If nerve compression lasts a long time, a protective barrier around the nerve may break down.
Symptoms to end can vary from person to person. Treatment varies, depending on the severity and cause of the nerve compression. You may find that you benefit greatly from simply resting the injured area and by avoiding any activities that tend to worsen your symptoms. If symptoms persist or pain is severe, see your doctor.
Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the palm of the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. The median nerve controls sensations to the palm side of the thumb and fingers (although not the little finger), as well as impulses to some small muscles in the hand that allow the fingers and thumb to move. Pain may extend up the arm leading to discomfort extending to the shoulder and forearm. Women are three times more likely than men to develop carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal tunnel syndrome should be treated as early as possible. Some people with mild symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome can ease their discomfort by taking more frequent breaks to rest their hands, avoiding activities that worsen symptoms and applying cold packs to reduce occasional swelling. If your symptoms are severe or persist after trying nonsurgical therapy, surgery may be the most appropriate option.