Common Neurologic Diagnoses
Neurologists are sub-specialist physicians who specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases/conditions arising from or affecting your brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and muscles.
Some common neurological disorders that we treat include:
Headaches can be a debilitating condition. Headaches affect almost everyone at some point in their lives. Yet for those with headaches that are new, persistent, incapacitating or appear to be worsening; prompt medical attention and specialist referral, can help determine the cause.
Seizures and convulsions manifest as a result of synchronous spontaneous electrical discharges from your brain. People with a tendancy to have recurrent seizures are diagnosed as having epilepsy. Epilepsy can present at any stage in life, however it most commonly presents in children, adolescences and those aged over 65.
Stroke is caused by disruption of the blood supply to your brain. Strokes present as a sudden onset of neurologic deficit, causing weakness commonly to your face, arm and leg (on one side of your body) or a disturbance to your speech. However, the extent of these symptoms greatly depends on the part of your brain which has been affected.
Disease of the peripheral nerves (neuropathies) and muscles (myopathies) can present itself in many ways.
- Do you experience difficulty walking or suffer from unexplained falls?
- Do you get muscle ache/pain (myalgia) whilst at rest or during exercise?
- Do you suffer with cramps or feelings of weakness?
- Do your feet ever feel numb; burn or have pins and needles?
Tremors can be severely impacting both functionally and socially. Whilst many people suffer from occasional tremors in their hands (commonly known as physiologic tremors); for some it can be a hereditary condition that runs through your family (such as essential tremors). These tremors often worsen with age.
Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) can affect ones palms, soles of feet, axilla (armpits) or all three. This common condition often affects younger people and can be socially and professionally disabling. It can run in families.
Pain can be a manifestation of many neurologic conditions. By undergoing an assessment of your pain with a Neurologist, they may be able to identify and diagnose underlying neurological causes and provide you with an appropriate ongoing management plan that can reduce/relieve your pain.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory immune based disease of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) causing multiple areas of damage to the myelin sheath (demyelination), which affects the speed and ability to conduct messages throughout the brain and spinal cord.