How to Know If You Need a Neurologist

NeurologistNeurologists are specialists who are qualified to diagnose and treat diseases of the peripheral nervous system. Some of the most common neurological diseases include: Alzheimer’s – occurs in the elderly, it involves memory loss. Migraine – more common in women, it refers to the throbbing pain on a part of the brain; and Parkinsons – which refers to the trembling of hands and feet, generally occurs in people over 50.

There are some common symptoms of neurological diseases which may indicate that a person requires further investigation. These symptoms include partial or complete paralysis, Muscle weakness, Partial or complete loss of sensation, and Seizures. People may also experience difficulty in reading and writing, unexplained pain, and decreased alertness.

A staggering 5,00,000 young boys in India are suffering from Muscular Dystrophy. This is a group of diseases, generally inherited that occur due to the mutations in the dystrophine gene and even lack of nutrition. This disease leads to the weakening of ultimately, muscle waste. Occurring in young males more, the symptoms of muscular dystrophy usually appear in early childhood. The best life of a person suffering from this disease typically does not exceed beyond late 20s. More noise needs to be made about this disease to spread awareness and notice symptoms early on in kids to start treating the disease.

Contrary to what people believe, Alzheimer’s is another common disease among the elderly above 65 years of age. This disease involves the loss of ability to remember, reason and go about day-to-day activities. As Alzheimer’s progresses, more brain cells die. This is the reason why early detection is vital. Although a cure is yet to be discovered, proper medication and management of the disease can help with the symptoms and support the patient to perform daily tasks.

A recent study reveals that one could prevent any neurological disorders by adopting a healthier lifestyle including exercise. According to the research, exercise slows the progression when it release ‘exercise hormones’ in the brain when a person is exercising. This supports the brain, keeping it healthier and therefore, symptoms protecting the brain from shrinking.

The medical advancements in the field of neurology point in one direction. While exercise lessens the chances of a person to have a serious neurological problem, people should keep an eye open for any unusual health symptoms. A regular checkup with the family doctor will be a safe bet.