Headaches, muscle weakness, loss of balance, lethargy, and many such unexplained symptoms might feel a bit out of the ordinary but one may not feel the need to pay medical attention to these symptoms. But unknowingly, you might be inviting a serious medical condition by ignoring it.
All the above-mentioned symptoms could be related to a neurological disorder that causes nerve damage. Nerve damage cannot be entirely cured but with the right treatment, the symptoms can be reduced in order to avoid the likelihood of permanent damage.
Nerve damages are progressive in nature and so it is of utmost importance that you consult your best neurologist at the first sign of symptoms.
You know your next stop is at the Neurology center when:
1. You experience chronic or severe headaches.
This is your sign to stop ignoring the condition and get immediate medical attention. Common migraine triggers can include hormonal changes, certain food, and drink, stress, and exercise. Migraine commonly occurs in one particular area which then causes throbbing in the same area.
Your neurologist will mostly provide you with a prescription for preventive and pain-relieving medication that can help manage migraine headaches.
2. You feel dizzy on a regular basis.
If you feel a sensation of lightheadedness, or feel a false sense of spinning, or even just unsteadiness, you may try and treat yourself without seeking any professional help. You can try and sit up and down slowly and avoid making any sudden movements that may trigger vertigo.
Although, it is important to identify when the condition starts becoming more severe. If you develop a fever or have vision problems, hearing loss or difficulty speaking, feel weakness or numbness in your arm or leg fall, or have difficulty walking- seek medical attention immediately and ignore no more!
3. If you experience seizures.
Symptoms like fainting, fatigue, rhythmic muscle contractions or muscle spasms, pins and needles need medical attention. Other common seizures, amnesia, or anxiety. Epilepsy needs neurological care and 70% of seizures are drug-responsive.
4. You face Geriatric / Old age problems.
If you find the elderly of your house struggling while walking or experience repeated falls, tremors of the hand, or forgetfulness, they are suggested to see a Neurologist.
Functional decline or physical frailty needs medical attention, sometimes they may be treated with medications, and for critical cases.
5. Sudden Onset.
Stroke requires urgent medical attention. Symptoms like troubled walking, speaking, and understanding, as well as paralysis or numbness of the face, arm, or leg. Seek the medical help you need and with early, (< 3 hrs) treatment, medication like tPA (clot buster) can minimize brain damage.
Other treatments focus on limiting complications and preventing additional strokes.