When Should I See a Neurologist for My Symptoms?

When Should I See a Neurologist for My Symptoms?

You may be wondering “Should I see a neurologist? Or “What are neurological symptoms?” 

Neurology is a branch of medicine of the nervous system. The nervous system is made up of the central nervous system (CNS) and the peripheral nervous system (PNS). The CNS is made up of the brain and spinal cord. And the PNS is a system of nerves that branch off from the spinal cord. 

Neurological symptoms may include: weakness, numbness/tingling, vision changes, headaches, altered speech, unusual loss of consciousness,  jerking/twitching, or memory loss. These symptoms can be signs of neurological disorders. 

* Any abrupt and new symptoms of weakness, numbness, speech changes, double vision, should be immediately seen at your local ER.

What Neurology Treats

Migraine: If you have uncontrolled migraines, or get headaches associated with neurological symptoms, it may be time to make an appointment with a neurologist. 

Movement issues: Difficulty walking, keeping your balance, tremors, or falls, can be signs of PNS or CNS issue. 

Numbness/Tingling: Numbness or tingling can be signs of nerve damage, especially when it does not resolve. It can also be signs of a more serious issue, such as a stroke, if it comes on suddenly with no relief. 

Dizziness: Dizziness can be a sign of peripheral or central vertigo. Peripheral vertigo is often worsened by sudden change in movement and is an inner ear issue. Central vertigo is a often less intense sensation however can be a sign of a more serious neurological condition. Dizziness can also be a sign of presyncope or orthostasis. 

Memory Change: When you have concerns of memory loss, see a neurology provider. There can be tests conducted to identify Alzheimer's/dementia early. Also vitamin deficiencies affect the brain and multiple labs may be checked by your neurologist. 

Your neurology provider will conduct an in depth neurological exam which will examine your cranial nerves, strength, and gait - all of which can be tested via video visit. An in depth neurological exam helps us to localize neurologically where the problem/issue may be coming from.

Many people will originally be seen by their local PCP who will then refer them to a neurologist, but the wait time for a local neurologist averages 4-6 months. Our goal at Neura Health is to help you see a Neurology provider quickly which is why we offer same-week appointments. Join us today to book a visit with a neurological specialist.

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Leslie Carroll, NP
Leslie Carroll, APRN, FNP-C, is a certified family nurse practitioner with over 8 years of experience in neurology. At Neura, she treats stroke, concussion, tremor and other conditions.
About the Author
Leslie Carroll, APRN, FNP-C, is a certified family nurse practitioner with over 8 years of experience in neurology. She received her Master’s in Nursing from Union University and has spent her entire NP career working in inpatient and outpatient general neurology. She has extensive experience in stroke care. She also enjoys treating other neurological conditions, including concussion and tremor.

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