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Why Do You Need a Neurologist?

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Neurologists diagnose and treat any disorders or diseases that affect the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles. As there are several conditions that may affect these areas, there are numerous reasons that you may have to visit a neurology clinic.


Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes pain and tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons, and soft tissues, as well as fatigue and tingling in the affected areas. This condition can develop on its own or in conjunction with other musculoskeletal conditions.

Brain Development Disorders

Cerebral palsy describes a group of movement, hearing, seeing, thinking, and learning disorders. This disorder occurs due to problems within the brain's development. People with cerebral palsy may have loss of movement (paralysis), hearing problems, pain and seizures.

Brain Injuries

Trauma, infection or bleeding in the brain will almost certainly warrant a trip to the neurological surgeon. He will assess the condition, and prescribe medications or perform surgery to correct the problem. You will most likely have to follow up with the same neurologist after treatment.

Migraine Headaches

Migraine headaches are triggered by abnormal brain activity. They can be brought on by specific foods, stress, or other environmental factors. Migraine headaches cause excruciating pain, sensitivity to light, nausea or vomiting, and visual disturbances.


Epilepsy is a brain disorder that is caused by misfired electrical signals within the brain. These abnormally excited signals cause the sufferer to go into violent fits of shaking called seizures, or convulsions.



About the Author

April Khan is a medical journalist who began writing in 2005. She has contributed to publications such as "BBC Focus." In 2012, Khan received her Doctor of Public Health from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She also holds an Associate of Arts from the Art Institute of Dallas and a Master of Science in international health from University College London.

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