Symptoms That Require the Evaluation of a Neurologist

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According to the University of Chicago, an evaluation by a neurologist helps determine whether you suffer from peripheral neuropathy and other neurological disorders. Typically you need a referral from your primary care physician to see a neurologist. A neurologist will evaluate your symptoms and perform tests to determine the cause of your symptoms.

Difficulty Walking

  • According to the Mayo Clinic, difficulty walking is a sign of cerebellar degeneration and other nervous system disorders. The condition causes nerve cells to die in the area of your brain that controls balance and muscle function. A person with this condition may have trouble standing up for walk with a wide-legged gait. Some people also experience tremors while they try to walk.

    Lack of proper exercise causes a loss of muscle tone, only making the problem worse. Without physical therapy a person can end up relying on a wheelchair to get around.

Memory Loss

  • Another symptom that requires evaluation by a neurologist is memory loss. According to the Mayo Clinic, a nervous system condition called encephalomyelitis causes inflammation in the brain and spinal cord. This can affect memory and other brain functions. If your memory is becoming increasingly worse, see a doctor right away. Severe memory loss is a sign of an underlying medical condition.

Numbness and Tingling in Your Legs and Arms

  • See a neurologist if you have numbness or tingling in your legs and arms. This symptom can indication nerve damage or underlying medical conditions such as neuropathies. However, this symptom is more often a sign of injury to the nerves from a accident. Only a doctor can give a proper diagnosis.

Stiffness

  • Stiffness is a sign of arthritis, but, according to the Mayo Clinic, severe stiffness is also a sign of a nervous system disorder called stiff-person syndrome. This condition causes muscle spasms and severe muscle stiffness in the spine and legs.

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