Typically if an individual is experiencing symptoms that are severe with the nervous system, they are quite noticeable. If you are having issues with your brain, nervous system, or nerve conduction, your quality of life may be dramatically impacted. Often a general practitioner will assess your symptoms, see that they are severe and not improving with basic treatment, and then refer you to a nervous system specialist. Symptoms that may result in a neurology referral can include, but aren't limited to:
Headaches, especially severe headaches that are accompanied by knotted muscles, a sensitivity to light and sound, or nausea may be a sign of a serious problem. You could be experiencing cluster headaches, tension headaches, migraines, or something much more severe. A neurologist will be able to run the appropriate tests to help determine the cause of your pain. They will then work with you to develop a course of treatment. If you're experiencing treatable headaches, you may be asked to avoid things that are triggering them or prescribed one or more medications to help prevent them or to treat them once they are occurring. Ongoing headaches can be a sign of serious health issues and should be evaluated by a medical professional.
Involuntary Muscle Spasms
While it's fairly common to experience an occasional spasm in a single muscle after working out, ongoing muscle spasms or tremors can be a sign of a more serious illness. If you notice that you are experiencing involuntary muscle spasms frequently, with or without pain, it may be time to ask for a neurological consult. Tremors, spasms, and ongoing shaking in a muscle or limb can all be symptoms of other diseases, along with being quite inconvenient. These symptoms can frequently be managed with outpatient treatments such as medication, after a doctor runs appropriate tests to determine their cause.
If you find that you're experiencing difficulty with moving your limbs, or if your hands or feet don't seem to want to work correctly, it may be time to have an evaluation by a neurologist. If you're having pain in your wrists or ankles, or if you're having difficulty feeling your limb as it moves through a full range of motion, a neurologist can order a nerve conduction study to see if the signals that your brain is sending are reaching all the way through to your hand or foot.
If you're experiencing any of the symptoms above, or seizures, ongoing pain, vision issues, weakness, or numbness and tingling, consult a medical professional, such as at North Texas Neuroscience Center PA ,
for an evaluation. They can advise you as to whether you should see a specialist.