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1. Who is a neurologist?
A neurologist is a doctor who is an expert in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of problems that affect the nervous system. They treat disorders, illnesses, and injuries of both the central (the brain and the spinal cord) and the peripheral nervous system.
2. What is the difference between a neurologist and a neurosurgeon?
Though a neurologist and neurosurgeon diagnose and treat disorders of the nervous system, a neurologist cannot perform surgery. Hence, if a patient requires surgical treatment for a neurological condition such as tumours or carpal tunnel syndrome, then a neurologist would refer the patient to a neurosurgeon.
3. What kind of illnesses do neurologists treat?
Some illnesses that the neurologist treats are:
Neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease
Injury or infection that affects the brain or spinal cord
Peripheral neuropathy (a condition that affects your nerves)
4. When should one visit a neurologist?
You should visit a neurologist if you have:
Numbness or tingling sensation
Loss of bladder or bowel function
Difficulty in walking
Problems with memory
Difficulty in sleeping
Changes in vision
5. Who do neurologists work with?
Neurologists usually work with neurosurgeons, whereby they plan surgeries if required for the improvement in the condition of a patient. A neurologist may also teach and conduct research to contribute to the scientific knowledge in neurology.