You’ve probably heard the term and may even know someone with a neurological problem. But, what does it actually mean and is there anything you can do to help?

There are many conditions which classify as neurological. For example, Parkinson’s is a neurological problem and affects in excess of 100,000 people in Australia.

Neurological Problems

Your body is a surprisingly complex organism. Many of the cells in your body are renewed on a regular basis but sometimes the cell renewal process doesn’t go as planned and it can cause issues with the nerves. Diseases also cause problems with the nerves, your brain, and even the spine. All of these are referred to as neurological problems.

If you have a neurological problem it is likely that your doctor will refer you to a specialist. Of course, you can also contact a local expert in brain surgery to ensure you receive the best possible care.

The main treatment methods for neurological disorders are brain mapping, deep brain stimulation, and gamma knife treatment.  Accessing these treatments can dramatically improve your quality of life; which is why it is so important to get the best possible help.

Here are some of the most common neurological problems:

Parkinson’s

This disorder affects approximately 80,000 people in Australia. Although it is often seen as an older person disease, 1 in 5 of those affected is actually under 50. The disease affects the production of dopamine in your body. This affects the body’s ability to create a protective sheath over your nerves; leading to a gradual deterioration of the nerves which results in shakes and even the loss of smell.

It is not fatal in itself but, in the later stages, will make you more likely to fall and injure yourself.

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is also an affliction of the nerves. In this disease, the nerves are damaged and sufferers feel numb or lose feeling in parts of their body.

There are three main types of MS, the first is known as relapsing and means that the symptoms come, then go and return months or even years later.

The second is progressive which is when the symptoms slowly worsen over time. The third is primary progressive which is when the symptoms rapidly progress over time.

Many sufferers of MS end up in wheelchairs with limited mobility.

Epilepsy

If you suffer from epilepsy then your brain activity is abnormal thanks to an issue with your central nervous system. It causes seizures, unusual behavior, and you can lose awareness of your surroundings.

Interestingly this type of neurological disorder can shorten your life expectancy by as much as 10 years, MS and Parkinson’s don’t affect life expectancy.

This is just a few of the neurological disorders that can be contracted, others include:

  • Brain Tumors
  • Stroke
  • ALS
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Memory Disorder
  • Headaches
  • Brain Aneurysm

If you think you have any symptoms of a neurological disorder it is important to seek medical attention early; it will help ensure you get the best care and quality of life.

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