Best Neurologist in Dubai
At my consulting chamber, every visit starts with an unhurried, detailed evaluation of a patient’s history of complaints, a thorough physical examination, explanation of possible diagnosis and modalities of treatment, and ends with a mutual decision on the way forward. It is well known that neurological disorders are complex and difficult to understand by most people despite the profusion of available information on the internet. In fact, the netizens are, more often than not, swamped in confusing information rather than real understanding of their symptoms. In addition to helping patients to make an educated choice of treatment, I also offer them an in-depth knowledge of their problems. At the end of the visit, I might request the patient to undergo certain investigations to confirm the clinical diagnosis as follows:
- NCV: Measuring nerve conduction velocity
- EEG (electroencephalography): Measuring brain waves
- EMG (electromyography): Measuring muscle activity
- Evoked potentials: Every sensory stimulus in the body triggers brain activity that can be measured.
- Doppler and duplex sonography: Ultrasound examinations of the vessels and brain
- CT, MRI, PET scan: Brain imaging methods
- Dementia testing
Science of NeurologyThe human nervous system comprises 3 main divisions: central, peripheral and autonomic. The central nervous system includes brain and spinal cord. Peripheral nervous system includes all the major nerves of body, which carry signals to muscles for movement, like walking, and from the skin and other structures, for perception of sensation, like pain and touch. Lastly, the Autonomic nervous system is a web of very fine nerves spread throughout the body carrying signals for a vast array of biological activities varying from sweating, digestion and moving bowels, to that rush of adrenaline you feel when you feel challenged or excited.
What conditions do neurologists treat?A neurologist treats disorders of the central and peripheral nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, cranial nerves, peripheral nerves, nerve roots, autonomic nervous system, neuromuscular junction, and muscles.
Common disorders of the nervous system include:
- Epilepsy: A neurological disorder associated with abnormal electrical activity in the brain, causing recurrent, unprovoked seizures and loss of consciousness.
- Alzheimer’s disease (and other dementias): Progressive mental deterioration that is caused by generalized degeneration of the brain.
- Stroke (and other cerebrovascular diseases): A stroke occurs when a blood vessel is prevented from delivering oxygen and nutrients to the brain, due to a blood clot or rupture.
- Migraine (and other headache disorders): A severe, reoccurring headache often paired with nausea and disturbed vision.
- Multiple Sclerosis: A chronic disease involving damage to nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord characterized by numbness, speech and muscular impairment, blurred vision, and severe fatigue.
- Parkinson’s disease: A progressive disease marked by tremor, muscular rigidity, and slow, imprecise movement. It is associated with degeneration of the basal ganglia of the brain, and dopamine deficiency.
- Brain tumours: A mass of abnormal cells in the brain, leading to impaired cognitive functions.
- Tourette’s syndrome (and other disorders of function): A neurological disorder, coupled with involuntary tics and vocalizations, as well as the compulsive exclamation of obscenities.
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease) A progressive deterioration of the motor neurons of the central nervous system, leading to muscular atrophy and paralysis.
What are the common symptoms that should make you see a neurologist?
- Chronic pain
- Numbness or tingling
- Muscle Weakness
- Movement disorders, i.e. tremors, difficulty in walking
- Seizures or loss of consciousness
- Vision problems
- Memory problems or confusion
- Sleep problems
- Speech or language difficulties