Diseases of the brain are a heavy burden not just for a patient, but also for his family. For a patient’s family, the patient’s loss of productivity, as well as the need to provide adequate care for the patient, may be taxing. Neurologists in Draper are familiar with the burden of brain diseases and understand that we must personalize the care for these patients.
One of 20 deaths in America is due to a stroke. In this condition, a clot or bleed in the brain causes a shortage of oxygen supply, leading to the death of brain cells. Post-stroke patients may experience anything from minimal, transient symptoms to permanent disability, if not death. A stroke patient may develop speaking or walking difficulties while others lose function of their limbs completely, depending on the part of the brain involved.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
MS is an autoimmune disorder, which means that a person’s immune system attacks his own body. In this case, the cells in the body attack the protective layer that covers nerves. It can lead to a variety of symptoms ranging from numbness and fatigue to weakness and loss of vision. The patient with MS has symptoms that come and go, with some progressing steadily to a worse state wherein even walking becomes difficult.
Around 4.3 million people in the US above 18 years of age have a diagnosis of epilepsy or seizure disorder. In this condition, there is sudden, uncontrolled electrical activity in the brain. It can lead to twitching or jerking of body parts. Some patients present with absence seizures, where they suddenly stop all movement and stare off into space. Seizures often occur with a pattern, and most patients find common triggers such as flashing lights or stress. Some patients even experience seizures in their sleep. Medications can control the disorder, but despite being seizure-free for years, seizures may recur or worsen.
Patients with neurologic conditions such as stroke, MS and epilepsy experience varying difficulties in their activities of daily living. We must tailor the management of these illnesses to the needs of the patient. Consult a trusted doctor to get the best out of your treatment plans!