Daniel C. Potts, M.D. is a neurologist, author, educator and champion of those with Alzheimer’s disease as well as their caregivers. Dr. Potts communicates this dedication by being accessible to those of us who represent family caregivers, so I took advantage of his willingness to help by asking him some common questions that many family caregivers face.
CBB: Dr. Potts, unfortunately, there’s still a stigma attached to cognitive problems. My first question is how can a spouse or adult child convince a reluctant family member to see a doctor for memory issues?
“This is a tough one and really represents a judgment call,” Dr. Potts said. “If the child or spouse senses their loved one may balk at the idea, or may be in denial or not recognize their cognitive issues, then I suggest that they focus on potential medical reasons that a visit to the doctor may be needed. You could say, ‘Dad, you really need to get that back pain checked o...
I get migraines every week. Sometimes, two days a week, and sometimes several days a week. I have been to numerous Neurologists. I have tried numerous preventative medications, but nothing works. I have been going to a Homeopath, who has treated me for all kinds of things that might trigger a migraine and it has helped to eliminate some things that did trigger a migraine. I do not know what to do now. These migraines are disrupting my life, because I cannot plan anything ahead, because I do not know when I am going to get a migraine. I do not get the aura. Do you have any suggestions? Lois.
One thing to note is that a neurologist isn't necessarily a Migraine specialist, and a Migraine specialists isn't necessarily a neurologist. That said, there are excellent doctors who do specialize in treating Migraine and other headache disorders. At this point, consulting a Migraine specia...
Alternative Names Backache; Low back pain; Lumbar pain; Pain - back; Acute back pain; Back pain - new; Back pain - short-term Symptoms You may feel a variety of symptoms if you've hurt your back. You may have a tingling or burning sensation, a dull achy feeling, or sharp pain. Depending on the cause, you also may have weakness in your legs or feet. Low back pain can vary widely. The pain may be mild, or it can be so severe that you are unable to move. Depending on the cause of your back pain, you may also have pain in your leg, hip, or bottom of your foot. See: Sciatica Signs and tests When you first see your doctor, you will be asked questions about your back pain, including how often it occurs and how severe it is. Your doctor will try to determine the cause of your back pain and whether it is likely to quickly get better with simple measures such as ice, mild painkillers, physical therapy, and proper exercises. Most of the time, back pain will get better using these approaches. Questions w...
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