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...
FullQuestion: I have been suffering from chronic cluster headaches for the past 20 years since I was 25. After numerous CT's and MRI tests from more than 2 dozen internists and neurologists they seem to give up on me. I was prescribed verapamil (480 ml.) prednisone, Depakote, Topamax, Cafergot at different times.They all worked fine for a month or two, then it seems my body is becomes immune and rejects the drug. The headaches continue with a daily vengeance. Recently, I was taking Neurontin - 600 mg day which worked fine for a couple of months. As of today it seems my body is getting accustomed to it and the headaches continue. When I can no longer bear the unbearable pain, I take Maxalt which relieves it, but my prescription plan limits the amount I get every 3 months. I have no choice but to take it sparingly. I have taken Excedrin in huge amounts which is causing cyst in my liver. I am going crazy and cannot live with the daily pain. I ask my neurologist repeated...
My migraines always go in cycles, bad to not so bad, lasting months to years before changing again. Recently they are worse than they have ever been since I started having them 30 years ago. I wake up with it, am nauseous, often vomit, feel like a limp dish rag the next day and take up to 4 days to recover. My neurologist wants to do a sleep study. What will this determine? I've had 3 previous ones and they were all "inconclusive." Toni.
The most common triggers for waking with a Migraine are sleep issues:
too much sleep
too little sleep
poor quality sleep
irregular sleep schedule
There's information on this in our video Migraines, Headaches, and Sleep . A properly conducted sleep study would indicate the presence of any sleep disorders, and give a good sense of the quality of your sleep.
Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
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