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...
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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