As we age, we notice many visible and invisible changes in our hair, skin and joints as a sign of growing old. We might not notice, but our brain and nervous system also face the ageing process that is more likely to provoke neurological symptoms at an older age.
Many neurologic disorders can be present at birth or can eventually develop after birth. While at an older age your brain and spinal cord lose nerve cells and weight. This leads to problems with movement and safety, such as the ability to think.
Neurological disorders affect the whole nervous system – the brain, spine and the nerves that connect them.
What are the most common neurological disorders?
There are more than 600 nervous system disorders, ranging from extremely rare to very common. Here are some of the common neurological disorders:
- Neuropathy: Neuropathy is the damage of nerves that typically results in numbness, tingling, muscle weakness and pain in a particular area of the body.
- Alzheimer’s disease: It destroys memory and causes forgetfulness while affecting a persons’ basic mental functions.
- Parkinson’s disease: Parkinson’s disease damages the vital nerve cells in the brain that leads to shaking, stiffness, and difficulty in regular physical functions.
- Stroke: Stroke occurs when the blood supply to a part of your brain is suddenly interrupted or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts and causes bleeding.
3. Brain tumours: A brain tumour is a mass or lump of abnormal cells in your brain that can be cancerous or noncancerous.
What are the most common signs and symptoms of neurological disorders?
Here are the 5 neurological symptoms that patients often overlook:
Headache is a common problem that we often face and ignore. But if you are suffering from a severe headache frequently, it might be a symptom of a neurological condition.
- Change in Vision
Although, loss of vision can result from the natural ageing process, it can also be a sign of a more severe neurological condition.
- Muscle Weakness
Muscle fatigue that comes out of nowhere could be a sign of several different neurological ailments.
- Sleep Problems
Excessive Sleepiness could be a sign of depression, chronic inflammation, sleep deprivation or even multiple sclerosis. Address sleep problems early to help identify a neurological condition.
- Memory Loss
Mild forgetfulness is normal, but unusual memory loss that interrupts your everyday life can be associated with a number of neurological conditions.
- Unexplained Weight Loss
Many neurological conditions affect hormones, which can lead to sudden weight gain or weight loss. Excessive weight loss is considered as a common underlying cause of peroneal palsy.
When do you need to see a neurologist?
Apart from the above mentioned neurological symptoms, there can be many associated signs that a neurologist will be able to test and diagnose.
If you suspect any sign or symptom of neurological problems in yourself or someone else, discuss them with your doctor as soon as possible.
Our Neurology Department at Fortis International is dedicated to providing superior care for all types of neuromuscular disease. Fortis International is regarded as one of the best neurology hospitals in India. There is a range of medications and techniques that we use to treat the painful effects of many neurological ailments.