Neurologists sound like a scary physician sort. I mean they deal with the BRAIN. *Cue Twilight Zone theme song* I promise, they are nice folk, in general. Although I probably am a little biased since they like brains like I do. Here are some reasons why you should go see a neurologist.
- You are experiencing shooting, burning or sharp pains that you can’t explain.
- You have frequent and severe headaches.
- You are experiencing strange sensations– like ants crawling on you, but they’re not there or seeing auras (a fuzzy area) around lights or suddenly going numb.
- Your body is making movements that you aren’t in control of.
- If you unexplainably black out.
- You have sudden changes in your behavior patterns. For example, you’re usually a really chill person, but suddenly, you have angry outbursts all the time.
- You experience changes in your ability to think straight or remember important things.
- You have a sudden, unexplained bout of dizziness.
- Your vision changes suddenly and drastically.
- You become severely weak all of a sudden.
- You become super stiff and stretching doesn’t seem to help.
- You’re moving very slowly and people tend to tell you to hurry up.
- You’ve become super clumsy.
- You’re having trouble talking or understanding what others are saying to you.
For some of these items, your brain is telling you to go the emergency room. For others, not so. Generally, if the symptom comes on all of a sudden, it’s best to go the emergency room, just to be sure. Because time=brain, meaning the sooner you get to emergency room, the sooner (and more of!) your brain will be saved.