For more than a decade, Ali Mesiwala, MD, has been working as a neurosurgeon in California. He completed his postdoctoral training at such institutions as the University of Washington and the International Neurosciences Institute. Currently, Ali Mesiwala, MD, serves as the chief of the Department of Surgery and Division of Neurological Surgery at St. Bernardine Medical Center.
There are several neurological signs and symptoms that have simple explanations, but some may be early indications of a serious problem. Following are just a few examples of neurological problems that may warrant a trip to your physician:
1. Numbness or weakness: feeling numbness on one side of the face can be an early sign of a stroke. However, these early symptoms are often brief, so many individuals forget about them. In addition to signalling a stroke, sudden muscle weakness may indicate various disorders, including Guillain-Barre syndrome or myasthenia gravis.
2. Vision loss: unexpected loss of vision in one or both eyes can indicate various infections, multiple sclerosis, or location-specific strokes. An optic nerve stroke can cause complete blindness in one eye. Meanwhile, deteriorating vision accompanied by eye pain may suggest that the optic nerve has become inflamed.
3. Persistent dizziness: any persistent problems with coordination and balance can indicate that something is wrong. Certain inner ear conditions, such a positional vertigo, may be the cause of these problems, but they also may result from strokes in the brain stem. The brain stem connects the brain and spine and strokes can interrupt these important communications.