When to See a Neurologist
Neurologists specialize in disease of and damage to the nervous system. The following symptoms may indicate the need to see a neurologist:
- Change in bowel or bladder function
- Change in mental status
- Difficulty swallowing
- Double vision
- Pain in the neck or back
- Slurred speech
The above symptoms may have many causes, such as decreased blood flow to the brain, chemical imbalances, autoimmune disorders or damage from diabetes.
If you have any of the above symptoms, make an appointment with your primary care physician-your pediatrician, family practitioner or internist, to discuss whether a visit to a neurologist is warranted.