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Diseases & Conditions : Nervous System Disorders


    • A Vocabulary for Sleep

      A number of sleep disorders can keep you from catching your zzz’s. To help you understand what could be keeping you from the rest you need, get familiar with the vocabulary of sleep issues.

    • Acute Spinal Cord Injury

      Many types of trauma can cause an acute spinal cord injury. The more common types occur when the area of the spine or neck is bent or compressed.

    • Alzheimer's Disease

      Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia, a disorder in which mental functions deteriorate and break down.

    • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

      Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a neurological disorder marked by the progressive degeneration of nerve cells in the spinal cord and brain. It is often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, after a famous baseball player who died from it.

    • Anatomy of the Brain

      The brain is an important organ that controls thought, memory, emotion, touch, motor skills, vision, respiration, temperature, hunger, and every process that regulates your body.

    • Ataxia

      Ataxia is a symptom—not a disorder. It refers to a failure of muscle control in the arms and legs, resulting in a lack of balance, coordination, and possibly a disturbance in gait.

    • Bell's Palsy

      Bell's palsy is an unexplained weakness or paralysis of the facial muscle that begins suddenly and worsens over three to five days. It can strike at any age, but it occurs most often in pregnant women, and in people who have diabetes, influenza, or another upper respiratory ailment.

    • Brain Tumors

      A brain tumor is an abnormal growth of tissue in the brain. The tumor can either originate in the brain itself or come from another part of the body and travel to the brain.

    • Cerebral Aneurysm

      A cerebral aneurysm is a bulging, weakened area in the wall of an artery in the brain. This weak spot raises the risk that the artery wall will burst open.

    • Cluster Headaches

      Cluster headaches occur in groups, or clusters, and individual attacks last one to three hours on average. They may occur every other day—or several times a day.

    • Diagnosis and Treatment for Migraines

      To help diagnose a migraine, your doctor may ask you when your headaches occur, how long they last, and what they feel like.

    • Diagnostic Tests for Neurological Disorders

      Evaluating and diagnosing damage to the nervous system is complicated and complex. Many of the same symptoms occur in different combinations among the different disorders.

    • Effects of Stroke (Brain Attack)

      When an area of the brain is damaged, which typically occurs with a stroke, an impairment may result. An impairment is the loss of normal function of part of the body. Sometimes, an impairment may result in a disability, or inability to perform an activity in a normal way.

    • Encephalitis

      Encephalitis is a term used to describe inflammation of the brain. The inflammation causes the brain to swell, which leads to changes in a person's neurologic condition, including mental confusion and seizures.

    • Epilepsy and Seizures

      Epilepsy is one of the most common disorders of the nervous system and affects people of all ages, races, and ethnic backgrounds.

    • Glossary - Nervous System Disorders

      A glossary of terms relating to the nervous system.

    • Guillain-Barré Syndrome

      Guillain-Barré syndrome is a neurological disorder in which the body's immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system. The disorder usually occurs a few days or weeks after a person has had symptoms of a respiratory or gastrointestinal viral infection.

    • Head Injury

      A head injury can be as mild as a bump, bruise, or cut on the head, or can be moderate to severe because of a concussion, deep cut, fractured skull bone(s), or internal bleeding.

    • Headache

      Headaches vary greatly in terms of pain location, pain intensity, and how frequently they occur.

    • History of Stroke

      Hippocrates, the father of medicine, first recognized stroke over 2,400 years ago. At this time stroke was called apoplexy, which means "struck down by violence" in Greek.

    • Home Page - Nervous System Disorders

      The nervous system is a complex, sophisticated system that regulates and coordinates the body's basic functions and activities. It is made up of two major divisions: the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system.

    • How a Migraine Happens

      One theory says that migraine pain occurs because of waves of activity by groups of excitable brain cells, which trigger chemicals, such as serotonin to constrict blood vessels.

    • Lumbar Disk Disease (Herniated Disk)

      Lumbar disk disease is caused by a change in the structure of a spinal disk. Most of the time, disk disease is a result of aging and the degeneration that occurs within the disk.

    • Meningitis

      Meningitis is an inflammation of the meninges, the membranes that surround the brain. Most cases of meningitis are caused by viruses; bacterial meningitis is rare.

    • Migraine Headaches

      A migraine headache is unique among headaches because it includes symptoms other than pain. Nausea and vomiting, lightheadedness, and sensitivity to light are common with a migraine.

    • Multiple Sclerosis

      Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, chronic disease of the central nervous system. Some people with MS may be mildly affected, but others may lose their ability to write, speak, or walk.

    • Muscular Dystrophy

      Muscular dystrophy causes the muscles in the body to become very weak. The muscles break down and are replaced with fatty deposits over time.

    • Myasthenia Gravis

      Myasthenia gravis (MG) is an autoimmune disorder that causes weakness of the skeletal muscles. MG affects the voluntary muscles of the body, especially the eyes, mouth, throat, and limbs.

    • Neurocutaneous Syndromes

      Neurocutaneous syndrome is a broad term for a group of disorders. These diseases are life-long conditions that can cause tumors to grow inside the brain, spinal cord, organs, skin, and skeletal bones.

    • Neurological Disorders

      Here is a list of nervous system disorders that require clinical care by a physician or other healthcare professional.

    • Neurological Examination

      A neurological exam may be performed with instruments, such as lights and reflex hammers, and usually does not cause any pain to the patient.

    • Neurological Surgery

      Neurological surgery is used to treat disorders of the brain, spine, and nerves. The doctor who specializes in neurological surgery is called a neurosurgeon or neurological surgeon.

    • Neurology

      Neurology is the branch of medicine that is concerned with the study and treatment of disorders of the nervous system.

    • Online Resources - Nervous System Disorders

      A list of online resources to find additional information on nervous system disorders.

    • Overview of Nervous System Disorders

      Disorders of the nervous system include stroke, infections such as meningitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and functional disorders such as headache and epilepsy.

    • Overview of Stroke

      Stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is disrupted. The disruption is caused when either a blood clot or piece of plaque blocks one of the vital blood vessels in the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts.

    • Overview of Tests and Procedures for Sleep Disorders

      To find out the cause of your sleep problems, your doctor may run a number of tests. These may confirm or rule out various health conditions and other problems.

    • Parkinson's Disease

      Parkinson's disease is the most common form of parkinsonism, a group of motor system disorders. PD is slowly progressing and degenerative.

    • Primary Sleep Disorders: Dyssomnias

      Dyssomnia sleep disorders cause difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. An example of a dyssomnia is periodic limb movements in sleep.

    • Primary Sleep Disorders: Parasomnia

      Parasomnias are common sleep disorders that are characterized by strange or bizarre behavior or experiences during sleep.

    • Rehabilitation for Neurological Disorders

      The goals of a neurological rehab program include helping the patient return to the highest level of function and independence, and improving the overall quality of life—physically, emotionally, and socially.

    • Rehabilitation for Stroke

      Stroke rehabilitation works best when the patient, family, and rehabilitation staff works together as a team. Family members must learn about impairments and disabilities caused by the stroke and how to help the patient achieve optimal function again.

    • Risk Factors for Stroke

      The most important controllable risk factor for stroke is controlling high blood pressure. Blood pressure of 140/90 or higher can damage the arteries that supply blood to the brain.

    • Septicemia

      Septicemia is the clinical name for blood poisoning. It is a medical emergency and requires urgent medical treatment.

    • Signs and Symptoms of Stroke

      If you notice any of these symptoms, call 911 or your local emergency medical service immediately. Treatment for stroke is most effective when started as soon as possible.

    • Sleep/Wake Cycles

      How and when you feel sleepy has to do with your sleep/wake cycles, which are triggered by chemicals in the brain.

    • Stages of Sleep

      One way that scientists measure sleep is through brain waves, which change in specific ways as you move through the sleep process. Your brain waves change during four basic stages of sleep.

    • Statistics of Stroke

      Almost every 40 seconds in the United States, a person experiences a stroke.

    • Stroke (Brain Attack)

      Detailed information on stroke, also called brain attack, including history, statistics, symptoms, types, effects, diagnostic, treatment, and rehabilitation information

    • Tension Headaches

      Tension headaches are typically a steady ache, rather than a throbbing one, and affect both sides of the head. Stress or muscle tension is often the cause.

    • Topic Index - Nervous System Disorders

      Here is a list of the most common types of neurological disorders, including acute spinal cord injury, Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, and headaches.

    • Treatment for Stroke

      Although there is no cure for stroke, advanced medical and surgical treatments are now available, giving many stroke victims hope for optimal recovery.

    • Types of Muscular Dystrophy and Neuromuscular Diseases

      Muscular dystrophy is a group of inherited diseases that are characterized by weakness and wasting away of muscle tissue, with or without the breakdown of nerve tissue.

    • Types of Stroke

      Strokes are classified as either ischemic or hemorrhagic. Ischemic strokes are caused by blockage of an artery. Hemorrhagic strokes are caused by bleeding in the brain.