Talk to your Doctor: Neurological Disorders

Neurological Disorders

Neurological disorders can make life challenging and they affect millions of people all around the world. Managing these disorders requires a combination of treatment options and care in order to live a healthy life.

What Are Neurological Disorders?

With the category of neurological disorders lies more than 600 individual diseases, all of which affect the brain, spine, and nerves in different ways. These disorders include conditions like epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, and dementia, along with seemingly more innocuous illnesses like migraines and chronic headaches.

When Neurological Disorders Need Treatment

If you or your doctor suspects that you may have a neurological disorder, it is imperative to begin developing a treatment plan as soon as possible. When left untreated, these disorders can result in short- and long-term health consequences that can dramatically impact your quality of living. Moreover, if left unchecked, you may develop other health concerns that are in addition to your neurological disorder. For example, it’s estimated that half of patients with MS experience depression at least once during their life.

Symptoms of Neurological Disorders

These disorders can impact your life in a myriad of ways, and with so many disorders, you’ll need to work with your doctor to discuss your symptoms to get an accurate estimate of what you might have. Generally, however, if you experience any of the following, it would be best for you to seek the help of a specialist:

Frequent Headaches

Blurred Vision

Chronic Fatigue

Numbness in the Extremities

Issues With Coordination and Balance

Slurred Speech


Causes of Neurological Disorders

Given that there are hundreds of neurological disorders, it’s difficult to determine one singular cause for all of them, or even for many of them. The complexity of the nervous system and the components therein make it extremely difficult to determine what triggers the development of a neurological disorder. It’s why so many neurologists dedicate their entire careers to one singular disorder.​

Treatment for Neurological Disorders

For some neurological disorders, a careful regimen of therapies, medications, and other options can lead to a long and happy life. With others, the prognosis can be much grimmer. In any case, you may have to make lifestyle changes in order to support your treatment efforts. Your doctor might suggest pain management treatments in addition to physiotherapy. Medications can prevent your symptoms from getting worse, and in some cases, even restore function.

Neurological Disorders and CBD

CBD may be an effective addition to your neurological disorder treatment routine. More study is being invested into how to use this cannabis compound in treatment plans. Studies suggest that CBD may help to limit the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. It’s effective in part because the CBD reduces the inflammation in the brain cells, decreasing the buildup of oxygen, and works as a brain stimulating neuroprotectant. For those with Parkinson’s, there are some promising studies that suggest that CBD may help to limit their tremors and improve their ability to sleep.

If you feel that you would benefit from the use of CBD to manage your neurological disorders, connect with your doctor to see if it can be added to your treatment plan.

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