The 4 Most Common Neurological Disorders

The 4 most common neurological disorders

As women over 50 mature, they may experience minor moments of forgetfulness, a lack of coordination, some weakness and other symptoms.

Usually it’s nothing, but as one gets older, it’s worth being aware of symptoms that recur or last longer than they should, as they could be the result of a neurological condition.


Neurological disorders cover a wide range, but some are more common than others. Some of the most common neurological disorders can manifest themselves quickly or take years to develop. Whatever the case, if you’re experiencing any of the following issues to an uncomfortable degree, see your doctor as soon as possible. The thought of developing a neurological condition can be intimidating, but treatments and medications are available to alleviate or even eliminate symptoms.

Headaches and Migraines

Headaches and migraines are common symptoms of many different diseases, conditions, and injuries. Everyone gets a headache on occasion, and you can often handle these with rest and over-the-counter medication. But some headaches—and especially migraines—can be severe and indicate that something else is going on in your body. If your headaches occur frequently and with greater intensity, see your doctor. They could be the result of something treatable, such as high blood pressure or an infection, or they could indicate a more serious reason.

Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s is one of the most common neurological disorders in people of a certain age, but it can manifest itself in anyone. Symptoms include tremors, spasms, slurred and quiet speech, dystonia, stiffness, and others. Parkinson’s is a slow degenerative disease, but one can improve their quality of life and control symptoms through medication, physical therapy, and assorted treatments such as Botox injections. These will combat troubles with movement, drooling, sweating, and more.

Dementia

Dementia isn’t a specific disease or condition so much as a blanket term for a symptom of several diseases. Dementia describes behavior such as severe forgetfulness, confusion, difficulty with simple tasks and problem-solving, changes in personality, and inappropriate actions. Sometimes dementia is part of the symptoms for diseases such as Alzheimer’s, but it can also be caused by traumatic brain injury or loss of nerve cells and proper connections between brain cells. Dementia isn’t usually curable, but medications and treatments can arrest the symptoms for some time.

Seizures and Epilepsy

People with epilepsy can experience seizures throughout their lives. Epilepsy has no cure yet, but treatments and medications are available to prevent seizures and other symptoms. On the other hand, a sudden seizure that arrives without warning can be a one-time event or a symptom of a larger issue. Should you experience a seizure that seems unprovoked by an obvious illness or that occurs shortly after, for example, taking a new medication, see your doctor as soon as possible.

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