Partnering With Your Doctor

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Partnering With Your Doctor

Neurologists are doctors with advanced training in diagnosing, treating and managing disorders of the brain and nervous system.  After 4 years of medical school, a neurologist does a 1-year general medical internship, then 3 years of dedicated neurology residency training.  Many neurologists do another year of fellowship training as well.  To do a thorough job, a neurologist needs to know all about the patient’s symptoms and prior medical history. Then, he or she can be more effective in diagnosing and treating the problem.  Diagnosing and managing a neurological disorder is a partnership between the patient and the neurologist.

Questions to Ask Your Neurologist

  • What type of disorder do I have?
  • How will this disorder affect my health?
  • What treatments are available?
  • What are the risks and benefits of the treatment?  Are there any alternatives?
  • How will this disorder affect my daily life and activities?

Understanding your disorder and treatment may make it easier to live with its effects.

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