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Neuropathic pain (Nerve Pain) is caused by damage or injury to the nerves that transfer information between the brain and spinal cord from the skin, muscles and other parts of the body.

The pain is usually described as a burning sensation and affected areas are often sensitive to the touch. Symptoms of neuropathic pain may also include excruciating pain, pins and needles, difficulty correctly sensing temperatures and numbness. Some people may find it hard to wear thick clothes as even slight pressure can aggravate the pain.

Common causes of neuropathic pain include nerve pressure or nerve damage after surgery or trauma, viral infections, cancer, vascular malformations, alcoholism, neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis and metabolic conditions such as diabetes. It may also be a side effect of certain medications. Occasionally no identifiable cause is found which can be distressing for the individual experiencing the pain.

Chronic neuropathic pain is common and may be related t...

Cognition is defined as the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses. If your cognition is affected after a stroke, then you could find it difficult to concentrate or remember certain things. 

We store all kinds of information in our memory. We also remember things for different lengths of time, which is why we have a short-term and a long-term memory. Your short-term memory is like a temporary storehouse for information. It allows you to remember things just long enough for you to use them. When you read a telephone number, for example, you use your short term memory to remember it for the few seconds it takes you to dial. Some people also call this your working memory. If you need to remember something for longer than this, it moves to your long-term memory. 

Many people have problems with their memory after a stroke, especially in the first weeks and months. However, they may not always be down to a problem...

Migraines are very common. According to studies, almost 20% of the population have at least one migraine attack every month. Half these attacks interfere with your daily life. It is one of the most common neurological disorders in the country today. 

One proven way to treat / prevent migraine attacks is medication. Unfortunately medication is just part of the treatment; it is very important to know and understand migraine attacks a person. 

Here are a few practical ways on how to prevent migraine from attacking:

1.  Maintain a regular sleeping pattern

2.  Turn off or dim the lights during your sleep

3.  Avoid skipping meals

4.  Avoid food that triggers your migraine

5.  Lessen the brightness level of your mobile phones

6.  Drink a moderate amount of caffeinated beverage 

7.  Regular exercise

8.  Take a well balanced diet

9.  Manage stress in your life

10. Maintain a migraine diary

If your migraine is connected to seizures, weight loss, fever, eye or ear problem, sudden blackouts or worsen...

The spinal cord enables communication between the brain and the rest of the body. It contains nerve cells, called neurons, and bundles of nerve fibres, or axons, that carry signals to and from the brain. All the information needed to initiate and control movement travels down the spinal cord from the brain to the muscles of the body. The majority of spinal cord injuries are due to preventable causes such as falls, road traffic accidents or sports injury.

A spinal cord injury (SCI) damages the communication pathway between the brain and certain parts of the body. Depending on the extent of the damage and its location in the cord, serious and permanent physical consequences will result in varying degrees of severity. Limbs or organs will not function as they did before. When the spinal column is damaged, for example by fracture or dislocation, the bony vertebrae can compress or bruise the fragile spinal cord. Although the initial injury leads to severed axons and the death or damage of ma...

What is a stroke?

Stroke is a medical condition in which a blood stops flowing to any part of the brain which leads to cell damage. When blood supply to the brain is interrupted it may lead to brain damage or possibly death.

What is causing a stroke?

There are several factors that may lead to a stroke. Here are a few of the items: smoking, excessive alcohol intake, poor diet, lack of exercise, Other medical conditions may also affect namely : high blood pressure, high cholesterol, atrial fibrillation, irregular heartbeat & diabetes.

How to prevent a stroke?

The most practical way of preventing a stroke from happening is being aware of the various risk factors of a stroke and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Can exercise really help prevent a stroke?

Exercise contributes greatly in losing and maintaining an ideal weight and lowering blood pressure. It is on it's own a stroke reducer.

What is the most common stroke type?

About 80 percent of strokes are ischemic strokes. Ischemic strokes occur whe...

According to the World Health Organization (WHO); Neurological disorder are diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system. In other words, the brain, spinal cord, cranial nerves, peripheral nerves, nerve roots, autonomic nervous system, neuromuscular junction, and muscles. These disorders include epilepsy, Alzheimer disease and other dementias, cerebrovascular diseases including stroke, migraine and other headache disorders, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, neuroinfections, brain tumours, traumatic disorders of the nervous system due to head trauma, and neurological disorders as a result of malnutrition.

Hundreds of millions of people worldwide are affected by neurological disorders. More than 6 million people die because of stroke each year; over 80% of these deaths take place in low- and middle-income countries. More than 50 million people have epilepsy worldwide. It is estimated that there are globally 47.5 million people with dementia with 7.7 million new cases every...

Migraine is more than just a headache and migraine pain normally comes with nausea (queasiness and feeling sick) or vomiting (being sick), over sensitivity to light, noise, movement, or smell. It can mean the attack, or can mean the underlying disease that causes the attacks. Migraine pain can be on one side of the head or on both sides, can swap sides, or can be asymmetrical. During a migraine, you may experience any of the following:

  • Pain on one side or both sides of your head

  • Pain that feels throbbing 

  • Sensitivity to light

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Blurred vision

  • Light headedness

The Four (4) stages of migraine attack are as follows:

  1. Prodrome is mood change hours or days before the headache. 

  2. Aura usually happens just before the headache. 

  3. Head pain or pressure is typically thumping or pulsing. 

  4. Recovery can take a day or two, when there are no particular symptoms other than feeling ill

Migraine is the third most commo...

Anxiety attacks also known as anxiety disorder are classified as one of the most common psychological problems. They can be the result of biochemical imbalances, past experiences, and stress. They are not neurological conditions. However, nerve disorders and psychological concerns can have similar symptoms. Therefore, neurologist are always on the lookout for the symptoms of depression and stress. 


When a person experiences mild to moderate anxiety, it may help one focus their attention, energy, and motivation. However, If anxiety is severe, you may have feelings of helplessness, confusion, and extreme worry that are out of proportion with the actual seriousness or likelihood of the feared event. Physical symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Trembling or shaking.

  • Feeling of fullness in the throat or chest.

  • Breathlessness or rapid heartbeat.

  • Dizziness. 

  • Cold sweat. 

  • Feeling jumpy.

  • Muscle tension.

  • Sleep problems.

If you think you have an anxiety disor...

Shaky hands are commonly referred to as a hand tremor. A hand tremor is not life-threatening, but it can make daily tasks difficult. It can also be an early warning sign of some neurological and degenerative conditions. You should speak with your doctor if you experience hand tremors.

Many people associate shaky hands with Parkinson's disease, but the most common cause of shaking hands is actually essential tremor. It is a nervous system (neurological) disorder that causes involuntary and rhythmic shaking. It can affect almost any part of your body, but the trembling occurs most often in your hands — especially when you do simple tasks, such as drinking from a glass or tying shoelaces.Common signs and symptoms are as follows:

  • Begin gradually, usually on one side of the body

  • Worsen with movement

  • Usually occur in the hands first, affecting one hand or both hands

  • May be aggravated by emotional stress, fatigue or caffeine

Essential tremor isn't life-threatening, but symp...

Headache is one of the most common disorder of the nervous system. It happen when the nerve endings in different parts of your head and neck become irritated. Common complaint are  pain or discomfort in the head, scalp, or neck. 

A typical headache may lasts for about 3-4 hours. But for some people, severe headaches drag on much longer, sometimes for several days or months. Here are some of the possible causes of your "never ending headache" namely:

  • Hemicrania Continua - It is a continuous & fluctuating pain without shifting sides of the head. The pain is usually mild to moderate in intensity.

  • Rebound Headache - It is caused by a prolong & regular use of certain medications to treat headaches, such as migraine. Over the counter pain relievers may provide temporary relief.

  • Depression - According to studies; a generalized aches and pains is one of the main symptoms of depressive individuals.  

It is advisable to visit a headache specialist when you...

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