Your nervous system is an information superhighway, responsible for all the movement in your body. It sends messages along the spinal cord, which starts at your brain and runs down your back – reaching out to every organ and body part.
Sometimes, this intricate system needs some help. Swelling, toxins, diseases or tumors can pinch or compress nerve fibers, interrupting messages that are sent to and from the brain.
If your nervous system isn’t operating at peak performance, you may suffer from:
- Unusual headaches
- Pain, tingling, burning, sensitivity or loss of feeling
- Lack of coordination
- Slurred speech
- Weakness or loss of muscle strength
- Trouble remembering
- Loss of sight or double vision
Symptoms of nervous system disorders can be quite unsettling. Our expert neurologists at Aurora Health understand what you’re going through. We can help diagnose the cause of your symptoms and work with you to determine a treatment plan.
Exploring Nervous System Disorders
Our neurologists treat all kinds of nervous system problems, including:
- Acoustic neuroma: A benign tumor on the acoustic nerve that affects your sense of hearing and balance.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome: A common disorder caused by compressed, irritated nerves, leading to pain, tingling and numbness in your hand and wrist.
- Peripheral nerve disorders: Damage to peripheral nerves (nerves located outside your brain and spinal cord) that causes numbness, pain, burning, tingling, muscle weakness and sensitivity to touch. These disorders are usually caused by injury or illness such as AIDS, diabetes or lupus.
- Trigeminal neuralgia (also known as Tic doloroux): A condition characterized by excruciating facial pain. The cause is unknown in most cases.
- Ulnar nerve entrapment: A condition that causes numbness, tingling or weakness in your fourth and fifth fingers due to a nerve in your arm (the ulnar nerve) being pinched.
- Arteriovenous malformation (AVM): A rare condition of the brain or spinal cord where one or more arteries connect to one or more veins, resulting in a rupture that bleeds into your brain. Symptoms include headaches, migraines and seizures. AVMs are usually diagnosed by a computed tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Treatment options include surgery, radiation or injecting material into the arteries.
- Dysautonomia: Malfunction of the autonomic nervous system (ANS), the part of your nervous system that regulates your heart, digestion, chemical and hormonal activity. Symptoms depend on what parts of the ANS are affected. Most often, Dysautonomia makes it difficult to remain standing upright because of a dramatic fall in blood pressure. Other symptoms can include fast or slow heart rate, chest pain, low blood pressure, excessive thirst, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, insomnia, migraines, blurry vision, frequent urination and convulsions. Treatment usually consists of symptom management with a combination of drug therapies.
Treating Nervous System Disorders
Our neurologists are here to help you and your loved ones. We want to answer all your questions and diagnose your nervous system disorder properly.
When you come see us, we’ll talk to you about your symptoms and perform a variety of tests to diagnose the condition of your nervous system. Your initial work-up might include a clinical assessment, neurophysiologic testing, blood tests and nerve or muscle biopsies that will give your doctor a clearer picture of what is causing your symptoms.
Using the latest diagnostics and treatment methods, your neurologist will come up with a personalized treatment plan that might involve therapy, changes to your diet, integrative medicine, medication or surgery. You can feel better than ever in no time.
Specialized Care for Dysautonomia
Dysautonomia is a disorder of the autonomic nervous system or the nerves that dictate the “automatic” things a person does every day, such as maintaining a regular heartbeat, breathing, sweating, digestion, and bladder and sexual function.
The symptoms of Dysautonomia vary widely and range from mild to severe - chest pain, palpitations, blurred vision, sleep disorders, mood swings, headache, nausea, anxiety, panic attacks and memory problems. It can be debilitating and life changing.
The Dysautonomia Center at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton is one of only two centers in Wisconsin. The treatment program includes education, psychiatric support, physical therapy, nutrition guidance, integrative medicine and genetics counseling. Our Dysautonomia Center’s autonomic lab is specifically designed to evaluate, quantify the severity of, and help lead to treatment of dysautonomia and other autonomic nervous system disorders.
Our multidisciplinary team approach includes medical experts in neurology, electrophysiology, psychology, gastroenterology, rehabilitation, nutrition, integrative medicine, genetics and more. In partnership with the Aurora Research Institute, our team focuses on identifying the root causes of Dysautonomia and participates in clinical trials to determine the most effective treatments and improve the quality of life for patients with this condition.
For referral consultation for dysautonomia or to learn more, call 262-329-8100.
Pain, numbness, muscle weakness. Symptoms of nervous system disorders can range from irritating to frightening and disabling. You want answers, and we can help.
Contact us to get a second opinion from an Aurora Health Care neurologist.