Your nervous system is an information superhighway, responsible for all the movement and sensation 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, the nervous system needs 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:
- Lack of coordination
- Loss of sight or double vision
- Pain, tingling, burning, sensitivity or loss of feeling
- Slurred speech
- Trouble remembering
- Unusual headaches
- Weakness or loss of muscle strength
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, our expert neurologists and neurosurgeons can help. At Aurora Health Care, we can help diagnose the cause and will work with you to determine a treatment plan.
Exploring Nervous System Disorders
Our neurologists treat many nervous system problems, including:
- Acoustic schwannoma: A benign tumor of the acoustic nerve that affects your sense of hearing and balance.
- Arteriovenous malformation (AVM): A rare condition of the brain or spinal cord in which there is an abnormal connection between arteries and veins, that can result in bleeding 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.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome: A common disorder caused by compressed, irritated nerves, leading to pain, tingling and numbness in your hand and wrist.
- Dysautonomia: Malfunction of the autonomic nervous system (ANS), the part of the nervous system that regulates the heart, digestion, chemical, and hormonal activity. Symptoms depend on what parts of the ANS are affected.
- 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.
Treating Nervous System Disorders
Our neurologists are here to help you and your loved ones. 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.
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 [link to http://www.aurorahealthcare.org/services/integrative-medicine], medication or surgery.
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.
Dysautonomia symptoms 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 or neurosurgeon.