Neurodegenerative diseases affect the nerves in your brain and spinal cord, damaging irreplaceable neurons and causing a range of debilitating symptoms. If you have the symptoms of a neurodegenerative disease, William Shankle, MS, MD, FACP, and his team at Shankle Clinic provide a diagnosis and recommend treatment to minimize symptoms and slow disease progression. Located within the Hoag Neurosciences Institute in Newport Beach, California, Shankle Clinic is a community-based clinic that focuses on Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders (ADRD). To set up an appointment, contact the helpful staff by phone or online form.
Neurodegenerative diseases are those that affect the neurons in your brain and spinal cord. Because most neurons can’t regenerate or replace themselves, if they’re damaged or die, you may have trouble with moving (ataxia) or thinking (dementia).
Some common neurodegenerative diseases include:
Neurodegenerative diseases are progressive, and most of them can’t be cured. However, some conditions that mimic the symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases can be reversed with proper therapy.
Although anyone can develop a neurodegenerative disease, your risk of developing one increases dramatically as you age. The blessing of living longer comes with the downside of a greater likelihood of developing one of the diseases.
Your symptoms vary depending on which disease you have. Common symptoms include:
You may also have times where your symptoms disappear or change.
Genetics and environment play a part in neurodegenerative diseases. However, research has shown that adopting a healthy lifestyle may help prevent disease or delay its progression once it manifests. Some recommendations include:
If you have the symptoms of a neurodegenerative disease, don’t count on lifestyle adjustments alone. Get an evaluation and diagnosis at Shankle Clinic so that your neurologist can tailor a treatment plan for you, which may include lifestyle changes as well as medications.
Your neurologist performs a complete physical exam and orders blood tests and imaging studies to determine the cause of your symptoms. They design your treatment plan based on your diagnosis. Treatment may include lifestyle changes and medications.
Don’t delay getting an evaluation and diagnosis if you have the symptoms of neurodegenerative disease. Contact Shankle Clinic today by using the online form or by phoning the friendly and knowledgeable staff.