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By Northwest Neurology
January 11, 2018
Category: Sleep
Tags: Insomnia  

Picture someone pacing the floor night after night. His eyes look bloodshot. His posture speaks of exhaustion. He keeps looking at the insomniaclock. If these images come to mind when you think of insomnia, you've got it right. However, insomnia, or the inability to get sufficient sleep, involves even more. Your neurologists at Northwest Neurology in Lake Barrington, Rolling Meadows, South Barrington, Crystal Lake,North Brook and Libertyville, IL, can diagnose and treat this common sleep disorder. You, too, can understand insomnia better and find relief.

The signs of insomnia

Everyone experiences sleep problems now and again. A stressful week at work, a sick child, and even sore muscles from an intense workout may make it difficult to get to sleep or to stay asleep.

However, when these sleep disturbances are more the rule than the exception (say, three times a week for several weeks), you likely have chronic insomnia in Libertyville. In fact, 40 million American adults do, making insomnia the most common sleep disorder in the United States, says the National Sleep Foundation.

Besides trouble falling and staying asleep, signs of insomnia include:

  • Daytime exhaustion
  • Waking up too soon
  • Memory, concentration and learning problems

Diagnosing and treating insomnia

While your doctors often suspect insomnia when their patients cite these symptoms, other factors play into a diagnosis--things such as lack of exercise, some prescription medications, depression, anxiety and stress. Your doctor will carefully discuss your particular concerns and may order an at-home or in-office sleep study to note your particular patterns of falling asleep, restlessness, waking and snoring.

Then, he'll advise some common sense strategies to help you establish good sleep hygiene. These habits help most people form a bedtime routine and sleep environment conducive to falling into and staying in a deep, restful sleep.

Good sleep hygiene includes:

  • Sleeping in an uncluttered bedroom
  • Stopping all TV watching and use of phones. computers and other electronic devices at least one hour before bed
  • Limiting stimulants such as caffeine, especially after dinner
  • Relaxation techniques to ease you into a proper sleep pattern

On occasion, your physician at Northwest Neurology may prescribe a sleep medication.

Sleep well

You can with help from Northwest Neurology. This professional group offers comprehensive neurological services, including sleep medicine at its finest. Please contact (847) 882-6604 for an appointment. We have several convenient locations: Lake Barrington, Hoffman Estates/South Barrington, Rolling Meadows, Libertyville,North Brook and Crystal Lake, IL. We look forward to serving you!

By Northwest Neurology
October 30, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Though snoring at night is not always a sign of a larger problem, it can be indicative of a potentially serious condition called sleep apnea. sleep apneaBut what is sleep apnea and how can it affect you? Find out if you have the symptoms of sleep apnea and what kinds of treatments can help you with the sleep medicine specialists at Northwest Neurology with locations in Lake Barrington, Rolling Meadows, South Barrington, Crystal Lake,North Brook and Libertyville, IL.

The Types of Sleep Apnea
There are two main types of sleep apnea: obtrusive sleep apnea (OSA) and central sleep apnea (CSA). A combination of both types of sleep apnea is called mixed sleep apnea. OSA occurs when an obstruction physically blocks the airway, causing pauses in breathing, called apneas, while you sleep. Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain fails to send the correct signals to the lungs, resulting in them not functioning correctly and causing apneas.

Diagnosing Sleep Apnea 
Your doctor will take into consideration your complaints, symptoms, family and medical history, and lifestyle choices like diet and tobacco or alcohol use. Your doctor may also order a sleep study, which takes place either at home or in a laboratory. The sleep study occurs overnight. Patients sleep in the laboratory while connected to monitoring devices and being observed by technicians who record the monitors’ outputs and the symptoms present while sleeping.

Sleep Apnea Treatments in Lake Barrington, Rolling Meadows, South Barrington, Crystal Lake, North Brook and Libertyville, IL
Treating sleep apnea may being with changes to your lifestyle like quitting smoking, losing weight, or more closely watching your alcohol intake. However, in some cases, a dental device which pulls the jaw forward, eliminating the obstruction, may work towards a more restful night’s sleep. One of the most common treatments for sleep apnea is a CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, machine. This machine has a mask which covers the mouth and nose and delivers a continuous, gentle stream of air into the airway. The air keeps the airway open and prevents it from collapsing or becoming obstructed.

For more information on sleep apnea, please contact Northwest Neurology.
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By Northwest Neurology
September 11, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: MRI  

Find out whether or not your health could benefit from getting an MRI.mri

While no one likes dealing with headaches, migraines or other neurological symptoms, most of the time these problems are minor and go away on there own. Conversely, sometimes you find that these symptoms surface far too often. Maybe they’ve become so commonplace or are affecting your daily life. Coming in to visit our Libertyville, IL, neurologists is important if you are noticing any symptoms or changes in your health.

Of course, when you come into the office we will perform a series of diagnostic tests to rule out potential issues. Depending on the symptoms you are experiencing we may also recommend getting an MRI. An MRI is a diagnostic scan that can help detect injuries, diseases, bleeding and other issues anywhere in the body. What makes MRIs so advantageous is that they provide more information about what’s going on then can often be seen with an X-ray or ultrasound.

Since the MRI is adept at showing areas that contain bone tissue, this can be a great way to examine and check the health of your central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). An MRI of the brain can detect a plethora of problems including:

  • Bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Infections
  • Cysts
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Stroke
  • Aneurysm
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Spinal inflammation
  • Spinal tumors
  • Brain tumors
  • Spinal cord injuries

Even though people don’t often know that they have any of these issues, many people experience persistent symptoms that tip them off that it’s time to visit their Libertyville, IL, neurology specialist. If you have these symptoms then it’s time to see us:

  • Seizures
  • Blurry vision
  • Changes in behavior
  • Dizziness
  • Chronic headaches or migraines

Even though these symptoms can be indicative of other conditions that aren’t neurological, it’s always a good idea to rule out any neurological conditions or injuries as soon as possible.

Whether you are battling frequent headaches or seizures, it’s important that you find out the cause of your symptoms right away by turning to the experts at Northwest Neurology. We have locations in Lake Barrington, Rolling Meadows, South Barrington, Crystal Lake, North Brook and Libertyville, IL, to serve you better.

By Northwest Neurology
July 14, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: MRI  

To confirm a diagnosis and to plan treatment, your physician may order a MRI at Northwest Neurology in Lake Barrington, Rolling mriMeadows, Arboretum South Barrington, Crystal Lake,North Brook and Libertyville, IL. Just what is an MRI? It stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and this state-of-the-art medical test allows the doctor to look at details of internal organs and other structures that X-rays and CT scans cannot adequately visualize. Performed onsite at Northwest Neurology, an MRI is a safe, comfortable way to get important information and better patient coordination among health care providers.

Why is an MRI important?

This high-tech test is key to diagnosing and treating many health conditions that would otherwise remain hidden. While CT scans or digital X-rays produce two-dimensional images, Magnetic Resonance Imaging renders three-dimensional images or even slices of internal organs such as the brain or liver.

This precision allows the 14 doctors at Northwest Neurology to gather and give information on health conditions such as:

  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Tumors
  • Aneurysms (defects in artery walls)
  • Pinched nerves
  • Syrinx (fluid within the brain stem or spinal cord)
  • Congenital malformations
  • Stroke
  • Seizure disorders
  • Chiari malformation and associated balance problems
  • Head trauma
  • Bone infections
  • Problems with the inner ear and eye

Fortunately, an MRI is painless and non-invasive as it simply uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to produce its remarkable "pictures."

What happens during an MRI in Lake Barrington, Rolling Meadows, Arboretum South Barrington,North Brook, Crystal Lake and Libertyville?

This diagnostic test lasts anywhere from 15 minutes to about an hour. The patient simply lies on a long table, and a trained technician puts the table into a tube-like tunnel. Modern MRI machines are open-ended and often come equipped with music and a window to avoid any feelings of claustrophobia.

During the test, the patient lies still and hears some tapping or bumping noises associated with the machine's powerful magnets. Because of the magnetic field, the individual cannot wear anything with metal--hairpins, underwire bras or partial dentures as examples.

Some physicians order contrast dye intravenously administered to get the best possible images of selected areas of the body. Additionally, some patients use sedation to help them relax during the tests. Afterwards, the results are quickly available to the physician, and the patient simply goes back to his or her normal routine.

Rely on us

At Northwest Neurology, our highly-specialized physicians and support staff provide accurate and compassionate care for a wide variety of neurological conditions. They deliver excellent patient education and modern treatments with predictable outcomes. Magnetic Resonance Imaging is just one of their many diagnostic tools.

If you need an MRI in Lake Barrington, Rolling Meadows, Arboretum South Barrington, Crystal Lake, North Brook and Libertyville, IL, please don't hesitate to contact us for an appointment.

By Northwest Neurology
May 31, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: Massage Therapy  

Have you been wondering if massage therapy could help ease your headache pain? The neurologists at Northwest Neurology in Lake massage therapyBarrington, Rolling Meadows, Arboretum South Barrington, Crystal Lake and Libertyville, IL, explains how you may benefit from massage.

How does massage therapy address headache pain?

When you get tension or migraine headaches, you've probably noticed that the muscles in your head, neck and shoulders become very tight. Tension in those muscles tends to worsen headache pain. Tense muscles can also cause increased pain if they press on the nerves that serve your head and neck. During a massage, the masseuse gently relaxes and loosens stiff muscles, reducing pain in the head and neck.

Massage can also be helpful in decreasing pain caused by trigger points. Trigger points are tight knots of tissues that are very sensitive to the touch. If you press on one in your neck or shoulder, you may feel pain shoot into your head.

Both migraine and tension headaches are more likely to occur if you're stressed. Unfortunately, feeling stressed or anxious can also make the headaches worse. Massage therapy triggers the relaxation response, which can in turn decrease your stress level. Massage also prompts the brain to release of serotonin, a natural chemical responsible for mood regulation and endorphins, your body's natural pain killers.

Massage therapy offers important benefits for both blood and lymph circulation. When blood flow improves, more oxygen reaches your cells and muscles. Enhancing lymph circulation strengthens your immune system response and makes it easier for your body to get rid of waste products.

Massage offers ongoing benefits

Massage is not only a good solution when you actually have a headache, but can also be used to prevent them. When you get regular massages at our Libertyville, Lake Barrington, Rolling Meadows, Crystal Lake or Aboretum South Barrington office, you may experience less muscle tension and stress, which can reduce the number of days you have headaches. Massage is often combined with other treatments, such as prescription medications or Botox injections for migraines, to help you spend more days pain-free.

Ready to find out if massage is a good choice for you? Call the Libertyville, Lake Barrington, Rolling Meadows, North Brook, Crystal Lake or Aboretum South Barrington, IL, offices of Northwest Neurology at (847) 882-6604 to schedule an appointment.

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