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Dr. Ronald F. Young

Neurosurgeon

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Dr. Ronald F. Young
  • Thousand Oaks, California
  • SUNY Buffalo
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I might have ALS?

To begin with, ALS is not common in teenagers. The first symptom is usually fasciculations, which are tiny, barely perceptible flickerings of muscles. Leg pain, abnormalities READ MORE
To begin with, ALS is not common in teenagers. The first symptom is usually fasciculations, which are tiny, barely perceptible flickerings of muscles. Leg pain, abnormalities in sensation, and "uncomfortable feelings" when speaking are not common symptoms of ALS. I suggest that you have your personal physician carry out an evaluation and possibly refer you to a neurologist for their opinion.

I have anxiety attacks and fainting?

You should see your physician and be checked for hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and hypotension (low blood pressure) among other things. Anxiety attacks are usually related to READ MORE
You should see your physician and be checked for hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and hypotension (low blood pressure) among other things. Anxiety attacks are usually related to underlying psychological issues. You should see a psychiatrist or appropriately qualified psychologist to evaluate your anxiety attacks.

Spinal Stenosis L4 & L5?

You should be seen by a neurosurgeon to: 1) determine if the spinal stenosis is the cause of your pain, and 2) to determine if surgery would be an option for you and what the risks READ MORE
You should be seen by a neurosurgeon to: 1) determine if the spinal stenosis is the cause of your pain, and 2) to determine if surgery would be an option for you and what the risks and benefits of surgery might be. Spinal stenosis results from an overgrowth of degenerated facet joints in the spine due to arthritic aging. Surgical removal or reduction can often provide significant relief.

Muscle pain lingering after severe leg cramp?

You should see your doctor and have him take the details of your history and perform an examination. Peripheral Neuropathy does not progress rapidly and rarely extends up as far READ MORE
You should see your doctor and have him take the details of your history and perform an examination. Peripheral Neuropathy does not progress rapidly and rarely extends up as far as the knee and virtually never above the knee. Peripheral Neuropathy is usually described as a stocking and glove kind of numbness. Referral to a neurologist may also be necessary but I recommend starting with your primary care doctor.

Pinched nerve?

You should see your doctor so that he/she can take a complete history and do a neurological examination. The most common cause of such symptoms is a herniated intervertebral disc READ MORE
You should see your doctor so that he/she can take a complete history and do a neurological examination. The most common cause of such symptoms is a herniated intervertebral disc in your cervical spine. The good news is that most such situations resolve themselves but if muscle weakness, loss of sensation, etc. is found on examination, an MRI may be warranted.

Personality disorder?

The usual "brain scan" or more specifically an MRI scan will always be normal in a person with a personality disorder. A personality disorder is a functional disorder, not a structural READ MORE
The usual "brain scan" or more specifically an MRI scan will always be normal in a person with a personality disorder. A personality disorder is a functional disorder, not a structural one so the brain scan is normal appearing.

Cervical laminectomy?

You have asked two important questions. The first one is more easily answered. Although you are correct, that a multilevel cervical laminectomy removes the bony protection to the READ MORE
You have asked two important questions. The first one is more easily answered. Although you are correct, that a multilevel cervical laminectomy removes the bony protection to the spinal cord, injury to the cord after laminectomy is extremely rare. In fact, I have never heard of it. Your second question though is more important and more difficult to answer. The main stability of the cervical spine is the intervertebral discs and the facet joints. The lamina and the attached muscles and ligaments provide only a minimal part of the cervical spine's stability BUT if the facets are removed or weakened during the laminectomy procedure then the spine may become unstable and assume a "swan neck" deformity. The most important question, however, that you did not ask is: what is the indication for a multilevel cervical laminectomy? You only mentioned neck pain, but laminectomy is not indicated for only neck pain. Multilevel cervical laminectomy is usually done to treat spinal stenosis with symptoms of spinal cord compression such as leg weakness or spasticity, loss of sensation in the legs, and bladder or bowel problems. It is also sometimes done for multilevel cervical radiculopathy although anterior discectomy with or without fusion is probably a better option for that condition. I suggest that you ask the neurosurgeon who recommended the procedure to answer these questions, and also inquire about the indications for the recommended procedure.

Is twitching a sign of nerve damage?

The answer to your question depends upon what you mean by "twitching" and how often it occurs and in what part of your body. Sudden jerks or twitches of an arm or let happen from READ MORE
The answer to your question depends upon what you mean by "twitching" and how often it occurs and in what part of your body. Sudden jerks or twitches of an arm or let happen from time to time and are nothing to worry about. Twitches that are brief, localized, slight "fasciculations" as neurologists define them can be a sign of serious neurological problems like ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. I suggest that you ask your family doctor first and if you are not satisfied, seek out the opinion of a neurologist.

Does ulnar nerve surgery work?

Ulnar nerve surgery to correct so-called cubital tunnel syndrome does work. A recent study compared various surgical methods and concluded that simple decompression or opening READ MORE
Ulnar nerve surgery to correct so-called cubital tunnel syndrome does work. A recent study compared various surgical methods and concluded that simple decompression or opening of the cubital tunnel to decompress the ulnar nerve was the most successful method whether done by a more usual open surgical approach or by an endoscopic approach. It was also associated with the fewest complications.

Can a pinched nerve cause tingling all over the body?

No, a pinched nerve cannot cause tingling all over the body. Pinched nerves can cause localized tingling in the sensory pattern of that nerve only.

Inversion table?

You should ask the surgeon who implanted your device and the recommendations of the manufacturer.

What happens if you hit a nerve with a needle?

The answer depends on what kind and size needle, the size and function of the nerve involved, and why the needle is being inserted. A needle stick to a nerve may cause no harm READ MORE
The answer depends on what kind and size needle, the size and function of the nerve involved, and why the needle is being inserted. A needle stick to a nerve may cause no harm at all but it can also damage the nerve either partially or completely.

Need an opinion on stroke?

If by dizziness you mean vertigo or a sense that either you or things around you are spinning, you have a common but complicated problem. You should discuss with your doctor the READ MORE
If by dizziness you mean vertigo or a sense that either you or things around you are spinning, you have a common but complicated problem. You should discuss with your doctor the results of the MRI. It may or may not be significant. There are neurologists who specialize in working out the diagnosis and treatment of dizziness.

What are the symptoms of nerve damage in the shoulder?

The shoulder is the location of the brachial plexus and all of its branches. The nerves from spinal cord segments C5, 6, 7, 8, and T1 all go through the brachial plexus to supply READ MORE
The shoulder is the location of the brachial plexus and all of its branches. The nerves from spinal cord segments C5, 6, 7, 8, and T1 all go through the brachial plexus to supply feeling and movement to all of the muscles and other structures from the deltoid muscle on top of the shoulder and all of the arm from there down to all of the fingers. Nerve damage in the shoulder can cause weakness or paralysis of any of the muscles of the arm and hand and numbness or loss of feeling in any part of the arm or hand. I suggest that you seek a consultation with a neurologist or neurosurgeon if you are concerned about nerve damage in your shoulder.

What is causing my headache and numbness?

Your headache and numbness may be due to a whole variety of neurological issues. There is no use in speculating on what may be causing them. You need to have a complete history READ MORE
Your headache and numbness may be due to a whole variety of neurological issues. There is no use in speculating on what may be causing them. You need to have a complete history and neurological examination performed by a neurologist. If the symptoms are severe, I suggest that you go to the nearest hospital emergency room for evaluation.

Does a tumor always need surgery to be removed?

The simple answer to your question is NO, all brain tumors do not have to be removed. Many can be treated with a non-invasive method called Radiosurgery with a device called the READ MORE
The simple answer to your question is NO, all brain tumors do not have to be removed. Many can be treated with a non-invasive method called Radiosurgery with a device called the Gamma Knife. You can look up Californiagammaknife.com for further information. Without knowing the kind of tumor and where it is located I cannot give you further advice as to whether surgery or radiosurgery or chemotherapy, etc. are indicated.

Can a brain surgery cause speech defects?

Yes, brain surgery can cause speech defects. There are two definite speech areas in the brain usually located on the left side of the brain, except in some left-handed people, READ MORE
Yes, brain surgery can cause speech defects. There are two definite speech areas in the brain usually located on the left side of the brain, except in some left-handed people, where the speech centers are on the right side. If the defect is present right, after surgery, it often will subside but it may take 12-18 months to do so. Speech therapy may be helpful to overcome the defect.

Is there a surgery to treat ADHD?

NO, there is no surgery to treat ADHD. Some forms of deep brain stimulation (DBS) are being tested to treat depression but not ADHD. Perhaps in the future?

Is there a surgery to treat symptoms of seizures?

There are a number of different surgical procedures to treat seizures depending on the origin of the attacks. A workup at a Comprehensive Epilepsy Center is required to determine READ MORE
There are a number of different surgical procedures to treat seizures depending on the origin of the attacks. A workup at a Comprehensive Epilepsy Center is required to determine the type of seizures and the location within the brain in order to determine if surgery is indicated and if so, what surgical procedure would be best for that particular type of seizures. Not all seizure types can be treated surgically and surgery is usually used only in patients who have "failed" medical treatment.

Is weakness after a brain surgery normal?

Unfortunately, three weeks after brain surgery is not "a long period of time." We usually allow 12-18 months for full recovery depending on how severe the weakness is. In some READ MORE
Unfortunately, three weeks after brain surgery is not "a long period of time." We usually allow 12-18 months for full recovery depending on how severe the weakness is. In some cases the weakness may be permanent. Physical and occupational therapy may be helpful in the recovery process but patience is necessary to allow the brain time to recover.