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After Diagnosis

Whether you have been referred to WNC, are currently undergoing various tests, or perhaps had your diagnosis explained, we hope that your experience so far has been excellent.

You may be wanting to find out more about your condition or other support organisations. We have listed a few such organisations on the right, all of whom offer advice, support and information.

What is a neurological condition?

Disorders include diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system such as the brain, spinal cord, cranial nerves, peripheral nerves, nerve roots, autonomic nervous system, neuromuscular junction, and muscles.

Neurological disorders can result from damage to the brain, spinal column or nerves, caused by illness or injury. There are over 600 known neurological disorders and conditions that affect the human nervous system and the precise causes of many of them are not yet known. Neurological conditions affect young and old, rich and poor, men and women and people from all cultures and ethnicities.

Some neurological conditions are life-long and people can experience onset at any time in their lives. Others, such as cerebral palsy, are present from birth. Some conditions, such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy, commonly appear in early childhood, and some, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease affect mainly older people.

There are also conditions which have a sudden onset due to injury or illness, such as a head injury or stroke, or cancers of the brain and spine. Some neurodegenerative conditions, such as multiple sclerosis and motor neurone disease, affect people mainly in adulthood and will cause deterioration over time, affecting a person’s quality of life and their ability to live independently. Information, guidance and valuable support is available to those living with a neurological condition, their family and carers. See useful links.

What is Neurology?

Neurology is a medical specialty dealing with disorders of the nervous system. Specifically, it deals with the diagnosis and treatment of all categories of disease involving the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems, including their coverings, blood vessels, and all effected tissue, such as muscles.

Physicians who specialise in neurology are called neurologists, and are trained to investigate, or diagnose and treat, neurological disorders.

Although many mental illnesses are believed to be neurological disorders affecting the central nervous system, traditionally they are classified separately, and treated by psychiatrists.

The team at WNC includes experts from a wide range of neurological specialisms, who all share a passion for neurology, and who wish to provide a fast and comprehensive service to achieve the best clinical outcome for their patients.

Adjusting to life with a neurological condition.

Whether just diagnosed with a common or rare neurological condition or you have been living with it for a long time, seeking knowledge and support about the condition can help to enhance overall wellness and understanding to deal with the physical and emotional challenges that may result. It’s often hard to know where to start so we have listed a few key organisations in Useful Links below.

People who have experienced what you’re going through can be a really valuable source of support. They can help to show you that there is life after diagnosis, and they are often a source of information, hints and tips for making life easier. Online support groups and forums can be invaluable if you have mobility problems or limited time, and they will enable you to get in touch with people from all over the world.

Supporting those with a neurological condition.

Caring for someone with a debilitating illness often means that carers have to give up their own employment, in addition to the person with the condition being unable to continue to be economically active. This will have a devastating impact on the family’s economic situation.

There are a number of companies, foundations and charities who offer support and guidance for family, friends and carers who live or care for someone with a neurological condition. See Useful links on this page.

Neurological conditions

  • Neurological conditions include:
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Brain trauma
  • Brain tumours
  • Dementia
  • Epilepsy
  • Migraine and other headache disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neuroinfections; bacterial, viral or fungal
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Stroke
  • Tourette’s Syndrome

Useful links

Neurosupport offers non-medical advice to people with neurological conditions and the families, friends and carers who support them.

The Brain and Spine Foundation is a charity helping people affected by neurological conditions in the UK.

Headway is a charity set up to give help and support to people affected by brain injury.

The national Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is the leading supporter of biomedical research on disorders of the brain and nervous system.

A guide to emotional and practical support, plus information and links to other organisations dedicated to carers.