Dr. Giovanni Antonio Cocco
Dr. Giovanni Antonio Cocco
Specialties: Consultant Neurology
Dr Cocco started his medical education at the University of Sassari (Italy), and finished his specialty in Clinical Neurology at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN), Queen Square. He has worked for 10 years in the NHS in London, he was involved in teaching and clinical research at the King’s College Hospital and Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust.
He is experienced in treating adult patients with a wide range of neurological conditions, including stroke, multiple sclerosis, brain tumours, infections of the central nervous system, neurodegenerative disorders and epilepsy.
Dr Cocco’s primary interests are the diagnosis and treatment of headaches and epilepsy.
When and why should I consult a Neurologist?
- Chronic pain
- Numbness or tingling
- Movement problems
- Visions problems
- Memory problems or confusion
- Sleep problems
WHAT CAUSES SEIZURE?
Seizures are changes in the brain’s electrical activity. This change can cause dramatic, noticeable symptoms or it may not cause any symptoms. The symptoms of a severe seizure include violent shaking and a loss of control. However, mild seizures can also be a sign of a significant medical problem, so recognizing them is important. Because some seizures can lead to injury or be evidence of an underlying medical condition, it’s important to seek treatment if you experience them.
What are the symptoms of a seizure?
You can experience both partial and generalized seizures at the same time, or one can precede the other. The symptoms can last anywhere from a few seconds to 15 minutes per episode.
Sometimes, symptoms occur before the seizure takes place. These include:
- A sudden feeling of fear or anxiousness
- A feeling of being sick to your stomach
- A change in vision
- A jerky movement of the arms and legs that may cause you to drop things
- An out of body sensation
- A headache
Symptoms that indicate a seizure is in progress include:
- Losing consciousness, which is followed by confusion
- Having uncontrollable muscle spasms
- Drooling or frothing at the mouth
- Having a strange taste in your mouth
- Clenching your teeth
- Biting your tongue
- Having sudden, rapid eye movements
- Making unusual noises, such as grunting
- Losing control of bladder or bowel function
- Having sudden mood changes
WHAT ARE BRAIN DISORDERS?
Your brain is your body’s control center. It’s part of the nervous system, which also includes the spinal cord and a large network of nerves and neurons. Together, the nervous system controls everything from your senses to the muscles throughout your body.
When your brain is damaged, it can affect many different things, including your memory, your sensation, and even your personality. Brain disorders include any conditions or disabilities that affect your brain. This includes conditions that are caused by:
- Traumatic injury
This is a broad category of disorders, which vary greatly in symptoms and severity. Keep reading to learn about some of the largest categories of brain disorders.
Sometimes, tumors form in the brain and can be very dangerous. These are called primary brain tumors. In other cases, cancer somewhere else in your body spreads to your brain. These are called secondary or metastatic brain tumors.
Brain tumors can be either malignant (cancerous) or benign (noncancerous). Doctors classify brain tumors as grades 1, 2, 3, or 4. Higher numbers indicate more aggressive tumors.
The cause of brain tumors is largely unknown. They can occur in people of any age. Symptoms of brain tumors depend on the size and location of the tumor.
The most common symptoms of brain tumors are:
- Numbness or tingling in your arms or legs
- Changes in personality
- Difficulty with movement or balance
- Changes in your hearing, speech, or vision