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Dr. Felix Brizuela, neurologist with Riverside Medical of Ohio, will discuss IVIG as a means of controlling multiple sclerosis at the Thursday meeting of the Weirton/Steubenville Multiple Sclerosis Support Group to be held at 7 p.m at the Serbian American Cultural Center, Weirton.
In recent years, the sisters underwent ...
In recent years, the sisters underwent a treatment new to the area, according to Dr. Felix Brizuela of Riverside Medical Center, their neurologist.It's called VNS therapy or vagus nerve stimulation therapy, a Food and Drug Administration-approved device for the treatment of refractory epilepsy.
...An added bonus, according to Dr. Felix Brizuela, a local neurologist with Riverside Medical Center who performed the implant, is that it comes with a magnet that when swiped over the site of it, it can lessen the effects of a seizure or stop it in its tracks.
Jennifer got her
implant around Thanksgiving 2005, and Britni had the outpatient procedure that took approximately one to two hours done a year later by Brizuela
at a Youngstown hospital.
In an interview with the Herald-Star
has been doing VNS therapy since it was approved in the mid-1990s.
"I brought it to the area," said Brizuela
of the therapy, noting the sisters represent two of 14 area patients who have undergone the procedure with success since he
began practicing with Riverside Medical four years ago.
"It's shown pretty remarkable success with it," he
said of the overall cases, citing the sisters' situation as complicated and unique, in part because with generalized epilepsy, the origin of the seizures is unknown and the girls are genetically predisposed.A native of New Jersey, Brizuela trained there medically and practiced in Greensburg, Pa., was chairman of neurology department at Conemaugh Medical Center in Johnston, Pa., and then the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center before connecting with the local physician-run group.
By definition a seizure is something that reoccurs and requires medication, according to Brizuela
, who noted 1 percent of the population suffers from epilepsy.He
believes there are people in the area who could benefit from VNS therapy but don't know about it.
The VNS therapy offers hope over time and in the case of the Carmine sisters, Brizuela
said their level of medication has gone from one significantly less, the other moderately less.
New Neurologist Brings New Procedures to Memorial Medical Center
Johnstown, PA - Felix Brizuela, Jr., D.O., board certified neurologist, has joined the neuroscience team at Memorial Medical Center, bringing with him special training in Botox injections, a new procedure used to help some stroke victims and those suffering from chronic pain.
Botox is a chemical that relaxes muscles by inhibiting the the nerve that is attached to the muscle.This relieves the muscle contraction, can eliminate spasms and, in many cases, pain.With this procedure, we can inject the Botox directly into the area that needs the relief.Botox injections are providing great relief to people with chronic headaches and back pain.It is also showing great promise with people with post stroke spasticity, says Dr. Brizuela
In 1982 Brizuela
, a running back, scored two touchdowns in a suprising victory over Penn State University
.This was the last time Rutgers beat Penn State.Dr. Brizuela
earned a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
, New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine
, where he
also went on to do his
residency in neurology.Dr. Brizuela has spent the past several years practicing neurology at the Neurological Institute of Western Pennsylvania in Greensburg, Pa., treating patients at Westmoreland, Latrobe and Jeannette Hospitals.
In addition to Botox injections, Dr. Brizuela
has a special interest in headaches, fibromyalgia, childhood neurological diseases like epilepsy, and Alzheimer's.My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's when I was in my first year of medical school, says Dr. Brizuela
.I wanted to learn all I could about the disease and my interest in it led me to want to practice neurology. Dr. Brizuela
has worked closely with fibromyalgia patients and believes the disease is often misunderstood and not taken seriously enough.I like challenging things, and fibromyalgia is definitely a challenge, says Dr. Brizuela
.But with auto-immune ideology and the use of techniques like hydro-therapy, our success rate in treating fibromyalgia has been very good.Dr. Brizuela
is an avid exerciser, loves sports and fishing and closely follows the Steelers and Penguins.He
is married to Kathleen Brizuela, RN and is the proud father of two-year-old Alex.
For More Information, Contact:
WJAC-TV News, Fibromyalgia Report
Dr. Felix Brizuela, NeurologistMemorial Medical Center, Johnstown(814) 534-3912
...Dr. Felix Brizuela is Chief of Neurology at Johnstown's Memorial Medical Center.He's
been treating Carol for just under a year.His
, admittedly, is a unique approach.
(Dr. Felix Brizuela) "To my surprise, I have trouble believing they've gotten better -- patients have done incredibly well." Brizuela
says for people with Fibromyalgia
, stimuli that shouldn't cause pain, do.
The sensory, nervous, and stress systems are all altered.And in the vast majority of sufferers, primarily women, there's a family history of auto-immune type diseases.Although Fibromyalgia
is technically -not- an auto-immune disorder, Brizuela
had success in approaching it that way.
(Dr. Felix Brizuela) - "I'm not only addressing the sypmtoms they have, i'm addressing what i think is the disease -- what i think is the cause.I'm treating these patients with auto immune therapy -- that is, medication to calm the immune system down."
Riverside Medical Of Ohio
Felix Brizuela, D.O.